Our History

The fourth International School in Shanghai…

The first truly international one.

Shanghai in the mid 1990’s was a much different place than it is now. In the education industry, there were only three schools for foreigners then: one American School (SAS), one German School (DSS), and one bilingual school (YCIS). We felt Shanghai needed a truly international school— a school with a diversity of international families, a school that could integrate the best practices from each country’s curriculum, and a school where new students can communicate together, making sure everyone felt part of the larger global community. Shanghai Community International School was founded in 1996 to serve that purpose.