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Shanghai American School
The Shanghai American School (SAS) is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 for English-speaking students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1912, although it was closed from 1950-1979. The academic year comprises 2 semesters extending from late August to mid-January and from mid-January to mid-June.

Organization: The school is governed by a 7-member Board of Directors. Five members are elected from the SAS Parents' Association, the owner of the School. One is appointed by the Board. The American Consul General appoints the other member. All parents with children enrolled at SAS are automatically members of the Association.

Curriculum: The curriculum reflects standards of the best American public or private schools. This is supplemented by an IB program, some English-as-a-Second-Language support, and Chinese language and culture instructions. SAS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Faculty: In the 2005-2006 school year, there are 261 full-time faculty members, (248 are teachers).

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year, enrollment was 2,313 (PK-grade 12).

Facilities: The school operates two purpose-built school premises. The Pudong (East) campus, in the midst of a gated community near Pudong International Airport, currently serves PK-grade 8 on a 25-acre facility. There are now 5 buildings: a central plant building for heating and air-conditioning; a multipurpose facility used for physical education and dining and as an auditorium; an office building; a new gymnasium and theater complex; and a classroom building with more than 48 classrooms for the elementary and middle schools. As anticipated growth takes place in the Pudong area, the facility will be expanded more than three-fold to accommodate separate middle and high school programs. The Puxi (West) campus is more developed and has over 1675 students. Twelve major buildings have been constructed since 1998. The campus includes a high school, middle school, elementary school, 3 gymnasiums, a secondary library media center, a cafeteria with separate areas for upper and lower schools, an administrative center, a maintenance building, and a mechanical center. Both campuses have purpose-designed facilities for instruction in art, music, physical education, science, computers, library skills, and drama, as well as other large, well-lit classrooms. A performing arts center and a swimming pool will be completed by December 2005. All classrooms are fully networked to the School’s computer server and the Internet. Both campuses have extensive playing fields. All SAS facilities are owned by the Association and have been built since 1998 to rigorous U.S. educational standards.

Finances: In the 2005-2006 school year, approximately 96% of the School's operational income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $11,500; Kdg.-grade 5: $13,500; grades 6-8: $14,000; and grades 9-12: $15,000. The School also charges an annual capital development fee of $5,000 for all students in grades K-12. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)


Mr. Dennis Larkin, Superintendent
Shanghai American School
c/o American Consulate General Shanghai
PSC 461 Box 200
FPO AP 96521-0002
Tel: 86-21-6221-1445
Fax: 86-21-6221-1269

Adapted from material published by the U.S. Department of State.
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