On behalf of Nanjing International School (NIS), I welcome you to our website and to our school. NIS was founded in 1992 and is proud to be the first three-programme International Baccalaureate school in China, PreK to Grade 12, and the only IB World School in Nanjing. I hope that the information on our website is both useful and reflective of our school mission: an inclusive community inspiring personal excellence, international-mindedness, and creative thinking. These four pillars are the foundation of learning at NIS, a place where we pay attention to the individual development of each student.
Our strong sense of community is held by students, parents and staff, reflecting over 40 different nationalities. A visit to our campus immediately conveys a feeling that embraces both diversity and a close community, whether walking through classes, enjoying a snack or meal in the cafeteria, employing the Design Cycle in the Design Centre or the Design Pit, or meeting with fellow parents in our Centre Cafe, overlooking the swimming pool, or on your way to the gym.
All our students have the opportunity to study Mandarin Chinese, with Primary students having classes every day. In the Middle School and Upper School, students have a wide range of subjects to pursue, offering authentic and vibrant learning opportunities that extend beyond the classroom, including Discover China, a week of off-campus learning in various locations throughout China. Due to our high achievement and diverse opportunities in service learning, our Diploma Students have access to great universities around the world.
In the spring of 2016, we launched our new Strategy which is focused on two main goals: Student Voice and Choice and Burst the Bubble. We want students to have a say in their personal learning and we also want to engage with our inspiring host country for learning beyond the boundaries of our campus. To read more about our Strategy, download our Little Book of Nanjing International School from the iTunes store.
NIS is a not-for-profit school which means we value transparency and use all school fees for the sole purpose of benefitting our students. This is a unique approach within the context of international schools in Nanjing. We are proud of being an international school in the ancient capital and cultural centre of China. Coming to NIS and living in Nanjing is an opportunity not to be missed. It is my honour to welcome you to our community.
If you are not new to NIS, you might be wondering – where is Laurie McLellan? Laurie is taking a one-year sabbatical to complete his Masters in Inclusive Education in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Arden Tyoschin, Director