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NIS Nanjing International School 30th Anniversary Logo
NIS Nanjing International School 30th Anniversary Logo
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The IB Difference

What makes an International Baccalaureate (IB) education stand out among other major curricula offered by international schools, like the American and British systems? Students at IB World Schools like NIS are given a unique, challenging, and diverse education. They are:

  • Encouraged to think critically and solve complex problems.
  • Drive their own learning.
  • A core part in educational programmes that can lead them to some of the highest-ranking universities around the world.
  • More culturally aware through the development of a second language.
  • Able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.

Being the first school in China to offer all three of the IB programmes in 2000 – Primary, Middle Years, and Diploma – highlights an important point of difference with other schools in Nanjing, establishing NIS as the premier IB World School in the region.

“Some schools promote themselves as more American or UK-focused in terms of curriculum and approach,” explained Mr. Kasson Bratton, Director of Learning at NIS. “From Pre-K to Grade 12, NIS is about leveraging best practices from around the globe to best support our students as they adapt and thrive in a changing world. This helps us define learning as the development of new skills and understandings that are applied in creatively in the world beyond the classroom, rather than a heavy focus on the recall of facts that you might find in non-IB schools.”

Learning Outcomes

According to the IB’s research, which collaborates with universities and independent institutions around the world, IB students develop strong academic, social, and emotional characteristics. They are also likely to perform well academically – often better than students on other curricula.

A recent IB study in the UK showed that students were more likely to achieve many positive higher education outcomes compared to matched A level students, including enrolment in top universities, honours, and further study.


“The IB diploma program is the absolute best preparation for university and college,” said Mr. Bratton. “And I know when you ask our graduates, who have gone on to attend some of the best universities in the world, they will wholeheartedly agree with that statement.”

Our IB curriculum factors into the innovative drive and spirit of NIS. The IB is constantly innovating the way they envision their framework for teaching and learning, which helps NIS stay on top of what is necessary to provide an impactful education that prepares students not only for top universities but also a successful life.

“Our partnership with the IB has helped us evolve over the past 30 years into a leading international school in China and beyond,” said Mr. Bratton.