Shekou International School (SIS) has 850 students representing almost 40 different countries including the US, Canada, South Korea, France, Germany and Hong Kong and has nearly 145 world-class faculty and staff members hailing from 15 different countries. Using a North American curriculum and offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, SIS offers classes to pre-schoolers (age 2) through grade 12. SIS hires only the finest experienced teachers available with most faculty members coming from North America, New Zealand, Australia and Europe. More than two-thirds of the faculty have a master's degree or higher. Teaching faculty are highly qualified in their area of assignment, including specialists. The language of instruction is English for all classes with the exception of proficiency leveled Mandarin classes. A French bilingual program which follows the French national curriculum for native French speakers and a German language and literacy program for native German speakers is offered at SIS.
SIS is recognized as a leader in the region and has been named an Apple Distinguished School for its internationally recognized program of learning innovation. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for schools that are recognized centers of educational excellence and leadership. SIS was the only school in greater China to be accepted in the 2014 intake. Additionally, the 21st Century Learning Institute has honored SIS as the “School of the Year” from among entries from 15 different countries. SIS’s use of technology and learning platforms were commended. SIS is an IB World School offering the International Baccalaureate and is the only school in Shenzhen fully accredited from preschool to grade 12 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school is a member of the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS), the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE), a founding member of The Association of China and Mongolia International School (ACAMIS) organization, and the Southern Delta Region Conference (SDRC) and was one of the first international schools in Guangdong province to be accredited by the National Council of Curriculum and Textbooks, a Chinese accreditation endorsed by the Chinese government.