Shanghai China
HongQiao International School


Welcome to Hong Qiao International School (HQIS). Thank you for your interest in one of the most established and ambitious schools in Shanghai. Our school opened its doors in 1997 with just two classes serving eighteen preschool students. Since then, our student population has steadily increased. In 2012 HQIS became an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School authorized to teach the Primary Years Program (PYP). The IB-PYP program begins in Pre-School and goes through to Grade 5.At Middle and High School, we are offering a holistic program guided by three pillars of learning: Academic Rigor, 21-Century Skills, and Living Environment. The three pillars are supported by courses based on American curriculum standards, with AP as the capstone.

At HQIS our emphasis is on life-long learning. We understand that in order to achieve success in life, students have to be comitted to learning. This begins with a highly engaging educational program that focuses on developing the academic, social, and emotional capabilities of each child. With an emphasis on inquiry teaching and learning, students are immersed in an educational environment that cultivates critical thinking and problem solving, fundamental skills students need to thrive in a world that is constantly changing.

At HQIS we are also preparing students to become responsible global citizens. It is our aim to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and mindsets to effect positive change on their lives and the lives of others. We achieve this through a curriculum that links learning standards in core academic subjects such as reading, writing, and mathematics to issues of universal and global significance.

As one of the leading international school in Shanghai, we are committed to offering a student-centered holistic education that prepares students for higher education and life beyond the walls of the classroom. We encourage you to browse our website to learn more about HQIS and the unique educational programs we have on offer.

  • Day school tuition No Information
  • Grades for day school Pre-K/Reception -
    12th Grade/Year 13
  • Scholarships Available Yes
  • Year founded 1997
  • Boarding school tuition No Information
  • Curricula IB Primary Years, Advanced Placement, US National
  • Type Co-ed


Tuition Fee:
Nursery ¥111,680 (Half Day),¥155,820 (Full day);

Preschool ¥119,500 (Half Day),¥166,960 (Full day);

Pre-Kindergarten ¥166,960;

Kindergarten ¥188,280;




For 20 years we have dedicated ourselves to providing the best international education at a competitive, reasonable price. Over the course of these two decades we have seen major shifts in population and student needs, along with the development and implementation of new educational philosophies and technology, we strive each year to adapt and fine tune our curriculum to meet the needs of our diverse student population.

We use the IB curriculum for our younger students up to grade 5.

• The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

• To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

• These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

When HQIS students enter middle school they begin tutelage under the American Standards, designed to allow for the development of free-thinking young adults capable of mastering subjects and fostering good study habits integral to success in higher education.

At the Middle and High School, we are offering a holistic program guided by three pillars of learning: Academic Rigor, 21-Century Skills, and Living Environment. The three pillars are supported by courses based on American curriculum standards, with AP as the capstone. We are currently offering AP US History, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Biology and will add more AP courses in the future.

In addition, our program has a focus on inquiry-based instruction, which aims to connect student learning to real-world, global, and multicultural issues related to the different disciplines. Through inquiry, we encourage students to develop learning and thinking skills that are critical to study and life after middle and high school.

Admissions Information

Admissions Process

HQIS Application Procedure

Step 1:Online Application

Applications are completed through Open Apply online and all requested documents below are uploaded to the system.
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• Completed application
• Digital photos of student and parents
• Passports first page and visa page of student and parents
• Student birth certificate
• Student immunization records
• Student and parent shanghai residence permit, diplomatic visa, or the letter employer affirming that a visa will be procured.
• For Kindergarten and above students, school reports of the current and previous two academic years are required (Certified translations into English are required for reports in other languages)

Step 2: Application Fees

Once your application is complete, you will be requested to pay a non-refundable 2,000 RMB Application Fee in order for your application to be processed.

Step 3: Interviews

Once the online application is complete with all requested application documents and application payment received, interviews will be scheduled for you within 5 working days:
• Nursery to Pre-kindergarten students are required to come with their parent(s) or guardian(s) for an interview.

• Kindergarten and above students are required to come with their parent(s) or guardian(s) for a test and interview.

Enrollment decision will be made based on our admissions criteria and interview result.

Step 4: Welcome to HQIS

You will receive an acceptance letter with the tuition fees invoice together within 5 working days after the interview, and we will arrange a Class Visit for every student to help them go through the transition smoothly. Parents are expected to pay the tuition fees by the deadline to secure a place at HQIS.

Welcome to HQIS Community! Wish your family a greater learning journey here!

  • Students can join after the academic year begins Yes
  • Waiting List Yes


  • Assigns homework Yes
  • Use of technology in the classroom Yes
  • Language of instruction English
  • ELL support No
  • Learning support Yes
  • Native English teachers Yes
  • Languages taught English
  • Examinations available


HQIS provides the academic rigor that opens doors worldwide.


✔️For students from 18 months to 2 years of age, the school offers an Emergent Curriculum that builds social skills, large and small motor skills.

✔️For students from 3 to 12 years of age, we offer the IB-PYP Programmme.

✔️For middle school and high school students, we follow the Common Core standards taught through inquiry instruction combined with skill-based project-based learning.  We offer AP courses in high school. Currently, we offer AP Math, AP Chemistry, AP Physics and AP Biology., More AP courses will be available in the future.

✔️ 针对 18 个月至 2 岁的幼儿: 学校提供 Emergent Curriculum 课程学习;

✔️ 针对3-12岁学生: 学校提供IB-PYP(Primary Years Programme)课程

✔️ 针对初高中部学生: 学校提供以美国Common Core为标准的课程,在高中阶段开设AP课程。目前提供AP数学、AP化学、AP物理、AP生物和AP美国历史,并将在明年增设AP心理学、AP英语语言与写作、AP欧洲历史、AP艺术等课程。

School Life

  • Bus service Yes
  • Sports teams available Yes
  • Pastoral Care No
  • School provides lunch Yes
  • Supervised care before or after school Yes
  • Uniform required Yes

Schools Facilities

Our centrally-located campus was built in 2015 with one goal in mind: To provide HQIS students with a modern campus focused on providing them with a way to learn about renewability and the importance of taking responsibility for the well-being and care of our planet and its resources. As such, it is equipped with state of the art geothermal heating & cooling system partnered with over 200 solar panels. Combined, these renewable initiatives work to provide HQIS with up to 70% of its daily energy needs.

The campus facilities include:

As our student population grows, so does our facility. We are continually working to improve our facilities to meet the needs of every HQIS student.

We have:

  • geothermal heating & cooling system

  • Library

  • Rainbow Bridge Theatre

  • Organic garden

  • Dedicated performing arts theatre

  • Orchestra room

  • A full size basketball court

  • Multiple playgrounds: Basketball court & Football court

  • Swimming pool

  • Indoor playground

University Relations

  • University counseling Yes

University Counseling

Our HQIS Upper School Team and University Counseling Team is made up of professional and passionate advisors and top-level teachers who graduated from world-renowned universities. At upper school, we provide student-centered education and personalized counseling to offer your child the most suitable study plan to help him through the pathway to top universities.