Xiamen International School

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Xiamen International School
262 Xingbei San Lu, Xinglin, Jimei District, Xiamen, People's Republic of China
Coordinates 24°35′07″N 118°02′29″E / 24.58538°N 118.04147°E / 24.58538; 118.04147
School colour(s) Blue, Gold
Mascot Dolphin
Tuition 18000 USD

Xiamen International School (XIS) is a private, international school located in Xiamen, China. The school was the first international school to be established in Fujian Province by the Chinese Ministry of Education, and is today considered one of the most prestigious there.


Xiamen International School (XIS) was established in August, 1997 and is located on the southern coast of China in Fujian Province. XIS was the first international school in Fujian Province to be authorized by the Ministry of Education to accept expatriate students. XIS moved to its current campus in June, 2002. The full-featured facility is over 30,000 square meters in size and includes a gymnasium, a soccer field, a running track, three basketball courts and an indoor swimming pool. There is also a library, science labs, IT labs and a large cafeteria that can accommodate all students and staff.


This school offers academic programs ranging from Pre-kindergarten to high school, based on the International Baccalaureate curriculum. The current population of XIS is about 400 students. XIS is also accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

XIS is a member of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS). Students at XIS actively takes part in ACAMIS organised events, which in many occasions allow students to travel and compete against other schools across China.

Tuition fees range from $17000-$18000 USD per year, with an additional fee for lunch, transportation and activities.

Elementary School Students[edit]

XIS strictly implements the framework of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, or IB-PYP. THE IB-PYP include academic instructions in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. In addition, students are also able to visit specialized classrooms to learn Art, Music, Physical Education and Information Technology. Students at XIS have also been offered a chance to learn a second language, given a choice of either Mandarin or Korean.

Middle School Students[edit]

XIS Middle School offers the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. (IBMYP) The MYP is a course of study designed to meet the educational needs of students aged 11 – 16 years. XIS was authorized to offer the MYP in 2004. In addition to the core subjects - English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities - all students also attend classes in Art, IT, Physical Education, and a second language – either French, Mandarin or ESOL (English for speakers of other languages). Music is also available for all grades.

High School Students[edit]

XIS High School strictly implements the framework of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The first graduating class of this program completed in May, 2008.

After School Programs[edit]

After School Programs at XIS are also known as ASPs. The school offers activities such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, table tennis, taekwondo, badminton, swimming, peers tutoring, strategy board games, yearbook, Model United Nations, etc.


Lunch service at XIS is provided by Masako. Students or staff interested in purchasing lunch from Masako need to buy a lunch IC card. Recharging money to lunch cards can be done every day in the cafeteria with the Masako staff directly. The Assistant Teacher of each grade can help younger students (PreK-Grade 3) to reload their lunch cards.

Masako offers a small buffet. The choices include such items as spaghetti, sandwich, sushi, hamburger and curry rice, as well as vegetables, fruits and deserts. The cost of one lunch is 25RMB ($3.80 USD) for elementary students and 30RMB ($4.61 USD) for the middle and high school students.

Students can also choose to bring their own lunch (refrigerators and microwave ovens are available).


XIS offers optional transportation service to all students who live in most areas of Xiamen. The buses pick up students in the morning and drop off students after school at designated points on a regular basis. Most school buses arrive to the school at between 8:00 to 8:20 A.M. and depart at between 3:25 to 4:45 P.M.. The late bus at 4:45pm is provided for students who participate in after school programs.

Each school bus is equipped with a mobile phone and is supervised by a Bus Monitor. Bus monitors check students as they board/leave the bus and ensure they remain seated during their journey.


XIS recruit and hire teachers from many countries. While most teachers at XIS come from the United States, XIS also recruit teachers from Russia, China, Philippines, South Korea,Taiwan and other countries. Most teachers at XIS hold at least a bachelor degree from a university and have been trained to instruct the International Baccalaureate Curriculum.

Admission Policy[edit]

The admission policy of the school allows only students with foreign passports to enroll. Some mainland China families have criticized the school's admission policy, casting the issue as a question of the provision of equal educational opportunity regardless of race or ethnicity. However, this is an unfair criticism as the school is limited in this regard by the license it holds from the government. This license only allows it to admit students holding a foreign passport or Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macau ID or students who have a parent or legal guardian with who holds one of the previously mentioned documents.

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Coordinates: 24°35′07″N 118°02′29″E / 24.58538°N 118.04147°E / 24.58538; 118.04147