American International School of Guangzhou

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American International School of Guangzhou
Elementary Campus: No. 3 Yan Yu Street, Ersha Island, Guangzhou, China
Middle/High School Campus: No19 Kexiang Road, Luogang District, Science Park, Guangzhou, China
Type Private School
Established 1981
Head Merchant Sir Blaine M Petrella
Enrollment 1005
Color(s) Red, white & blue
Athletics conference APAC
Mascot Rams
American International School of Guangzhou[1]
Traditional Chinese 廣州美國人國際學校
Simplified Chinese 广州美国人国际学校

American International School of Guangzhou (AISG) is an American international school in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. The elementary school campus is on Ersha Island in Yuexiu District while the middle and high school campus is in Science Park[note 1], Huangpu District (formerly Luogang District).[2]


The school was founded in 1981 to educate the children of the staff of the American Consulate. It was then based in the Dong Fang Hotel. Students of other nationalities were later admitted and the school relocated to the Garden Hotel in 1985. In 1987 the school received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to teach Kindergarten to Grade 8. In 1994 AISG moved into a purpose-built school in the Greenery[note 2],[3] a housing estate in the Tianhe District.

The High School (Grades 9 through 12) was added and accredited during SY1996-97, and three students formed the first graduating class in 1998. Also in 1998, ASG was reorganized legally as a non-profit corporation in the U.S.A., which then contracted with the school entity registered in China, for the provision of educational services. As part of this process, the school changed its name to the American International School of Guangzhou and gained official recognition by the People’s Republic of China as a school serving expatriate children. In 2001, AISG received authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to offer the IB Diploma Programme. In August 2002, AISG moved to a new purpose-built facility on Ersha Island, and in 2004 received permission from the IBO to offer the Primary Years Program. Grades K-12 were all housed at the Ersha Campus until 2007, when the Middle School and High School divisions moved to a new purpose-built campus located at Science Park, a district in eastern Guangzhou. AISG’s Early Childhood Center, which teaches preschool students from age 3, was also added to the Ersha campus site at this time. AISG celebrated its 35th anniversary during the SY 2016-17 honoring its heritage and inspiring bright futures.

Academic Accreditation and Memberships[edit]

  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • International Baccalaureate World School (IBO)
  • Council of International Schools (CIS)
  • East Asian Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS)
  • Asia Pacific Activities Conference (APAC)
  • Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS)
  • National Center for Curriculum Study and Textbook Development (NCCT)


Elementary Campus on ErSha Island

There are two campuses: Ersha Island Campus (二沙岛校区) and Science Park Campus (科技城校区).[4]

Elementary Campus (Ersha Island)[edit]

  • Classrooms (32)
  • Library
  • Computer labs (3)
  • Science labs (4)
  • Art rooms (2)
  • Music rooms
  • Gymnasium

Middle and High School Campus (Science Park)[edit]

New Middle and High School Campus
  • Classrooms (48)
  • Library
  • Computer labs (4)
  • Science labs (10)
  • Art rooms (3)
  • Separate Music building
  • Practice rooms (8)
  • Theatre (or not)
  • Double Gymnasium (one split in two)
  • Playing Field
  • Dance Studio
  • Dining areas, cafe and lounges
  • Black Box Theatre

Student life[edit]

At the Elementary School, there are various activities such as arts, sport, community or academic thread. Some of the after school activities include drama, choir, sudoku, chess, a Service Learning Club, and a newspaper organization.

Middle and High School students are involved in many extracurricular activities, from student government to a strong performing arts program. Student have opportunities to be members in active Music and Drama Clubs as well as in Model United Nations groups. Community service initiatives include Habitat for Humanity, Roots & Shoots, and working with mentally challenged adults in Guangzhou. There are also opportunities to participate in a wide range of both recreational and competitive sports such as soccer, basketball, badminton, tennis, and volleyball. High School and Middle School students also participate in China Trips where each grade of students travel to an area in China (including Hong Kong, and Macau).

Exchange programs in Asia[edit]

AISG is a member of the Asia Pacific Activities Conference. Participating international schools include International School of Beijing (ISB), Western Academy of Beijing (WAB), Concordia International School Shanghai (CISS), Shanghai American School - Puxi (SAS-PX), Shanghai American School - Pudong (SAS-PD), Hong Kong International School (HKIS), Brent International School (BISM), Taejon Christian International School (TCIS), Canadian Academy (CA), Seoul Foreign School (SFS) and United Nations International School of Hanoi. APAC sponsors many athletic and fine/performing arts events throughout the school year. For each event, competitive high school students from all participating schools travel to a designated school for the year's event, housed by volunteer families of the host school and competing as well as enjoying the culture of their destination. The APAC athletics activities are Basketball, Volleyball, Football, Badminton, Tennis, Swimming and can include others such as Baseball, Cross-country, Rugby etc. The arts is represented by Band, Choir, Drama, Forensics and Orchestra.


Club involvement is considered an integral aspect of the educational experience at the American International School of Guangzhou. As of the 2014-15 school year, AISG has many clubs to join, with an especially strong focus in community service. Some clubs include:

  • Chess Club
  • Chinese Honor Society
  • Choir
  • Community Service Leaders
  • The English Connection
  • Crossroads
  • Dance Club
  • Debate and Forensics Club
  • Drama Club
  • French Club
  • Habitat for Humanity Guangdong
  • Helping Hands
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Landscaping team
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Media Crew
  • Model United Nations (MUN) BEIMUN
  • Musical
  • National Honor Society
  • Outdoor Pursuits
  • Media Crew
  • Roots & ShootsAnimals
  • Roots & Shoots - Environment
  • Roots & Shoots - People
  • Science Club
  • Set Design
  • Spring Play
  • String Ensemble
  • Student Council
  • Visual Arts and Music for Society
  • Writers Café
  • Yoga Club
  • ASB (Associated Student Body)(Pulse)

Student publications[edit]

The Beacon The American International School of Guangzhou's student-run newsmagazine, is published regularly throughout the academic year.

The Mosaic is the American International School of Guangzhou's yearbook.

Artistic License (Literary Magazine) publishes poetry, prose, and artwork by members of the AISG community. It is published annually.

"LIPHY" (Magazine with articles and word definitions aimed at distribution to local students learning English.


Touch Rugby


At the Elementary School, after school sports include volleyball, soccer, floor hockey, taekwondo, table tennis and badminton.

Middle and High School[edit]

AISG fields sports a large number of teams at the High School and Middle School level. Some of the sports that many students participate competitively in are volleyball, basketball, soccer, tennis and badminton, in which they play against other International Schools and Chinese Universities in the region. AISG has recently been invited to join APAC, the Asia Pacific Activities Conference. This allows the students to compete against the top International Schools from China, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. APAC also includes activities such as Drama, Forensics and Debate, Orchestra and Band. AISG has withdrawn from ACAMIS for the high school teams since it is member of APAC. The middle school has become member of the Southern Delta Region Conference (SDRC), which provides opportunities to play other international schools.

AISG has hosted these APAC events

  • Basketball tournament (Pacific Division) - February 2009
  • Tennis tournament (Asia Division) - October 2009
  • Tennis tournament (Pacific Division) - October 2010
  • Orchestra (Pacific Division) - November 2010
  • Cross Country (All APAC) - October 2011
  • APAC Asia Orchestra - November 2015
  • Band (Pacific Division) - February 2015

Middle School Sports[edit]

  • Soccer
  • Touch Rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball

High School Varsity Sports[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Cross-country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Non Varsity Sports[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Cricket
  • Dance Club
  • Soccer
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch Rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Rock Climbing


Catering services on both campuses are provided by Chartwell's. Students have the option to bring food from home or to purchase foods from Chartwell's at lunch. Catering is available in a cafeteria and at the cafe. Chartwell's arranges different menus for every day in the school year. Former complaints of the quality of the food have been addressed and there have been improvements. However, there are still frequent complaints from the student body.[citation needed]


  1. ^ 科学城; 科學城; Kēxuéchéng; fo1 hok6 sing4
  2. ^ 怡苑; Yíyuàn; yi2 jyun2


  1. ^ Home page. American International School of Guangzhou. September 1, 2000. Retrieved on September 16, 2016. "55 Hua Yang Street, Ti Yu Road East, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, 510620, People's Republic of China" - Chinese address: "地址:中国广东省广州市天河区体育东路华阳街55号.邮编:510620"
  2. ^ "Contact Us." American International School of Guangzhou. Retrieved on September 16, 2016. "Ersha Island Campus (Preschool-Gr.5): Address: No. 3 Yan Yu Street South, Ersha Island, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, PR China, 510105 广州市越秀区二沙岛烟雨南街3号" and "Science Park Campus (Gr.6-12): Address: 19, Kexiang Road Luogang District, Science Park, Guangzhou, PR China, 510663 广州市萝岗区科翔路19号" - Detailed map (Archive)
  3. ^ "家私电器齐全 尊贵小区 ." Xingye Real Estate Agency (兴业地产). Retrieved on September 16, 2016. "怡苑位置:怡苑小区(The Greenery)位于天河北体育东路的金利来后面。" (Archive) - Neighborhood is stated as "怡苑" - Address: "地址: 体育东路华阳街55-79号 "
  4. ^ "Campus Map" (Archive). American International School of Guangzhou. Retrieved on September 30, 2015.

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Coordinates: 23°06′35″N 113°18′15″E / 23.109793°N 113.304212°E / 23.109793; 113.304212