International School of Nanshan Shenzhen

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International School of Nanshan Shenzhen

International School of Nanshan Shenzhen (ISNS; Chinese: 深圳南山国际学校), formerly the International School of Sino-Canada, is an international school in Nanshan District of Shenzhen, China.

It is accredited by the New Brunswick Department of Education in Canada. It offers to its students an internationally recognized Canadian curriculum. ISNS is the first continuum IB World school in Shenzhen, China, authorized in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme.

ISNS was founded in 2002 through the co-operation of the Government of Canada, the Province of New Brunswick and Dr. Francis Pang. ISNS fulfills a local need for international education.

The school guarantees a low student-teacher ratio, no greater than 15 students per kindergarten and grade 1 class along with one TA, 25 students in grades 2 to 12. Every classroom is equipped with a SmartBoard and has access to class sets of macbooks and iPads. The campus includes a large gymnasium, full outdoors track and field, playground and basketball, volleyball and tennis courts.


Accredited by the New Brunswick Department of Education in Canada, the International School of Nanshan Shenzhen offers to its students internationally recognized Canadian curriculum and in the framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme. Students have the option of receiving both a Canadian Diploma and IB Diploma should they be successful in meeting graduation requirements.

The New Brunswick (Canada) curriculum is recognized universally for its quality, breadth and depth. It is an outcomes-based system that ensures all students attains the required knowledge, skills and attitudes before graduation. In the early years, this program provides an emphasis on basic skills, knowledge and attitudes that students will need for later success. As the program moves into Middle School, the subject areas broaden to provide students with experiences in more curriculum areas and to introduce new interests. In High School, the program begins to narrow once again as we prepare students to enter post secondary studies.

All teachers at ISNS are well qualified to teach at their respective levels, meeting Canadian certification standards or the equivalent. The majority of the staff is recruited from Canada. The teachers at ISNS maintain the same standards that would be expected by the Ministry of Education in Canada. The educational programs and teaching methodologies are supported and reviewed by officials from Canada. Students also write Provincial assessments (Province of New Brunswick, Canada) to ensure the consistency of curriculum delivery. thumb The International School of Nanshan Shenzhen offers classes from Kindergarten to Grade 12, with Elementary, Middle School and High School sections. The school also offers Advanced Placement (AP), a program that allows high school students to earn a university credit or advanced standing at most universities and colleges during their Grade 12 year. Students are also prepared to take the Standardized Admissions Test (SAT).

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes are offered to non-English speaking students based on a student assessment using the Cambridge System upon admission. Students also attend one Mandarin as a second language class each day.

In addition to academics ISNS believes in the value of extracurricular activities which are offered to all students, ranging from language development, arts and crafts, music, performances, games, information technology, the school yearbook and newspaper, athletics, etc.

As well as being linked with the Canadian Province of New Brunswick's Department of Education, ISNS is also proudly affiliated with UNESCO, and ACAMIS (Association of China and Mongolia International Schools) and an examination site for SAT, PSAT/NMSQT and AP Exams.

Ever striving to improve itself and the education of its students, ISNS is now a candidate for International Baccalaureate, an organization that “aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.” and ” encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”[1]


Applications for admissions at the International School of Nanshen Shenzhen are accepted throughout the academic year, which runs from September to the June the following year.

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  1. ^ "IB". Retrieved 16 September 2014.  External link in |website= (help)

Coordinates: 22°31′44″N 113°55′42″E / 22.5289°N 113.9283°E / 22.5289; 113.9283