Shanghai American School
|Shanghai American School|
|Established||September 17, 1912|
|Average class size||18|
|Student to teacher ratio||8:1 (Puxi), 9.7:1 (Pudong)|
|Campus||29 acres (120,000 m2) in Puxi
23 acres (93,000 m2) in Pudong
|Color(s)||Red, White, and Blue|
|Average SAT scores||590-700 (Puxi), 560-680 (Pudong) Critical Reading
660-770 (Puxi), 620-750 (Pudong) Math
600-740 (Puxi), 570-710 (Pudong), Writing
1870-2190 (Puxi), 1780-2100 (Pudong) Total
Shanghai American School (SAS) is a non-profit, co-educational international preparatory school established in 1912 in Shanghai, China. It has a history of more than a 100 years and is well-known among the international schools in Shanghai. SAS has two campuses in Shanghai. The Puxi campus is located in Huacao Town, Minhang District and the Pudong campus is located in the Shanghai Links Executive Community in Pudong.
The SAS Mission Statement states that it inspires in all students a passion for learning, a commitment to act with integrity and compassion, and the courage to live their dreams.
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Shanghai American School, a non-profit organization, opened its doors on September 17, 1912, with 38 students in the old campus on North Szechuen Road. Today, there are more than 3000 students from approximately 40 countries, and nearly 400 teachers from over 27 countries attending the school. Both campuses offer an American-based curriculum from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, and offer the AP and IB education systems from 9th to 12th grade.
Shanghai American School offers courses in both the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) as well as the AP Capstone Diploma. SAS offers a wide variety of course selections within both programs, and course selection outside of the IB or AP.
The SAS high school requires students to earn the following minimum credits to graduate: English - 4 Math - 3 Science - 3 Social Studies - 3 Foreign Language - 2 Physical Education - 2 Electives - 5
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Established in 1912, the Puxi campus is located in the southwest of Shanghai, west of the Hongqiao International Airport. There are separate buildings for the Elementary/Kindergarten, Middle School, and High School, with a separate building for the HS Social Studies, English, and Art classrooms. Additional facilities include a finance house, library, two media centres, and two connected cafeterias. Sports facilities include two grass pitches capable of hosting sports such as rugby, soccer, and baseball, a track and field, three sports halls with basketball and volleyball courts, a fitness center, theater, and an aquatics center. Puxi campus cafeteria food is provided by Sodexo. Students are given a wide variety of meal options, including Italian, American, and Asian cuisine, as well as self-served salad bars, custom sandwich bars, and cafes. Other facilities include 2 "spider web" Climbing ropes, a playground, various basketball courts, a "Eagle Shop" which sells candy, snacks, SAS merchandise and school learning supplies and lastly an Apple tech help/provider/support. The elementary school is located north west of the campus and the middle school and high school in the southern area.
Established in 1998, the Pudong campus is based in the grounds of the Shanghai Links Executive Community, north of the Pudong International Airport. The complex includes a Pre-K3, Pre-K 4, Kindergarten, Elementary School, Middle School and High School, the buildings of which are all interconnected. Other facilities include two cafeterias, multiple gymnasiums, a fitness room, an Aquatics Center, a Performing Arts Center, and three fields. Pudong campus cafeteria food is provided by Eurest. Students are given a wide variety of meal options, including Italian, American, and Asian cuisine, as well as self-served salad bars, custom sandwich bars, and cafes.
SAS is an active member of Asia Pacific Activities Conference (APAC), and participates in many sports such as volleyball, softball, swimming, soccer (football), rugby, tennis, baseball, Track and Field, and basketball, or the arts such as dance, band, orchestra, choir, and theatre. It is also a participant of the China Cup of sports. The Middle School participates in the China International Schools Sports Association (CISSA) League. Students of both the East and West campuses are participants of the Asia Pacific Activities Conference (APAC).
SAS attended the National Academic Quiz Tournaments High School National Championship Tournament twice and hosted the first ever National History Bee and Bowl tournament in Asia, The History Bee and Bowl of China, in February 2012. High school MUN members have the opportunity to attend conferences such as THIMUN Singapore and NAIMUN, in addition to smaller conferences throughout the year. SAS Puxi also hosts SHAMUN in the second semester, a two-day MUN conference for international students around Shanghai. SAS Pudong hosts SHASMUN in the first semester, a three-day international MUN conference. The Puxi campus hosted the first Relay for Life event in Shanghai in April 2007, and it is now an annual event on both campuses. The Pudong campus hosted its first 30 Hour Famine in 2008, and it is now an annual event on both campuses.
It also offers a wide variety of extra curricular activities, with over 100 clubs in the high school alone (as of the 2014-15 academic year). Students are actively involved in clubs including National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, International Thespian Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, SAS Honor Council, Model United Nations (MUN), Poetry Club, Architectural Design Club, Wokai, Community Service, Quiz Bowl, National History Bee and Bowl, Make A Child Smile, Forensics, Amnesty International, Roots and Shoots, Habitat for Humanity, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Documentary Film Making, cooking, Comedy Club, Tabletop Gaming Society, Programming Club, Math Club (popularly called the AoPS or Art of Problem Solving Club, Mu Alpha Theta Club, Korean Culture Appreciation Club (KCAC), Robotics Club, Fencing Club, and Engineering Club.
Notable students and alumni
- James R. Lilley, from the class of 45, was an American diplomat.
- Jung So-ra, from the class of 2009, is the winner of Miss Korea 2010.
- Emily Prager, a former actress, was a teacher in the Pudong campus.
- David Tod Roy, Sinologist.
- J. Stapleton Roy, former US ambassador to China, left SAS after Communist takeover of China in 1949.
- Jean Fritz, an American author, spent her early life at the school as a missionary kid.
- Home page. Shanghai American School. Retrieved on February 19, 2014. "Puxi Campus 258 Jinfeng Road Huacao Town, Minhang Dist. Shanghai, China 201107 6221-1445" and "Pudong Campus Shanghai Links Executive Community 1600 Lingbai Road Sanjiagang, Pudong Shanghai, China 201201 6221-1445"
- "Shanghai American School- History".
- Shanghai American School website
- Profile at the Good Schools Guide International
- Shanghai American School Educational Programs Blog
- SAS Pudong's school profile on Time Out Shanghai Family
- SAS Puxi's school profile on Time Out Shanghai Family