Shenzhen American International School

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Shenzhen American International School

Shenzhen American International School (SAIS, simplified Chinese: 深美国际学校; traditional Chinese: 深美國際學校; pinyin: Shēnměi Guójì Xuéxiào; Jyutping: sam1 mei5 gwok3 zai3 hok6 haau6) is an American international school in Shekou, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.

SAIS is a PreK-8 school that uses PBL (Project Based Learning) as it's teaching philosophy, and is heavily influenced by the High Tech High charter schools in San Diego, the Buck Institute for Education, Edutopia, as well as the Maker Movement in general.

SAIS hosts a school Maker Faire every November, has one of Shekou's first school makerspaces (MakerSAIS), and mounts an Exhibition of Learning each spring[1].

Initially a China campus of Lee Academy of Maine,[2] it was approved by the Ministry of Education of China in 2005. Due to issues regarding land, by 2008 it had not yet been built.[3]

It was originally in another location in Nanshan District.[4] The school opened in its current Shekou location in January 2014.[5]

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  1. ^ "Overview." Shenzhen American International School. Retrieved on March 22, 2015.
  2. ^ Sambides, Nick Jr. "Lee Academy opens China campus" (Archive). Bangor Daily News. September 7, 2009. Retrieved on March 22, 2015.
  3. ^ "City to add one more international school" (Archive). Shenzhen Daily. August 12, 2008. Retrieved on March 22, 2015.
  4. ^ "First Chinese proficiency test held" (Archive). City of Shenzhen. Retrieved on March 22, 2015.
  5. ^ "Welcome to SAIS." Shenzhen American International School. Retrieved on March 22, 2015.

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