As one of the best international American schools in China, we expect much from our students and provide the instruction and holistic support they need to excel. Amazing results ensue. Concordia is Shanghai's best American school where students find their unique balance through authentic experience within a vibrant community of quality faculty, engaged parents, and passionate students. That's the Concordia Advantage.
Discover what makes Concordia Shanghai the best international school in China.
We prepare our students for entrance into some of the world’s top institutions of higher education. Students explore a broad base of subjects in all academic areas with an emphasis placed on opportunities for authentic, deeper learning.
We intentionally focus on helping develop the disposition to think, feel, and behave ethically and responsibly, growing ours students' minds as well as their hearts. Students are engage across disciplines and divisions in meaningful service to others.
At Concordia, we encourage students to find balance and support them in their pursuit of personal excellence. As a result, our students take away the experience of having tried many things, gaining mastery as they delve deeper into a subject or activity and building confidence in their ability to adapt and learn new skills along the way.
Our Athletic Department provides a holistic approach to athletics that encourages our students towards a growth mindset. For us, athletics is a vehicle to learn life lessons in self-management, teamwork and resiliency.
Our Fine Arts Department offers a range of artistic outlets that are integrated into our students’ course of academic study on a continuum designed to foster creativity, collaboration, and self-expression through performance and exhibition in the study of music, theatre and visual arts.
Our extracurricular program includes activities, sports, and clubs that run parallel to the curriculum and provide additional learning that aligns across grade levels. These intentional, age-appropriate activities start in the early grades and continue through high school.
We have developed a number of signature programs and partnerships that allow us to provide exceptional learning opportunities to students.
Concordia's Class of 2024 achieves exceptional success in early college applications, receiving offers from top global universities, showcasing academic excellence.
Education Insight features Concordia Shanghai and the contributions of Head of School, Mr. Steve Winkelman, in their 2023 list of Top 10 Most Valuable Schools in Asia.
Concordia middle schoolers excel in the World Scholar’s Cup Global Rounds, earning multiple awards and qualifying for the champions at Yale University.
Concordia is honored to be recognized in Newsweek Education Insight's article on Leading International Schools 2023, showcasing our commitment to excellence in education.
Concordia alumnus Arthur Yeung transitions from engineering to winemaking, shaping Penglai's wine tourism and enriching the community with passion & purpose.
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Our culture of involvement and interaction between students, faculty and engaged parents creates a unique academic ecosystem where students thrive holistically.
One of my favorite things about Concordia is that I’ve found a lot of passions here. I discovered my passion for coding in fifth grade from digital literacy class. Also, the Concordia teachers are really nice and know how to make you feel part of the community.
Concordia middle school studentMy teachers throughout the years have pushed me to face my fears and grow my strengths. I've learned so much about the world and its cultures from having friends and teachers from countries all around the globe.
High school student, Class of '23Concordia’s growth mindset, environment and extremely supportive faculty structured around a holistic education, allows students to search, and pursue their passions.
Shreyas S, Class of ’25 (left)
Concordia time and time again has exceeded my expectations with their unwavering support for my passion, no matter how big or insurmountable a project or goal seemed. Marcus C, Class of '25 (right)
Founders of the Phoenix Squadron Club
Teachers at Concordia are very supportive, and they want to do more than just teach academics. The teachers here have created a very safe environment, which I have been very appreciative of. It also makes the learning experience a lot easier.
High school student, Class of ‘24
I can see that at Concordia my son is cared for as an individual. His strengths are nurtured and weaknesses addressed. The teachers are very professional and dedicated. And most importantly, kids are very motivated, and truly love the school and the environment.
Oksana K, mother of a Concordia ES student
Concordia is a very special school. It not only focuses on academics, although it is very strong in academics, but also focuses on developing a kid’s other intelligences—for example drawing, technology, and even music—which makes kids more well-rounded.
Father of a Concordia middle school studentConcordia is a place where parents can really get involved. Coming from a different country, from a different experience, one way to plug in, make friends, and become part of the community is working with the PSO. It’s a great way to meet people, to build friendships and to do things that make a difference.
Mother of two Concordia studentsConcordia not only fosters our children's academic development but also allows them to learn how to fundamentally become better people, which will have a lifelong influence on them. Therefore, Concordia fits well with the educational philosophy of our family.
Mother of two Concordia studentsI think Concordia really excelled at two things—One was teaching you how to think, instead of just telling you what to memorize; Two was forming you as a holistic person and really having you self-interrogate: What are your values? What are your principles? How are you fostering real and true and genuine relationships with people around you?
Class of '16, attended Harvard University, currently an associate with McKinsey & Company
Class of '19, matriculated at Brown University
Concordia means a lot to me, as it provides a platform where I can put my passion for teaching into practice and continue growing professionally. The most enjoyable thing for me to teach at Concordia is to watch students grow and get better, and achieve success as we put time and effort into their K-12 holistic education.
Elementary School Teacher
Concordia values the social and emotional growth of its students, and helps them grow as people. There are various programs and activities that provide students opportunities to develop leadership skills, empathy, and cultural competence. Also, I love that the school promotes an inclusive and supportive environment that celebrates diversity and encourages open-mindedness.
Elementary School PrincipalAt Concordia, we’re proud to help students to pursue their passions and achieve their goals. Our programs set them up for success. Watching students flourishing and propelling their passion and enthusiasm beyond the exosphere, and witnessing them applying what they learn and putting their ideas and creativity into building practical applications is the most exciting part.
High School Teacher