About Concordia Shanghai
Concordia attracts those families seeking rigorous academics, a whole child philosophy and a welcoming environment for themselves and their children. Our comprehensive American curriculum, from Preschool 3 to Grade 12, produces students with their own unique balance of Global Citizen, Servant Leader, Spirited Athlete, Confident Artist, and Passionate Scholar. We invite you to stop by for a visit and discover for yourself the amazing community that makes up Concordia International School Shanghai.
In the 1980's an inspired group of LCMS (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) visionaries dreamed of a school environment where teachers, students and parents worked side-by-side toward the common goal of attaining world-class, holistic education in a Christian context; a place that inspired and equipped the entire family to make a true difference in their world. In 1998, a small group of teachers from HKIS came to Pudong to build that school. They brought their experience and excellence and used them to build a school from the rice paddies up–literally. Concordia’s first academic year opened with 22 students and a staff of 14—led by founding Head of School Dr. Allan Schmidt. We proudly celebrated our 20th Anniversary and the growth of Concordia Shanghai in the Fall of 2018 with many community members from past and present on our state-of-the-art campus in Shanghai.
Today, Concordia International School Shanghai educates more than 1,300 students from many experiences and backgrounds and offers a complete program from Preschool to Grade 12. Our state-of-the-art campus and facilities allow for our students and teachers to remain on the cutting edge of innovation and advanced learning. Our administrative leadership team is made of experts from a variety of disciplines and industries, including international school education, higher education, and corporate business. Our graduates go to the finest best-fit universities in the world to pursue their passions and serve their individual needs. And our experienced and dedicated faculty provide a premier education experience, wrapped in loving, joyful relationships.
Whether here for one year or fifteen, our students and families are changed for good because of their time at Concordia.
At Concordia, we view every student as a gift from God, entrusted to us by parents, and are committed in Christian stewardship to educate students holistically in a nurturing environment that includes comprehensive and challenging opportunities in academics, creative arts, spirituality, athletics, co-curricular activities and service.
We partner with students and parents in a learning community that facilitates holistic education with high expectations. By giving more than taking, being kind and loving, and practicing forgiveness and peace, our community enables servant leaders. Celebrating our spiritual lives together and valuing everyone as equal, we respect and care for all people, making the best decisions for the individual in the context of community.
Concordia will be a global platform fostering deeper learning and transforming lives to lead change in a complex and dynamic world.
Grab a cup of coffee, find a comfortable spot and peruse our 2019-2020 Concordia Annual Report which features student and faculty demographic snapshots and a summary of our academics, fine arts and athletics. The annual Concordia Report celebrates the passion for excellence that is expressed in each aspect of our school. If this document could come to life, you would experience the vibrant classrooms and engaging teachers as well as the overarching Concordia community that becomes a home-away-from-home for so many expatriate families.
Life Success Starts with Concordia