Grab a cup of coffee, find a comfortable spot and peruse our 2017-2018 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.
Who We Are
I had no idea the ease with which you could make new friends and establish a support system here in Shanghai. The community at Concordia was amazing in helping us settle.Stephan F, parent of middle school student
- The Birth of a Dream
- From Hong Kong to Rice Paddies
- Life Changing Excellence
- Educational Connections
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. This is how Concordia was born.
Concordia’s first academic year opened with 22 students and a staff of 14—led by founding Head of School Dr. Allan Schmidt. Today the school educates more than 1,200 students from many experiences and backgrounds and offers a complete program from Preschool to Grade 12. Our graduates go to the finest universities in the world and whether here for one year or through to graduation, our students and families are changed for good because of their time at Concordia.
Concordia International School Shanghai has foundational and ongoing relationships with Hong Kong International School and Concordia International School Hanoi. These relationships provide opportunities for professional collaboration and fellowship between the schools—the only partners of this kind worldwide.
In mainland China, Concordia is an independently operated school with only one campus located in Green City of Jinqiao, Pudong, Shanghai. It is not affiliated with any other schools in China using the name Concordia or Xiehe.In June 2017, Concordia established the first and only “sister school” agreement with East China Normal University Affiliated Bilingual School in mainland China. This connection provides opportunities for teacher and student exchanges, curriculum collaboration and other joint activities. Through these interactions, Concordia will learn from Chinese education practices and contribute toward furthering understanding of American education to the benefit of international students and Chinese students alike. As such Concordia hopes to further its global platform enabling deeper learning for students and fellow educators.
We are intentional about enhancing the student experience and our three-fold, decision-making filter highlights that commitment. When making a decision we ask these questions, in this order:
- What's best for students?
- What's best for the organization?
- What's best for the individual?
Our stakeholders also play an important role in what decisions we should be making at the school.
How We're Funded
Concordia is a self-funded and financially independent entity. All daily operations, activities and investments are funded via tuition and/or gifts to the school.
Additionally, all revenues (after taxes and debt service) have the sole purpose of providing a superior education for Concordia students in terms of expert and qualified faculty, world-class facilities, cutting-edge technology and educational materials.
We believe that the quality of our faculty is one of the more significant factors affecting student achievement. As a direct result, we commit the largest portion of our resources to the salaries and benefits of our faculty. In addition, we strongly believe that ongoing investment in our faculty through professional development is critically important.
Academic and professional associations have enabled Concordia to offer a more robust program for our students than would be possible without these partnerships. From China-regional/international tournaments and festivals for our high school students to professional development for our faculty, our affiliations open doors to excellence and experience for our students and faculty.
APAC was founded in 1995 with the purpose of providing a well-rounded extra-curricular program for international schools in the Asia-Pacific area. Every year schools in different locations in Asia and the Pacific host various APAC tournaments throughout the year; thus students from these schools get the opportunity to travel within Asia-Pacific to not only compete in sports and in the visual and performing arts, but also experience new cultures and destinations.
APAC teams and ensembles from Concordia participate in annual tournaments and festivals each year and often come home champs. Find out where we are headed this year.
ACAMIS was initially founded as a means for students to connect in post-season regional tournaments. Since then, the organization has evolved, adding more sports as well as other student activities, service learning grants, and professional development opportunities for faculty.
Today 34 of ACAMIS’ 50 member schools participate in co-curricular events for High School and Middle School Students. Concordia participates in a selection of ACAMIS events annually.
SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS ACTIVITIES CONFERENCE (SISAC)
Our high school students play against 14 other international schools in the Shanghai International Schools Activities Conference (SISAC). SISAC forms our regular season of play, complete with a North American atmosphere of rivalry and friendly competition with our SISAC siblings. SISAC concludes each of its sports seasons with the City Championship, at which Concordia has earned more than its fair share of trophies in the league’s 12 year history.
China international schools sports association (cissa)
Created in 2000, CISSA is made of 19 international schools in the Shanghai region that take part in athletic events for middle school teams. CISSA is built upon a participatory philosophy, giving every interested student the opportunity to play on a school sports team.
Concordia is the first affiliate school in China with Columbia University’s Teachers College Readers & Writers Workshops.Teachers College, Columbia University is the first and largest graduate school of education in the United States and is also perennially ranked among the nation’s best. Teachers College is committed to a vision of education writ large, encompassing Columbia University's four core areas of expertise: health, education, leadership and psychology.
Concordia International School Shanghai is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since 2000 and the National Lutheran School Accreditation Commission (NLSA) since 2015.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is the foremost accrediting agency for higher learning in the United States. WASC accreditation is a seven-year cycle; Concordia completed its third such accreditation in March 2015. Full details of the findings from the process are available in the 2015 WASC visiting team report.
The National Lutheran School Accreditation Commission (NLSA) has been accrediting schools of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod since 1978. Accreditation decisions have always been based upon a school’s compliance with national standards for Lutheran schools.
The NLSA encourages, assists and recognizes schools that provide quality Christian education and engage in continuous improvement. Evidence-based accreditation allows the effective fulfilment of this mission, thereby providing a valuable service to Lutheran schools.