Concordia’s philosophy of balance permeates every part of our students’ lives and evolves as a student progresses through the grades. We offer programs that are focused and refined, encouraging our students towards passionate excellence, polishing their natural gifts and achieving their goals.
Holistic education includes enrichment opportunities that develop mental, physical, artistic and social skills.
Joining forces with students from other large schools throughout Asia is a highlight for APAC participants.
iHub presents public events where bestselling authors and leading experts present on thought-provoking content.
The school experience doesn’t stop at the classroom door. In fact, many would stay that the activities that go on outside the classroom are just as important. From Popcorn Tuesdays in high school, where parents pass out popcorn to students for no particular reason, to elementary school students line dancing with their parents at a special dance party, the fun and excitement just doesn’t stop! During the year you may find your middle school student competing in Concordia Idol, your older student playing Quidditch with a broom during High School Olympic Week, or your youngest joining a special movie night to raise funds for charity. But what you won’t find is a student of any age with nothing to do and no where to go to connect and build community with other students, their favorite faculty, or other families.
In keeping with Concordia’s ethos as a school based on Christian values we support and integrate many types, and levels, of service across the school community. We have a long tradition of student, faculty and parent led service and charity projects and the entire community is encouraged to get involved!
At Concordia, we promote entire community involvement to foster and model a heart of serving and caring for others. Below are a couple examples of service opportunities in which community members regularly participate.
Youth Empowering Progress (YEP), initially known as the Yunnan Education Project, was founded by three Concordia high school students after their TriBES trip to the Western province. Starting with small fundraising dinners to provide a scholarship for a student in need. The organization has grown over the years to support not only education but also fresh water and health projects through the Concordia Welfare and Education Foundation (CWEF).
Over the years we have fostered links with several charities working in Shanghai and across China to help and support those in need. Students across the campus have raised funds for many groups including the Heart to Heart, Baobei, Raising Hope International and the victims of the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan. And each year families help make a difference to children of migrant workers through the Community Center Shanghai’s Giving Tree project.
Student Media Services (SMS) serves our community through technological means. Viewing technology and media as an indispensable and vital tool in modern society, SMS strives to promote the usage and education of technology. Our goal is to further empower our community using the new technology provided to us in the Digital Lab and forge peer educational relationships between students and SMS mentors at Concordia and (global classroom).
The Concordia International School Shanghai Model United Nations (CISSMUN) conference is a three-day simulation of the United Nations that takes place on Concordia's campus each spring. The goal and mission of CISSMUN is to provide a venue in which students of diverse backgrounds can hone the skills of research, public speaking and negotiation while cultivating the virtues of active global citizenship and principle-centered leadership.
Regular assemblies in each school division allows students to engage and connect. In Elementary School, assemblies contain activities from singing and dancing to skits and story telling. Middle School students can research assembly themes, learn to hone public speaking skills, create videos and draft original skits to perform for the community. High school assemblies are designed as a time of quiet reflection, allowing students and staff to to gather together in a break from their busy schedules.
All-school assemblies bring the entire community together at the beginning and end of the year, at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chinese New Year and Easter. Each assembly is organized by and showcases the creativity and talents of students and staff from different school divisions.
National History Day in Asia, known now as NHD China, was initiated in by Concordia in 2008. This activity is an exciting way for teachers, students, and community members from a variety of backgrounds to gather, discuss, present, and appreciate high quality historical research.
Students who place first or second in the Senior Division event have the opportunity to advance to the U.S. National History Day Final Contest, held at the University of Maryland, College Park in June.
There is a tremendous sense of pride and school spirit among our community. Families dig out their spirit wear (or visit the Phoenix shop to buy some) and come out and cheer for our teams on Phoenix Fridays. The sense of connectedness on our campus is lasting. Once you've joined our community, you're a phoenix for life.
Go Phoenix soar on to Vic’try
Valiant champions bold and true
Glory, honor and tradition
For the colors White and Blue
(chant) Rah! Rah! Rah!
Soar swiftly Phoenix
Gliding steadfast up on high
From the North, South, East and the West
Rise Phoenix Rise!
C-I-S-S, C-I-S-S Go! Phoenix Go!
From the North, South, East and the West
Rise Phoenix Rise!!!