Meet Our Latest Sponsor – Hong Qiao International School

Welcome HQIS to the Shanghai Mamas community!


School Intro & History



Shanghai Hong Qiao International School (HQIS) is one of the oldest and most well established schools for international students in Shanghai. HQIS opened its doors in 1997 at Shanghai Zoo with just two classes serving eighteen preschool students. Since then, our student population has steadily increased, opening its Primary School section in 2003 and Upper School in 2014, and now it provides 15 fully articulated grade levels of high-quality international education from Nursery to High School. In 2012 the school became one of the first International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools authorized to teach the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in China. In 2015 the HQIS moves from Shanghai Zoo to the new green and renewable campus located in Gubei Area. Over those 20 years HQIS has consistently pursued high quality inquiry education delivered in a supportive and student-centered environment with a focus on environmental and global issues.



Philosophy and Academics


As one of the leading international schools in Shanghai, we are committed to offering a student-centered holistic education that prepares students for higher education and life beyond the walls of the classroom.



Our philosophy is founded on three educational pillars: Academic Rigor, 21st Century Skills and our Living Environment. These three pillars direct both our instructional methods and school culture. Through inquiry instruction, project-based learning and student-centered school culture, HQIS students are prepared for their roles as Guardians of the Planet and Ambassadors of the Community.



For students from 18 months to 2 years of age, we offer an Emergent Curriculum that builds social skills, large and small motor skills and preparation for future academic growth. For students from 3 to 12 years of age, we offer the IB-PYP Programme. For Middle School and High School students, we implement the American Common Core standards. HQIS offers 18 AP Courses, so that our students can get the best head start on college requirements.



We integrate a solid Mandarin curriculum, AI Coding, Singapore Math, innovative and rigorous PBL Science, and a selection of more than 100 extracurricular activities. In addition, HQIS is an official SAT, AP, and SSAT test site.



Location and Campus



Our campus is located in Gubei Area, one of the most beautiful and exclusive areas in the heart of Shanghai, easily accessible by two nearby metro stations (Yili Road and Yaohong Road) as well as by public and private transportation. It is equipped with top-notch facilities and a state of the art geothermal heating & cooling system partnered with over 200 solar panels which provides HQIS with up to 70% of its daily energy needs.