Dear Community Members, Students, and Parents,

   I am thrilled to welcome all of you to Shenzhen American International School! As the             principal, it’s my joy to introduce our school and all the amazing things we have in store       for  you.

   The mission of the International Baccalaureate organization is fully embraced in our         school. The core of our school’s ideology, directs us in our pursuit of academic success and    the holistic development of the IB’s educational framework.

   We promote a culture of inquiry, critical thinking, and global awareness through the IB and    AP curriculum. We believe it’s vital to give our students the tools they need to be lifelong     learners and be prepared for the challenges of a dynamic environment. The IB curriculum     fosters students’ intellectual, emotional, and social development by encouraging them to     investigate a wide range of topics with global significance.

  Language is a powerful tool for promoting understanding and connection, not just a means of communication. At SAIS, we prioritize language and push our students to master bilingual education through effective communication. Our students widen their perspectives, get a deeper understanding of culture, and develop a feeling of global citizenship.

The SAIS philosophy supports holistic education and places a strong emphasis on the growth of the whole student. Along with their academic achievements, it’s important to support our students’ physical, social, and emotional well-being. We give our students the chance to explore their passions, develop leadership qualities, inquire, and create a strong sense of personal and social responsibility through a variety of extracurricular activities, athletics, art, and community projects.

What makes SAIS truly special is our diverse community. We have students and educators from all over the globe, bringing with them unique perspectives, traditions, and experiences. This global variety of cultures creates an environment where learning goes beyond the textbooks. Our students learn from each other, celebrate their differences, and build friendships that will last a lifetime.

I invite you to join us on this exciting journey of inquiry, growth, and global citizenship. Together, let’s create a nurturing and inspiring environment where our students can thrive academically, emotionally, and socially. Let’s empower them become the leaders of tomorrow, equipped with the skills, knowledge, and compassion to make a positive difference in the world.

Thank you for trusting us with your child’s education. I am honored to be a part of this wonderful community and I can’t wait to see what we’ll achieve together.

Warm regards,

Joseph M. Cirelli

Academic Principal

Shenzhen American International School

Dear SAIS Community,

   With the  dawn of another academic year at Shenzhen American International School, I  am filled with both pride and eager anticipation as we embrace the foundational  principles of our educational philosophy within our distinctive community. At SAIS, our mission stands unequivocal: to nurture a collaborative and inquiry-driven learning environment that fosters open-mindedness, resilience, and an enduring passion for knowledge. These principles empower our students to actively contribute to their communities and serve as agents of positive change in our world.

   At the core of our educational journey lies a commitment to collaboration and inquiry. We encourage our students to ask questions, seek answers, and explore the depths of their curiosity. This approach ignites their enthusiasm for lifelong learning and enriches their understanding of the world.

  Our dedication to fostering an open-minded and diverse community is one of our most cherished attributes. It is within this diversity, where educators and students from diverse backgrounds converge, that we cultivate open-mindedness and resilience. SAIS not only accepts but celebrates differing viewpoints, recognizing that genuine growth and transformation occur within this dynamic milieu.

As educators, we bear the profound responsibility of nurturing future leaders and global citizens who shoulder the responsibility for positive change. Our educational philosophy equips students with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to confront global challenges and effect meaningful change.

What truly sets SAIS apart is our diverse community of educators and students. It is within this tapestry of cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives that we foster an environment where innovation thrives, and novel ideas take root. We take immense pride in being part of this unique community.

Our fantastic team, characterized by their exceptional educational backgrounds and extensive experience, plays an instrumental role in guiding our children towards their educational aspirations while aligning with the school’s philosophy.

As we embark on this academic year, let us wholeheartedly embrace our educational philosophy and SAIS’s mission. Let us continue to cultivate a culture characterized by collaboration, inquiry, open-mindedness, and resilience. Together, we will empower our students not only as scholars but also as considerate, compassionate, and impactful members of society.

I am enthusiastic about the journey ahead and the limitless possibilities it holds for each one of us.

Warm regards,

Dr. Swati Nigam


Shenzhen American International School