The school was officially opened by a small group of expatriate parents on October 14th 1992, with 5 students, NIS was a school for very young children only. It was the product of parents who were concerned that being in China should not present an obstacle to the family being together, nor to the children receiving a good education.
After several years in rented rooms in a local school, NIS moved with a handful of students to the Dingshan Hotel (later called Shangri-La). With the help of local businesses, six rooms were renovated for use as a school. Between 1997 and 2004, NIS took over more and more rented facilities at the Shangri-La. The school grew from 35 to 300 students during this time.
In 2004, NIS moved to its own purpose-built premises in Xianlin College and University Town, on the outskirts of Nanjing. Realising this dream was the culmination of a sustained team effort, lasting several years.
The closeness of the NIS community, so prevalent in the 1990s, is something we still value highly today. Our school is a friendly and open place, and we hope that your family too, like those before you, will feel welcome and at home in our school.
Nanjing International School is an inclusive learning community inspiring international mindedness, personal excellence, creative thinking.
We want to live our mission. In order to bring our mission more to life for our students we have recently launched a new strategy. We have two simple sounding goals Student Voice and Choice and Burst the Bubble.
Student Voice and Choice - we believe that students should have an authentic voice in choosing what and how they learn to allow them to achieve personal excellence, to feel included and to think creatively.
Burst the Bubble - we believe that developing the disposition of international mindedness will make our students better equipped young adults to engender understanding in those around them. China is our campus for learning and we need to get more engaged in our host country to genuinely feel a sense of international mindedness.
This strategy is awesome, ask our students.
NIS actively engages with the local community organisations and aims to provide NIS students with opportunities to contribute to and learn from the local Chinese culture. Service is an established part of the school curriculum in PYP, MYP and DP. We believe that involving yourself in and out of school in service activities adds to one's personal excellence and further develops NIS as an inclusive community.
NIS students have been working with the Pfrang Association for 16 years by helping to support the education of disadvantaged Chinese students in Northern Jiangsu province. Currently the Pfrang Association supports approximately 300 Middle / High school students.
Ting Ting Deaf School
We are in our fourth year of interaction with Ting Ting Deaf School and regularly have an reciprocal visits that include various cultural and sporting activities with Primary school Chinese students who are hearing impaired.