On behalf of Nanjing International School (NIS) I would like to welcome you to our website. I hope you find it useful and reflective of the warm community spirit that exists at NIS. NIS was founded in 1992 and is proud to be Nanjing’s only IB World School. At present we are home to 720 students from 45 nationalities. We like to think there is a place for all at NIS, an inclusive learning community, as we are proud of our diversity. We pay particular attention to the individual development of each student.
Our Mission – NIS is an inclusive learning community inspiring international mindedness, personal excellence, creative thinking.
NIS is a technology focused school, with all students using wireless laptop computers as an essential tool in their daily learning. Students in MYP and DP grades work in a one-to-one Mac laptop environment, while in Primary we have carts of computers for each grade level and we are piloting an iPad-mini roll out in Grade 1. Our Macquarium, which houses our Mac centre, is a hub of action in the centre of the school serving the needs of students and teachers.
NIS has a very strong sense of community spirit, which is held by students, parents and staff. The best way to experience the NIS community spirit is to visit our stunning campus. The Centre is our community building which welcomes parents daily into our café overlooking the swimming pools.
All our students have the opportunity to study Mandarin Chinese, with Primary students having classes every day. We are proud of being an international school in the ancient capital and cultural centre of China. Coming to NIS and living in Nanjing is an opportunity not to be missed.
NIS History: 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 renovated more and more rented facilities at the Shangri-La. The school grew from 35 to 300 students in 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. It is our 20th anniversary and we care deeply about maintaining a strong sense of our roots.