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Overview of High School Curriculum

        The curriculum, consisting of academic courses and developing mastery, aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to develop their own philosophy and morality. Comprehensive evaluation is developed to measure the extent to which students have mastered knowledge understandings and application skills in academic courses, and achieved personal development in extra-curricular activities. 


Academic Courses

        Within academic courses, SSBS offers international-style elective courses (95%) and local high school compulsory courses (5%) to its students, the majority of whom come from local backgrounds.

        The international-style elective courses are made up of six main subject groups (Experimental Science, Humanities, Mathematics, Foreign Language, Chinese, Arts and PE). There are different courses within each subject field to allow for flexibility of interest. Furthermore, each of the courses is stratified into different difficulty levels from standard to honors to AP levels to facilitate learning and maintain small class sizes. 


Developing Mastery

        To develop mastery, SSBS implements various campus activities with distinctive themes in accordance with students’ characteristics and grade levels, allowing students to acquire component skills, practice integrating them, know when to apply what they have learned and master in preparation for success in a rapidly changing digital society.

• Community Immersion: Students gain exposure and insight into different ways of life in the community, as well as career options. e.g. career days, presentations, published articles, exhibits.

• Social Activities: Students practice a skill in established arenas for competition with a structured organization. e.g.matches, competitions, meets.

• Subject-Based Inquiry: Students delve into areas of interest or passion related to an academic subject of course. e.g. research project, presentation, or essay.

• Interest Oriented Development: Students explore areas of interest not related to academic subject or course. e.g. gallery showing, recital, exhibition.

• Charity and Service: Students volunteer or fundraise for charities and nonprofits on the local and international scale. e.g. events, presentations on impact, volunteer days, published articles.


Comrehensive Evaluation

• For all academic courses except Arts and PE: SSBS does not rank students numerically because of our highly academic nature and small class size. Instead, individual, weighted grade point averages are reported.
        Grade point average is based on international-style elective courses (except Arts P.E.) taken at SSBS from 10th grade through 12th grade. The weight of different courses is based on the teaching hours of the courses per week. The grade points are determined by the course difficulty level. AP exam scores are taken into computation of overall scores of corresponding courses. The school has chosen not to rank students. Because of highly competitive nature of admission to SSBS, the variety of academic backgrounds of our students, and various mastery the students develop, a numeric rank would not be a fair or useful way to reflect the strength and differences within and among students.

• For extra-curricular activities: each student must finish minimum 80- hours worth of activities & community service for graduation. The school utilizes a teacher’s evaluation form to assess the extent of activity fulfillment as well as students’ personal development. 



Standardized Test Results




Courses Offered 2017-2018


AP Course Selection and Grading System

        SSBS High school students will take a maximum of six AP courses before graduation. Students will normally take up to three Pre-AP courses in tenth grade and will automatically move up to the same corresponding AP courses in eleventh grade. Twelve graders can choose up to one to three AP courses depending on the subjects they chose beforehand. For example, the prerequisite of AP Physics II is taking AP Physics I in eleventh grade or having AP Physics I exam with a score of 5.The school records the students’ transcript with both internal and external assessment. In grade eleven, students who take AP courses, a combination of internal evaluation and external AP score is taken into consideration. If the student scored a 4 in the AP exam, his/ her school year overall score in eleventh grade is 83 and above; if the student scored a 5, the overall score is 90 and above. However, if the student fails any test in the school's internal exams, the rules above does not apply. 


College Acceptance Results of 2018 (As of May, 2018)



Graduation Requirement

        Students in grades 10-12 generally take six academic courses and an elective each year. The minimum requirements for graduation from SSBS include the satisfactory completion of three years of Chinese, English and mathematics(two years of algebra and one year of calculus), three yeas of experimental science (biology, chemistry, computer science and physics), three years of social humanities, three years of Arts and PE. 


SSBS CEEB Code: 694545


College Counseling Office Contact

Mr. Zhang, Aris  Head of College Counseling


2588 Jindu Rd, Shanghai, China 201108