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Overview of 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

        In SSBS,balance in curriculum is achieved through an emphasis on  international-style elective courses,taught fully in English,while incorporating local high school compulsory courses taught in Chinese 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.


Comprehensive 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. 


Admission Policy

        A holistic review process evaluates academic excellence, intellectual vitality and the personal context of each applicant. 

SSBS middle school graduates:

        SSBS middle school graduates are automatically eligible to take the SSBS High School Academic Entrance Examination. The exam score together with the student’s transcript and recommendation from school is used as criterion of admission into SSBS high school. 

Local middle school graduates:

        In order to be admitted conditionally, prospective students must apply, then take the SSBS Enrollment Examination before undergoing an interview. Students are qualified for the final admission if they successfully graduate from Shanghai-based middle schools, with High School Entrance Examination (zhongkao) scores above that of the entrance level of top-tier high schools in Shanghai. 


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. 




Mr. Tang, Shengchang

Deputy Superintendent:

Ms. Li, Ying

High School Deputy Vice


Ms. Su, Ye



High School Vice Principal:

Mr. Pan, Guanwen





Based on the administration’s decades of successful experience with Shanghai High School Local Division and International Division, Shanghai Star-River Bilingual School (SSBS), a new pioneer school located in Shanghai’s Minhang District, focuses on combining the strengths of the Chinese and international  ducational systems in order to explore a hybrid teaching theory suitable for local students of local context. SSBS opened in fall of 2012 and currently enrolls 1800+ students in grades 1-12.

CEEB code:694545

Website: ssbs.sh.cn

College Counseling Office

Mr. Zhang, Aris Head of College Counseling



2588 Jindu Rd,Shanghai, China 201108