Inspiring minds to shape the future


WISS cultivates healthy, balanced, confident and ethical people; striving to challenge and stimulate students to inquire, wonder, discover, and create each day. We aim to send into the world brave, compassionate, internationally minded global citizens with the skill and intellect to help shape the future.


As a CIS Member school , the Western International School of Shanghai upholds the CIS Code of Ethics. All CIS members are expected to:

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  • Fulfill the promises stated in their guiding statements, policies, contracts and promotional materials.
  • Strive for excellence.
  • Nurture a culture of care in which the education, safety and well-being of students and others are paramount.
  • Comply with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Respect the dignity and equality of all individuals, groups and cultures.
  • Promote global citizenship.

The Western International School of Shanghai is also fully committed to the principles and values enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNRC) and seeks to ensure that these are promoted in all aspects of the school’s operation. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international human rights treaty that grants all children a comprehensive set of rights. We place great importance in all of our students knowing and valuing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to improve well-being and develop every child’s potential.

WISS Core Values


WISS is nurturing and inspiring our young people to achieve through fostering our students’ passions.


WISS has a caring community made up of students, parents, and staff who are dedicated to serving those within and outside of the WISS community.

Balanced Curriculum

WISS offers a well-rounded curriculum with strong academics, language programs, creative arts, and sports.

Diversity Driven

WISS students represent over 40 nationalities who are open-minded, embrace different cultures and beliefs, and celebrate diversity.

Future Oriented

WISS has an innovative approach to teaching and learning that is both progressive and pioneering for the future.

As a full continuum IB World School offering the four programmes of the International Baccalaureate (IB): the Primary Years Programme (IBPYP), the Middle Years Programme (IBMYP), the Diploma Programme (IBDP), and the Career-related Programme (IBCP), the IB learner profile is ingrained in our community.

IB Learner Profile

The IB defines the characteristics of students who are aware of and sensitive to the experiences of others. These create a profile of the IB student, which we strive to encourage in all our students and which help teachers and students to establish goals, plan units of inquiry, and assess performance.



They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.


They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.


They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.


They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.


They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.


They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.


They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.


They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate In defending their beliefs.


They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.


They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

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