Welcome from the Director of Admissions


Thank you for your interest in SSIS. I am thrilled you are considering becoming a part of our dynamic international community.

Whether you’re already living in Suzhou or relocating to China we’re here to assist and support you in any way we can. No question or inquiry is silly. Whether you want to check on grade level availability, learn more about our IB curriculum or simply need directions on where to find the best black shoes to go with our uniforms, we can help!

We’d love for you to come for a tour. There is nothing better than getting to experience the laughter and love of our school for yourself. To avoid disappointment, I encourage you to schedule an appointment prior to arriving in Suzhou. This allows us to tailor the tour just for you.

We understand that applying for a new school can be time consuming and a bit daunting. We are here to answer any questions you may have during the application process. If our Admissions team can assist you in any way, please feel free to contact us.

I look forward to meeting you soon!

Bridgette Miller
Director of Marketing & Admissions

meet Our Team

The SSIS Admissions team is committed to helping families transition into the SSIS community. We aim to understand your family’s unique needs and support your journey from inquiry to your child’s first day of school. We look forward to welcoming you to the SSIS family. Contact us

10 Great Reasons to Attend SSIS

1. A rigorous, challenging education

SSIS offers a holistic education that encourages self-motivated, lifelong learners, who value other cultures and are responsible, meaningful participants in the international community. SSIS is a fully authorized IB World School, offering the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme.

2. One of the best international schools in China

Our students' excellent academic results are consistently above world average. This is a remarkable achievement given SSIS is a school that fully supports access to the IB Diploma Programme for all students.

3. Something extra for everyone

With over 100 activities to choose from, there is never a shortage of opportunities to explore and participate. From soccer to orchestra to Model United Nations to origami, there really is something for everyone.

4. Outstanding, dedicated, professional staff

These inspirational professionals are certified in their home countries and over half hold advanced degrees. 133 expatriate staff, representing more than 20 different countries, and 31 Chinese national teachers, work collaboratively to ensure a holistic, interdisciplinary, and effective approach to teaching and learning.

5. Exceptional facilities to support the latest in teaching and learning

With a 650 seat theatre and a black box theatre, eight science labs, six art rooms, five music rooms, ten music practice rooms, a media centre, a heated indoor swimming pool, two FIFA-certified football (soccer) fields, floodlit tennis courts, a 400 metre running track, two libraries, two double gymnasiums, two canteens and an air purification system throughout who could ask for more?

6. Helping students to be the best they can be

In a positive environment where students support each other our school is not just a place to learn but also to socialize and play. Students from every age and nationality meet and mix with other students, creating a sense of identity and belonging. Students come to learn but leave with something more.

7. Not just a school, an international community

School is not just for students! Parents are a key part of the SSIS community, and regularly attend information events to discuss school issues and build shared understanding of SSIS beliefs, goals and procedures. We have an active Parent School Partnership committee, which is made up of committed parents from all parts of the school who contribute to school life in many ways, from serving on uniform and canteen review committees to organising school wide family events. Parent volunteers are valued and welcomed, where there are many opportunities to enrich student learning, join field trips, and support sports teams, extra-curricular activities and school wide events.

With over 45 different nationalities we celebrate our diversity throughout the year in a multitude of ways, culminating with the International Family Day in May; a celebration of the many different nationalities present in our school community aimed at raising money for local charities.

8. Speaking in many tongues

While English is the language of instruction at SSIS we actively support the maintenance and development of all the mother tongue languages. Chinese, Korean, German, Japanese, Spanish and French are offered at different grade levels within our curriculum, and classroom space is provided to parent groups who set up classes in additional languages outside of school hours. For those who need support with English we offer a comprehensive English as a Second Language (ESL) programme.

9. Local, regional and global partnerships

As well as being an IB World School, SSIS is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and National Center for School Curriculum and Textbook Instruction (NCCT). SSIS is a member of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS), East Asian Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS), China International School Sport Association (CISSA) and Shanghai International School Athletic Conference (SISAC). The school is a member of a group of international schools and kindergartens in China and locally we partner with charitable organizations and schools to give students the opportunity to experience life in their local community.

10. Finding the right path

Our college counsellors work with students (and their parents) to help choose and apply for colleges and universities across the world. Graduates from SSIS have been accepted by prestigious colleges and universities including University of Cambridge, the London School of Economics and Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne in Europe, Vassar College and McGill University in North America and the University of Hong Kong and Seoul National University in Asia.

See SSIS in action through the eyes of our Grade 12 students, Jay and Tommy