Nanjing International School

Nanjing International School is a non-profit International school in Xian Lin College and University Town (仙林大学城), Qixia District, Nanjing, enrolling children age 3 to 18, Pre Kindergarten to Grade 12.[1]

Nanjing International School
Nanjing International School
Nanjing International School
Xue Heng Lu 8, Xian Lin College and University Town, Qi Xia District, Nanjing PRC 210023
中国南京市栖霞区仙林大学城学衡路8号 邮编:210023

Coordinates32.0938789°N 118.9170077°E / 32.0938789; 118.9170077
TypeInternational School (non-profit)
DirectorLauren McLellan
GradesPre School - Grade 12
Colour(s)Yellow, Grey, Navy Blue
Nanjing International School
Traditional Chinese南京國際學校
Simplified Chinese南京国际学校

The school offers first language German instruction in Secondary School.


Officially opened by a small group of expatriate parents on October 14, 1992 with five students, ranging from Grades One to Five. The inception of the school was the product of parents wanting to provide a quality education for their children and also enrich their children's education with Chinese language and culture. An American-based curriculum was adopted by the school to meet the high expectations set by the three founding families. A founding member of the school, Shamala Holoch, very effectively took on the role of the school's first administrator for two consecutive years and was instrumental in creating a stable foundation for the school. A certified educator from America, Celia Kim Gibson served as the Head Teacher of The Nanjing International School from 1992 to 1997 and created a quality educational environment based on high standards and sound educational practice on which the school became known for. At the schools inception, a Board of Directors was composed of area businessmen, and an appointed parent board member; the Director of the NIS school board was the acting Co-Director of the Johns-Hopkins University - Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies. These included Alan M. Wachman, William Fredrick Rope, and Gene Dorris. Also, of great importance to the schools' success was the assistance given by Milo Manley, Deputy American Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center, who helped with the accreditation process with the Nanjing Local Government Authorities. Accreditation with the Nanjing local government took many years, requiring patience and resolve. Representatives from The Johns-Hopkins Center and NIS board were able to use their honed Chinese Language abilities to at last obtain local accreditation from the local authorities in 1996 with the assistance of Jan Holoch, Heiko Lubben, Bernard and Daria Weber, Milo Manley, Alan Wachman, and Bill Rope.

After three years in rented rooms at the Nanjing Foreign Language School, (NFLS) the enrollment at the Nanjing International School had expanded requiring more space than the two classrooms could offer at the NFLS. NIS board members approved the renovation of two buildings belonging to, and on the property of, the Dingshan Bingguan(now Shangri-La) hotel. Six rooms were converted into classrooms to accommodate primary/nursery, elementary and middle school students. In 1996, there were four middle school students, approximately twenty elementary students, and a fluctuating enrollment of around twenty primary/nursery students. Pre-Kindergarten was located in their own separate building and Kindergarten through grade six was located in a self-contained building with classrooms and offices. Nanjing International School in-listed the assistance of local Chinese teachers in the specialists areas of Chinese Language, Physical Education, Chinese Music/Dance and Art at the onset of the school and provided a well-rounded and culturally rich curriculum.

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.[2][3][4]


It was the first school in China which is fully authorised by International Baccalaureate Organisation to offer the Primary Years (PYP), Middle Years (MYP) and Diploma Programmes (DP).

Location and facilities

Education technology Technology is ubiquitous at NIS with one to one programs throughout the school supported by the Apple Shop and Macquarium support team.

Sports facilities The Sports facilities contains two full sports halls, a full astro turf soccer pitch, 400m running track, and a 25m swimming pool and additional toddlers pool.

IB Diploma students IB Diploma students in Grades 11 & 12 have their own private area in which to either study or spend down time with friends.

Nanjing International School, a member of ACAMIS,[5] is located at Xianlin College and University Town, northeast of the city of Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. The total area of the purpose-built campus is 70,000m2.

Located next to

Xuezelu (Nanjing Metro)

Indoor facilities include
  • Library
  • PYP Music Room, Music Practice Rooms, MYP Music Room
  • Theatre with capacity for 558 people
  • Two Pools with temperature control flooring and water
  • Gym
  • Cafe
  • Cafeteria
  • IT Technology Shop
  • Design Centre
  • Sound Studio
  • Filming Studio
  • EY Playground
  • Black Box
  • Science Labs
  • PTA Room
Outdoor facilities include
  • Football field and track
  • Safe play area (with climbing frames)
Citizenship (passport) held by teachers
  • USA 24%
  • UK 21%
  • Australia 14%
  • Canada 12%
  • China 8%
  • New Zealand 7%
  • Other 14%

Weekend programs

The Japanese Weekend School of Nanjing (南京日本語補習授業校 Nankin Nihongo Hoshū Jugyō Kō), a Japanese weekend program, holds its classes at NIS.[6]


There are around 720 students from 44 countries, with approximately 43% of students from Asia and 57% from outside of Asia.

  • 16% Europe (excluding Germany)
  • 11% Germany
  • 10% Asia (excluding Korea)
  • 33% Korea
  • 19% North America
  • 7% Australasia
  • 4% Other


  1. "Xue Heng Lu 8, Xian Lin College and University Town, Qi Xia District, Nanjing PRC 210023 中国南京市栖霞区仙林大学城学衡路8号 邮编:210023"
  2. "Reference by Bill Rope NIS.pdf - Google Drive". Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  3. "Shamala Holoch Reference Nanjing.pdf - Google Drive". Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  4. "NIS History | Nanjing International School". 1992-10-14. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  5. "Nanjing International School". Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  6. "学校案内." Japanese Weekend School of Nanjing. Retrieved on April 1, 2015. "所在地 南京国際学校(NIS)"
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