Shanghai Rego International School

The Shanghai Rego International School (simplified Chinese: 上海瑞金国际学校; traditional Chinese: 上海瑞金國際學校; pinyin: Shànghǎi Ruìjīn Guójì Xuéxiào[1]) was a private international school located in Minhang District, Shanghai, China. The school operated on the National Curriculum (UK), delivers the IB-Diploma Program to 16- to 18-year-olds and provides a learning environment for expatriate children aged 2–18. The school delivered the English National Curriculum from Nursery to Key Stage 5 (ages 2–18) which includes the ICGSE and A Level Programme.

Shanghai Rego International School
School typePrivate Business
Established1 September 2003 (2003-09-01)
Age3 to 18

To accommodate non-native English speakers and to facilitate the transfer back to the home country, the school offered a fully integrated Mother Tongue Programme in Dutch, German, French, Spanish and Chinese.


The school was located in Minhang District, Shanghai,12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from the Shanghai Zoo Hongqiao, 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) from Xujiahui, 17 kilometres (11 mi) from Zhongshan Park, 19 kilometres (12 mi) from Xintiandi, 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Jing'an Temple, and 23 kilometres (14 mi) from Lujiazui.[2]


An extensive Mother Tongue Program including: Dutch, German, French, Spanish and Chinese. There are also many Extra-curricular activities, Sport Clubs, Art, Drama and Music. There is also EAL for students with English as their secondary language.

Sports teams

Rego used to have many competitive sports teams, including rugby, football, swimming, netball, basketball and volleyball. The school does not have sufficient student numbers to field teams now.


In 2012 it was announced that the school had been struggling to obtain the proper permits and authorizations from the local Chinese government. The owner of the school stated publicly that the teachers had been working in Shanghai with tourist visas for at least 6 months. Tourist visas only allow visitors to stay for 30 days and it is illegal to work in China while visiting with a tourist visa.[3] He also admitted there were "difficulties" paying the teachers on a regular schedule, but the administration declined to provide details on what exactly these difficulties were. The school has since closed due to unpaid staff, including teachers, a bus company, catering, cleaning services and guards.[4]

The government has stated that when the school's land-lease expires in 2013, it will not be eligible for renewal. This decision was made to satisfy the growing needs of the city, allowing Shanghai to create a new public school.[5]

The pay dispute crisis continued into 2014, where by February, there were 40 students remaining.[6]


  1. "Schools Approved by the Ministry of Education For Enrolling Children of Foreign Nationals" (Archive). Ministry of Education of China. Retrieved on August 17, 2015.
  2. "Contact Archived 2013-08-12 at the Wayback Machine." Shanghai Rego International School. Retrieved on February 26, 2014. "159 DiannanRoad, Minhang 201100 Shanghai"
  3. "ShanghaiDaily Mobile". 2012-01-19. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
  4. "Breaking News: Shanghai Rego Foreign Teachers Face Loss of Visas - Shanghai - Shanghai Blogs Blog | City Weekend Guide". Retrieved 2012-09-19.
  5. Harris, Dan (2012-01-19). "Shanghai Rego International School. One-Off Or Sign Of Things To Come?". China Law Blog. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
  6. Ma, Yue. "Shanghai Rego’s future unclear as pay row goes on" (Archive). Shanghai Daily. February 26, 2014. Retrieved on September 16, 2015.

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