Admissions Criteria

How and when are admission decisions made?

At Shanghai American School, admissions is selective. Decisions are based on a holistic review of each candidate's demonstrated academic potential, their developmental, social, and behavioral background, as well as their English language proficiency. Alignment in values and expectations between family and school is also considered.

Parents should note that admission decisions are based on best fit according to the school’s mission, values and goals. They are not made on a first-come, first-served basis. Amongst equally qualified candidates, priority consideration - not automatic placement - will be given, in no particular order, to:

  • Returning students in good standing 
  • Those with siblings currently attending SAS 
  • U.S. and other foreign citizens 
  • Those with an international background and/or international schooling 
  • Those with stronger academic English proficiency 

Admissions decisions also take into account the balance of English language learners and other relevant demographic factors to ensure that a diverse and vibrant cohort is joining our learning community at each grade level.

Decision Process and Outcomes

  1. Applications are reviewed for qualification
  2. Qualified applications are placed into the wait pool
  3. Qualified applications are considered alongside other wait pooled applications at decision rounds for either:
       • An offer of admission
       • A decline of application, or 
       • A continuation of wait pool

Decision Rounds

Shanghai American School receives and reviews applications on a rolling basis. We encourage families to submit all required documents by the published submission dates so applications can be considered in the relevant decision round:

Pre-Kindergarten 3 & 4

                                                         Completed Application* SUBMITTED By Announcement
Decision Round 1 Jan 6, 2023 February
Decision Round 2 Feb 17, 2023 March
AdHoc After Feb 17, 2023 Rolling

Kindergarten - Grade 12

                                                         Completed Application* SUBMITTED By Announcement
Decision Round 1 Nov 23, 2022 January
Decision Round 2 Feb 17, 2023 March
AdHoc After Feb 17, 2023 Rolling

For example, for a Grade 1 application to be considered in Decision Round 1, the application must be completed by November 23, 2022 and an admission decision will be announced in January, 2023. 

*An application is considered ‘completed’ when the application fee is paid and the online application form and all required supporting documents have been submitted. You will receive an acknowledgement from your Admission Officer once your application is completed and they will invite you for any necessary assessments and/or interviews at that time. 

Admissions Update

We continue to accept applications for the 23/24 school year. However, seating is now very limited across many grade levels on both campuses. If you would like additional information on seat availability, please contact our admissions office directly.

Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for the 22/23 school year.