The Canadian and IB Programme

The International School of Nanshan Shenzhen is the first continuum IB World School in Shenzhen, China.

August 2016


The International School of Nanshan Shenzhen is accredited by the New Brunswick Department of Education in Canada and authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization. ISNS is the first continuum IB World School in Shenzhen, China.  ISNS offers the  International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, Diploma Programme as an IB World School.


The New Brunswick (Canada) curriculum is recognized universally for its quality, breadth and depth. It is an outcomes-based system that ensures all students attains the required knowledge, skills and attitudes before graduation. In the Early and Primary Years, the program provides an emphasis on basic skills, knowledge and attitudes that students will need for later success. As the students progress into Middle Years, the subjects offered broaden to provide students with a wide experience of different subject matters and to introduce new interests. In High School, the program is focused on preparing students for post secondary studies.

Canadian education ensures that teachers, who are trained by recognized universities and with relevant classroom experience, teach all subjects. The teachers maintain the same high standards that would be expected by the Ministry of Education in Canada. The educational programs and teaching methodologies are supported and reviewed by officials from Canada.

Provincial Assessments

To ensure the consistency of curriculum delivery, Provincial assessments are written by our students and then returned to New Brunswick and this data in turn is used to inform our instruction to maintain the high standards of the curriculum.


As well as being affiliated with the Canadian Province of New Brunswick’s Department of Education, ISNS is also affiliated with UNESCO, and with ACAMIS (Association of China and Mongolia International Schools). ISNS is also an examining site for SAT, PSAT/NMSQT and/or AP Exams.

IB World Philosophy

A commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programs of international education that share a powerful vision.*

Mission Statement from the IB

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Age Appropriate Classes

To the degree that is possible, student at ISNS are enrolled in their age appropriate groups. Because ISNS serves such a diverse population, there are a few students who are older than their classmates for that grade. If these students excel in their work and if the teachers feel it would be an educational advantage, we do try to move these students to their age appropriate grade.