Concordia International School Shanghai

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Concordia International School (Chinese: 上海协和国际学校, Shànghǎi Xiéhé Guójì Xuéxiào) is a private, Christian, international school located in Pudong, Shanghai, China, founded in 1998. It is a part of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS). The school’s launch followed considerable feasibility research and numerous requests from the Hong Kong corporate community for a school.


Founded in 1998, Concordia has grown from 22 students and 14 staff members under the direction of founder Allan Schmidt to its current enrollment of over 1,200 students from pre-K to grade 12 under the direction of Dr. Mary Scott, the head of school. In August 2007, the school opened its new elementary school building (replacing an existing structure) and the David F. Rittmann Fine Arts Center (featuring a 450-seat theater to support the drama program, 2D and 3D art rooms, art gallery, band/choir/orchestra rooms, and music practice rooms). For the start of the 2015/2016 school year, Concordia added a new welcome center, cooking studio, drama room, business center, student media center, artificial turf, and a blue track to the school. For the start of the 2016/2017 school year, Concordia added new wall extensions, enclosing passages between, and into, buildings, a new music department office, a new Luther meeting room, and a middle school classroom (where the old Luther room used to be). In 2018, following the food safety scandal at the Shanghai SMIC Private School, the Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration conducted an investigation of other cafeterias in the city operated by Eurest, a subsidiary of Compass Group. The government agency discovered a bottle of expired seasoning in the cafeteria and expired bread in a nearby garbage bin. The school was ordered to terminate its relationship with Eurest.

Religious affiliation

Concordia follows the traditional education of the LCMS. This schooling system focuses on three main elements: body, mind and spirit. Concordia International School Shanghai is one of the three international schools in Asia operated by the LCMS. Concordia welcomes families and students of all faiths.

Programs and services

Concordia International School Shanghai offers several programs throughout the year for students from pre-K to grade 12. Programs range from sports such as soccer, softball, tennis, swimming, basketball, volleyball, baseball, cross country, track, and ultimate frisbee. Concordia is a member of the Asia Pacific Activities Conference which hosts competition events for international schools in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines. Concordia also participates in APAC with various athletics and arts teams. Concordia International School Shanghai is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In addition, Concordia is also a member of associations, such as ACAMIS and EARCOS.

School statistics

32: The number of nations represented by the Concordia student body 1,167: Student enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year 31%: Percentage of Concordia teachers with bachelor's degrees pursuing graduate degrees 62%: Percentage of Concordia teachers with over 10 years teaching experience 12%: Average annual teacher turnover from 2010-2014A full list of school report can be seen at Concordia's website.
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