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About the Host School

Currently there are over 1,600 students enrolled from ages of 15-18. The facilities are very good and include computer and language labs, indoor and outdoor stadiums and dormitories for the large cohort of weekly and full boarders. The school attracts a very high proportion of well educated and well qualified teachers and is a highly sought after setting for Chinese educators.

About the IB Centre

The IB Centre opened with the first student intake in September 2011. Currently there are 268 students in three year groups with 19 expatriate teachers and 5 Chinese teachers. Our students are lively and interesting young people who have adapted to a new pedagogy, new school and new teachers. Many are also boarding for the first time. They are keen to learn and excited about the challenge of the IB and the requirement to study in English. The Centre has access to all resources from the host school, including science labs, IT, studios, and lecture theatres. It also has its own classrooms, study rooms, teacher rooms, printing room and meeting room.

We have a prep room for our three Science labs, a music room, a greatly expanded IB library, and several classrooms to accommodate our larger student population.

Our students are very active in extracurricular activities. The IB CAS program (Creativity, Action, Service) requires students to actively take part in and reflect on extracurricular work; at our Centre we have a very wide range of CAS clubs: football, cricket, table tennis, volleyball, dance, Roots & Shoots, MUN, Aviation, carpentry, French, IBTV video club, yearbook, arts and crafts, peer tutoring, photography, choir, and more.


Shanghai is an exciting "cutting edge" cosmopolitan city with a multitude of activities. It is an architecture lover’s dream, with ultramodern skyscrapers, colonial lane houses, and Buddhist temples virtually side-by-side. There are exhibitions, jazz clubs, shopping malls and many quaint side streets with small restaurants to sample. With friendly local people and a large expatriate community it is easy to make friends. Shanghai offers a fast-paced urban lifestyle for the on-the-go professional with simple or sophisticated tastes. Travel opportunities abound both domestically and around Asia.

Several teachers live within a 30-minute walk/10 minute drive of the school in northern Shanghai, though some staff do live closer to downtown. Shanghai has a great public transport system and the thousands of taxis offer convenient travel to and from downtown. 


Teacher Case Study

Johanna Jacobsen

Teaching is a second career for me. I spent many years in Boston, first as an executive assistant and then an account executive at an advertising firm, while I worked towards a BFA in English followed by an MA in Education. I chose a teaching career after years (too many) in the business sector because I was unsatisfied at my job. It was all about making money and I wanted to do something that was fulfilling. It's a cliché but true. I ended up at a suburban high school in southeastern Connecticut, where I taught literature analysis and writing skills to Seniors.

My role here is two-fold. My first role is teaching English, primarily English language acquisition but some literature as well. Keeping students engaged is paramount so I try to make learning as interesting and fun as possible. My second role here is to prepare students for university in the West. The cultures are significantly different and it's important that they understand as much as possible about the differences in order to minimize the transition and increase their chance of success.

My colleagues are great and a definite benefit of working here. The people I work with are smart, hardworking, and charismatic. They immediately, literally the day I arrived, welcomed me into their social circle and, when the school year began, my department mates were supportive in terms of helping with lesson content and coaching through the learning curve that comes with learning a new curriculum.  Another benefit is the kids. Everybody I know appreciates teaching Chinese students and, if you read more about teaching in this country, you will hear it over and over again. I've taught plenty of "reluctant learners" but not one of them was here. They are a pleasure.

The lifestyle is comfortable and it's a huge city! Lots to do and plenty of people to meet. I live near the school which is located near a university. This means plenty of coffee shops and a bit of Western food. Some of my colleagues live downtown, so if that's your preference, it's definitely an option.

I've worked abroad for short summer stints but never packed up, stored all of my belongings, hugged my friends and family, and moved out of the country. I was nervous moving here alone because of the cultural differences and the fact that I didn't speak any Chinese but it's been just fine. Though, I strongly recommend learning some basic Chinese before you come!

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Student Case Study

What if you had the opportunity to groom some of the brightest young minds of this generation? What if you could help those students to achieve their goals and ambitions on an international platform? At Dipont Education we are proud to support some of the most dedicated and talented students in China. Here's a peek at some of the students enrolled at one of our partner schools, The High School Affiliated to Jiao Tong University.


Sherry is a gifted Grade 12 student preparing for her final IB exams in 2018. She is an accomplished young person, taking four Higher Level IB courses and predicted a 44 point IB Bilingual Diploma. In addition to being a superb student, Sherry has also distinguished herself beyond the classroom. In 2015, Sherry was a United States Academic Decathlon finalist, flying to Alaska to represent her school. After spending the summer of 2016 at Yale as part of the Yale Young Global Scholars program, Sherry developed a STEM teaching project as part of our Research and Design Center. Her success with this project earned her a place to present at the International Environmental Science Fair (i-SWEEEP) in Houston in 2017 and first place in the ‘Odyssey of the Mind’ World Final.


Though he is only in Grade 11, Steven is already attracting the attention of the finest universities. Every year, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) sees high school students from around the world compete for the chance to showcase their independent research. Competition is fierce for the prize pot totalling 4 million US dollars. Steven has been selected to represent Shanghai, China-wide, and at a global level three times. In Shanghai, he finished in the top ten of 1800 participants. He went on to win the China Innovation Award and represented the country at the Intel Science Fair in the US. For 2018, he has already qualified for the China finals again in Beijing and is hotly tipped to move to the finals in the US this summer.


One of the most caring and soulful young people you could meet, Helen is also an extremely gifted student. Studying 4 Higher Level IB courses and predicted a 45 point Bilingual IB Diploma, She has been awarded the world’s highest IGCSE marks in Combined Science and First Language Chinese, the world’s highest AS Level mark in Math, and the highest mark in China for IGCSE English as a Second Language, Helen is certainly an impressive student. Mentoring young people, serving her community, designing elementary educational programs, winning awards in computer science, coming first in Linguistics at the National Olympiad – it seems there is no end to this amazing young person’s achievements.

If you are interested in becoming a part of a team dedicated to mentoring exceptional students, we have thousands of pupils across our network and would love to hear from you. For more details please contact martina.meneghetti@dipont-edu.org.

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