What are the Characteristics of New International Schools?

What are the Characteristics of New International Schools?

After experiencing a major turning point in 2021, several international schools in China are still being built or launched as scheduled in 2022. As of June this year, 36 international schools have been established across China. In this article, TopTutorJob will mainly introduce and analyze the specific characteristics of those newly established international schools in 2022.

Among 36 international schools mentioned above, there are 25 private international schools, 8 foreign children's schools and 3 public schools. Schools shown below are those that have already been approved and are ready to open. You can click the links on the school names to view more information, and DIRECTLY CONTACT SCHOOL HR on the school page.

School NameLocationIndustryStudent AgeYear of FoundCurriculum
Affliated School of JNU for Hong Kong & Macao Students (Dongguan Campus)Dongguan, GuangdongSchool for Foreign NationalsK-122022IB, HKDSE
ISA Liwan International SchoolGuangzhouSchool for Foreign NationalsK-122022IB
ISA Wenhua Liwan SchoolGuangzhouPrivate SchoolK-122022National Courses, IBDP,IGCSE, A-Level, HKDSE
Minxin School Guangzhou NanshaGuangzhouSchool for Foreign NationalsG1-122022HKDSE, A-Level, IGCSE
Zhixin High School Ershadao CampusGuangzhouPublic SchoolG9-122022AP
Guangzhou Benenden SchoolGuangzhouPrivate SchoolK-122023-
The King's School Canterbury ShenzhenShenzhenSchool for Foreign NationalsG1-122022IGCSE, A-Level
Victoria Park AcademyShenzhenPrivate SchoolG1-92022IBDP
Shenzhen Tianli International High SchoolShenzhenPrivate SchoolG10-122022IGCSE, A-Level
Solano SchoolBeijingPrivate SchoolG10-122022A-Level, OSSD, AP
Beijing Lize International AcademyBeijingPrivate SchoolG10-122022AP, A-Level, OSSD
Nord Anglia School Beijing (Shunyi Campus)BeijingPrivate SchoolG1-122022IBDP
Mountain Kingston Bilingual School SuzhouSuzhouPrivate SchoolK-122022A-Level, Chinese College Entrance Exam Courses
Whittle School SuzhouSuzhouPrivate SchoolK-122022A-Level, AP
Living Word Bilingual School Suzhou CampusSuzhouPrivate SchoolK-122022IBPYP, A-Level, AP
Huili School NantongNantongPrivate SchoolK-122022National Courses
Cogdel Crenleigh High SchoolWuhanPrivate SchoolG10-122022IBDP, A-Level, AP
Qingdao Mingde SchoolQingdaoPrivate SchoolK-122022IB
ISA Wuhan International SchoolWuhanSchool for Foreign NationalsK-122022AP, A-Level
The MacDaffie School ZiboZiboPrivate SchoolG10-122022-
ECNU Xiping Bilingual SchoolXiamenPrivate SchoolK-122022IGCSE, A-Level
Maestro SchoolHarbinPrivate SchoolK-122022A-Level

School Location

The 36 new international schools in 2022 are distributed in 10 provinces (and cities) including Beijing, Fujian, Guangdong, Heilongjiang, Hubei, Jiangsu, Shandong, Shanghai, Sichuan and Zhejiang.

Due to the high economy level and local policy support, Guangdong becomes the region with the largest number of new international schools in four consecutive years. A total of 14 new institutions were added in Guangdong in 2022, accounting for 38.9% of the total.

In addition, the number of new international schools in Beijing, Jiangsu, Sichuan and Zhejiang is also rapidly increasing. It is worth noting that, 3 newly established schools in Beijing are located in areas where international educations are relatively weak. With the booming economy, Jiangsu, Sichuan and Zhejiang have also attracted many highly talented professionals and expatriates.


Among 36 new schools, private schools are still the subject that account for 69.5%; There are 8 schools for foreign nationals, accounting for 22.2%; Number of public schools or international departments are relatively few that only account for 8.3%.

Compared with the statistics of September 2021, the proportion of private international schools has decreased by nearly 17%; The decline is subject to the regulations issued last year that has tightened the process of approving and establishing new private schools.

The number of schools for foreign nationals has increased rapidly as they are backed by the policies. For example, Beijing eased the restrictions on the organizers of schools for foreign nationals in December last year, allowing social organizations and individuals to run schools for the first time; Shenzhen and Chongqing have also relaxed the same restrictions in 2022.

Student Age

The K-12 education mode is widely accepted among all new international schools, accounting for 52.8%. In terms of specific phase of studying, there are 34 schools offer high school education, 27 schools offer compulsory education, and 19 schools offer pre-school education. As a result, high school education becomes a popular choice in 2022.


As a great number of British-brand schools settle in, the British curriculum A-level becomes the mainstream in high school stage, with a total of 14 schools offering it. Besides, there are 9 schools offering IBDP courses and 8 schools offering AP courses. Some international schools, such as Mountain Kingston Bilingual School Suzhou, provide both international courses and Chinese college entrance examination courses for students. In the compulsory education stage, private international schools mostly focus on integrated courses and national courses.

It's worth mentioning that, some schools also provide courses for special groups. For example, Minxin School Guangzhou Nansha offers courses that are based on the mainland and Hong Kong curriculum standards; Affiliated School of JNU for Hong Kong & Macau Students also provides Hong Kong DSE courses.


After years of rapid growth, private international schools have changed to standardized and high-quality development. The governments have issued a number of new policies to regulate the management of private schools that slowed down the development of private education to a certain extent.

For international education, national and regional norms of education development bring new opportunities. In 2021 and 2022, several policies are introduced to encourage and promote the development of international education. For example, Guangzhou clearly stated in the "14th Five Year Plan" to open up of the education to the outside world. Every year, 15 to 20 ordinary schools will be identified as the beacon schools of international education.

In addition, Guangdong, Hangzhou, Hainan and Beijing have attached importance to the development of international high school, and it may become a major direction for the development of international schools everywhere in the future. At the same time, international schools will expand to the areas where the educational resources are weak or insufficient.