ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

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Key Facts
1315
Average score in SAT test summary*
86%
Students earning a passing score on one or more AP College Board Exam*
76%
Students scoring 4 or 5 in AP College Board Exams*

At Dalian American International School, we’re shaping a generation of global citizens.

Your child will be challenged and supported through an individualized learning experience that results in impressive academic results and the development of life skills from problem-solving and resilience, to creativity, wellbeing, and global citizenship. 
Academics
Lower Elementary
  • Lower Elementary
  • Upper Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School

Lower Elementary

The Lower Elementary facilitates learning by implementing activities that are student centered. Classroom environments allow children to explore, to question, and to work independently within a group, or with an adult. Through the development of the “whole child,” our objective is to create critical thinkers. The learning environment is rich in diverse culture, promoting a strong emphasis on literacy, math, science, technology, arts, and music and movement.

To further support children’s growth and development in the classroom, learning occurs by continually building upon new experiences to further enhance the cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and fine and gross motor development. Children are encouraged to explore their environment, establish routines, and understand transitions.
4 to 7 years old
US Lower Elementary Curriculum
DAIS Elementary School facilitates a challenging, exciting, responsive learning environment where students develop intellect, character, and health. Elementary students start their educational journey studying Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and American Education Reaches Out (AERO) Standards, using the latest teaching methods.
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Upper Elementary

In the Upper Elementary, we challenge our students through authentic learning experiences, where students explore an interconnected world, inquiring to identify problems, deciding how to find solutions, all the while evaluating their progress. We believe that children take responsibility for their learning when they understand what it means to learn, to be reflective, and to set and reach personal learning goals. Knowing that children have their own unique learning styles, lessons are structured to meet the needs of all learners in the classroom with ongoing assessment strategies and timely feedback to support continuous learning. 
8 to 10 years old
US Upper Elementary Curriculum
DAIS Elementary School facilitates a challenging, exciting, responsive learning environment where students develop intellect, character, and health. Elementary students start their educational journey studying Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and American Education Reaches Out (AERO) Standards, using the latest teaching methods.
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Middle School

The Middle School at Dalian American International School encompasses grades 6, 7, and 8. Our middle school program strives to create an environment that is supportive, exploratory and responsive to student needs as they develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.

DAIS’ standards-based educational model emphasizes skill building, the use of higher order thinking skills, knowledge utilization and student ownership of learning. Teachers engage students through hands-on instructional strategies, cooperative learning and authentic learning experiences. Our vertically aligned, rigorous curriculum provides a smooth transition from middle school to high school and prepares students for success in Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

In addition to the core curriculum, middle school students participate in quarterly Applied Studies courses, designed to provide students with opportunities to be creative and explore design thinking. Middle School Applied Studies courses include: Creative Writing, Coding and Digital Design, Drama and Product Design.

All students in the Middle School have the opportunity to be part of sports teams, academic teams and participate in After-School Activities, which emphasize inclusiveness and teamwork. Our Student Council plays an active role in the Middle School, bringing the community together by leading community service initiatives and hosting events.
11 to 13 years old
American Curriculum
All students in Middle School and High School have the opportunity to be part of sports teams, academic teams and participate in After-School Activities, which emphasize inclusiveness and teamwork. Students in Middle School consolidate their subject knowledge, progressing with the American Curriculum and getting ready for High School.
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High School

The high school program at Dalian American International School provides a dynamic learning environment designed to prepare every student for a successful college experience. A strong program of academic rigor enables students to reach and challenge themselves in an environment that fosters independence and self-reliance.

Students are expected to learn content and apply it in various ways. Focusing on communication, cooperation, collaboration, and complex thinking, learning at DAIS is an exciting process.

Leadership opportunities are an integral part of DAIS high school. Whether it is through student government, Model United Nations, or service oriented activities, students become more confident, mature, and self-reliant young people prepared for their university experience and the world that awaits them.
14 to 17 years old
American Curriculum & Advanced Placement
Our vertically aligned, rigorous curriculum provides a smooth transition from Middle School to High School and prepares students for progress through the US High School Curriculum and success in Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
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OUR SCHOOL:

KEY STATISTICS
Age
4 - 17
Languages taught
EN, CN, GER
Teacher to student ratio
1:6
primary
  • Elementary School
  • Secondary School

We provide warm and welcoming surroundings where students embark on their educational journey. At the same time, they can strengthen their life skills and find a sense of belonging, ownership, and involvement. 
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Sea Dragon morning assembly
Gathering the students, preparing for the day ahead. 
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Core subjects
Math, English, Science, Social Studies homeroom classes 
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Lunch break
A healthy, nutritious, and fresh meal with friends in a supervised environment
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Specialist subjects
Art, Design, Music, Mandarin, PE, Library
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Extra-curricular activities
An opportunity for your child to develop individual skills and discover their passions.  

Our school will provide your child with many opportunities to develop their interpersonal skills while preparing them for adult life on the global stage. 
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Morning activity
Preparing for the busy day ahead. 
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Mixed lessons
Two blocks of energetic discussion or time in various labs and functional classrooms
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Lunch break
Healthy food cooked by our onsite chef to a menu devised by a dietician
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Advisory class
Extended Advisory on Monday and Friday (whole school assembly, house events, Character Counts program events, etc.)  
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Further lessons
Exploring different subjects from the morning’s lessons
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Extra-curricular activities
An opportunity for your child to develop individual skills and pursue their passions
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Evening boarding
Your child will have time for guided study before bed, dorm room cleanup, and preparation for the following day.

HOW WE TEACH

See how our expert academic teams oversee academic performance, personal development and safeguarding. 
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CAREER AND COLLEGE COUNSELLING

We help students make thoughtful choices about their futures.

We help students make thoughtful choices about their futures. 

Our certified and experienced college counselors give expert guidance and support to our students as they transition from secondary to higher education. 

From writing references and recommendation letters to providing feedback on applications and holding mock interviews, we ensure that every student has the tools to master the college application process and secure a place at their first-choice university. 

WE NEVER STOP LEARNING

Our team of national and international educators collaborate on the creation and implementation of all teaching plans. At DAIS, teachers have an average of 15 years’ teaching experience and are committed to regular professional development through a range of educational institutions. 
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We get results

We take great pride in our students’ achievements, their parents’ opinion, and our approach to education.
Nationalities studying together
29
86%
Of all Advanced Placement (AP) students earn a passing score on one or more AP College Board Exam*
Average score in AP exams*
3.72
100%
of graduates go to college/university*

WHAT PARENTS SAY

Here’s what parents in our community say about Dalian American International School: 
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Grade 2, USA Parent
San Jose, California
“It is a very relaxing environment for my kids to grow at a pace that fits their needs. The community is very friendly and supportive – like a family. The school has given all of my children a true global view, pushed them out of their comfort zones, and given them opportunities to grow into the leaders and global citizens they are today.” 
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Grade 10, China/US Parent
China
“DAIS is a great community with caring staff and parents and excellent educators who care about the students and give them the attention and tools they need to learn and excel.” 
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Pre-K, UK Parent
Greenock, Scotland
“One of the important things is that my daughter immediately felt welcomed at DAIS and when the kids are happy the family is happy too. The sports teams at DAIS have made my daughter and I feel very positive. I love the emotions of the players during games.” 
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Grade 8, USA Parent
Saratoga Springs, UTAH
“When we decided to leave the US and move our five young children to China, we experienced the same fears, doubts, and concerns that you would expect any parent to feel. The DAIS community has been a tremendous blessing in our lives! What we feared could be a negative, was quickly turned into a positive and what we thought might be a trial, is now viewed as a positive move! Frankly speaking, we could not have done this overseas assignment without DAIS. ”
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Grade 9, Canada Parent
Montreal
“DAIS is a splendid place for kids that want to learn, build character, be part of a mosaic community and above all have fun while studying and preparing for the future.” 

What do our global collaborations offer students?

Each of these partnerships will be introduced in 2022

The Juilliard School
Our collaboration with the world’s most renowned arts institution enriches our students’ love of dance, drama and music.
MIT
The MIT-STEAM programme helps our students to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills by tackling interdisciplinary challenges facing the world today.
UNICEF
Students are challenged to make a difference locally and globally by tackling the Sustainable Development Goals.
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OUR APPROACH TO LEARNING

Our rich experience of educating students at DAIS is complemented by our innovative approach to learning. By harnessing the power of our cooperation with Nord Anglia we provide a premium educational experience. Our personalized and cooperative learning programs empower our students to achieve excellent academic results and secure a place at their first choice of university. We use our global programs to encourage collaboration without limits and develop resilience and wellbeing in our students. Our priority is to build a community of confident, happy learners, ready to thrive in whatever they choose to be or do in the future. 
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VIRTUAL SCHOOL EXPERIENCE (VSE)

By providing a virtual school option, we make sure that classes are always in session – even if the physical campus is closed. 

 

Powered by global strength in learning technology, this secure online platform enables teachers to deliver their lessons, work one-on-one with students and make use of the incredible learning resources available to our students. 
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Inspiring learning experiences

Education is about more than academics. We create opportunities for our students that allow them to explore, grow and think critically. These experiences broaden their horizons and spark their curiosity as people, not just as students.

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