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Best schools in Beijing China

A snapshot overview of schools in Beijing that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names. "Pending" means that we are planning to review that school.

By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.


Schools in Beijing reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International

Dulwich College Beijing  (pending)

National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 1-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,460 pupils

Opened in 2005, on two campuses in Shunyi and Chaoyang, the former all-through and the latter for nursery and kindergarten. The Legend Garden campus lives up to its name with games on grass and even Beijing’s only cricket pitch. Regularly in or near the top spot on international schools in Beijing lists.

Harrow International School, Beijing  (pending)

National Curriculum for England/(I)GCSEs/A-Levels; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,200 pupils

Founded in 2005 one of three international Harrow schools now with a new City campus for pre-nursery to reception and a main campus in Chaoyang. Offering an all-through English education to students from over 25 nationalities. All students are enrolled in houses along the lines of Harrow School, London and a large number of graduates head off to university either in the UK or USA.

International School of Beijing (ISB)  (pending)

School developed curriculum/American High School Diploma/AP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,700 pupils

Established by five English speaking embassies, nearly forty years ago. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Regularly tipped up as one of the best international schools in Beijing. Since 2002, located on a huge campus in Shunyi complete with shiny new sports domes opened in 2013.

Western Academy of Beijing (WAB)  (pending)

 PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,400 pupils

An IB World School, on a stunning campus with a state-of-the-art air filtration system, a major plus in Beijing. Described as ‘remarkable’ by accreditor, the Council of International Schools (CIS). Newly opened Swiss section offering a German-language programme based on the Swiss curriculum.

Yew Chung International School of Beijing  (pending)

School developed curriculum/IGCSEs/ IB Diploma; ages 6mths-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 750 pupils

Opened over 20 years ago in the Chiaoyang District of Beijing. One of the network of schools owned by the Yew Chung foundation (also in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Silicon Valley, California). Council of International Schools (CIS) accredited and an IB World School offering bilingual education from the cradle to graduation.


These schools have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.


Australian International School, Beijing City International School

Australian Curriculum; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit, 2,000 pupils

Beanstalk International Bilingual School (BIBS)

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 800 pupils

Beijing Aidi

Chinese Curriculum/Australian Curriculum/IGCSEs/A-Levels/American High School Diploma/AP; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 3,000 pupils

Offering international students a range of curricula options, including Chinese, English, Australian and American.

British School of Beijing (BSB)

Shunyi Campus:

National Curriculum for England/German curriculum/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 1-18; day; independent; privately owned; 1,500 pupils

In the popular expat suburb of Shunyi 30 kms from frenzied downtown. Now owned by Nord Anglia and providing classes taught in English, German and Korean. Teaching STEAM programmes in collaboration with Juilliard, New York and MIT and offering the Duke of Edinburgh International Award.

Sanlitun Campus:

National Curriculum for England; ages 1-11; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 700 pupils

Brand new addition to the Nord Anglia stable in shiny new buildings in downtown Beijing and sister school to the long-established British School, also now owned by Nord Anglia. All classes taught in English but Mandarin available as a language as well as a strong music and performing arts section in collaboration with Juilliard, New York.

Beijing International School (BISS)

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 300 pupils

Beijing City International School

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,170 pupils

Beijing Huijia Private Schoolk

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 2,200 pupils + 6,000 in 42 kindergartens

Beijing No. 55 Middle School and High School (International section)

Chinese curriculum/IB Diploma; ages 6-17; co-ed; day; state

Beijing World Youth Academy

IPC/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 570 pupils

Canadian International School of Beijing

Montessori/PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,200 pupils

Lycee Francais International de Charles de Gaulle de Pékin

French Curriculum; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 950 pupils

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