BASIS International School Guangzhou

BASIS International School Guangzhou

The second BASIS International School in China, BASIS International School Guangzhou, opened in August 2017. Almost 400 students in Kindergarten – grade 9 attended the first year, and the school will expand each year until it reaches its capacity of 1,200 students in Pre-Kindergarten – grade 12. It is also the first BASIS International School to offer a weekday boarding program. The school has enjoyed many academic successes in its first two years, including the Economics team’s 1st place finish in the global round of the National Economic Challenge.

Set in a suburb of Guangzhou, the campus offers a friendly atmosphere just outside one of China’s largest cities, with easy access to numerous restaurants, shopping complexes, as well as historic sites in the greater Guangzhou area. The school offers spacious classrooms, sports facilities for soccer, basketball, and track activities, indoor play area, library, Apple computer lab, theater, cafeteria, and boarding facilities for more than 450 students.

From the Head of School

Welcome to Guangzhou! More specifically, "Science City," an area within the Huangpu District which is home to BASIS International School Guangzhou (BIGZ). This suburban area is full of lush green parks with trails for biking and walking. Our school is located about a thirty minute drive from the city center. This means that the large crowds often associated with Chinese mega-cities are not a problem in our area! It is a wonderful place for a family to live, with plenty to do. For those looking for access to a larger set of adventurous opportunities, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Macau are all reasonable day trips.

The school itself serves just over a thousand students in Preschool through High School. The faculty is comprised of a wonderful assortment of educators from all over the world, creating a beautiful international environment. Our faculty and staff are driven by academic excellence and seek to continuously improve their craft. It is truly a professional environment with an eye towards being the best school within the best network of schools in the world.

In addition to the beautiful landscape and professional colleagues, we are also proud to have a very supportive parent population who go out of their way to ensure that our teachers and staff feel respected and appreciated. This is a manifestation of their overall respect for education, realizing that great international schools need to attract and retain excellent teachers. That is something that falls to the community as a whole, and they do their part very well!

In fact, the key word here at BIGZ is "community." Our teachers live in comfortable modern apartments located just minutes from the school. Many of our students, as boarding students, live on campus. Common scenes on campus in the evenings include teachers, staff, parents, and students all interacting with each other in various forms. It may be in deep philosophical academic discussions, or involved in a friendly athletic event, or simply just hanging out socially.

The most important components of our community, of course, are the students. We believe in helping to guide and mold them into well-rounded, distinct individuals who have the ability, will, and intellect to contribute positively to society, both now and in the future. We believe in the mantra of "work hard, play hard," because if you are going to do something, you should do it the best you can. We believe our students are the best, and as such, deserve the best teachers. Teachers that are dedicated to their students, not just to their jobs. Teachers who go the extra mile to ensure the best opportunities for the students' futures. Teachers who want to be part of a community, to grow as a community, to succeed as a community, and learn as a community.

If you are such a teacher, we have a spot for you here at BASIS International School Guangzhou.

Looking forward to meeting you,

Jason E. Shorbe
Head of School
BASIS International School Guangzhou

Living in Guangzhou


BASIS International School Guangzhou is in a suburb outside of Guangzhou with lots of green spaces, lush rolling hills, and numerous paths to walk, jog or cycle. Our teachers and staff enjoy the campus and the area’s peaceful, green environment. Guangzhou is a diverse city with several foreign consulates (including a U.S. Consulate), in the city center (about a 45 minute car ride away from the school). This cultural diversity means you’ll find good restaurants from around the world, most delivering meals to your door.

In addition, several modern malls with entertainment, dining, and movie theaters around the city, Chimelong’s Safari Park, Paradise Park and Circus will keep your weekends busy. Guangzhou and its neighbor Dongguan are considered the manufacturing capital of China, so there is a large wholesale market area in the city where you can find lots of bargains if you’re in the mood to hunt. But when you desire a change in scenery, a bullet train can have you in Hong Kong in about an hour.

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