BASIS International School Hangzhou

BASIS International School Hangzhou

BASIS International School Hangzhou opened in 2018 with more than 400 students in Kindergarten – grade 9, and now courses are offered through grade 12. The campus is purpose-built, and is capable of housing 1,000 students. It is divided into two buildings: one for Kindergarten – grade 1, and the other for grades 2 – 12. The facilities include a gymnasium, computer lab, cafeteria, outdoor track and field, and a black-box theater that can open into an outdoor amphitheater.

Our faculty team is made up of teachers and administrators from around the world. The variety of cultures and experiences represented come to life through events such as the BASIS International School Hangzhou World Fair, the variety of arts performances and displays presented, and academic excellence encouraged by our expert teachers. To build community in a brand new school, the House system—common in British boarding schools—has been implemented with great success.

From the Head of School

Thank you for your interest in joining the BASIS International School Hangzhou learning community. If you have a growth mindset, engage students in critical thinking and creative problem solving, and are a dedicated educator with a passion for teaching and learning, we look forward to speaking with you and sharing about our school.

We are a learning community where congeniality, collegiality, and collaboration are at the heart of our daily relationships. Students, parents, and teachers are encouraged to be learners with a growth mindset. Teaching in our school is a rewarding experience, best suited to those who relish challenges and who can be flexible in their approach.

The successful educators at our school are those who are reflective and are always looking for ways to improve. Opportunities to engage in quality conversations about pedagogy are given through a process of observations and cognitive coaching, as well as involvement in professional learning communities (PLCs). Administrators are dedicated to the coaching and mentoring of all staff. We honestly believe that we all should be learning and growing together. BASIS International School Hangzhou, as are all BASIS International Schools, is truly a place where you can grow professionally within a community dedicated to teaching excellence.

Kyra Gailis
Head of School
BASIS International School Hangzhou

Living in Hangzhou


Hangzhou is often considered the city where one wants to spend retirement in China. But when Jack Ma made it the headquarters for Alibaba, it also became a hub of commerce that hosted a G-20 summit and soon FIBA’s World Cup and Asian Games. Its downtown has a modern skyline along the Qiangtang River that lights up at night with a fantastic array of images; in stark contrast to the nearby peaceful West Lake area, with beautiful tree-lined paths winding around the historic lake with tea houses, restaurants, shops, and five-star hotels nestled away.

Our school campus is about a 15-minute drive to either downtown or West Lake, and the train station is about 5 minutes away—once on a bullet train, you’ll be in Shanghai in 40 minutes. Since it’s China’s equivalent to Seattle (home of Amazon), you can have everything delivered to your door, from Western groceries, to household items, to clothing. It also has a vibrant clothing wholesale district that has built up around Alibaba.

Hangzhou is a close-knit city that has most everything of what you need, so it’s fast and easy to get around the city. Many Western restaurants, clothing stores, and a two-story, glass enclosed Apple store that rivals Manhattan’s are found at Raffles and Mix-C, but the city’s close proximity to Shanghai means the world is practically next door.

More information on living in Hangzhou: