BASIS International School Hangzhou

BASIS International School Hangzhou

BASIS International School Hangzhou (BIHZ) opened in 2018 with more than 400 students in Kindergarten – grade 9, and will expand each year until 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.

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From the Head of School

Firstly, hello from Hangzhou! We are a very new school that opened its doors to over 400 students, Kinder thru to Grade 9, at the commencement of the 2018-19 academic year. This was a tremendous achievement, as we recruited well past our target number, but amply demonstrates the interest that parents have in the BASIS Curriculum network within this city. Already we have a large waiting list for the new academic year, and will be judiciously assessing children for admission.

Teaching in our school is a rewarding experience, best suited to those who relish some challenge and who can be flexible in their approach. In return, they would find themselves in a friendly and supportive community atmosphere—surrounded by a staff that enjoys its time together.

As a city, Hangzhou is in the ascendancy. It is an ancient and verdant place, interlaced with a huge network of old canals. Hangzhou has recently achieved status as a top-tier city within China, as it is actively embracing the concept of internationalism, whilst building incredibly modern and amenable suburbs. The school finds itself in one of the latter, but it is still only a 10-minute cab ride to the city center.

BASIS International School Hangzhou seeks staff who are contemplating finding a school in which they really want to stay—and make a difference. That being said, we also wish to provide opportunities that will not only embolden resumes, but ready those teachers who wish to move into administration opportunities either within Hangzhou or our sister BASIS International Schools within China.

Alan Wilkinson
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.

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