BASIS International School Nanjing

Providing our Students with a Transformative Early Childhood and K-12 Education.

BASIS International School Nanjing

Opened in September 2019, BASIS International School Nanjing serves students in Grades Pre-K through 12, with a capacity of 1,200 students. The school’s facilities include top-of-the-line classrooms, sport courts, track and field, heated indoor swimming pool, auditorium, Apple computer lab, and a multipurpose activity center.

From the Head of School

I came to BASIS International Schools to be part of a great learning organization and have an impact on the evolution of the BASIS International Schools program in China. Having filled the roles of Vice Head of School, Head of Primary School, and Chief Instructional Officer since 2020, I’ve had the opportunity to experience and support the learning and program development across the network of schools and see first-hand how we consistently provide an unparalleled, rigorous, high-quality learning experience for students. Heading into my third year with BASIS International Schools, I’m truly exhilarated to be BASIS International School Nanjing’s Head of School.

BASIS International Schools’ history of providing quality learning is complemented by the organization’s work to create a learning community that provides students with the life skills and experiences that will prepare them to be successful leaders and participants and drivers of their future success. Being a part of the evolution of the BASIS International Schools, China program is something I see as transformational for the students, the organization and everyone who is a catalyst and deliverer of this journey. Being responsible for identifying the staff who will be integral to making BASIS International School Nanjing, along with the overall organization, exceptional is an honor.

I am proud and eager to continue BASIS International Schools’ vision of transforming education in China. Our staff is committed to maximizing students’ learning experiences, inclusive of the Chinese language and culture, by developing and supporting exceptional academic and social opportunities for students as both learners and contributing citizens. I look forward to meeting and recruiting great educators to share in BASIS International School Nanjing’s journey. If you are highly skilled in your practice, care deeply about students and learning, and are up for the challenge of being part of realizing a great learning program, I encourage you to apply for a position in our organization. I look forward to meeting you and talking more about the possibilities.

Dan Hovland
Head of School
BASIS International School Nanjing

Our Campus

Living in Nanjing


Nanjing is one of China's most culturally vibrant cities. The walled city has numerous museums and temples to explore, but don't mistake that for it being stuck in the past. It has Asia's largest high-speed rail station that can get you to cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Chongqing, Xiamen, and Shenyang within a few hours. The closest tier-one city, Shanghai, is 1.5 hours away by bullet train making it an easy weekend getaway. The nearby Purple Mountain offers a multitude of hiking and scenic walks just outside the city.

The school is located within a 15-minute walk to the modern metro, which offers clean, reliable, low-cost transportation to the entire city. One metro stop away is one of the city's largest malls with an imported-goods section, and around the school's nearest metro stop are several restaurants offering Asian and Western choices.

The school is tucked into a growing area of the city, and our neighborhood has several parks and outdoor recreational areas. But we're just a 30-minute Didi car ride (think Uber, but less expensive) from the city center. And like most of China, you can have restaurant meals, groceries, household items, and clothing delivered to your door quickly and for either no cost or the equivalent of a few U.S. dollars.

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