At Xiamen International School we believe that students succeed through a challenging, well-rounded, dynamic educational program. We aim to guide our students so that they may discover and develop their own potential. To achieve these goals we equip each student with the knowledge, skills and character traits needed to prosper in the world. We also believe that it is important to cultivate in every student a respect and understanding of people the world over and help them develop into healthy, responsible, generous members of the global community.

Teaching and learning at XIS is framed by the International Baccalaureate programs—the Primary Years Programme (Pre-K-5), the Middle Years Programme (grades 6-10), and the Diploma Programme (grades 11-12)—and supported by a world-class set of rigorous standards within in each subject area to prepare students for life and learning to come. XIS is the only school in Xiamen offering all three IB programs, making it a prestigious IB Continuum School.

XIS PYP Programme
XIS MYP Programme
XIS DP Programme

“The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”

-The IB Mission Statement

The IB Learner Profile

At the heart of the XIS IB curriculum is the IB Learner Profile, a set of attributes that are woven into all aspects of learning that develop confident, internationally minded students who are: Inquirers, Caring, Knowledgeable, Open-Minded, Thinkers, Risk-Takers, Communicators, Balanced, Principled, and Reflective.

Approaches to Teaching and Learning

The researched-based Approaches to Teaching and Learning work in tandem to nurture achievement and to empower students to be self-regulated learners.

Approaches to Teaching


  • Based on inquiry

  • Focused on conceptual understanding

  • Developed in local and global contexts

  • Focused on effective teamwork and collaboration

  • Designed to remove barriers to learning

  • Informed by assessment

Approaches to Learning


  • Thinking skills

  • Research skills

  • Communication skills

  • Social skills

  • Self-Management skills

Learn more about the IB

Explore the IB Learner Profile

The XIS Difference

Why is XIS the international school of choice in Xiamen?

Over 80% of our faculty hold advanced degrees, and the average number of years of teaching experience is 11.

We are a diverse community with over 40 nationalities represented.

XIS develops independent, confident, and open-minded thinkers.

Our students attend reputable, well-known universities around the world. XIS University Acceptances 2016-2021

Accreditation Bullet XIS DifferenceXIS is accredited by WASC (for 20 years) and authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (15 years).

We are an IB World School, the only school in Xiamen offering all three of the prestigious and internationally recognized IB programs.

An average of 74% of XIS seniors earn a bilingual IB Diploma—the world average is 25%.

We have a warm community, family environment where every child is valued.

XIS students participate in international school regional athletics, arts, and cultural leagues and conferences: ACAMIS, SCISAC, & ISCMS.

Long-Standing School Bullet XIS DifferenceWe are the longest established international school in Xiamen, delivering a world-class education for 25 years.