High School Profile



  • Creative, varied, flexible teaching methods
  • Challenging & creative academic environment
  • Focus on critical thinking, discovery, creativity & development of self-directed skills

Academic Program

Xi’an International School (XIS) operates under an American based curriculum for students Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade (average 4-18 years of age). Elementary students (Pre-K-5) mathematics instruction consists of Singapore based math curriculum. Grades 8-12 mathematics classes are challenging and foundational in developing skill and proficiency. All XIS students have many opportunities to develop language skills through various forms of reading, writing, and speaking. As students become more independent, they learn effective methods of developing content knowledge and applying their understanding to the world around them.

School Community

Xi’an International School (XIS) was founded in March 1997 with the help of the Shaanxi Provincial Bureau of Education. The school was formally granted license to operate by the State Ministry of Education in Beijing.

XIS is an internationally diverse, American based school. XIS teachers approach education with professionalism and creativity, allowing for a broad range of teaching styles, activities, and individual learning experiences.

XIS facilities consist of a total 13 classrooms, including labs, an art room, a wood workshop, one computer lab, an indoor gym and athletic office, library, and shared access to school auditorium and sports fields. As XIS demographics and student population continue to change, there are opportunities for further development and growth.

Academic Process

First, a family will submit an application form through XIS website. Second, each new family will take part in an interview with the purpose of giving the family and the school the opportunity to get to know one another. Third, applying students are required to take benchmark tests in both mathematics and English language arts to determine current academic levels. Finally, all students who apply for admission are required to have a high standard of English language proficiency before enrollment. Students applying for admission will be given a language proficiency test if he or she is not a native English speaker. Placement is determined by an Admissions Committee.

Graduation Requirements

Twenty-four credits are required for graduation. One full credit is earned each full year, grades 9-12. Passing grades are required for credit. Graduation credit requirements include:

  • English: 4 credits
  • Mathematics: 3 credits
  • Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Science: 3 credits
  • Fine arts: 2 credits
  • Foreign Language: 4 credits
  • Physical Ed./Health: 2 credits

3 more credits can be earned with the student choosing from classes in any of these areas.

Grades and grade point averages (GPA) are reported every quarter to students and parents using a standard A to F system. A student’s GPA is calculated by adding up all accumulated final grades and dividing that figure by the number of grades awarded. Any mark below a D is considered failing. Letter and percentage grades are entered on the student’s transcript at the end of each semester. The table below indicates the letter grade, percentage, and grade point values used at XIS.

Grade  Standard  Honors  AP  
A+  4.00  4.83  5.00  
A  4.00  4.50  5.00  
A-  3.67  4.17  4.67  
B+  3.33  3.83  4.33  
B  3.00  3.50  4.00  
B-  2.67  3.17  3.67  
C+  2.33  2.83  3.33  
C  2.00  2.50  3.00  
C-  1.67  2.17  2.67  
D+  1.33  1.83  2.33  
D  1.00  1.50  2.00  
D-  0.67  1.17  1.67  
F  0  0  


High School Courses

  • English Language & Literature 9-10
  • American Literature
  • British Literature
  • AP Capstone: Seminar
  • AP Capstone: Research
  • Public Speaking
  • HSK Mandarin Language
  • Ancient History
  • Modern History
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Government
  • Behavioral Science
  • Chemistry / AP Chemistry
  • Physics / AP Physics 1: Algebra Based
  • Biology / AP Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Anatomy
  • Algebra II
  • Geometry
  • Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry
  • AP Calculus AB/BC
  • Consumer Math
  • 2D Art
  • 3D Art
  • Yearbook
  • Woodshop
  • Photography
  • Video Production
  • Health
  • Student Government
  • Physical Education

AP online and online college courses for dual credit also act as supplements for advanced course work.

Calendar and Schedule

The school year is divided into two semesters. Semester 1 is from August to January and Semester 2 is January to June. The high school day consists of 7 academic periods. Students attend school 172 days within the 2022-2023 school year

About Our Staff

Administrators: 3
Full-time Teaching Staff: 44
Advanced Degrees: Doctoral 1*
Masters: 11
Bachelors: 35
Male: 16
Female: 31

*in progress

Student Body

Average class size: 10 students
Enrolled: 153 students
Countries represented: Korea, Canada, Hong Kong, China (via Taiwan), Japan, Malaysia, and United States of America
Student to Teacher Ratio: 3.2 to 1
Average GPA: 3.64

SAT Average Scores: 1310
ACT Average Score: 31

Our Graduates

Our students come from all over the world. As such, after graduating they go on to attend universities across the globe. Some of the colleges and universities XIS graduates have attended in recent years include (Universities with multiple matriculations are denoted by boldface print)


  • Arizona State University
  • Baylor University
  • Berea College
  • Beloit College
  • Biola University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Cornerstone University
  • College of William & Mary
  • Earlham University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Evangel University
  • Gordon University
  • Kenyon College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • New York University
  • Northcentral University
  • Penn State University
  • Purdue University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rice University
  • Southwestern University
  • Spring Arbor University
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Washington
  • Vanguard University


  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Jiaotong University
  • Tsinghua University
  • University of Hong Kong


  • Seoul University
  • Yonsei University
  • Korea University
  • Sogang University
  • Busan University
  • Chung Ang University
  • Dan Kook University
  • E Wha University
  • Han Dong University
  • Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
  • Han Yang University
  • Kyong Hee University
  • Sungkyunkwan University


  • University of Sydney
  • University of Amsterdam
  • University of Toronto