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 Kindergarten through 12th (average 5-18 years of age). Elementary students (Pre-K – 5th Grade) 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 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 1996 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.

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

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

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 to the right indicates the letter grade, percentage, and grade point values used at XIS.

High School Courses

  • English Language & Literature 9-12
  • American Literature
  • British Literature
  • Mandarin Language
  • Ancient History
  • Modern History
  • Siciology
  • Economics
  • US Government
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Anatomy
  • 2D Art
  • 3D Art
  • Yearbook
  • Woodshop
  • Photography
  • Health
  • Student Government Association
  • Physical Education.

AP courses offered include: AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus AB and BC.
AP online courses can also be supplemented 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 177 days within the 2020-2021 school year.

About Our Staff

Administrators: 3
Full-time Teaching Staff: 37
Part-time Teaching staff: 1
Advanced Degrees: Doctoral 1*
Masters: 10
Bachelors: 27
Male: 7
Female: 32

*in progress

Student Body

Average class size: 8.2 students
Enrolled: 106 students
Countries represented: Korea, Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, and  United States of America
Student to Teacher Ratio: 2.86 to 1
Average GPA: 3.71

SAT Average Scores: 1450
Language: 670; Math: 780
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:


  • 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
  • Purdue University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic University
  • Rice University
  • Southwestern
  • Spring Arbor University
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Vanguard University


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


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


  • University of Sydney

Universities with multiple matriculations are denoted by boldface print