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New Horizons Programme

We are delighted to launch a brand new, unique programme to the Shanghai community, offering a truly personalised learning journey for students looking to join Nord Anglia International School Shanghai, Pudong, including intensive EAL opportunities and options for non-standard entry points or shorter-term enrolment periods. Every student will have a customised education pathway based on their needs. Students will utilise the outstanding academic provision as well as the excellent school facilities and social programmes available.
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Who may be eligible?


What does the programme look like?

It is likely to be different for every student as everyone will have a 1-on-1 meeting with the Head of IB to determine their personalised pathway based on their specific needs.  While some students will be ultimately ready to join the IB Diploma Programme at the start of Year 12, for others there may be a reduced timetable, or selected subjects while other parts of the timetable are taken with more intensive EAL support if needed.

The core elements of the programme are built around the following:


New Horizon Fees

RMB 370,000 tuition fees, or pro-rata termly fees for shorter-term enrolment (additional fees for transport and lunch would apply where applicable).

Equivalent to USD 51,900, EUR 48,000, KRW 68mn, JPY 7.6mn, RUB 4.8mn, GBP 41,100, SAR 194,000, HKD 405,600.

Any EAL support would come at no extra cost.

Structured scholarships may also available for students who demonstrate exceptional academic, leadership or other talent in line with the school’s ethos and values.

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  • Do I need strong English language skills to join New Horizons?

    No, not necessarily. You would need a core level of English to access study generally. While we assess each student individually, we would ask for roughly the following English levels to be able to access the programme:

    IELTS TOEFL Cambridge English Scale

    Pearson Scale

    (Global scale)

    Oxford Young Learners CAT4
    For Y11 4.0-5.0 42-71 140-159 43-58 B1 CAT4 85 (Overall SAS)
    For Y12 and Y13 5.5-6.0 72-94 160-179 59-75 B2 CEM 95 (Overall) 
  • I don’t want to take the IB Diploma programme but I still want to enter university. What is available to me as a study plan?

    Students who don’t wish to take the full Diploma may opt for individual Courses, which still grant eligibility to a wide range of universities around the world. We would talk through your plans for future study with you and help you determine the best study programme that fits your needs.  Regardless of subjects studied, we will issue all graduates who complete Year 13 with a NAIS Pudong High School Transcript for use at future educational establishments.

  • When is the New Horizons programme available?
    Now. We will accept our first students into this new pathway in January 2024 and are accepting applications for entry across the remainder of 2023/24 academic year and for 2024/25.
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Application process

Step 1: The Application

The normal Nord Anglia International School Shanghai, Pudong online application form should be completed, with supporting documents as needed.  We would then arrange for students to have an initial discussion with the Head of IB or Head of Secondary school to talk about pathway options and each individual situation.


Step 2: Assessment

Where it’s established that we are likely to be able to support a specific student, we would then ask them to complete our entrance assessment, which would usually be a CAT4 test, possibly an additional EAL examination and an interview.  In some instances, there may be additional assessment required.  This process would be supplemented with copies of previous school reports and references where appropriate.


Steps 3: The Offer

Where the school feels we can agree on a solid pathway with a student, as long as our assessment criteria has been completed, we would then look to make an offer of a place at Nord Anglia International School Shanghai, Pudong.  Students may be able to commence study at a pre-determined future date, or within two working days where entry to the school is required as soon as possible.


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