The International School of Sanya began as a dream of the founders, Dr. Min Lin and Helen Ma to bring world-class English-language and Western-style education to Sanya. The bilingual primary school and international school began as an off-shoot of the Golden Sun Kindergarten in 2013, and have continued to grow and flourish on a state of the art campus on the Banshanbandao peninsula in the Serenity Coast development.
The school began as an affiliate of the Canadian International School system, but now follows the United States Common Core Standards. The campus houses three separate programs, as well as an adjacent bilingual kindergarten (SLS-K). Sanya Language School (SLS) is a bilingual program in which students receive half of their day’s instruction in Chinese with a native Chinese speaker, and half of their day’s instruction in English, with a certified teacher who is a native English speaker. The International School (TIS) serves foreign passport holders from Kindergarten to Grade 7, providing a fully international educational experience in line with the Common Core state standards from the United States. The Local program (SLS-L) provides a high quality, fully Chinese education with one period each day of instruction with a native English speaker for grades 1-4.