Message from Director
Nihao and welcome to the Dalian American International School! Whether a current member of our school community, a prospective parent or student, a teacher interested in employment opportunities, or a visitor seeking to learn more about our school, our website is designed to provide you important information about our school.

In many ways, Dalian American International School (DAIS) reflects the vibrancy and dynamic progress of our beautiful host city by the sea in northeast China. Like Dalian, which is a relatively new city by Chinese standards, it has only been eight years since DAIS first opened its doors with only 8 students. Today, over 400 students are enrolled in our comprehensive Pre-K-Grade 12 educational program. As you peruse our website, I am confident you will find ample evidence of our mission statement that proclaims, “ At DAIS, every learner achieves personal excellence and contributes to the global community.”

Recognized School of Excellence
The values articulated in our mission and philosophy guide us well and provide clarity of purpose that along with our quality programming has earned DAIS the granting of full accreditation status by the following respected organizations:
  • Council of International Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Chinese Government’s National Center for School Curriculum and Textbook Development

Rich and Rigorous School Program
Our school program prepares our students to be creative, critical thinkers and socially responsible world citizens. A rigorous core curriculum of English and literacy, math, social studies, science and Mandarin coupled with experiential learning experiences in the arts, music, physical education and technology provide students a well-rounded education. As an American university preparatory school, our high school offers the rigorous College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP) where high school students can select from 14 AP courses offered.

Engaged and Motivated Students
With a strong ethos on the value of learning, students representing 27 nationalities thrive in a school culture that develops the whole child by nurturing intellect, character, health and leadership. Continually challenging themselves to do their best, nearly three quarters of our students in grades 10-12 enroll in at least one Advanced Placement (AP) course. At all levels, DAIS students are committed to giving back to their community by participating in service projects throughout the year.

Caring and Dedicated Teachers
Caring, dynamic and dedicated teachers ensure that each student is engaged in challenging, collaborative, and responsive learning experiences. Our students flourish in an atmosphere where warm relationships are forged between students and teachers. With most of our teachers holding advanced degrees, we model life-long learning for our students. We understand the unique intellectual, social, and developmental characteristics of the children we teach and are committed to providing a safe environment for them to learn and grow

We invite you to come visit us! We trust you will find the Dalian American International School a special place where a strong sense of community is fostered.

Warmest regards,
Terry Wolfson


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