BASIS International School Guangzhou is a full and vibrant Pre-K to Grade 12 campus. We opened in 2017 as the second BASIS International Schools campus in China, and we are now preparing our second full class of graduates (and bracing for their departure). Going into our fifth year, we have the ideal balance of a well-developed and vibrant school culture and community with the flexibility and growth of a young campus.
The students at BASIS International School Guangzhou are eager for the opportunities available and support necessary to achieve their ambitious academic goals. We have a rigorous academic program that provides these opportunities, but we have also developed individualized academic support and a holistic vision of success that picks students up when they struggle and promotes a healthier balance between academic rigor and social and emotional development. We sincerely believe that for both teachers and students, we can only ask you to take on challenges and take intellectual risks if we also provide a solid foundation and structure for support.
While much fanfare is made of our impressive academic results, we truly thrive in our campus life and extracurricular programs. Our arts and music programs and our student activities deserve a lot of credit for this. Throughout the year, we are likely to see flocks of paper cranes floating in the hallways, pop-up chandeliers of repurposed materials, outdoor Shakespeare productions, faculty v. student Quiz Bowl, see our lobby transformed into a lounge for an evening of jazz, or listen to our string ensemble perform Irish jigs while faculty and students nibble on homemade Irish soda bread.
Teachers everywhere work hard. This is also true on our campus, but we strive for new ways to express ourselves and accompany each other on the journey past significant milestones in childhood and school development. It is a lot of work, but it is an energizing place to be.
Our teachers and students have authentic teacher-student relationships that extend well beyond the classroom: philosophical hallway chats, intense book club debates, productive student hours, and comfortable nooks for conversation. However, we have also worked over the years to build a stronger faculty community. There are plenty of official and unofficial activities for our teachers, and whether your preference is a trip downtown with friends, hiking up a mountain, playing in a weekly faculty game of badminton, or joining in a school organized trivia or move night, you will have plenty of opportunities to join or pass, and either way enjoy your time in this lovely city.
Our school has the privilege of participating in the education of incredibly precocious, energetic, fun, and dedicated learners. You will find students who stretch your knowledge, who ask great questions, and who will come to your student hours to follow up on questions or areas of interest. For faculty, there are no better participants in learning.
You can also count on a team of peer educators who is proactive, dedicated, and experienced. Our faculty vary from incredibly deep content knowledge PhDs in their areas of study who infuse their lessons with passion and industry experience, to career educators who have made it their business to master the craft of the classroom. We leverage the skills of both in our learning community–if this sounds like a community that you would like to be a part of, please reach out.
We look forward to the years, growth, and graduations ahead of us.
Dr. Erica Smeltzer
Head of School
BASIS International School Guangzhou
For more information about teaching with BASIS International School Guangzhou, visit our careers website.