School Profile 2018-2019


Access International Academy Ningbo (AIAN) is an independent, nonsectarian coeducational day school founded in 2003. AIAN provides an American-based educational program from Pre-school through grade 12 in service to students of all nationalities. The school is governed by a Board of Directors with input from the school Administrative Team. The school community includes parents employed by foreign and local businesses and the school maintains a direct relationship with the Ningbo Economic Technical Development Zone.



AIAN is an accredited college preparatory institution committed to providing research- based educational practices to the multicultural community it serves.  Students are encouraged and empowered to become Global Citizens, Lifelong Learners, Collaborative Workers, and Effective Communicators enabling them to contribute to the betterment of the world.

Accreditation and Membership

AIAN is accredited by the Western

Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), is a member of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) and the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS).


There are 180 days of classroom instruction over two semesters, with Semester 1 beginning in August and Semester 2 beginning in January.  The school day begins at 8:30 am and ends at 3:40 pm.  All students attend After School Activities (ASAs) from

3:40 pm - 4:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with optional Wednesdays for additional sports.


Current enrollment for 2018-2019 is 87 students.  12 nationalities are represented, of which 50% are Chinese, 17% are Korean and 33% represent other nationalities.


There are 22 instructional faculty members and administrators employed with AIAN. Of the expatriate teachers, 68% are North American.


AIAN is a college preparatory school aligned with the AERO Standards.  English is the Language of instruction at all academic levels. The four core areas of instruction are English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. AIAN provides the opportunity for its high school students to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses in the areas of:  Chinese Language and Culture, Chemistry, Biology, Art, Calculus, Statistics, History, and Computer Science.  Through the AP program students can earn college credit and/or placement in higher level courses at universities.  AIAN is a Testing Center for the SAT and SAT II standardized examinations.

Grading System

AIAN uses both letter (A, B, C, D, F) and percentage grades. The minimum passing grade is a D (60%). Weighting is applied to AP courses.

Graduation Requirements (College Prep)

English                                          4 credits

Mathematics                                4 credits

Science                                          4 credits

Social Studies                               4 credits

Mandarin or other Language    2 credits

IT                                                    1 credit

Arts                                                1 credit

Physical Education                      1 credit

Community Service

Electives                                        6 credits

Standardized Testing

A systematic annual program of standardized testing is implemented to assess students’ ability and achievement. Students in grades K-12 take MAP Test in October and March of each year. AIAN is a College Board Testing Center and offers the PSAT, SAT and AP examinations to its students.

College Counseling

AIAN’s College Counseling program is based on the Career Development and College Preparatory Standards and Benchmarks of American School Counselors’ Association. The college counselor facilitates student career decision-making and college-bound planning and application process. All of AIAN’s graduates pursue higher education.

Student Activities and Athletics

A wide range of activities are available to students of all ages and ability level.  These include: after school activities, clubs, Student Council and service learning organizations.

After School Activities (ASA) –Enriching after school activities are scheduled throughout the year and occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. These allow students to explore special interests and expand holistic abilities. Among the ASAs offered are: Music, Mandarin, Art, Model United Nations, and Critical Reading and Writing.

Athletics – Students participate in variety of sports.  AIAN attends local competitions and regional events with other international schools through ACAMIS.  Athletic activities include Volleyball, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Basketball, and Golf.

Student Support

Student Support is addressed through the Primary, Secondary and ELL departments. A portion of each department meeting is dedicated to identifying students in need of academic and/or personal support.