AIAN History

In 2003, Access International Academy Ningbo (AIAN) is founded.

AIAN is an independent, nonsectarian coeducational day school, providing an American-based educational program from Early Childhood 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 AIAN teacher and student body is comprised of students from over 15 countries and regions. The teacher-pupil ratio is no more than 1:8, which promotes individualized instructional practices. The teachers and students are supported by teaching assistants and office staff. The qualified, caring professionals of AIAN provide a nurturing and challenging learning environment where students thrive.

In 2009, AIAN is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) .

AIAN is a member of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) and the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS).  Also, AIAN is the officially authorized PSAT/SAT/AP testing Center.

In 2018, Hape becomes the parent company of AIAN.

Hape Toys is one of the world's largest producers of toys made from sustainable materials. Hape's story begins with the Founder Mr. Peter Handstein's story.  Today, Mr. Handsten's ideals extend far beyond creating safe, innovative products. A lifetime commitment to learning and education, led him to work with local communities educating their children by building schools and enhancing their lives by teaching them to use available resources. Social responsibility, education, ecology, and innovation are ingrained in Mr. Handstein's heritage, and are reflected in every aspect of the Hape business, past, present, and future.



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.