At SHBS we cultivate students’ purpose and inspire their ambition—which creates pathways for future success. We’re extremely proud of our college admissions result this year, which demonstrate students’ achievements, as well as a growing recognition by colleges and universities of the uniquely meaningful experiences they have at our School.
More than numbers or rankings, every one of these offers is defined by a story—each individual student’s growth, their participation in activities, their self-discovery and increasing confidence. These are the stories they have learned to tell through their academic accomplishments, their feats in leadership, their participation in Building Shanghai, their community service, their time practicing and performing on stage—and these are the stories which appeal so compellingly to the most competitive colleges and universities. Indeed, it is that investment in every single student—helping them to realize their full potential—that truly creates the larger story of SHBS and these results.
I’m especially impressed that while college admissions has become all the more competitive over the past few years, our students have actually been all more successful. Whether from elite institutions in the UK, Canada, the US, or elsewhere around the world, our students are receiving more offers that speak to their tremendous potential. Our focus on helping them to understand and articulate the environments in which they’ll best “fit”—and to show how they will gain from and contribute to such distinguished institutions—helps them to stand out from other applicants.
In the nearly twenty years since I started my first job as an admissions officer—then engaging with students at Princeton, at St. Paul’s School, and since coming to China—I’ve realized how it is students’ sustained self-reflection, their exploration of imagination, and their pairing of curiosity with the creation of new opportunities—that ultimately leads to the most desired outcomes.
This combined preparation with rigorous academics and so-called “soft” skills begets long-term achievement—and allows students to have the confidence that begets opportunity, rather than simply trying to jump through as many hoops as possible with the view that ranking is the be-all and end-all of their application journey. This begins with the activities we provide for our Pre-high school students—focused on self-discovery and taking initiative—through our application workshops, PS-writing seminars, and one-on-one counseling sessions.
So too as a School, we also work to engage with colleges and universities in ways that provide beneficial prospects—from offering information sessions, to sharing those stories of what makes our community special and advocating for individual applicants.
Along with my colleagues on the College Advising team—Chuman Lin, Olivia Chen, and Chloe Chen—I know that SHBS’s truly remarkable track record will pave the way for all the more fantastic results in the future. We hope you’ll learn more about the individual stories reflected in these compelling results, that you’ll come to craft your own as part of the SHBS community.
College Admissions in the Past Four Years