Hello and welcome! We’re building circuits and castles, filming music videos, moderating debates, and dancing Zumba. In this global era of movement through travel and technology, the work of the international classroom at WYIS aims to build the kind of future world we want to live in together.
We look to make school a place of transformation.
We believe each student is exemplary. School can be a place to find value in ourselves and others just as we are. It’s a place of warmth and acceptance. It feels like home.
We believe each person is in process. We are stepping into more of who we are to become. School can be a place for students to develop knowledge and personal skills, applying them in purposeful ways. It’s a place for students to connect with meaningful causes, becoming thoughtful and responsible citizens. They develop creativity and leadership skills.
One accreditation member, during a site visit to the school, noted that there is something “unquantifiably good” in this community — I wholeheartedly agree. Teachers here are highly qualified. They represent diversity, hailing from many different countries and international educational experiences. Each comes to Wuhan to care for the holistic needs of individual children.
Gaining information is a partial step and is incomplete without a change in perspective, a new habit, or a commitment. We work to connect learning to life change.
What brought me from Chicago to Wuhan in 2007 was a desire for a bit of new, a curiosity for travel, and a degree to teach English. What has kept me enthusiastic to come back each year is the strength and model of this school.
I invite you to join us by taking a look through this site or by stopping in to visit our campus. Come see what could be your place at WYIS!
WYIS Head Principal
Wuhan Yangtze International School (WYIS) provides a respected education for Pre-K through Grade 12 expatriate children. WYIS implements an American-based curriculum with an international focus using English as the main language of instruction. Through rigorous coursework, we effectively prepare students for university life in many areas of the world and beyond.
Founded in 2003 with seven students, WYIS has expanded to over 200 students today. Serving more than 35 nations and territories around the globe demonstrates the value of diversity within the school environment. There is also a strong partnership between the school and parents that allows for effective student learning.
WYIS challenges students to build a solid foundation by critical thinking, group work, and a diverse offering of studies. An emphasis on character development is present throughout the school, and students are challenged to consider their own gifts and talents and how they can impact the world around them.
History & Mission
Beginning in 2003, South Lake international School (SLIS) opened with seven students in Wuchang. Within two years, SLIS moved to a more spacious campus in the WEDZ within San Jiao Hu Elementary School. By 2007, SLIS changed its name to Wuhan Yangtze International School (WYIS). In 2008, WYIS received full accreditation status and in 2011 its official international school license from the national government of the PRC. Partnering with the WEDZ government, the new campus construction began in 2012 with school beginning in the new campus in January 2014. WYIS’ diverse community has come from more than 35 countries and territories around the globe during its history.
WYIS’ mission is to educate the whole child socially, spiritually, intellectually, physically, and emotionally to become a dynamic individual of truth and excellence who positively contributes to society. As such, a variety of opportunities are provided for students both inside and outside of the classroom. WYIS also believes that parental involvement is a key indicator of successful learning.
Wuhan Yangtze International School prepares students for higher learning with challenging and supportive standards-based curriculum. Our academic program is designed with research-based tools and methods to help students become dynamic individuals of truth and excellence. The academic learning environment caters to meet the needs of all students. Students are encouraged to succeed in small, interactive classes where they can receive targeted and individualized instruction. Teachers use hands-on learning activities, field trips, and classroom projects to support student learning. WYIS is an excellent choice for parents committed to post-secondary preparation.
Campus Location & Highlights
WYIS is located on a purpose-built campus. The facilities include an academic building, performing arts center, and sports complex. The academic building consists of 28 large classrooms, a spacious library with break-out rooms, two fully-equipped science labs, and two art studios. The self-contained Early Childhood Center (ECC) consists of large rooms with direct access to the outdoor play area and in-room, bathroom facilities. Students enjoy a completely climate-controlled indoor environment. Outdoor spaces include separate ECC and elementary playgrounds, basketball courts, weight room, and a full-size, natural turf soccer pitch. The sports center includes a full-size indoor gymnasium.
WYIS Through Some Numbers
Total Students Enrolled
Number of Boys
Number of Girls
Male to Female Ratio
- North America
- South America
Total Student Countries Represented
Certified Expat Elementary Teachers
Certified Expat Secondary Teachers
National Chinese Teachers
Total Number of Employees
Total Expat Staff
Employees With Advanced Degrees
Countries Represented by Teachers & Staff
What Others Have to Say
Since being @ WYIS, our son’s social skills have really improved. He’s learned to cooperate and actively participate in class; he feels comfortable and accepted among his peers and teachers, even as a non-native English speaker. We’re very pleased with this new confidence in him and great improvement in his social outlook. We are all big fans of WYIS!
My two young boys were thrilled to attend school the first day the could in the new building. They have more space to learn and play, eat and create, imagine and inquire. Their excitement remains to this day, and now their little brother can be part of the school community on the new campus this year.
We love the new campus. The larger classrooms facilitate a quieter environment as well as giving more space for small group collaboration opportunities. In addition, the improved sports facilities have really improved the quality of the practice times & provided more opportunities to grow.