Message from the Headmaster

Posted on: 29 November 2015 Posted by:

Dear XIS Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff:

Welcome to the website of Xiamen International School, one of the schools in China authorized to offer all three International Baccalaureate Programs (i.e., PYP for Grades PreK-5, MYP for Grades 6-10 and DP for Grades 11-12). No matter which national or international school system our students eventually move on to, they will have had excellent preparation for entrance into the finest schools, colleges and universities around the world.

XIS has been recently re-accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), an international accrediting organization founded in the United States. With accreditation by WASC and authorization by the International Baccalaureate, we continually demonstrate our serious commitment to high-quality education. We are a full member of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS), which connects us with over many other international schools for educational, cultural and sporting events/activities throughout China. We are also a full member of the East Asia Regional Conference of Overseas Schools (EARCOS). This connects us with hundreds of other schools in southeast Asia with many benefits, including professional development for our faculty. We hold membership in the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) which connects us with many hundreds of international schools around the world helping us to stay up-to-date with educational trends.

I’m very pleased to again be serving here at Xiamen International School community as Headmaster! Previously, from 2005-2010, I served XIS for five wonderful years. I was born and educated in the United States and have earned multiple degrees and certifications as a teacher, administrator and headmaster/superintendent from universities in California, New Jersey and New York. I have served as a teacher in the United States (California and New York), Saudi Arabia, the Philippines and Austria. I have served as a principal and/or a Head of School in the United States (New York), Germany, Poland, Mexico and China.
I extend a very warm XIS welcome to both our new and returning school community members and sincerely hope you enjoy your time with us as a crucial part of our school community! Our students represent many nations and regions from around the world! Our faculty are from many nations as well (e.g., Australia, Belorussia, Canada, China, Korea, New Zealand, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom and United States). Our school board is composed of 7 representatives of the Xiamen community, two of whom are elected parent representatives. Their goal, as well as that of the entire school community, is to further develop our school into one of the finest international schools serving this region of the world.

Our safe and secure facilities are attractive and well-located in the suburbs of Xiamen for transportation of students and staff to and from school. This represents an approximate 30-40 minute ride from the center of the city. School and public transportation make our facility accessible from all areas of the city. Please note, however, that some of the more remote areas of the city will mean a longer ride to and from the school depending upon both location and traffic.

We invite you to visit our school and become an active participant in it. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we will always be happy to assist.

Best wishes to each of you for as great learning experience this year!
John M. Godwin, Headmaster