The KL International School (KLIS) is a non-profit school in Chongqing, China open to students of expatriate families living and working in southwestern China. As the only American curriculum PreK – 12 school in Chongqing, KLIS represents something new in the realm of international education. We call it A Responsive School for a Changing World, and our mission is to prepare creative, collaborative, and curious students who will thrive as educated global citizens, self-sustaining learners, and ethical leaders.

One of the first things you will notice about our school is our warm and welcoming campus, with newly renovated, modern classrooms, and state-of-the-art technology; where every voice, idea, and contribution shapes what it means to be a member of the KLIS community.


Program Type: International School
Campuses: 1 in China
Grade Levels: PreK-12
Student to Teacher Ratio: 5:1
Average Class Size: 10
Average number of years of teaching: 5
  • KL International School

    at Chongqing Bashu Secondary School

    The KL International School (KLIS), a non-profit school serving students in grades PreK-12, enrolled its first class of students in fall 2015. Open to students of expatriate families living and working in southwestern China, KLIS offers an American-style curriculum taught by an accomplished American and international faculty.

    Address:6 Xinnan Rd. Longhu Garden, Yubei, Chongqing, 401121
    Contact:[email protected]

    Academic Principal

    Dr. Mary-Elizabeth Pearce joins KLIS with international educational experience in Nepal, Chile, Namibia, and most recently United Arab Emirates. In these countries, she worked on national development projects including English language development, technology use for students and staff, and preparing students with 21st century skills. Dr. Pearce received her Bachelor of Science from Boston University, and spent time working with Americorps and Citizen Schools in the United States. During this time, she was selected as a National Teaching Fellow and received her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at Lesley University as part of the fellowship. As a Program Director in non-profit management, she had the opportunity to work with various community partners to offer educational programming for middle and high school students.

    Her doctorate studies at Northeastern University focused on supporting teachers’ professional development to strengthen instruction leading to academic achievement for students. She is a licensed administrator for Elementary, Middle and High School. Personally, Dr. Pearce is very interested in learning about new cultures, foods, languages and traditions. She has traveled to over 60 countries on 4 continents and hopes to visit many more places in the future!