High School Biology

High School Biology

Biology is the study of life. Biologists attempt to understand the living world at all levels using many different approaches and techniques. Many areas of research in Biology are extremely challenging and many discoveries remain to be made. Biology is still a young science and great progress is expected in the 21st century.

SHSID high school Biology department is designed to make the learning of Biology fun and exciting by bringing new hands-on activities into the classrooms, and to make teaching and learning Biology a more enriching and rewarding experience for both students and teachers. Through daily assignments, lab experiments, projects, and regular practice tests, students will gain a basic understanding of how scientific knowledge is acquired, analyzed, and supported in the fields of Biology.


General Biology school courses in high school includes: Grade 9 Ecology and Evolution, Grade 10 Cells & Genetics, Grade 11-12 Pre-college General Biology, and Grade 11-12 Energy and Environment. Grade 9 and 10 students can also choose Biology Project-based Learning (PBL) courses to perform their research-like explorations independently and will form a project reflecting their effort on the explorations. A Level Biology, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, IB Biology (HL & SL), and IB Environmental Systems and Societies (SL) courses are provided in Grade 11 and 12 for college-bound students who plan to enter fields requiring a strong foundation in Biology.



Approaches to Teaching

There are a variety of approaches to the teaching of Biology in SHSID. By its very nature, Biology lends itself to an experimental approach, and it is reflected throughout all the courses provided to students. The experimental approaches collaborated with class lectures and activities, internet and technologies, are presented in a way that is: based on inquiry; focused on conceptual understanding; developed in local and global contexts; focused on effective communication and collaboration; differentiated to meet the needs of all students; informed by assessment (formative and summative).

Technologies and Labs

Lab work accompanies our Biology courses and will be focused on acquiring basic lab and critical thinking skills. The use of computer and web-based technologies are integrated into the classrooms and labs, and is a tool that aids students in data collection, data processing, and communicating their understanding of scientific concepts. In high school the research and teaching labs include: General Biology Lab, Neuroscience and Molecular Biology Lab, Microbiology Lab, Cell Culture Lab, and Ecology Data-logging Lab, providing students with innovative teaching and learning spaces.




Faculties in the Biology department are recognized for their excellence in teaching. All of the teachers are certified, all holding master's degrees. They bring energy, enthusiasm and creativity to the classroom. They are aimed to help students to develop problem-solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills in a lab-based setting.


Biology is one of the most popular courses in SHSID. The faculties in Biology department have created an environment of high achievement, where academic rigor and creativity are celebrated and supported through clubs and classes. Exam results of IB Biology is consistently above score 6.5, and AP score above 4.5. There are many Biology related school clubs provided to students in high school, providing students a broad platform for scientific research and innovative thinking. Each year, students won great results in various biology competitions and contests, including: the Shanghai Adolescents Science and Technology Innovation Contest, the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), Envirothon, Shanghai Citizen Birding Competition, Bio Olympiad Initiative USA-China (USABO), British Bio-Olympiad (BBO), Brainbee Competition, International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM).