My name is Brendan May, and I am the Principal of St. Paul American School in Beijing. I joined SPAS in January 2019. I am a Texas certified teacher and administrator. I was a teacher and school administrator in Texas for 12 years before moving into international education, working in China and Saudi Arabia. I have taught elementary, middle school and high school classes and enjoy working with students of all ages. I became an educator to help make the world a better place. I believe we have an opportunity to help our students become successful leaders and influencers of the future. I understand both American education and International students, and I know at St. Paul American School we are preparing our students for success.


  1. This is a concept of high school established through a mutual credit exchange and dual diploma system by Saint Paul Preparatory School (SPP) in the U.S. and the Second School Attached to Beijing Normal University in China.
  2. Upon graduation, students registered at Saint Paul Preparatory School in Minnesota, who meet all academic requirements, will receive a high school diploma from SPP which is an NCA accredited preparatory school.
  3. The school provides state of the art facilities in a beautiful academic setting.
  4. Qualified faculty members are provided by SPP.
  5. In its global surroundings with international students from the NISS world-wide network, students will have the opportunity to learn about other cultures and prepare for global leadership.

School Vision

The Vision of Saint Paul American School is to be a community of life-long learners whose graduate and transfer students demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and values necessary to succeed in the global community.

Educational Target

To develop future leaders by motivating students to be competitive in an international environment. Students are challenged by a strong U.S. curriculum provided by the Nacel International School System with the goal of preparing for competitive colleges and universities.