Admissions Policy


This Admissions Policy is established so that it is consistent with the mission of the school and responsive to the needs of the community, within the framework of educational effectiveness and available resources.
 Prior to being considered for admission, students must submit a complete application including the application fee and all documents as outlined in the How To Apply section. Incomplete applications cannot be processed and will be discarded after 30 days.

Decisions are based on a careful examination of each student’s ability to achieve success in an atmosphere of high expectations and within the context of an English language-learning environment. In making this assessment, SIS will evaluate each candidate’s English language proficiency and in some cases math skills, demonstrated academic achievement and developmental and social/behavioral history. This will include an interview. Parents should note that current class size/space availability, English as an Additional Language (EAL) guidelines, and parents’ priority status also affect admission recommendations. Besides priority status, admissions decisions may also take into account the short and long term balance of English language learners and other relevant demographic factors in the school in order to sustain and support the school’s mission and programs.

First Priority

First priority includes any child who carries an expatriate passport with at least one parent having an expatriate passport (here and after referred to as nationality criteria), who meets the age criteria, and:

  • Whose parent works for BP, Conoco-Phillips China, or CACT or for a subcontractor to a founding member company or other oil operator, Tencent or
  • Is sponsored by a company with 20 or more students enrolled at SIS, or
  • Is a sibling of a currently enrolled student, or
  • Who lives in Jingshan Villas and has a valid one year lease contract from the enrollment date.

Second Priority

Second Priority includes any child who carries a foreign passport with at least one parent having a foreign passport.

Third Priority

Third Priority includes any child who carries an expatriate passport who is considered eligible for enrollment under Chinese law and regulations. Priority Three students will be admitted after other priority students are placed, based on space availability and in accordance with the mission of the school. A waiting pool of eligible applicants will be maintained from which applicants will be selected.

Native French Speakers

Native French speakers are eligible to apply for the French International program. Acceptance will be based upon seat availability and an assessment test may be required. To be considered, applicants must submit the documents listed in the How To Apply section. Documents should be submitted in French. Students may apply for the program from PreK–1 (PS) through grade 9 (3ème). Please note that transfers between the French and the international program must be approved by SIS administration and grade placement may be affected. While grade placement in the French program is based on the year of birth, the international program utilizes an October 31st cutoff date.

## Non-native French Speakers

The French International program is open to non-native French speakers. Entry into the program is in PreK–1 only. Students will continue to advance to the next grade level as long as they demonstrate the required fluency by grade 1 when a high level of fluency in French is needed to access the curriculum. Transfers from the French International program to the International program are not automatic or guaranteed.

Admission to the French International program follows SIS’s priority system with preference given to those students who may have a tie to France or Europe.

Admission to the German Program

Native German Speakers

German language classes are open to children who have German as their native or mother tongue. Children enroll in the international section where the language of instruction is English and take German as their second language. Native German speakers may enroll in the program from kindergarten through grade 5. Please see the school profile for program details.

Non-native German Speakers

The German language program is open to non-native German speakers. Entry into the program is in Kindergarten only.

Admission to the program follows SIS’s priority system with preference given to those students who may have a tie to Germany or to Europe.

Grade Level Placement Policy

To ensure an educational program suitable for all SIS students, students are placed in grade levels after due consideration of grade level at previous school, age, emotional, developmental and physical maturity, and academic level. Any or all of the following may be considered in determining proper placement: evaluation of previous school records, academic testing, results of screening by a counselor and/or trial placement in an age appropriate grade level. There may be times when a student excels beyond the grade level standard in a particular subject. In this case, SIS will provide a program to ensure that the student is appropriately challenged. The final placement decision is made by the director. Typically, students arriving in the early part of the school year (by December) from southern hemisphere schools or schools with a different school year calendar (i.e. January to November vs. August to June) will be placed in the grade level which they are currently attending. Above-described students arriving after December 1st will be placed in the grade they have just completed, providing they meet the admission requirements.

The academic progress of students in Kindergarten and Grade 1 who do not complete a full year in the SIS program will be reviewed by the end of the year to ensure proper grade level placement for the following year.

Read more regarding our Admission Policies here.