How to apply

Welcome to SIS and thank you for your interest. Prior to being considered for admission, students must submit a complete application that includes the documents listed below and the application fee.

Once the online application is submitted, you will receive an email with a link to the parent account. If you do not receive this email, check your spam or junk folder. Communication throughout the application process, including the admission status, will be through the parent account. You may also apply for a sibling from the parent account.

Step 1 - Review the Required Document List
SIS uses on online application system. Before you get started, review the required documents list below. You may save your application only after completing and uploading all required documents in section one. We suggest you scan the required documents and save them. When you are ready, just click on the Apply to SIS button. Once you complete all sections and upload the required documents, you may submit your application.

Required Documents List

Applying Grade File Type Nursery -- PreK-1 PreK-2 -- Grade 1 Grade 2 -- Grade 9 2nd Semester of Grade 9 -- Grade 12
Application Fee
Yes Yes



Student's and Each Parent's Passport PDF





Immunization Record PDF


Yes Yes Yes
Passport Sized Photo JPEG Yes Yes Yes Yes
2 Years of School Records in English PDF
Yes Yes Yes
Official Transcript PDF Yes

After submitting the application, you will receive a link to the parent account. In your account, please click on “Student Details” and select “Student Recommendation Form” to enter the current teacher’s name and email. The recommendation form will automatically be sent after you enter the teacher’s contact details.

Student Recommendation Form Yes Yes Yes
* Mandatory for students applying for PreK-2 and above that are transferring from an international school or from schools that provide official school reports. Some students may only have one year of records. Mid-year applicants should submit year to date school records as well as the previous year’s records.

** All students applying for grade 2 and above must submit school records in English. Some students applying for grade 2 may only have one year of school records if their home country’s educational system does not require kindergarten. Mid-year applicants should submit year to date school records as well as the previous year’s records.

IEP or Learning Support Records

Required for any student that has an IEP, is an exceptional learner or requires additional support services.

Step 2 - Testing and or Interview
For admission to SIS, testing and or an interview may be required of an applicant in the following situations:
  • All PreK-1, PreK-2 and Kindergarten students participate in a playdate while their parents attend an interview.
  • Students applying for Kindergarten mid-year and grade 1 that are transferring from a school where English is not the primary language of instruction are required to complete assessments in English as well as attend an interview.
  • Students applying for grades 2 through 5 that are transferring from a school where English is not the primary language of instruction are required to complete assessments in English and math as well as attend an interview.
  • Students applying for grades 6 through 12 that are transferring from a school where English is not the primary language of instruction are required to complete an English proficiency exam and attend an interview.
  • Any student applying whose records do not provide enough information about the applicant.
Testing can be arranged only after all the documents outlined in Step 1 have been received.

Please note that additional testing may be recommended on a case-by-case basis by the school’s administration.

Step 3 – Admission Decision
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, demonstrated academic achievement and developmental and social/behavioral history. This may 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.

Step 4 - Admission Status
The Director will inform parents of one of the following admission decisions via email:

Accepted - If a student has qualified and if space allows, the student will be placed in the appropriate grade level.

Wait Pool - If an applicant meets SIS admission requirements but is applying for enrollment in a grade level that is full, that applicant will be placed in the wait pool for his/her class. Students will remain in the wait pool for the academic year for which they have applied. If a seat is not found for the applicant within that academic year, parents may apply for the following academic year by contacting the admissions office by mid-February . Applications will not automatically roll over to the following academic year.

Not Accepted - The applicant does not meet SIS eligibility and requirements for admission. The decision is based on one or more of the before-mentioned criteria.

Step 5 - Payment
Upon acceptance, an invoice will be issued for tuition. Payment is due upon receipt and payment must be made by either the parent or sponsoring company before the student begins school. Payment is required to secure your child’s seat.

Once all documents have been received, it typically takes 4 to 5 school days to review an application. If testing and or an interview are required, SIS will communicate the test or interview date. The admission status will be emailed 2 to 3 school days after the test or interview. If applying right before or after a school break or during the summer months, processing times will be lengthened. We encourage all parents to review our school calendar and submit their applications well in advance of holidays and school closures.

Applications for the next academic school year, beginning in August, may be submitted after February 15th. Applications received in February for the following school year will be processed in March through May after the re-enrollment process for currently enrolled students has been completed and SIS knows how many seats will be available.


Shekou International School

Early Childhood and Elementary School Mountainside Campus

Jing Shan Villas, Nanhai Blvd
Shekou, Nanshan,
Shenzhen, Guangdong 518067 PRC
Phone: 86-755-2669-3669
Fax: 86-755-2667-4099

Middle School and High School Bayside Campus

A-101, Coastal Rose Phase 2, Wanghai Road,
Shekou, Nanshan,
Shenzhen, Guangdong PRC, 518067


International Schools Services

15 Roszel Road, PO Box 5910
Princeton, NJ 08543
Phone: 01-609-452-0990
Fax: 01-609-452-2690

About SIS

Welcome to Shekou International School (SIS). Established in 1988, SIS is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community in Shenzhen and Hong Kong.


Shekou International School presently has over 800 students representing more than 40 different countries including the US, Canada, South Korea, Hong Kong, France and Germany.

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At SIS learning is the focus. See how students are challenged from an early age in a contemporary and academically rigorous environment.

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