International Schools Consortium

International Schools Consortium (iSC) is a nonprofit organization that, since 1986, has offered excellent academic programs to meet the intellectual, physical, and emotional needs of students. iSC has six schools in China — in Chengdu, Qingdao, Wuhan, Wuxi, Tianjin, and Yantai — one school in the UAE, and helps to support various other educational initiatives globally. iSC is a multi-school program, enabling students and teachers to participate in system-wide programs where they can interact with others outside of their immediate school. Students compete in basketball, volleyball and soccer tournaments, as well as music and choral festivals, and Model United Nations (MUN) conventions.

Admissions

WE WELCOME YOU TO VISIT

COME SEE WHAT ALL THE TALK IS ABOUT.

There’s no better way to get a sense of what it’s like to be a part of the community than experiencing it firsthand. Your visit to CDIS will include a guided campus tour and an admission information session led by an admissions staff member.

Each time a parent comes to visit, we talk about the full community. This helps set the stage for where you might find your fit globally, academically, and personally. We want you to leave campus with an understanding of the distinctive education experience CDIS offers. Your opportunity to visit the campus and learn more about the admissions process is sure to make a difference in your academic search.

CHECK IN AT THE GATE

In the interest of school security, visitors are required to check in at reception. You will receive a visitor’s badge from our receptionist to be worn while on school property.

INFORMATION SESSIONS & TOURS

Mondays to Fridays, year-round, you can visit to meet with admissions staff and take a tour. Sessions take about an hour. Spots do fill up, so please make an appointment at least one day in advance.

Holiday Hours: The campus is closed for some local public holidays and western holidays including Christmas. However, there are always admissions staff available during the summer holidays. Please see the campus calendar for a more extensive list of upcoming holidays.

CLASS VISITS

You are welcome to visit classes. Please contact our admissions team to set up an appointment.

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COME SEE WHAT ALL THE TALK IS ABOUT.

Admission Statement

Admission to Chengdu International School is open to all expatriate students. CDIS does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnic origin, gender, or religion in our admissions policies or in any of our school programs.

Before beginning the enrollment process, please familiarize yourself with the admission requirements. As per Chinese regulations, CDIS does not admit children who are citizens of the People’s Republic of China. Students must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Demonstrate adequacy in the English language
  • Have a basic level of educational aptitudes and skills as determined by interview, assessment, and educational records
  • A medical exam must be completed for all new students, and returning students in grades 6 and 9

WAITING LISTS

If a student has passed the necessary admission requirements, but there is no space available, he/she may be placed on a waiting list. Students will be added to this list according to the enrollment priority listed below. This waiting list is dissolved at the end of the school year and parents need to re-apply if they wish to be considered for enrollment for the following school year. CDIS encourages parents to look for other educational options while their child is on the waiting list.

ENROLLMENT PRIORITY

  1. Children of LDi staff and associates
  2. Eligible siblings of students already attending CDIS
  3. Children who speak English fluently
  4. Children who do not speak English fluently

POLICIES & PROCEDURES

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

New Students

Documents:

Additional Requirements

  • Teacher recommendations 
    • 2nd - 5th grade: one teacher and one administrator recommendation is required to apply 
    • 6th - 12th grade: two teacher recommendations are required to apply
  • Previous school records
  • Copies of applicant’s passport and visa/residence permit
  • Copy of immunization record
  • Application fee: 1,000 RMB

Note: All documents must be in or translated into English.


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Grade Placement

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (ECE)

FOUNDATION CLASS (FC)

Students must:

  • Be three years old by September 1 of the enrollment year.
  • Demonstrate that they are ready to attend school.
  • Submit required documents, see "Documents Required".

PRE-KINDERGARTEN (PK)

Students must:

  • Be four years old by September 1 of the enrollment year
  • Demonstrate that they are ready to attend school
  • Submit required documents, see "Documents Required".

KINDERGARTEN (K)

Students must:

  • Be five years old by September 1 of the enrollment year.
  • Demonstrate that they are ready to attend school.
  • Submit required documents, see "Documents Required".

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

GRADE 1

Students must:

  • Be six years old by September 1 of the enrollment year and have been promoted from Kindergarten at CDIS. If the student has not been promoted from Kindergarten, they must pass a CDIS assessment and receive approval from the principal.
  • Submit required documents, see "Documents Required".

GRADE 2-5

Students must:

  • Provide proof of successful completion of the prior grade.
  • Submit required documents, see "Documents Required".

SECONDARY SCHOOL

GRADE 6 AND ABOVE

Students must:

  • Provide proof of successful completion of the prior grade.
  • Demonstrate English fluency determined by a school-administered test.
  • Submit required documents, see "Documents Required".
Special Needs

CDIS is not able to meet the needs of all students with learning disabilities. Parents should inform the school if their child has a known learning disability so that the school can make an informed evaluation of its ability to meet his/her needs. CDIS will make every effort to meet the educational needs of every child admitted.

Parent’s Presence

We believe that parents are ultimately responsible for the education of their children and that cooperation between the school and the home is necessary to ensure that students reach their fullest potential. As a result, CDIS has established the following guidelines concerning residency of parents. At least one parent or guardian must have full-time residency in Chengdu or a nearby community. Guardians are only permitted to function in lieu of parents in unusual circumstances with the permission of the school administration.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition Payments and Refund Policy

Chengdu International School determines tuition on an annual basis, which is assessed at the time of registration. It is payable in accordance with an approved payment plan. Late fees will be assessed where appropriate.

Parents may choose a payment plan in correspondence with the finance office. Parents must take all necessary measures to pay all school fees. If a student applies and is accepted into the school some time after the commencement of the school year, tuition will be charged for the full quarter of entry and all subsequent quarters.

Tuition payments for students who withdraw will only be refunded for quarters not attended. Once a quarter is started, full tuition for that quarter must be paid. Report cards, diplomas, and transcripts will not be released if payments are not complete. No portion of tuition shall be refunded for a student dismissed by expulsion or for disciplinary reasons.
No tuition payments can be transferred from one student to another.

Delinquent Accounts

A tuition account must be current to within sixty (60) days by the end of the semester in order for a child to continue in school the second semester. All tuition accounts must be paid in full before a child can re-enter the school. In the event that payment has not been received in full within sixty (60) days after the due date, the student(s) may be removed from the school. The terms and conditions for payment must be fully and promptly met.

For more details and a full payment schedule, please see the financial documents in the parents page.

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