Admission Policies

*Please note that per international school rules within China, SCIS may only accept applicants that hold overseas passports, birth certificates, or in special cases, have obtained a waiver letter from the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission.

Admission Philosophy

SCIS seeks a diverse student body with a strong blend of international and cultural background. The school does not discriminate with regard to race, religion, or culture. 

Timeline

We welcome you to apply for enrollment at Shanghai Community International School (SCIS).  Our Admissions Office operates on a rolling admissions process, and students are admitted throughout the year. Please note though when we start looking at applications.

  • For the Fall Semester – Begin reviewing applications in the preceding March.
  • For the Spring Semester – Begin reviewing applications in the preceding October.

Decisions

When an application is received for a potential student, the Admissions Committee reviews each applicant and decisions for acceptance are made on a case-by-case basis. With a high demand for a truly international education with academic excellence and school tradition, the Admissions Office is busy year round. However, we make it our top priority to notify families of an official admissions decision within one work week of receiving the complete application.

Our advice for new families has always remained the same: choosing the right school is an extremely important family decision. Research should be done, tours taken, and discussions had. However, once you come to an agreement, an application should be sent in right away in an effort to secure your child’s educational future.

Waitpool Policy

In the event a grade level is at capacity, the Admissions Office will place applicants into a “Waitpool” status. Waitpool applicants are considered for admission once an opening becomes available. Applications will not be considered chronologically, but rather determined based on the SCIS admission priority chart (see below).

SCIS strives to have balance in all areas of diversity, with regards to nationality, gender, past academic success and potential academic success at SCIS. When an opening becomes available, the Admission Office will decide on a candidate and that candidate’s family will be notified immediately. 

Family Policy

SCIS thrives on being a family oriented school. With that in mind, siblings of current SCIS students may be given priority if they meet the academic requirement required for enrolment.

SCIS Admission Priority Chart
Tier 1 Children of full time SCIS teachers (including management positions)
Tier 2 Siblings of currently enrolled SCIS students
Tier 3 Former SCIS students returning from time spent overseas
Tier 4 Children of Consulate families in Shanghai
Tier 5 Children of SCIS Alumni (both graduated or former students)
Tier 6 Other Applicants

 

Age Guideline

Applicants must be the designated age (as stated below) on or before October 31 of the academic year of which the applicant is applying. Students applying for other grade levels are placed in grades that most nearly approach the chronological age for the student taking into account the academic history.

Academic Year 2017-2018
Grade Age Date of Birth
Nursery 2 1 November 2014 - 31 October 2015
Pre-S 3 1 November 2013 - 31 October 2014
Pre-K  4 1 November 2012 - 31 October 2013
Kindergarten  5 1 November 2011 - 31 October 2012
Grade 1  6 1 November 2010 - 31 October 2011
Grade 2  7 1 November 2009 - 31 October 2008
Grade 3 8 1 November 2008 - 31 October 2009
Grade 4  9 1 November 2007 - 31 October 2008
Grade 5  10 1 November 2006 - 31 October 2007
Grade 6  11 1 November 2005 - 31 October 2006
Grade 7 12 1 November 2004 - 31 October 2005
Grade 8  13 1 November 2003 - 31 October 2004
Grade 9 14 1 November 2002 - 31 October 2003
Grade 10 15 1 November 2001 - 31 October 2002
Grade 11 16 1 November 2000 - 31 October 2001
Grade 12  17 1 November 1999 - 31 October 2000

 

Academic Year 2018-2019
Grade Age Date of Birth
Nursery 2 1 November 2015 - 31 October 2016
Pre-S 3 1 November 2014 - 31 October 2015
Pre-K  4 1 November 2013 - 31 October 2014
Kindergarten  5 1 November 2012 - 31 October 2013
Grade 1  6 1 November 2011 - 31 October 2012
Grade 2  7 1 November 2010 - 31 October 2011
Grade 3 8 1 November 2009 - 31 October 2010
Grade 4  9 1 November 2008 - 31 October 2009
Grade 5  10 1 November 2007 - 31 October 2008
Grade 6  11 1 November 2006 - 31 October 2007
Grade 7 12 1 November 2005 - 31 October 2006
Grade 8  13 1 November 2004 - 31 October 2005
Grade 9 14 1 November 2003 - 31 October 2004
Grade 10 15 1 November 2002 - 31 October 2003
Grade 11 16 1 November 2001 - 31 October 2002
Grade 12  17 1 November 2000 - 31 October 2001

Bus Service

SCIS offers free bus transportation to and from school for students who are enrolled at SCIS Pudong or SCIS Hongiao.  If you already have a current Shanghai address and will need the bus service for your family, please fill out the transportation application.

If you are unsure of your local address please be aware that due to new regulations imposed by the Shanghai Transportation Commission, schools in Shanghai will need up to one semester to apply for a permit to add new buses, bus routes and/or stops. With this new law we have added important deadlines for your to be aware of:

Fall Semester- July 1st for new transportation request form

Spring Semester- December 1st for new transportation request form