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How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year and offer places to students where available and in accordance with our admissions policies. We recommend that students start school with their peers in August or at the start of the second semester in January. However, we understand that families move throughout the academic year and do our utmost to make these transitions as smooth as possible. Please review our School Age Placement Guide to understand the grade for which your child will be considered.

We appreciate that moving to a new school can be daunting, which is why our admissions team is on hand to guide families through the process. We have created checklists for each school division to help simplify the application process at ISB. To begin the process, review the four-step overview and the checklist for the appropriate school division; then complete the online application form.

Four-step Overview

Step 1 in the Admissions process
Complete and submit the ISB Online Application Form which can be found by clicking our "Apply Now" button.
Step 2 of the Admissions Process
Complete, upload, and submit all ISB required application documents. The list of grade-specific required documents and their downloads can be found below as well as on the pages within our "Apply Now" button.
Step 3 in the Admissions Process
Download the Confidential School Recommendation Forms and ask that your student's educators return these forms directly to ISB.
Step 4 in the Admissions Process
Submit payment of application fee. Once the Step 1 online application is received, you will receive an invoice for the application fee. This non-refundable fee is 2,000 RMB and applies for the academic year of application only.

Elementary School Applicants (for PreK 3 - Grade 1)

  1. A passport-size photo of the student taken with a white or blue background.
  2. Parent Summary of Student Health History Form.
  3. A copy of the student's and the student's parents' passport pages with picture.
  4. Copies of Citizenship Documentation:
  • For foreign passport-holding families: A copy of the working parent's visa and student's dependent visa issued for Beijing. (Those families who are moving to Beijing can submit this documentation on or before the student's first day of school).

OR

  • For families holding China-HK, China-Taiwan, or China-Macau passports: copies of family travel permits (通行证), permanent residence IDs and proof of parent employment in Beijing.

OR

OR

  • For Chinese passport-holding families with foreign residency permits: a completed BMEC Application Form

5. Copies of most recent school records in English: two most recent years including progress reports, if available.
6. PreK Parent Questionnaire: to be completed and submitted by the parents of PreK 3 and PreK 4 applicants only.
7. PreK 3 to Grade 1 Recommendation Form: to be completed and submitted by your student's current teacher.

Elementary School Applicants (for Grade 2 - Grade 5)

  1. A passport-size photo of the student taken with a white or blue background.
  2. Parent Summary of Student Health History Form.
  3. A copy of the student's and the student's parents' passport pages with picture.
  4. Copies of Citizenship Documentation:
  • For foreign passport-holding families: A copy of the working parent's visa and student's dependent visa issued for Beijing. (Those families who are moving to Beijing can submit this documentation on or before the student's first day of school).

OR

  • For families holding China-HK, China-Taiwan, or China-Macau passports: copies of family travel permits (通行证), permanent residence IDs and proof of parent employment in Beijing.

OR

OR

  • For Chinese passport-holding families with foreign residency permits: a completed BMEC Application Form.

5. Copies of most recent school records in English: three most recent years including progress reports.
6. Copies of most recent standardized achievement test results, if available.
7. Grade 2 to 5 Teacher Recommendation: to be completed and submitted by your student's current teacher.

Middle and High School Applicants (for Grade 6 - Grade 12)

  1. A passport-size photo of the student taken with a white or blue background.
  2. Parent Summary of Student Health History Form..
  3. A copy of the student's and the student's parents' passport pages with picture.
  4. Copies of Citizenship Documentation:
  • For foreign passport-holding families: A copy of the working parent's visa and student's dependent visa issued for Beijing. (Those families who are moving to Beijing can submit this documentation on or before the student's first day of school).

OR

  • For families holding China-HK, China-Taiwan, or China-Macau passports: copies of family travel permits (通行证), permanent residence IDs and proof of parent employment in Beijing.

OR

OR

  • For Chinese passport-holding families with foreign residency permits: a completed BMEC Application Form.

5. Administrator Recommendation Form: to be completed and submitted by a current principal, counselor or homeroom teacher.
6. English Recommendation Form: to be completed and submitted by the student's English teacher.
7. Math Recommendation Form: to be completed and submitted by the student's math teacher (not necessary for grade 6 applicants).
8. Student Information and Personal Statement Form: to be completed by the student.
9. Copies of most recent school records in English: three most recent years including progress reports.
10. Copies of most recent standardized achievement test results.