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Applying to ISB

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 4 step overview and the checklist for the appropriate school division; then complete the online application form.

4 Step Overview

Step 1 of applying at International School of Beijing Complete and submit the ISB Online Application Form which can be found by clicking our "Apply Now" button.
Step 2 of applying at International School of Beijing 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 of applying at International School of Beijing Download the Confidential School Recommendation Forms and ask that your student’s educators return these forms directly to ISB.
Step 4 of applying at International School of Beijing 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 RMB 2,000 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. A copy of the working parent's 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).
  5. A BMEC Application Form: (Applicants from Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan and applicants who hold a foreign, permanent residency visa along with their parents are required to complete and submit a BMEC Application Form. Please visit our Admissions "Our Criteria" page for further information).
  6. Copies of most recent school records in English: 2 most recent years including progress reports, if available.
  7. PreK Parent Questionnaire: to be completed and submitted by the parents of PreK3 and PreK4 applicants only.
  8. 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. A copy of the working parent's 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).
  5. A BMEC Application Form: (Applicants from Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan and applicants who hold a foreign, permanent residency visa along with their parents are required to complete and submit a BMEC Application Form. Please visit our Admissions "Our Criteria" page for further information).
  6. Copies of most recent school records in English: 3 most recent years including progress reports.
  7. Copies of most recent standardized achievement test results, if available.
  8. 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. A copy of the working parent's 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).
  5. A BMEC Application Form: (Applicants from Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan and applicants who hold a foreign, permanent residency visa along with their parents are required to complete and submit a BMEC Application Form. Please visit our Admissions "Our Criteria" page for further information).
  6. Administrator Recommendation Form: to be completed and submitted by a current principal, counselor or homeroom teacher.
  7. English Recommendation Form: to be completed and submitted by the student's English teacher.
  8. Math Recommendation Form: to be completed and submitted by the student's math teacher- not necessary for Grade 6 applicants.
  9. Student Information and Personal Statement Form: to be completed by the student.
  10. Copies of most recent school records in English: 3 most recent years including progress reports.
  11. Copies of most recent standardized achievement test results.
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