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Admissions Criteria & Priorities

ISB was founded in 1980 as Beijing’s first international school for students holding foreign passports. Originally established to educate the children of Australian, British, Canadian, New Zealand, and United States Embassy employees, ISB now provides an English-medium education for students coming from different educational systems around the world.

ISB is an inclusive school that seeks to enroll students who are in need of and likely to find success in the school’s international, PreK 3 - Grade 12 program. Admissibility shall be determined by the school through a variety of means, which will include a review of official school transcripts, records, and other evaluating procedures. All such procedures will be transparent and fully explained to the parents of prospective students.

To be considered for admission to ISB, students and their parents must be able to document that they fall into one of the four prioritized categories illustrated below. When space availability is limited in a grade, admissible applicants with a higher-priority status will be admitted before those with lower priority status: 

 

Priority 1
Foreign passport-holding students of founding embassy employees (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States).

Priority 2
Foreign passport-holding families with a parent holding a Chinese issued work visa and a student holding a corresponding dependency (S1) visa.

Priority 3

  • China- HK, China-Macau, China-Taiwan permanent residency families holding travel permits (通行证).
  • Foreign and Chinese passport-holding families holding Q1 visa(s)/ Chinese residency permit(s).
 

Priority 4
Chinese passport-holding families with foreign permanent residency permits and proof of having lived there for more than one year.

 
 

Within priority categories, special consideration may be given to:

  • applicants of faculty members
  • returning students
  • applicants who have enrolled siblings
  • applicants with a high level of English proficiency
 

A Message to our High School Applicants:

For HS students with a transcript: If enrolled at the onset of the second semester we take into consideration the number of credits reflected on your official transcripts. However, we may not be able to align the same courses you have taken at your previous school.

Our High School program models a U.S. high school program which means that students in Grades 9 through 12 shall work toward earning a specific number of "graduation credits" each year. When applying to ISB, we will take into consideration credits achieved at your current school in planning your credits-to-graduation, note:

  • A passing grade in a year-long course earns one credit.
  • A passing grade in a semester-long course earns a half credit.

Please view the High School Course Guide for information about the number of credits needed for graduation.

An enrollment start date at the beginning of the school year in August or at the beginning of the second semester in January is recommended. We realize families move unexpectedly throughout the year, however; and regardless of your transition time to Beijing, your arrival is anticipated with pleasure.

Please make sure to bring several original sealed transcripts from your school when you arrive. You will need at least one original sealed transcript to finalize your course schedule.

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