Admissions

CIS warmly welcomes applications by all families.

CIS admits students at all year levels and warmly welcomes applications by all families. CIS seeks to enroll a student body that is diverse in its ethnic, national and socio-economic composition and prepared to take on the demands of a rigorous and multifaceted academic program in two languages – English and Chinese (Mandarin).

What Every Applicant Needs to Know

HANGZHOU CIS (HZ CIS)

Families with children who are applying for admission to CIS need to be aware that CIS has an academic and residential centre in Hangzhou where Year 10 students (aged 14-15) will spend the full school year living and learning in Hangzhou. We believe that HZ CIS adds a powerful dimension to the delivery of our dual-language mission and will be a life-changing experience for every student. Applicant families should be aware that participating in HZ CIS is an integral and required part of a CIS education. More information may be found in the Hangzhou section of this website.

PRIORITY IN THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS

Please be aware that priority in the admissions process is given, in the following priority order, to:

  • holders of Corporate Nomination Rights (CNRs) - please read the relevant section of the website for more information;
  • to siblings of currently enrolled students;
  • and to children of alumni and of CIS teachers.

However, please also note that all candidates must be assessed and must meet entry criteria. Possession of a CNR or sibling or alumni status does not confer an absolute guarantee of admission.

Application Process

It is recommended that prospective applicants read all the general information on this page, as well as the year-specific page.

All notifications will be made by email.

Reception applicants should be aware that the application process for Reception involves two stages.

Inquiries

admissions@cis.edu.hk
Reception & Primary Applications
Tel: (852) 2512-5988

Secondary Applications
Tel: (852) 2512-5915

Admissions Office

Chinese International School
1 Hau Yuen Path
Braemar Hill
Hong Kong SAR, China

Which School Entrance to Use:
  • Visitors to the Admissions Office should use the New Tower entrance on Braemar Hill Road, facing St. Joan of Arc School, and take the elevator to Level 7.
  • Those attending Information Sessions should use the main school entrance on Hau Yuen Path and proceed to the Auditorium.

Key Steps

Please read the relevant year-specific page as procedures vary considerably for different year-levels.

1. Information Session

Attendance at an information session is mandatory for application to Reception, Year 7 and Year 8. For other years, it is strongly recommended.

2. Online Application

All applicants must complete the online application form, which includes uploading of supplementary materials.

3. In-Person Assessment

The student assessment for Reception applicants proceeding to Stage 2 takes the form of an observation session, while the assessment for all other years involves written tests.

4. Parent Meeting

Individual parent meetings are required for Reception applicants who have proceeded to Stage 2. For other year levels, parents and/or applicants may also be invited to attend such a meeting.

When to Apply

FOR RECEPTION

Applications will be accepted up to two years before the desired date of entry, but not earlier. The application period begins from September 1, beginning two academic years prior to entry and closing on October 15 of the academic year prior to entry.

FOR OTHER PRIMARY YEARS (YEARS 1-6)

Applications will be accepted up to one year before the desired date of entry, but not earlier. The application period is from September 1 to February 28, beginning one academic year prior to entry. Please note that the number of places available for these years is extremely limited.

FOR SECONDARY (YEARS 7-13)

Applications will be accepted up to one year before the desired date of entry, but not earlier. The application period is from September 1, beginning one academic year prior to entry, and continues on a rolling basis; however, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Please also note that that the greatest number of places available is for Year 7, when then are over 50 new places due to the fact that CIS Secondary is larger than CIS Primary.

DATE OF BIRTHCISHKUSUK
1 Sep 2014 - 31 Aug 2015
Reception 2019
1 Sep 2013 - 31 Aug 2014
Reception 2018Kindergarten 2 (K2)Pre-KindergartenReception
1 Sep 2012 - 31 Aug 2013

Year 1 2018

Kindergarten 3 (K3)KindergartenYear 1
1 Sep 2011 - 31 Aug 2012

Year 2 2018

Primary 1Grade 1Year 2
1 Sep 2010 - 31 Aug 2011
Year 3 2018Primary 2Grade 2Year 3
1 Sep 2009 - 31 Aug 2010
Year 4 2018

Primary 3Grade 3Year 4
1 Sep 2008 - 31 Aug 2009
Year 5 2018

Primary 4Grade 4Year 5
1 Sep 2007 - 31 Aug 2008
Year 6 2018

Primary 5Grade 5Year 6
1 Sep 2006 - 31 Aug 2007
Year 7 2018

Primary 6Grade 6Year 7
1 Sep 2005 - 31 Aug 2006
Year 8 2018

Form 1Grade 7Year 8
1 Sep 2004 - 31 Aug 2005
Year 9 2018

Form 2Grade 8Year 9
1 Sep 2003 - 31 Aug 2004
Year 10 2018

Form 3Grade 9Year 10
1 Sep 2002 - 31 Aug 2003
Year 11 2018Form 4Grade 10Year 11
1 Sep 2001 - 31 Aug 2002
Year 12 2018

Form 5Grade 11Year 12
1 Sep 2000 - 31 Aug 2001
Year 13 2018

Form 6Grade 12Year 13




Admissions Offers & Acceptance

The timing for initial offers is handled differently for different year levels. Please see the year-specific pages.

Some applicants who have been assessed may be held on a reserve list, pending availability of a space. Acceptances may also be made on a conditional basis, pending receipt of a visa for overseas applicants or of additional school records as may be requested by the Admissions Office.

Acceptance

Once an applicant has been admitted, the applicant family will be asked to confirm acceptance and hold the student's place with immediate payment of a reservation deposit of HK$100,000. This deposit will be credited to the Annual Capital Levy and the first term tuition payment.

Re-Application

Applicants who have been assessed but who have not been admitted are welcome to reapply for another academic year. Please note that such applicants will be asked to submit a new application form and application fee.

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