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Reception Applicants

Reception is our entry programme at Chinese International School for students who have reached the age of 4 by 31 August of the year for which they are seeking entry. Reception is a half-day programme and there are openings for 96 students. We accept applications up to two years in advance.

We seek children who are well-rounded and have reached age-appropriate milestones cognitively, linguistically, physically, socially and emotionally. Candidates should demonstrate independence and initiative and be able to concentrate and collaborate in a formal setting.

We expect our students to have a strong command of one of the following languages; English, Chinese (Mandarin), or Chinese (Cantonese). While many Reception applicants already speak two languages, doing so is not required. We accept students without a strong knowledge of English and students without a strong knowledge of Chinese (Mandarin) to the Reception programme.

At CIS, we seek to admit a balanced cohort of learners in terms of their language backgrounds, gender, age and other qualities. Successful candidates will demonstrate that they are a good fit for CIS through their application and an observation session. Parents must also understand, appreciate and agree to uphold our school's Mission. CIS very much values the parent-school partnership.

Please explore below to learn more about the application process for the Reception programme. We look forward to receiving your application.

Admissions faq 

Stage 1

Stage 2

The school will review all submitted applications and parent questionnaires. Using this information, a number of students will be selected for Stage 2 of our admissions process which includes observation sessions and individual parent meetings.

Note: children who are applying with a Corporate Nomination Right, have siblings at CIS, or who have a parent who is an alumnus/a of or a staff member at CIS receive priority consideration in the admissions process and will be automatically invited to take part in the second stage of the admissions process.


Information Sessions 

21 September 2022
at 6:00 p.m.

30 September 2022
at 1:00 p.m.

12 October 2022
at 9:00 a.m.

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Key Dates

Information Sessions

1 October
Online Applications Due

Late November
Stage 2 Notifications 

Observation Sessions
Individual Parent Meetings

Acceptance Notifications 


Reception & Primary Applications
(852) 2512-5988

Secondary Applications
(852) 2512-5915