International Schools in China

Posted by freemexy on November 28th, 2019

You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in China with fee information. It includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools and you will find the right school to prepare for International Baccalaureate, and other diploma in China. Some schools will follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs while others are regulated under the French or Japanese education schools in china

Education in China

Education in the People's Republic of China is state-run system administered by the Ministry of Education. It is the largest education system in the world. Schooling is free of charge for Chinese citizens age 6 to 15 (books and uniforms may cost a small fee). In rural parts of China, many students stop their education at age 15. The Ministry of Education estimates that 99.7 percent of the population has achieved a nine-year basic education.

Chinese public schools are required by law to accept children of legal foreign residents. Admissions requirements vary but schools may require an admissions application, health records, passport, visa information, school records, birth certificate, recommendation letters, interviews, entrance exams and language requirements. Students who cannot speak Mandarin are held at first grade until their language skills reach acceptable levels. All classes except English are taught entirely in Chinese and there is little support for families and students who do not speak Chinese.

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in China. There are a growing number of private schools in China. These schools mostly cater to wealthy Chinese or international students. Schools usually follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, Canada or Australia/New Zealand. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English, French, Spanish, German, or Japanese. Many schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. Schools often provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.

Most international schools in China will only accept Chinese who hold a foreign passport. There are over 70 schools approved by China's Ministry of Education to provide foreign instruction. Unlike local children, foreigners must pay a yearly tuition which varies but starts at about 28,000 RMB.

Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.
The CoIS (Council of International Schools) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and the National Center for Curriculum and Textbook Development (NCCT) offer information and accreditation as well. Schools may be a member of East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS), the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS), and the International Schools Athletic Conference, Beijing-Tianjin (ISAC). The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is a faith based accrediting body.

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