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The International School of Wuxi does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnic origin or gender in its admissions or in any school programs. If you are considering ISW for your child, we recommend reading through the admissions requirements, paying special attention to timelines and pre-requisites.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

  Our Address:

 International School of Wuxi

300 Xing Chuang Si Lu , New District
Jiangsu, China  214028

+86-0510-8101-9012

  我们的地址:

中国江苏无锡新区行创四路300号

无锡新区国际学校

 

+86-0510-8101-9012


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Admission Policies & Requirements

1.  The International School of Wuxi does not admit children who are citizens of the People’s Republic of China, as per Chinese law. At least one parent and the student must have a foreign passport which must be presented at the time of application. In the case of a parent with an overseas green card, permission to attend ISW should be obtained in writing from the Wuxi Education Bureau. The International School of Wuxi does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnic origin or gender in its admissions or in any school programs.

 

2.  The school considers the following as essential for admission:

– Adequacy in the English language as determined by interview, examination, and/or educational records.

– An age-appropriate level of educational aptitude and skills as determined by interview, examination, and educational records.

 

3.  Before entrance into the school, all forms and paperwork must be completed.  The registration fee must be paid before students are placed on the class roster.

For entrance into E1, students must be three years old by September 30th of the year they wish to enroll and demonstrate readiness to begin school (as evaluated by the entrance assessment). Regardless of age, a child may be refused admittance if evaluated as not ready. If a child wishes to be enrolled in the second semester of the school year, the child must be three years old by September 30th of the first semester year.

Exceptions to this rule are as follows: if a child’s birthdate is after September 30th but before November 30th of the year they wish to enroll, the child may be admitted if school readiness is demonstrated. These students’ re-enrollment for the following school year into E2 will be dependent on the E2 enrollment aptitude test and displayed behavior. If they do not pass the test with acceptable aptitude or have not shown readiness in social/behavioral interaction (as observed by the E1 teachers), the students will be required to repeat E1.

For entrance into E2, students must be four years old by September 30th of the year they wish to enroll and demonstrate readiness to begin school (as evaluated by the entrance assessment. Regardless of age, a child may be refused admittance if evaluated as not ready. If a child wishes to be enrolled in the second semester of the school year, the child must be four years old by September 30th of the first semester year.

For entrance into E3, students must be five years old by September 30th of the year they wish to enroll and demonstrate readiness to begin school (as evaluated by the entrance assessment. Regardless of age, a child may be refused admittance if evaluated as not ready. If a child wishes to be enrolled in the second semester of the school year, the child must be four years old by September 30th of the first semester year.

For entrance into grade one, students must meet one of the following requirements:

– Student must be six years old by September 30th of the enrollment year and be promoted from kindergarten in the International School of Wuxi,

or

– Student must be six years old by September 30th of the enrollment year, demonstrate readiness and receive approval from the principal.

ACADEMIC YEAR 2015~2016

YEAR-MONTH-DAY GRADE LEVEL
2012.10.1~ 2013.9.30 E1
2011.10.1~ 2012.9.30 E2
2010.10.1 ~ 2011.9.30 E3
2009.10.1 ~ 2010.9.30 1
2008.10.1 ~ 2009.9.30 2
2007.10.1 ~ 2008.9.30 3
2006.10.1 ~ 2007.9.30 4
2005.10.1 ~ 2006.9.30 5
2004.10.1 ~ 2005.9.30 6
2003.10.1 ~ 2004.9.30 7
2002.10.1 ~ 2003.9.30 8
2001.10.1 ~ 2002.9.30 9
2000.10.1 ~ 2001.9.30 10
1999.10.1 ~ 2000.9.30 11
1998.10.1 ~ 1999.9.30 12

Special Needs

ISW is not able to meet the needs of students with severe learning disabilities. Parents should inform the school if their child has a known learning disability. ISW will make every effort to meet the needs of each child it admits.

Parental Presence

We believe that parents are ultimately responsible for the education of their children. Cooperation between the school and the home is necessary to ensure that students reach their fullest potential. As a result, and in the best interest of the student, ISW has established the following guidelines concerning residency of parents:

1.  Wuxi must be the primary residence of at least one parent or guardian of the child.

If both parents of a student in grade nine through grade twelve must leave Wuxi during the school year but would like to leave their child(ren) in the school until the end of the semester, an appropriate guardian must be appointed and school approval must be obtained as early as possible.

3.  If both parents need to leave the country and a student enrolled at ISW is placed in the care of an individual who is not a parent, then the parent must:

– Notify the school.

– Appoint an adult caregiver or guardian.

– Provide the school with contact information for parents and the caregiver or guardian.

– Set a date with the principal when the child will leave ISW to join their family.

Grade Placement

Students are ordinarily placed in the appropriate grade indicated by their previous schooling. If a question regarding placement arises, the following factors are considered in parent/school discussions:

1. School records

2. Chronological age

3. Evidence of maturity

4. Results of entrance test or standardized tests

The school does not practice acceleration of students (skipping a grade) in cases of high achievement. New students who are non-native English speakers may be placed at a lower grade level at the principal’s discretion. Students will not be placed in a certain grade, class, or level based on the parent’s preference for a certain teacher.

Waiting Lists

If a student has passed the necessary admissions requirements but there is no space available, he/she may be placed on a waiting list. Students will be added to this list according to the enrollment priority policy. The waiting list is dissolved at the end of the school year and parents need to re-apply if they wish to be considered for enrollment for the following school year. ISW encourages parents to look for other educational options while their child is on the waiting list.

Language Support Requirements

Admittance

To qualify for admittance, all non-native speakers are required to take a diagnostic test to determine if they can function in an English language-learning environment. This test will be administered by a trained teacher and an appointment can be made through the office personnel for the incoming student.

All ECC-2nd grade students will be accepted regardless of test results and all 3rd graders in 1st semester will be accepted regardless of test results if there is room available and no other major impediments are apparent. 4th and 5th grade students must have a strong foundation in phonics to be accepted. Elementary students in all grades may be enrolled in English Language Learning (ELL) Program. This program is predominantly a pull-out for language arts and social studies. ELL students will not attend Chinese language classes, but will be enrolled in an additional English class.

Middle school students may be admitted if their English language reading level is no more than three grades below their current grade. There is English language support for a limited number of pull-out classes in grades 6th – 8th. All new students with a reading level below grade level will be required to take a year-long Foundations class to provide additional support in reading skills and grammar. If there isn’t sufficient progress, the student must take Foundations again next year.

High school students entering 9th or 10th grade must achieve a reading score no more than two grade levels below their current grade level. For example, when entering 9th grade, a student must have at minimum a 7th grade reading level. High school students entering 11th or 12th grade may not be recommended for admission with a reading score of more than one grade level below their current level. For example, when entering 11th grade, a student must have at minimum a 10th grade reading level. There are no English language support classes for the high school.

Graduation from the ELL program

Students enrolled in the ELL program are assessed every semester for language improvement. Students may graduate into a regular classroom at the end of a semester, given approval by the ELL teacher and the regular classroom teacher after a careful assessment of student portfolios and test scores. Students cannot enter Chinese language classes in the middle of the year, and will use that class period for continual support in the English language.

Current Students in the ELL Program

In order to re-enroll the following year, students must make progress in their English studies. For 3rd graders to enter 4th grade ELL classes, they must achieve a minimum score of 85% on the ELL Phonics test. For 5th graders to enter 6th grade ELL classes, they must achieve a minimum score of 35 (high 3rd grade reading level) on the Developmental Reading Assessment. For 8th graders to enter 9th grade without ELL support, they must achieve a minimum score of 63 (low 7th grade reading level) on the Developmental Reading Assessment. These tests will be administered at the end of the year, and if students do not achieve a minimum score they are able to test again before the beginning of the next school year or they may receive a contract between the teacher, parents and principal for a trial period of two months based on the principal/teachers recommendations.

Extra Support Outside the Classroom

ISW highly recommends providing a tutor outside the classroom to provide additional help with homework and with English study. ISW offers seminars for tutors to ensure they support the students appropriately. ISW also recommends that students do intensive language study over summer break prior to enrollment and summers students remain enrolled in ELL classes the following school year.

Parent Support for ELL students

Many ELL students have parents not proficient in the English language, but parents can still help support ELL students in their language acquisition. Reading extensively outside the classroom is helpful for grammar, vocabulary and writing improvement. Parents can encourage their children to read in English every day for 15-20 minutes and build up their fluency and accuracy in English.

FAQ

Will my child be able to transition well to an international school?

Children have instinctive ability of adaptation and almost all the students transition well into our school. It’s just a matter of time; some students can adapt to the new environment quickly while others take a little bit more time to adjust. Most of the new students get high satisfaction from our school. They can acclimate well and they like their teachers very much.

I want to know about the admission level tests.

There are 4 types of tests.

  • English reading
  • English vocabulary
  • Listening and speaking
  • Writing

My child is weak at basic English, will he/she follow the class well?

Our school has ELL (English Language Learning) classes apart from our regular classes. Below is the content from the handbook.

 

All ECC-2nd grade students will be accepted regardless of test results and all 3rd graders in 1st semester will be accepted regardless of test results if there is room available and no other major impediments are apparent. 4th and 5th grade students must have a strong foundation in phonics to be accepted. Elementary students in all grades may be enrolled in English Language Learning (ELL) Program. This program is predominantly a pull-out for language arts and social studies. ELL students will not attend Chinese language classes, but will be enrolled in an additional English class.

 

Middle school students may be admitted if their English language reading level is no more than three grades below their current grade. There is English language support for a limited number of pull-out classes in grades 6th – 8th. All new students with a reading level below grade level will be required to take a year-long Foundations class to provide additional support in reading skills and grammar. If there isn’t sufficient progress, the student must take Foundations again next year.

 

High school students entering 9th or 10th grade must achieve a reading score no more than two grade levels below their current grade level. For example, when entering 9th grade, a student must have at minimum a 7th grade reading level. High school students entering 11th or 12th grade may not be recommended for admission with a reading score of more than one grade level below their current level. For example, when entering 11th grade, a student must have at minimum a 10th grade reading level. There are no English language support classes for the high school.

Will my child go down a grade if his/her English is not good enough?

This information will be feasible once the student’s birth date, grade in former school and his/her ISW admission test result are known.

What documents should I prepare for my child’s enrollment?

  • A signed, completed application form
  • Sealed health information form (completed by parent) and health check (completed by hospital)
  • Signed Philosophy Statement.
  • Previous school records (current year plus previous year’s; scan or fax)
  • A copy of applicant’s passport, visa, and copies of parents’ passports and visa (scan or fax)
  • 2 Passport size photographs
  • Legal Release and Medical Consent

 

Should all the application documents be prepared with an English notarization?

For secondary students, because the head-teacher checks the child’s grades from their former school and decides how to transfer the child’s credit, the certificates and documents should be notarized in English.

If I (the parent) can’t speak English, how can I help with student’s school life?

It would be helpful if you could check if your child is finishing his/her homework. You can also check your child’s assignment notebook. If you want to talk with the teacher, you can always contact them via your primary language liaison and they can provide translation when you are consulting with the teacher.

When can I visit the school?

When in Wuxi, you are welcome to call the school and set a date to visit. You can come with your child(ren) during the scheduled time. We will also inform you of a date for your child to take the admissions test after we check with the classroom teacher. Usually, the test will be scheduled in the afternoon during the weekdays.

What should we prepare for the class?

Each grade has different supplies that are required and we will inform you after the child(ren) is(are) accepted. All the school supplies can be bought at a local market.

Should the student take part in all of the afterschool activities?

Afterschool activities are optional activities that start from the middle of the semester. They last about 9 weeks (Tue & Thu).

Should I buy textbooks and materials?

The school will pay for the textbook fees and students will have to return the books at the end of the school year. Students will be fined for damaged or lost books.

What is the school’s dress code?

Here are some requirements taken from the school handbook about the dress code and gym shoes use in the indoor gymnasium.
Students are expected to dress modestly. Clothing should not be revealing or bizarre, and should not bear offensive words or slogans. Cleanliness, neatness, good grooming, and respect for local customs are standards ISW students are required to uphold.

I would like information about the academic calendar.

Every year, there will be minor differences in the academic calendar. First semester of the school year generally starts in the middle of August and ends in late December. Second semester generally starts in early January and ends in early June. 

Current Academic Calendar

How will ISW prepare my child for college?

Learn more about ISW’s guidance program here.