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Admission Criteria

Each applicant to Concordia is considered holistically based upon prior report cards, test scores and teacher recommendations.

Eligibility Requirements

Passport & Residency

Concordia follows the regulations set by the Shanghai Education Commission:

  • Concordia may only accept students with a valid non-PRC passport or an “Official Letter of Approval to Attend Concordia” from the Shanghai Education Commission.
  • All students must be living with at least one parent in Shanghai throughout their time of study at Concordia.
  • All students must comply with government-mandated document requirements (provided below)

Note: Should Concordia become aware that an enrolled student is living in Shanghai without at least one parent or does not hold current copies of the required government-mandated documents, the student will be asked to leave school and all tuition/fees paid will be forfeited.

Government-Mandated Document Requirements

The Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (SHMEC) requires that international schools keep on file several official documents for each student (the official government statement is noted below for your reference). Please reference the categories below to determine into which category your family falls, then submit the noted documents when requested during the application process.

“[International] schools shall enroll Children of Foreign Personnel who have certificates of residence in China. They shall not enroll children of Chinese citizens in the country.” – PR. China State Education Commission, April 1995

General Cases (SHMEC permission not required)
  • GC1: Foreign Families with at least One Working Parent (外籍家庭)
    至少一方家长(必须是工作的)和学生本人均持有国外护照, 且持合法入境签证入境。
  • GC2: Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Families with at least One Working Parent (港澳台家庭)
    至少一方家长和学生本人均持有香港/澳门/台湾的永久居民身份证,且均持通行证入境。
  • GC3: Working Parent Holds PRC Passport; Non-Working Parent and Student Hold Non-PRC Passports
    工作的一方家长持中国大陆护照且无国外永居许可,但不工作的另一方家长及学生本人持非中国大陆护照。
    Please note: The residence permit and work permit must be issued in Shanghai.
    请注意:居留许可及工作许可相关文件必须在上海签发。
Special Cases (SHMEC permission not required)
  • SC1: PRC Parent(s) with Permanent Residency Elsewhere; Student Holds Foreign Passport
    提出申请的父/母持中国护照获国外永居许可,入学子女持国外护照且有合法入境签证者。
  • SC2: PRC Parents without U.S. Permanent Residency; Student Holds U.S. Passport
    拟入学子女持有美国护照,但现阶段持旅行证进出境者。
  • SC3: Parent Holds Non-China Passport; Biological Child Holds PRC Passport
    获得工作签证及居留许可,且在沪工作的外国人,其中国籍的婚生子女。
All Others (SHMEC permission required)
  • AO1: All Others (其他情况)

English Language Proficiency

Students applying for Kindergarten (our 5 year-old program) through Grade 12 must possess proficient English language skills (age-appropriate listening, speaking, reading and writing). Preschool 3 and 4 year-old students may be admitted with beginning English.

An English assessment may be given to candidates based on the following:

  • Native and home languages
  • Number of years in an English-language curriculum
  • School records
  • Teacher recommendations

Standardized Testing Results for Grades 6 to 11

SSAT is required for applicants to middle school (Grades 6-8) and high school (Grades 9-11). However, if a high school student has not taken the SSAT, we may accept some standardized tests in lieu of the SSAT, including the SAT, PSAT and ACT.

If a student cannot schedule the SSAT National Test during the school year (October through June in the U.S. and Canada, and November through April internationally), and they do not have other standardized test results, they must contact SSAT and arrange for a Flex Test.

If the SSAT test center is fully booked in your immediate geographic area, please contact Jennifer Davis at SSAT via email at jdavis@ssat.org. Jennifer may be able to assist you with a solution.

A Korean Call Center is available at 010 9901 1150.

For all other questions related to registering for the SSAT, visit their website at http://www.ssat.org/test-site/Pages/Help-Center.aspx.

Grade Level Math

Applicants must be at or above grade level in mathematics. As a result, students may be asked to take a screening test that demonstrates, at a minimum, mastery of concepts related to their current grade level. (Please note: calculators are not allowed during testing.)

Grade 9 – Algebra I
Grade 10 – Geometry
Grade 11 – Algebra II

See Math Resources that can help your child prepare for this test.

Special Needs

Admission to Concordia is contingent upon a match between the student’s learning needs and levels of service available at the time of application. As a result, all decisions regarding admission for students who may need minimal accommodation or support are made on an individual, case-by-case basis to ensure that individual students will find personal and academic success within our community. We ask families whose children have specialized schooling requirements to include documentation and full disclosure* of these needs and the reasons for these requirements with the application. Parents are invited to discuss their child’s needs at any time without a fee.

*Failure to disclose full history of learning needs can result in dismissal from the school

Determining Grade Level

We consider the following information to determine grade placement for admission decisions.

On Grade Level

A student applicant’s academic records, submitted as part of the application materials, must indicate that the student is at or above grade level in all subjects. Concordia does not offer remedial instruction.

Cut-Off Date

Concordia’s cut-off date for enrollment is September 1. Students coming from August/September to June/July school years who are applying for Grade 1 to 12 and whose dates of birth fall after the cut-off date will not be required to repeat a grade level should they meet all requirements for admission and continuance into the next logical grade level.

Non-August/September School Year Start

Students coming from school years that begin at any point other than August/September will be required to re-enroll in the same grade level in which they are currently studying or which they may have just completed.

Grade Promotion

Once enrolled, promotion of a student to a higher grade level or subject, or retention in the same grade level, is based on the student's ability and achievement as determined by the student's teacher, counselor, parent and principal.

Assessments

When needed, assessments are used to aid the application review process and may consist of some or all of the following:

  • Mathematics,
  • Reading comprehension,
  • Vocabulary
  • Listening comprehension
  • Writing

General Restrictions

  1. Submitting an application does not guarantee assessment. A non-acceptance will be issued without assessment should the admissions review team determine from examination of the applicant’s other application materials that the student does not meet admittance requirements.
  2. If the desired level has reached waiting list status and an applicant requires assessment to determine acceptance, the assessment will only be scheduled if/when the likelihood of space availability increases.

Preschool Requirements

  • All Preschool applicants for whom we have seats reserved will be scheduled for a Preschool Readiness Interview. Full acceptance is issued only after successful completion of this interview.
  • Preschool students must be fully potty trained.

Math Placement Grades 6 to 12

After acceptance, all students entering Grade 6 to Grade 12 must take a Math Placement Test. The test will be offered at the New Student Orientation day in August and on an individual basis for those students enrolling during the school year.

Mandarin Placement

New Concordia students are assessed upon arrival and tentatively placed in an appropriate level Mandarin class. Students are then observed the first two weeks of class and adjustments are made as necessary.