Each applicant to Concordia is considered holistically based upon prior report cards, test scores and teacher recommendations.
- Passport & Residency
- Government-Mandated Document Requirements
- English Language Proficiency
- Standardized Testing Results for Grades 6 to 12
- Grade Level Math
- Special Needs
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.
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)
- GC2: Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Families with at least One Working Parent (港澳台家庭)
- GC3: Working Parent Holds PRC Passport; Non-Working Parent and Student Hold Non-PRC Passports
Please note: The residence permit and work permit must be issued in Shanghai.
Special Cases (SHMEC permission not required)
- SC1: PRC Parent(s) with Permanent Residency Elsewhere; Student Holds Foreign Passport
- SC2: PRC Parents without U.S. Permanent Residency; Student Holds U.S. Passport
- SC3: Parent Holds Non-China Passport; Biological Child Holds PRC Passport
All Others (SHMEC permission required)
- AO1: All Others (其他情况)
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 and Pre-Kindergarten 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
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.
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
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.
When a grade level has reached its enrollment capacity, the applicant will be placed in a wait pool. The admissions team will offer a seat to students as an opening becomes available. Parents should note that among equally qualified candidates, priority consideration (not automatic placement) is given to those with:
- Siblings currently attending or applying to Concordia;
- Those with stronger academic English proficiency, or;
- Those who have attended school in the United States or an American school abroad;
Admission decisions also take into account the balance of English language learners and other relevant demographic factors in order for Concordia to realize its mission and support its core values.
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- About Assessments
- General Restrictions
- Preschool Requirements
- Math Placement Grades 6 to 12
- Mandarin Placement
- 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.
- 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.
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.