Admissions Requirements

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

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 Documents

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

  • Category 1: Foreign Families with at Least One Working Parent; Shanghai Work Permit Required (外籍家庭)
    在上海工作的家长和学生本人均持有国外护照, 家长需持工作许可, 学生需持合法入境签证。
  • Category 2: Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Families with at Least One Working Parent (港澳台家庭)
  • Category 3: Student Born Overseas; One PRC Parent Holds Shanghai Hukou or Recent 12 months of Tax Records in Shanghai. ( 海外出生学生)
  • Category 4: One Parent Holds Foreign Passport and Shanghai Work Permit/Shanghai Reunion Residence Permit; Biological Child and Legally Married Spouse Hold PRC passports.

Please note: The residence permit and work permit must be issued in Shanghai.

Please consult Admissions Office through 86-21-5899 0380 if you are unsure whether your child is eligible for applying.

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 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

Standardized Testing Results for Grades 6 to 12

We accept standardized tests including the SSAT, SAT, PSAT and ACT, NWEA MAP and ISA. Other standardized tests will be considered for review.

If an applicant has not taken a standardized test, the SSAT may be required. Please visit their website at: ssat.org

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

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.

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.

Birth Date Eligibility

Concordia’s cut-off date for Preschool through Kindergarten enrollment is September 1. The age of applicant and school readiness are often linked. When prioritizing placement and admissions decisions, the applicant's age may be considered. 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.

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.

Admissions 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, and/or Writing. 

  • 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.

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.

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