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ADMISSIONS POLICY AND PROCEDURES
INTRODUCTIONSince its inception in 1991, CDNIS has experienced tremendous growth. Recognized as a leading international school in Hong Kong and Asia, the school is in the position of having waiting lists of applicants for vacancies at most grade levels. The school admissions process is designed to ensure students are placed in the appropriate grade level to meet their learning needs. By embracing the common understandings articulated in our Vision, Mission and Values statements, CDNIS ensures an outstanding education that prepares students for an ever changing world.To ensure a thorough and fair process and to aid in developing an understanding of the application procedure, stringent policy, guidelines, criteria and practices are in place to support the application and admissions process.
ADMISSIONS POLICYThe school seeks to admit applicants and parents who support the CDNIS mission statement and the mission statement and principles of the International Baccalaureate. Further, the school seeks to admit applicants who will benefit from an inquiry-based conceptual programme in the Lower School and a rigorous university-preparatory programme in the Upper School.
ADMISSIONS PROCESSThe school practices a selective admissions process in which students are assessed prior to entry into the school. Admission decisions are based on a careful assessment of each applicant’s age appropriate knowledge, skills and understandings as well as their social and emotional development. Successful applicants must demonstrate that they are capable of meeting the school’s high academic standards as self-directed and responsible individuals. The IB Learner Profile also helps to govern selection as we look for students who are caring, open-minded, balanced, and principled.
Please note in March 2015 the School announced a change in its age requirement date from December 31 to August 31, to move into line with most other schools in Hong Kong and elsewhere. This change applies to applications for entry in August 2016 and beyond.
Placement in all other grades will also be based primarily on the revised entry age date, although exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Head of School or respective Principals based on the level of educational attainment.
Note for applicants who are not permanent residents of Hong Kong: Proof must be provided that the applicants meet Hong Kong Immigration requirements for entry to a school in Hong Kong prior to admission. In accordance with regulations of the Hong Kong Education Bureau and Hong Kong Immigration Department, all students joining CDNIS must hold a valid Hong Kong ID card and/or a valid passport with authorized residency status to be eligible for a place at CDNIS. A visitor visa does not entitle the holder to attend any school in Hong Kong. Visit the Hong Kong Immigration Department web site for their requirements:http://www.immd.gov.hk/index.html
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SELECTION CRITERIA FOR SCHEDULING APPOINTMENTS FOR ADMISSIONS ASSESSMENT/INTERVIEW
Grade 1 to Grade 12All applications received before the deadlines will be studied and considered for an assessment test/interview. Late applications may be considered subject to enrollment situation.
PRE RECEPTION TO GRADE 12 APPLICATIONSAfter an application is received, the applicant may be invited to the school for an admission assessment. A member of the Admissions Team will contact the applicant’s parent/legal guardian to arrange a date and time for the assessment. Admissions assessments for Pre Reception, Reception, Preparatory, Grade 1 and Grade 2 will begin in January for applicants who applied on or before 31 October of the preceding school year. Applications received after the 31 October deadline may not be considered. Admissions assessments for Grade 3 will begin in January/February, Grade 4 to Grade 12 will be held in March/April for applicants who applied on or before 31 January of the entering school year. Applications received after the 31 January deadline may be considered at a later time. Admissions assessments are only administered at CDNIS by admissions/academic staff.
Assessment ProceduresPre ReceptionApplicants need to have beginning English skills as determined through a small group interview with a teacher. Social skills and the ability to follow instructions in English are also part of this assessment. The interview will take approximately 45 minutes. Reception Applicants need to have basic English skills as determined through a small group interview with a teacher. Social skills and the ability to follow instructions in English are also part of this assessment. The interview will take approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Preparatory Applicants need to have the ability to speak in simple sentences and to understand and respond to a teacher's general instructions and questions in English. Social skills are also part of this assessment. The interview will take approximately 45 to 60 minutes in a small group setting. Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3Acceptance is based upon the results of a short written and verbal test specifically designed for the grade level. The test includes vocabulary, writing, reading, comprehension, mathematics, and speaking skills. Social skills and the ability to follow instructions are also part of this assessment. Grade 1 and Grade 2 will take approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Grade 3 will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. Grade 4 to Grade 10 Acceptance is based upon the results of the Canadian Achievement Test, which is a standardized test to determine competency in English and mathematics based on the Canadian curriculum. Applicants may also be required to write a short piece about a prescribed topic. Previous academic results and a Student Reference Form are also taken into consideration. The time for an admission test varies in length from 2.5 to 3.5 hours.Grade 11 and Grade 12Acceptance is based upon the results of the Canadian Achievement Test, which is a standardized test to determine competency in English based on Canadian curriculum. Applicants may also be required to write a short essay about a prescribed topic. Upon acceptance, applicants are required to work on an additional CDNIS math placement test to determine their level of math programme.Previous academic results, transcripts and a Student Reference Form are also taken into consideration. The time for an admission test varies in length from 2.5 to 3 hours.
Screening ProcessThe screening takes place in two stages. Applicants who do not meet the requirements of the first stage will not undergo the second stage of the process. Stage 1 The following criteria are considered, the weighting of which varies, depending on the applicant’s age/entering grade:
Applicants will then be ranked as follows:
Stage 2Students ranked under Categories 1 and 2 will proceed to the second stage of the admissions process. Applications are weighted according to the following criteria:
The Principals of each of the Lower and Upper Schools make admissions decisions for their respective schools. The final decision regarding admissions rests with the Head of School.
Acceptance Procedures Once a student has been accepted, subject to space availability, placement will be offered by written notification to his/her parents or authorized guardian. Parents of students for immediate entry will also be informed by telephone. If the grade level applied for is full, the accepted student will be placed in the waiting pool. Waiting pool terminate at the end of the school year. Upon receipt of a letter of acceptance, placement will be confirmed on receipt of the tuition fee deposit. This amount is deductible from the annual school tuition fees. For students accepted for immediate entry, full payment of the appropriate tuition fee on a prorated basis is required prior to student enrolment. Kindly refer to our current year Fee Structure Schedule for further details of tuition fees and other fee payments. Please feel free to approach the Admissions Office if you need further assistance or information.Admissions Hotline: (852) 2240 6363 orEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe above Admissions Policy and Procedures were approved by Head of School on
September 1, 2016 Date
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