Q1: How can I apply to the school?
You can go to school website (www.suis-pd.com) and fill out the web application form according to the curriculum and requested enrollment time.
Q2： Do you accept both Chinese and Foreign countries students?
The Local School is only suitable for students whose first language is Chinese and meet local schools’ government enrolment policy.
Q3： Do applicants sit an entrance test?
Your child will need to come to have an interview and sit the entrance test once the application is competed. International stream interviews usually take place regularly (not including G1 and 6); Local stream will offer interview in May. Candidates may be offered a place upon successful completion of the interview and test, and qualification of his or her documentation.
Q4： What kind of documents does the school need before the interview?
After you submit the application, we do need the student’s recent academic report from his/her previous kindergarten or school, a copy of supporting documents of educational/psychological testing or special learning needs (if applicable).
Q5： How long does it take for the results of the interview to arrive?
Admissions staff will send you an email or text message concerning acceptance within 3-5 working days.
Q6： What do you need for registration, after being offered a place?
- Complete the registration book or online in school.
- Residence permit of guardian and student.
- Foreign Passport, Hong Kong/Taiwan/Marco ID card and Registration Form of Temporary Residence.
- Parents/Guardians and students should bring their ID card or passport.
- Shanghai Certificate of Real Estate Ownership, or House Leasing Contract
- Two passport pictures.
- Student Birth Certificate and immunization history details.
- An Official Offer Letter.
- All documentations need to be photocopied and submitted.
Q7： What are the features of your school?
SUIS Pudong provides an abundantly rich range of teaching and learning. We have our own characteristic educational philosophy including bilingual co-teaching, Theme class covering cross-curricular and global / environmental issues, Chinese cultural and history education as well as course on virtues combined with the renowned Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Course (PSHCE). Our school is a place which combines the best educational practices of Chinese and Western education systems. Our curriculum benefits from the strengths of both traditions.
Q8：Describe your staff?
The Western Co-Principal Ms. Kim Sahi has a broad experience in International School leadership, having worked in SUIS Hongqiao campus as the Vice Principal for the last two years and came join Pudong in 2018. Prior to this, she lived and worked in the UK where she trained as a teacher and then became a senior leader in a school in London. This is the 20th year in education of her.
The Leadership Team: The school is led by a team of international education experts working within the management team which comprise highly-qualified Western and Chinese professionals.
Teaching staff: Both our Western and Chinese teachers are required to have undergraduate degrees and teaching certificates or teaching degrees / certificates from their respective countries – as well as having at least two years of teaching experience. Our Western teachers typically come from the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, United States and New Zealand. Local Stream staff and teachers have also graduated from good Chinese Normal Universities, holding the certificate to teach in specific position.
Q9：What curriculum does the International Stream adopt?
We offer our own international version of the adapted English National Curriculum from Grade 1 to A Level. As students move into G9, they will follow a 2-year iGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) course, with selected subject options/electives. Students will sit their IGCSE examinations at the end of Grade 10. Students then enter a two 2-year Cambridge A-Level for G11 and 12.
Q10： How many Chinese classes are there in a week in the International Stream?
Primary and Secondary students have a high percentage of Chinese classes every week when compared with other subjects because it is a core curriculum subject.
Q11： What’s the difference between the International and Local Stream Curriculum? How can parents choose between them for their child?
- a) The different curricula: In the Local Stream, students study the Chinese National Curriculum, with a strong bilingual learning element; the International Stream offers the English National Curriculum with strong focus on Chinese language acquisition and support.
- b) The different development paths: most Local Stream students strive for the entry into good universities in mainland China; International Stream students usually wish to attend worldwide colleges and universities.
- c) Teachers: Local stream teachers are mostly from China and most subjects are taught in Chinese. However, we also have English classes taught by foreign staff to enhance students’ English interest and ability; International Stream expatriate teachers are from English speaking countries, but Chinese teachers teach Chinese classes.
- d) Language ability: The International Stream supports students to achieve the level of a native English speaking student in England, but still has a strong focus on Chinese learning ensuring a high command of Chinese. In Secondary, Spanish is studied by all students in Key Stage 3 i.e. 11-14 years old to make it a truly international school and curriculum. The Local Stream strengthens the Chinese language ability of each student.
- e) Text books and materials: The International Stream imports or purchases books from overseas publishers; the Local Stream books are the same as those used in public schools, but with Longman English books and Theme books are added as a complement.
Q12： What are some of the special strengths about your school?
SUIS strives to combine the very best of East and West. This is not only reflected in the curriculum – where the study of Chinese is given a high priority – and also at school management level where SUIS implements a Co-Principal Systems. With one Western and one Chinese Principal, we believe we can meet the needs of both Asian and Western parents and students.
Q13： How to learn the information about Premier program, like the curriculum, objectives and admissions requirements, etc.?
Primary and Secondary Premier program publishes the admissions plan for upcoming school year in every March, introducing how to make appointment for curriculum presentation and campus tour. Parents can come to school and communicate with principal, head of school and curriculum.
Q14： Do you offer any other language courses in addition to Chinese and English in your school？
Students learn Spanish as a third language in the International Secondary School.
Q15： What are the class sizes?
The Primary International Stream classes range from 20-25 students with two homeroom teachers. Classes in the Secondary School are invariably smaller.
Q16： How much homework is a student set each day?
Homework assignment and how long it needs differs by student age, grade and ability, and the requirement of the subject.
Q17：How do you assess your students?
The school conducts regular formative assessment (assessing throughout the year) as well as summative end-of–semester examinations. Formative assessments include: individual presentations, research reports, group essays, posters, etc.
Q18： What is the school timetable?
The International School daily routine is from 8:30 am until 3:50pm for Monday to Thursday. School finishes at 2:50pm on Friday. Local stream every Tuesday to Thursday is 7:45 to 16:10, on Monday and Friday it is during 7:45 to 15:20.
Q19： When does your school year start and end?
International stream begins at the end of August and concludes at the end of June in next year. The academic year runs on a semester basis. The SUIS calendar meets international school requirements and also accommodates the national Chinese holidays.
Q20：Do students have to wear school uniform?
We require all students to wear uniform from Monday to Friday during school hours. Students are required to purchase the uniform prior to joining the school and commencing classes. As ambassadors for the school, students are representatives of the school’s high expectations and standards. House T shirt is one item of uniform which students are required to wear for school sports day. House is an encouraging system for students from different grade and age level to interact and cooperate at various activities.
Q21： Does the school provide bus transportation? How much does it cost?
We provide school bus services throughout Pudong and some areas in Puxi before and after school. The school has many bus routes available for students who live in different areas. The school bus is optional, as some families prefer to make alternative arrangements for transportation. Bus routes are flexible; for example a request for a pick-up/drop-off point to be added to an existing route can be considered. The bus fee is not included in the tuition fee. For more information on the bus fee, do consult the Bus Office. Each school bus is staffed with a bus mummy who ensures the safety of the students on the bus.
Q22： Does the International School accept boarders?
No. In Wuxi, Wenzhou, Xiamen campuses we are providing high quality boarding service.
Q23：What is the cafeteria like?
The school cafeteria is supplied by a high-quality company with professional staff providing students with a nutritious morning snack and meal for lunch.
Q24： Do you have a Parents’ Support Group?
We are committed to strengthening our communication, interaction and cooperation with parents. The Parents’ Support Group (PSG) provides an effective and efficient platform for this.
Q25： How can parents participate in daily school life?
We are committed to fostering a strong partnership between teachers and parents, and the Parent Support Group (PSG) offers many ways to strengthen this partnership. Each class has its own Class Representative. Parents can join on a voluntary basis. Class Representatives are selected by the parents. These representatives attend regular school PSG meetings to share ideas with the senior management team, and hold informal coffee mornings. Parents are also actively encouraged to become involved in the voluntary activities such as reading programs and extra-curricular activities. In addition, the school website, E-mail and customized App are all the important communication channels, where more specific information about our communities, classes, and curriculum and student daily life is shown.
Q26： Does the school run any trips or activities after school?
We always organize the discovery field trips. And two extra curriculum activities offered in a week which are delivered by our teachers according to their profession and interest.