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Hello and greetings from Tianjin International School. My name is Alex Wuest and I am excited to serve TIS as the Director of Admissions and Public Relations. I come to TIS after working at a university in Kansas for four years. Prior to that experience, I received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Tabor College and Masters degree in Higher Education Management from McPherson College. I am looking forward to serving both current and prospective students and families. As an Admissions staff, we are committed to continue nurturing relationships with current students and parents, as well as recruiting quality students to TIS. Please do not hesitate to contact the admissions office with any questions or concerns. We are very excited to see the growth and development in our school this upcoming school year. Please check the calendar for the upcoming events for this school year.
Director of Admissions and Public Relations
Tianjin International School No. 4-1 Sishui Dao Hexi District Tianjin, China 300222
+86-22-8371-0900 x 311
or (fax) +86 (22) 8371 0400
Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except public holidays and vacation periods.
Step 1 : Application
Please prepare the following documents:
Please submit all the above completed documents and items to our Admissions Office in person, by fax or email. After verifying everything is in order, we will contact you to arrange an entrance test/interview.
*We require original school records to be submitted for verification prior to testing.
Step 2 : Entrance Test / Interview
Schedule an Interview and/or Entrance Test:
- Early Childhood Center for an interview
- Grades 1~3 Language Services Department test and interview
- Grades 4~12 entrance test, Language Services Department test and interview
How to Prepare for My Entrance Test
Your Entrance Test for Grades 1-3 will involve a 30 minute English language test and a 30 minute interview with a grade level teacher.
Grades 4-12 will have a two hour written test. Students who pass will then test with our Language Services Department to provide the Admissions Committee with an indepth assessment of English language skills. This second evaluation takes approximately one hour. Students who are assessed as having adequate English proficiency will then have a grade level interview.
The best way to prepare for the entrance test is to get a good nights rest, eat a healthy breakfast and relax! Arriving relaxed and ready will ensure your mind is prepared to give its best.
Things to Remember:
- Arrive at school 30 minutes prior to the test start time
- Bring 2000rmb in cash (non-refundable application fee).
- Bring original previous school records and any outstanding documentation from Step 1
- Do not bring any writing materials, including pencils and papers, those will be provided
- Calculators cannot be used during the test
- Dictionaries or digital translators are not permitted in the test
- We will provide water and a small snack for students after the written test
Step 3 : Offer of Placement
Within 2-3 working days we will email you an Offer of Placement or advise as to why the applicant has not been accepted. Please note: An Offer of Placement is not enrollment. To have your child enrolled in our school, Step 4 must be completed prior to the intended start date.
Step 4 : Enrollment
A non-refundable Enrollment Deposit must be paid in full to secure a seat and within 5 days of the invoice being issued. If not yet completed, please finish and submit:
Any missing documents or incomplete payments may result in a delayed start for your child. We appreciate your cooperation in ensuring all these matters are handled in their entirety and in a timely manner.
Timeline and Test Dates
The timeline for processing an application depends largely on the time taken to submit completed documentation. To speed the process we encourage parents to ensure all documents are completed and everything is submitted promptly. TIS has set dates each year on which we test students. This allows for families to plan accordingly. However, if you are flying in for a limited period of time and wish to have your child tested, please contact us beforehand for special arrangements. Documentation can be submitted via email and the fee paid on arrival. Applicants currently residing in Tianjin may register for testing in person as per dates below. Please ensure you bring all completed documentation and Application Fee (2000RMB payable in cash) with you. Only students who have submitted the required documentation and have paid the Fee as listed in Step 1 of Applying to TIS will be tested.
Upcoming Test Dates
- Nov. 14th (Tuesday)
- Dec. 7th (Thursday)
Please contact our Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +86-22-8371-0900 x 305 if you have questions
The Tuition Fee covers all textbooks and materials required for each course offered within the program. It also covers Fall Camp and Spring Trips (throughout China for grades 5 – 12). High school students enrolling in external online courses will be responsible for extra associated costs. Tuition and fees are reviewed annually at the time of spring registration. All fees are payable in accordance with an approved payment plan.
Enrollment deposit is a non-refundable annual fee and must be paid in full after acceptance in order to reserve a spot for the academic year. A student is not enrolled until this fee is paid in full.
The annual bussing fee for students is 9,000RMB or 12,000RMB for students living in TEDA.
TIS offers daily options of Asian, Western, Salad Bar, Sandwiches, Sushi etc. Prices range from 6RMB to 24RMB depending on student selection.
Tuition Payments and Refund Policy
Parents are responsible for the payment of all school fees, which must be paid in full before report cards, diplomas and transcripts will be released. The Enrollment Deposit is payable annually upon enrollment and is non-refundable. If a student withdraws early, tuition will only be refunded for full quarters not attended. If a student applies and is accepted into the school some time after the commencement of the school year, tuition will be charged for the quarter of entry even if a student starts the school in the middle of quarter. No portion of tuition shall be refunded for a student dismissed by expulsion or disciplinary reasons. Tuition payments are not transferable to another student.
Tuition payments are due to the school 5 days after the invoice is issued. Payments more than 10 days past due are subject to a 500RMB late fee. If payments are more than 20 days past due, students may be excluded from classes until payment is made. A student with an outstanding tuition balance will not be allowed to graduate without the consent of the School Board. Also, no transcripts will be issued for students with outstanding balances.
Early Childhood Center (ECC)
When applying to Foundation Class, Junior Kindergarten or Kindergarten, students must be 3, 4 or 5 years old respectively by September 30. Students will be evaluated by the teacher and/or the ECC Principal to determine school readiness.
Grades 1 – 12
Students must be six years old by September 30 of the enrollment year and complete a TIS teacher evaluation and receive approval from the principal. Current TIS kindergarten students will be promoted to 1st grade based on ECC recommendation.
Grades 2 – 12
Students must demonstrate grade level English fluency determined by a school-administered entrance exam, as well as interview with a grade level teacher. Final approval will be determined by the principal.
TIS is not able to meet the needs of every students with severe learning disabilities. Parents should inform the school if their child has a known learning disability. TIS will make every effort to meet the needs of each child it admits.
We believe that parents are ultimately responsible for the education of their children. Cooperation between the school and the home is necessary to ensure that students reach their fullest potential. As a result, and in the best interest of the student, TIS has established the following guidelines concerning residency of parents:
- At least one parent or guardian must have full-time residency in Tianjin or a nearby community
- Guardians are only permitted to function in lieu of parents in unusual circumstances with the permission of the school administration
Tianjin International School does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnic origin or gender in its admissions or in any school programs, but is open to students from all religions, races and national backgrounds; except where prohibited by law.
- If a student meets the necessary requirements, but there is no space available, he/she may be placed on a wait list if the parents so desire.
- The enrollment priority criteria applies to wait list.
- The wait list is cleared at the end of the school year.
- A student in wait list will need to be re-tested if more than one quarter has passed from the time of acceptance to the time when a spot becomes available. If the student fails the test, he or she will be denied entrance and the wait list will therefore become void. TIS encourages parents to look for other educational options while their child is on the wait list.