Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose CISK?

- 10 years of dedication to education 

- 21 different nationalities for students 

- 14 different nationalities for faculty 

- 85% faculty with overseas education background or experience

- 60% ratio of the expat teachers come from US, UK, Canada, and Europe

- 57% faculty with masters or doctorate degrees 

- 10 years local teacher's longest tenure at CISK

- 7 years average years of teaching experience 

- 7 years expat teachers’ longest tenure at CISK 

- 3 years average tenure at CISK 

- 1:4 the ratio of teachers to students 

- 1:1 the ratio of local to expat teachers

- 70 numbers of CCA 

- 37 average IBDP score during the past 2 years 

- 100% IB Diploma pass rate 

- 100% admission to first-choice university 

- 3.7 average offers received 

* Data is ongoing and subject to change 

What are the school hours at CISK?

Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am. -- 4:30 pm.

Friday: 8:30 am. -- 3:30 pm.

What curriculum framework does CISK use?

IB Primary Years Programme

IB Middle Years Programme 

IB Diploma Programme

Does CISK accept non-English speakers?

Yes!We accept students ranging from beginners to native speakers.

Applicants applying for higher grades need to demonstrate that you have a high level of English language proficiency for our curriculum. Please contact our Admissions Office for detailed information about the entry requirement.

Does CISK offer English Language support?

CISK offers ESL program to help learners improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and achieve good learning results. These students will be assessed by an authoritative general thinking test as they strive to meet course expectations. The program will benefit English language learners in CISK to improve their academic performance and achieve success in their future study and life.

Aptis is an innovative international English assessment tool developed by the British Council (IELTS developer). With its unique flexibility and convenience, it provides authoritative and efficient oral English and comprehensive ability assessment programs for colleges and institutions, which are in line with the authoritative assessment systems at home and abroad. In August 2020, CISK officially became the only "Aptis Model school" in Kunshan.

When does the school year start and finish? When are the holidays?

Normally, our academic year starts in the mid-August and ends in late June. Please contact Admissions Office for the school Calendar.

Where is CISK located?

Located in 555, Chuanshi Road, Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province, China.

Does CISK provide a bus service?

Yes, we have 7 bus routes available to the campus. The school bus service is optional. Please contact Admissions Office for detailed information.

Does CISK accept new students during the school year / in the mid-year?

Yes, we accept students throughout the entire school year if it is not over-subscribed.

What is the maximum class size?

Pre-Nursery classrooms are limited to fifteen students. Nursery, Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten classrooms are limited to twenty students. Each classroom has one foreign homeroom teacher, one Chinese local co-teacher and one caregiver.

Elementary School, Middle School and High School classrooms are limited to twenty students. Each classroom has one foreign homeroom teacher and one Chinese co-teacher.

Besides English, does CISK offer any other language training?

Yes, Chinese (Mandarin) is a compulsory course and is at the heart of the CISK curriculum. Primary and Secondary students study Chinese language for at least a full period every day. The Chinese Curriculum at CISK is divided into two sections: Mandarin as a Second Language (MSL), and Mandarin as a First Language (MFL). Students are placed into different levels according to their language background, needs, and ability. Please refer to the Mandarin Enrichment Program for more information.

We recognize the value of our multilingual students and encourage them to become bilingually focused during their time at CISK.

We also offer various language taster programs in our CCA for pupils, namely, Japanese and Spanish。

Could you please describe CISK’s Mandarin Enrichment Program?

CISK offers students comprehensive Chinese learning and development programs, with an aim to enrich their Chinese language knowledge, improve their communication skills and inter-cultural communication competence, and develop their international prospective.

This student-centered program cares about each student’s academic achievement. It teaches students according to their age, language ability and cultural background, it also provides personalized tutoring. Meanwhile, it encourages students to connect local communities and the world in order to develop their understanding of and respect for cultural diversity.

In August 2013, CISK was approved by the China National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Hanban), becoming the only new HSK testing site for Chinese language proficiency testing in Kunshan. Since June 2015, our school has held HSK paper and machine tests many times. More than 300 candidates from 17 countries and regions have taken part in the exam. The pass rate of international teachers can reach 100%, and 96% of international students have passed the HSK1-6 test, among which 38% have achieved full marks or close to full marks.

Are after school activities available?

Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) at CISK is provided every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, between 15:40 and 16:30. We offer more than 70 programs, including music, art, physical, language and logical thinking, etc., for children aged 3-17. Each student can take one CCA each day.

Would my child be expected to take any entrance exams?

Yes, all the applicants need to take the entrance exams.

-Written Test: English & Math (also in English)

-Oral interview in English

Does CISK have a boarding program?

Yes, Boarding options are available for students in 4th -12th Grade.

The school provides home-style layout apartments for boarding students. Each student apartment is equipped with an access control system to ensure the safety of our students. 

Under the supervision of teachers, our students can live and interact with their family members (roommates). In the lobby of the apartments, students can meet with their parents or friends, work on their team projects or use the laundry service.

Does CISK have a school clinic?

CISK has a full-time nurse in the school clinic during school hours. If a student is not feeling well at school, the teacher will send the child to the clinic and the nurse will perform an initial observation of him/her. The parent will be contacted to pick up the child if the nurse finds that student is not suitable to stay in the school because of a potential sickness. The CISK nurse will also administer students’ prescribed medications. Prescribed medications will only be administered upon the submission and completion of the Medication Authorization Form by the students’ parent or guardian.

What are the tuition fees?

All registration, tuition and any addition fees are stated in our Tuition Fee Schedule. Please contact our Admissions Office for that information.

Do you provide school lunches?

CISK offers three sets of options for students to choose from every day. The meals and menus are carefully planned and prepared by trained and experienced staff and provide nutritious and healthy meals for our students.

How does CISK community help my child with the transition?

We understand that transition is challenging no matter where you are coming from. At CISK, our teachers, support staff, and families work together to ensure new students and families adjust quickly to not only living in Kunshan, but also to connecting with the CISK community. Teachers pair a new student with a ‘buddy’ in the classroom to help new students get connected. Student Ambassador program plays a key role in welcoming new students and helping them feel at home. We also have access to other community resources that offer programs, activities, and co-curricular classes to help meet the needs of our new families.

Technology Requirement

The school recommends MacBook for Grade 6-12 students but if students have Microsoft then we are okay with that too. As well, we recommend that students with MacBooks get Microsoft Word added to their software package for submitting tasks on Managebac. Software installation is usually done at school. 

Does CISK require a uniform?

Yes, for all ages. This includes a formal summer and winter set, a casual set and a sport set.

What is the homework policy?

Homework benefits students by complementing classroom learning, fostering good study habits and providing an opportunity for students to be responsible for their own learning.

CISK sets homework/learning pack appropriate to the age and abilities of students.

Is time provided in the day for students to go to the library?

Yes, CISK is committed to developing students' reading habits and helping children build systematic reading mindsets. We have different reading programs and timetables for students in different school divisions.

Are counselling services available to students?

Yes, CISK offers full college and social/emotional counselling for students.

G6-G10 students have regular counselling classes every week. We also provide 1v1 college counselling service for students in G9-12 to be tailor-made for their post-secondary education paths.

How does the school encourage parental involvement?

At CISK, we believe that it is very important to involve parents in their child's school life and build a lasting home-school relationship. Parents are encouraged to participate in a variety of events and activities in our school community.

CISK provides regular educational information seminars and exhibitions to give parents more insight about topics of interest. Parent meetings and student-led conferences are held to demonstrate child's learning and development.

In partnership with the school, our parents also help to build a vibrant and supportive community, transmitting school spirit among students and parents.

Is there any scholarship available in CISK?

Yes, please contact Admissions Office for further information.