QISS Admissions Policy

Purpose: QISS seeks to attract and retain a diverse group of students who are capable of meeting the demands of a rigorous English-medium academic program and are committed to the school’s Mission and Theme, “Developing a Mindful Heart.”

  1. Grade Level Placement:
    • Toddler Program: A child must be two (2) years of age by September 1st.
    • Pre-Kindergarten: A child must be four (4) years of age by September 1st.
    • Kindergarten: A child must be five (5) years of age by September 1st.
    • Exceptions may be made for children with September/October birthdays on a case by case basis.
    • Grades 1-12: Children will be placed in the most appropriate grade based on age and prior education. Children may be moved either up or down a grade level based on teacher and counselor recommendations and after consultation with the parents, principal and director. The administration reserves the right to determine the most appropriate grade for each student. Children over eighteen years of age will not be considered for admission.
  2. Qingdao No.1 International School of Shandong Province will only consider applicants who reside with their parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) in Qingdao.. For dormitory/residential program requests, please contact QISS administration directly.
  3. QISS is not able to provide services to students with learning difficulties, emotional disturbance, or a physical handicap that prevents them from independently participating in most academic and non-academic subjects. Therefore, these types of students will not be admitted to QISS.
  4. Qingdao No.1 International School of Shandong Province will not consider new student applications for grades 9-12 after the start of the 4th quarter except under exceptional circumstances.
  5. QISS gives admission priority to qualified students in the following categories: students from English speaking countries, students from other under-represented countries, students with siblings enrolled in QISS, and children of Korean Consulate and Thailand Consulate employees.
  6. Acceptable applicants for grades that are full will be placed on a wait list, in order, according to their priority and suitability. When a space in that grade becomes available, QISS will select the next student from the wait list, based on the school’s priorities and needs of the grade under consideration.
  7. Applicants who do not meet the minimum level of English proficiency required for admission may request a second opportunity to test after 3 months. If such students still do not meet the minimum standard, they must wait to re-apply again for the next school year. Applicants deemed unsuitable for admission for other reasons must also wait to re-apply for the following school year.
  8. For ALL new students who enroll at QISS, the school reserves the right to evaluate that student’s grade placement and overall suitability during the first thirty (30) days of enrollment. If the school determines that the grade placement was incorrect, the student will be moved to the appropriate level. If the school determines that it cannot provide an adequate program for that student, it may cancel the admission contract and refund the unused portion of the tuition and bus fee. The registration fee is non-refundable.
  9. Retraction of Admission -- in general, admission may be retracted whenever a student no longer meets the minimum standards for admission, is failing to meet minimum grade level standards, or in any of the following specific situations:
  • Admission may be retracted in the case of a serious or potentially contagious illness, a physical or learning disability, or behavioral problems for which QISS does not have the specialized personnel or resources necessary to deliver an appropriate or effective instructional program.
  • A student’s admission may be retracted due to an expulsion that resulted from acts that, in the judgment of the administration, are in gross violation of established school rules and regulations.
  • The administration may retract admission after concluding that its efforts to deliver an effective program have been unsuccessful due to a lack of specialized personnel or resources, and that it is in the best interest of the student in question to seek a more effective program elsewhere.
  • The administration may retract admission for failure to pay tuition or fees when payment is more than thirty (30) days late without prior written authorization from the QISS administration and after repeated reminders have been given.
  • The administration may retract admission if the parents do not reside with the student and fail to provide a suitable guardian or if parents have willfully falsified the school records submitted with their application.
  • The administration may also exercise its prerogative as a private school to retract admission if a student’s parent engages in any behavior or repeated criticism or harassment of a QISS staff member that is deemed by the administration to be unjustly damaging to the personal or professional reputation of the individual in question, to be in violation of that individual’s right to be treated in a decent and fair manner, or to be unjustly damaging to the reputation of the school. Examples of parent’s behavior that could lead to retraction of a student’s admission are:
    1. Repeated, willful disrespect for the school policies and regulations.
    2. Slander or defamation of character through rumor or innuendo, directed at the school or individual personnel.
    3. Repeated, willful interference with the administration of the school or implementation of the curriculum.
    4. Religious proselytizing or engaging in other activities in violation of PRC laws.
    5. Demonstration of racial, religious and/or ethnic intolerance.
    6. Demonstration of disrespect for Chinese customs and/or beliefs.
    7. Engaging in inappropriate advances of a personal and/or sexual nature toward students or employees of QISS.