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Student Grade Placement

We understand that moving between international school systems can be a complicated process. In our experience, students excel when grouped with those of a similar age and this is especially true for our Lower Elementary classrooms.

Please refer to ISB's grade placement guidelines chart below. Know that Early Years (EY) through grade 1 applicant students will be placed, without exception, in accordance to their age as of August 31. Students who have completed a grade 1 program or higher and who are young according to ISB's grade placement guidelines may, at times, be considered for a higher-grade placement. Under these circumstances, a student's academic, social and emotional development will guide the student's grade placement.

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Students Applying from Schools with Academic Calendars that Differ from ISB's

ISB's academic year starts in early August and ends in early to mid-June. Grade placement decisions for students who apply from schools or educational systems with a different school calendar, such as those commonly found in Korea, Japan, or Australia, will be based on a combination of factors including the:

  • Student's age
  • Percentage of the school year the student has completed in his/her last school
  • Percentage of the school year remaining in ISB's school calendar

Please contact the admissions office with any grade placement questions you may have via admission@isb.cn.