Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below are some of the most freqently asked questions. If you have other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

General Information

Where are your schools located?
For detailed information on our school campuses, please see the ‘Contact Us’ section on our website, or visit the Beanstalk Kindergartens Locations or BIBS Locations pages.

What is the school year like?
The school year starts at the beginning of September and finishes late in June. The BIBS academic year comprises two semesters, the first starting at the beginning of September and ending just before Spring Festival break. The second semester runs from after the Spring Festival break until school breaks up at the end of June.

What are the school hours?
Kindergartens: Half Day 8:30am-12:00/12:30pm — Full Day 8:30am-4:00pm
Upper East Side Campus: 8:30am-4:00pm
Shunyi Campus: 8:30am-3:30pm
After school activities are held at the both the Upper East Side and Shunyi Campuses after school finishes, with school buses will be available to take children home where required.
*Note: UES and Shunyi campuses have the same amount of instructional time each day, but UES campus has an additional 30mins for recess and lunch each day.

What are your maximum class sizes?
The maximum class size at the Kindergarten level varies from 16-20, for Elementary it’s 22, and Middle/High School is 22. Our teacher to student ratio throughout our schools is approximately 1:6

Do BIBS students wear school uniforms?
Yes, both our Upper East Side and Shunyi Campuses have school uniforms. We have both summer and winter uniforms as well as sports clothing which is worn during PE lessons.

What supplies do students need to bring to school?
BIBS provides basic stationary for students. Students are required, however, to have a re-fillable water container. Water dispensers are available throughout the school.

What are the school holidays?
The school year starts at late August and finishes in June. The BIBS academic year is made up of two semesters, the first running from August-February, the second semester running from February through June.

BIBS takes the following holidays: National Holiday in October (2 weeks), winter holiday in December-January (2 weeks), Chinese New Year holiday (2 weeks), Spring Break in April (1 week) and summer holiday. The school also follows other Chinese legal and traditional holidays. For holiday detailed information, please visit the calendar section of this website.

What is the make-up of the student body at BIBS?
The BIBS student population includes students from 36 nationalities. Chinese students make up 70% of the BIBS student body.

Where are the teachers from and what qualifications do they hold?
Most of our foreign teachers come from the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. All are qualified teachers in their home countries with many holding advanced degrees. Many also have substantial experience teaching at international schools around the world. Our Chinese teachers have all graduated from teaching university and have obtained teaching certificates, many at Advanced Levels.

Admissions

How can I make an appointment to visit the school?
Working days are from Monday to Friday. Please call our Admissions office in respective campus to make an appointment admissions@bibs.com.cn

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How do I register?
You can visit our Admissions offices to collect an application pack which provides more information, or you can download the application form from the website and submit it and other materials to admissions office in respective campus. Admissions will contact you to set a date for the interview portion of the process.

Can my child begin school after the semester has started and do you guarantee places for students in your school?
Subject to availability, students can join our school at any point throughout the academic year provided they meet the entrance requirements:
Kindergarten: Age
Elementary: Age, Language, Math, Previous records and Interview
Middle School/High School: Language, Math, Previous records and Interview

Can Chinese students return to Chinese public schools if they leave BIBS?

Yes. Elementary students (K-6) can generally transition to Chinese public schools after leaving BIBS. Transition after Grade 6 is more difficult and not recommended.
The BIBS Middle School/High School (G7-12) is focused on preparing students for graduation requirements for entry to overseas universities.

Are there any requirements on students’ nationalities?
No, BIBS is open to students from any countries and regions.

Academics

What type of curriculum is offered at BIBS?
We are an IB World School and offer the Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP), and the Diploma Program (DP). Please see the “BIBS Learning” section of this website for more information.

Elementary School: The Chinese and Mathematics programs in the Elementary School follow the Chinese National Standards (except for Chinese language learning for non-native Chinese Speakers). For most students approximately 50% of mathematics is taught in Chinese. Chinese is the language of instruction for 30-40% of Elementary School classes such as Chinese, Mathematics & Cultural Studies (wushu, calligraphy, Chinese drumming, Chinese art, Chinese dance).
Middle School/ High School: The IB MYP and IB DP prepare students to meet the entrance requirements of overseas universities, with all classes (except Chinese) taught in English.

Is Chinese Mandatory?
Chinese is required from Kindergarten through Grade 6 (except at BIK Solana). Most students in Grade 7-10 take Chinese with options provided at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. In the IB diploma program, students are required to take English and one other language (BIBS offers Chinese and Spanish), and BIBS students have the opportunity to earn a bilingual diploma.

Is extra language support available?
Yes. BIBS provides ESL and CSL support programs. These are provided as part of the program and are based upon recommendations from our Languages Support Team.

Do students go on educational trips?
Yes. Throughout the year students participate in various educational field trips relevant to their studies at the time.

Do you have any extra curricular activities?
Both BIBS Elementary and Middle School/High School offer a variety of after school activities. For more information please see the activities section of this website.

School Services & Fees

What are the school fees?

School fees include Tuition Fees and an annual Capital Levy. Information on our current fees is available from our Admissions office by emailing: admissions@bibs.com.cn or calling 010-5130-7951 (Upper East Side Campus) or 010-6456-0618 (Shunyi Campus).

What is the Capital Levy?
The Capital Levy is for school construction, furniture, fixtures, maintenance of school facilities, library acquisitions, and developing the school information management system.

Do the schools provide school bus transportation?
Yes, we have a comprehensive and flexible school bus service at each campus that can be tailored to suit your individual needs. Information on bus routes and related fees is available from our Admissions office by emailing: admissions@bibs.com.cn or calling 010-5130-7951 (Upper East Side Campus) or 010-6456-0618 (Shunyi Campus).

Are boarding facilities available at BIBS?
The BIBS Shunyi campus provides a Homestay Program for students in Grades 7-12. For further information, please click here or contact the Shunyi Admissions Team at 010-6456-0618 or by email admissions@bibs.com.cn.