Apply to BIBS!
If you are interested in providing a bilingual education for your son or daughter, we’d love to talk to you. Applications to BIBS from both the expatriate and Chinese communities are welcomed throughout the year, with suitable applicants offered seats in our programs. Admission to BIBS is determined by the admissions committee comprised of the school section Principal, an Admissions Officer and Specialists, where needed. Considerations for admission include the student’s age, academic records, availability of space, the student’s interview, and additional evaluation procedures as appropriate. More information on the considerations for admission upon which admission will be granted, our school fees, payment information and more can be found below.
Students’ Academic Potential
Successful admission to BIBS will depend upon proven academic ability. Prospective students must demonstrate appropriate achievement and academic potential for their age group.
English Language Proficiency
The principle language of instruction at BIBS is English. In order to be directly enrolled in a mainstream classroom, students seeking admission to BIBS are expected to have English proficiency appropriate to their age, and in line with the language requirements of their grade level. Students not at appropriate developmental levels may be considered for extra support.
BIBS Admissions Interview Results
The BIBS Admissions Office will arrange an official interview after having received all of the required application documents as required through our online application form, or as requested by an Admissions Officer.
Upon enrolment, students are placed in a grade or section based on their: chronological age, academic evaluations and assessments, past school records, student interview results, and teacher recommendations.
The age cut-off date at BIBS for grade placement is 31 October. Students with birthdays prior to October 31 will usually be grouped with students who have summer birthdays. Students whose birthday falls after October 31 will usually be grouped with students who will be a year younger at the semester’s start. For example: A child who turns six on September 15, will most likely be placed in Grade 1 – while a child who turns six on December 12 will most likely be placed in Kindergarten.
In some cases, students may be considered for placement ahead of students of the same age if they have previously begun a grade level ahead. After a period of teacher assessment, this placement will be reviewed to ensure that the student has been placed correctly. Social development and academic progress are equal factors in placement assessment. Grade placement is the decision of the school Principal and although parent requests will be considered, the school reserves the right to make the final decision. When placing students in classes, BIBS endeavors to create a balance in terms of academic ability, gender, and nationality – as well as taking into account friendship groups and individual student needs.
We hope that you are excited about the educational and social environment at BIBS. We invite you to contact us at any time if you have more questions, or, if you are ready, Apply Today!
Additional Admissions Information
Application Process Overview
Step 1:BIBS is soon moving to a digital application process. In both the digital and (current) paper application, parents are required to submit the following documents to the BIBS Admission Office for each application:
- Completed Application Form
- Two recent passport-size photos (3.7 cm x 2.8 cm).
- 4 copies of the student’s passport picture page and visa page. (For Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau – a copy of a valid Temporary Residence Permit must be included.)
- A copy of the student’s household registration and ID Card. (for Chinese applicants only.)
- A copy of the student’s Beijing Residence Permit.
- At least TWO full years’ academic records in English, including up-to-date current year’s records, for students applying to Grades 2 through 6. At least ONE year’s academic records in English, and up-to-date current year’s records, for students applying to Kindergarten or Grade 1. (Chinese applicants should provide records in both English and Chinese.)
- Copy of both parent’s or guardian’s passports or ID cards.
- Copy of the student’s Immunization Record.
Step 2:Application reviewed by BIBS’ Admissions Office
Applications will be reviewed by the BIBS Admissions Department. Parents/Guardians may be contacted for any missing documents.
As an interview will be required for every student prior to admission, the BIBS Admissions office will notify the parents/guardians of the student’s interview appointment by phone or email. After the applicant has completed his/her English interview, an additional Chinese interview will be required to assess his/her Chinese Language proficiency. Parents will be advised of the results of all assessments.
Step 4:Receive the Acceptance Packet from BIBS
The BIBS Admissions Office will email or send a hard copy of the Acceptance Packet to parents/guardians after the applicant has passed the interview process. The Acceptance Packet includes:
- BIBS Acceptance Letter
- Class Placement Notification
- Withdrawal and Refund Policy
- School Bus Information Notice (For those students who have applied for bus service.)
Parents/Guardians need to return the signed “Withdrawal and Refund Policy” form as soon as possible, prior to enrollment.
Step 5:School Fees Invoice and Payment
Should an application be successful, the Admissions Office will also send an invoice to parents within one week of acceptance. Payment is expected within two weeks.
For more payment details, please contact our Admissions Office directly.