Entry Requirements


Enrollment Guidelines

ISQ is excited to welcome your family to join our community here in Qingdao. Applications for the 2021-22 school year and the 2022-23 school year are currently being accepted.

We Value


We value...

  • investigating and exploring by asking questions and critically thinking about the answers
  • authentic knowledge, wisdom, and understanding
  • refusing to let others do our thinking or cheating ourselves out of learning opportunities


We value...

  • people, invest in communication, language learning, and understanding the cultures in which we live
  • collaborating effectively and respectfully with people from any culture
  • building and maintaining healthy relationships with others in our lives


We value...

  • Striving for excellence
  • Respectfully communicate until I am understood and question until I understand
  • Approaching challenges with tenacity, creativity and thinking

Criteria for New Students

Applicants looking to join International School of Qingdao (ISQ) must have a foreign passport to meet the eligiblity requirements set out by the Qingdao Education Bureau for schools for children of foreign nationals.

We consider each candidate holistically, reviewing academic growth, social and behavioral backgrounds as well as English proficiency. Each candidate's application is reviewed by our enrollment team, which consists of the Admissions Team, Principals, and English Support Director.

Enrollment Considerations

Amongst equally qualified candidates, our enrollment team gives priority enrollment to returning students, those with siblings currently enrolled at ISQ, children of staff members, and candidates with higher English proficiency. A shared alignment of our 3 Commitments and iSC 9 Qualities between families and ISQ is also considered.

Admissions decisions also balance our current student body English language learners and other relevant demographic factors to ensure we have a diverse community of students.

2022-23 Grade Level Placement

In ECC (Foundations, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten) grade assignments are made primarily by birth date, assessment, and questionnaire.

From first grade onwards, assignment to a grade level is based on previous school records, interview, admissions assessment, and within the below age requirements.

2022-23 Grade Level Placement

Date of Birth Our Grade Level Other School Systems
Oct 1, 2018 - Sept 30, 2019 Foundations Nursery (UK), and Australia)
Oct 1, 2017 - Sept 30, 2018 Junior Kindergarten Reception (UK), Preschool (Australia)
Oct 1, 2016 - Sept 30, 2017 Kindergarten Year 1 (UK), Prep (Australia)
Oct 1, 2015 - Sept 30, 2016 Grade 1 Year 2 (UK), Year 1 (Australia)
Oct 1, 2014 - Sept 30, 2015 Grade 2 Year 3 (UK), Year 2 (Australia)
Oct 1, 2013 - Sept 30, 2014 Grade 3 Year 4 (UK), Year 3 (Australia)
Oct 1, 2012 - Sept 30, 2013 Grade 4 Year 5 (UK), Year 4 (Australia)
Oct 1, 2011 - Sept 30, 2012 Grade 5 Year 6 (UK), Year 5 (Australia)
Oct 1, 2010 - Sept 30, 2011 Grade 6 Year 7 (UK), Year 6 (Australia)
Oct 1, 2009 - Sept 30, 2010 Grade 7 Year 8 (UK), Year 7 (Australia)
Oct 1, 2008 - Sept 30, 2009 Grade 8 Year 9 (UK), Year 8 (Australia)
Oct 1, 2007 - Sept 30, 2008 Grade 9 Year 10 (UK), Year 9 (Australia)
Oct 1, 2006 - Sept 30, 2007 Grade 10 Year 11 (UK), Year 10 (Australia)
Oct 1, 2005 - Sept 30, 2006 Grade 11 Year 12 (UK), Year 11 (Australia)
Oct 1, 2004 - Sept 30, 2005 Grade 12 Year 13 (UK), Year 12 (Australia)
Additional Enrollment Information

Our education philosophy places a high priority on parents actively involved in their child's future. Families at ISQ need at least one parent living in Qingdao with their child/children.

Preparing Documents

To create for a smoother enrollment process, please prepare:

  • Your child's previous school's report cards. We consider report cards essential for applicants applying to Grades 2-12.
  • We will also need transcripts for continuing high school students.
  • Your child's immunization records are also important so please ensure you pack it before moving to China.

Assessment & Interview

Applicants will be interviewed and assessed after completing their application. ISQ is looking for students who demonstrate age appropriate English language or the minimum English level needed to receive English Language Support (ELS), age appropriate behaviors, and fit with ISQ's student body and a shared alignment of our 3 Commitments and iSC 9 Qualities between families and ISQ is also considered.

Ready to check us out?

We would love to have you come for a visit to our school.