Applying to SCIS

Thank you for your interest in Shanghai Community International School. SCIS believes in a holistic admission process, in which we look at the student as a whole person. Please view the admission checklist below and follow the steps for filling out our online application. If you have any questions please contact our admission office.

*Please note that per international school rules within China, SCIS may only accept applicants that hold overseas passports, birth certificates, or in special cases, have obtained a waiver letter from the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission.

Admission Checklist

Before the admission committee will review any application, the following documents must be sent to the admission office:

  • Completed Application
  • Application fee
    • Nursery – Grade 12: RMB 2,500
  • A campus visit is required for all applicants currently living in Shanghai 
  • Previous school report, preferable at least 3 years. If not available a letter of completion from the school principal. (Transcript must be translated into English)
  • Applicants for grades 1-12 must provide a letter of recommendation from a school principal, teacher or counselor.
  • Applicants for grades 10-12 must provide a transcript for all high school years.
  • Copies of applicants and parent passports
  • Copies of applicants and parents residential visas
  • Copy of applicants birth certificate
  • Copy of applicants immunization record

Application Process

Step 1: View the age guideline chart and the admission checklist

Step 2: Fill out the online application

Step 3: Submit all necessary documents through the online application portal or by emailing them to the admission office at

The application is only considered complete once the admissions office has received the application fee. The admissions committee reviews a completed application and a decision is sent to the family after approximately one work week.