Admissions

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Applying to Dulwich College Beijing

Dulwich College Beijing opened in 2005 and is recognised as a leading international school in the city. Our College is a co-educational day school for students from Toddler to Year 13 (ages 1 to 18), with around forty different nationalities represented in our community.

Our College is academically selective and follows an enhanced British curriculum adapted for the needs of our international student body. Students in Years 10 and 11 study a curriculum that leads to IGSCE examinations and then follow the IB Diploma Programme in Years 12 and 13.  Our strong academic curriculum is complemented by rich co-curricular activities

Continuing the tradition of excellence of our founding school, our graduates go on to study at leading universities in the UK, USA and around the world.

The primary teaching language is English with a dual language approach in Mandarin and English for children aged 1 to 7.  To ensure our students will thrive we assess the level of English of non-native speakers before making an offer.  Our Mandarin programme is streamed and caters to all abilities.

The close collaboration among our Colleges gives our students unique opportunities to participate in network events and benefit from the group's relationships with leading educational and artistic organisations.

We encourage students and parents to visit our campus to learn more and meet the College leadership team. Please schedule an appointment or if you are unable to visit at this time, enjoy a virtual tour and stay in touch through our community newsletter.

To apply please review the admissions criteria below and complete the application form. Please refer to our admissions booklet and commonly asked questions below for more information. Our admissions team is also on hand to guide families through the process. Please contact us by email or call +86(10) 6454 9014/16/17.

 

Admissions Criteria

Students wishing to enrol in the College must hold a foreign passport and a valid work (Z) dependent Chinese visa. Those who are unsure about eligibility to attend an international school should speak with the Admissions team before submitting an application. 

In addition to providing the application and supporting documents, all students wishing to join are subject to the admissions checklist set out below. To determine which year to apply for, please refer to our student age placement guide. As a general rule, students should have reached the age indicated in the table below before 1st September of the year of application.

Toddler/Nursery/Reception (ages 1 to 5)

Students applying for entry in the Early Years must submit current and prior school records (if any) or a Confidential Early Years Teacher Comment Report from their current teacher if the student has had previous education. Parents will also need to complete a form similar to the Confidential Report. Students entering Nursery and Reception must be toilet trained. All applications are reviewed by the Admissions and Head of School before a place is offered.

Years 1 and 2 (ages 5 to 7)

Students applying for entry into Year 1 and Year 2 must submit current and prior school records. A Confidential Teacher Comment Report from the class teacher or Principal is also required. Once the Confidential Comment Report is submitted, the student will be assessed by the Head or Deputy Head of Early Years  before the Admissions Committee reviews the application or a place is offered.

Junior School (Years 3 to 6, ages 7 to 11)

Students applying for entry into Years 3 to 6 must submit current and prior school records. Students also undertake assessments to ensure they can access the curriculum. The Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) consists of verbal, quantitative and non-verbal assessments. Students will also complete a 30-minute writing assignment. Candidates whose first language is not English will also take an English as an Additional Language assessment.

Senior School (Years 7 to 13, ages 11 to 17)

Students applying for entry into Years 7 to 13 must submit current and prior school records. Students also undertake assessments to ensure they can access the curriculum. The Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) consists of verbal, quantitative and non-verbal assessments. Candidates will also complete a 30-minute writing assignment. Candidates whose first language is not English will also take an English as an Additional Language assessment. Candidates for Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) will be interviewed by the Head of the Key Stage or the Year Group Leader, while candidates for the IGCSE and the IB Diploma will be interviewed by the Head or Deputy Head of Senior School.

Entry into Years 11 to 13

Entry into Year 11
Applications for enrolment into Year 11 are considered on a case-by-case basis and are typically not considered for Term 2 and 3, as current students will be on study leave for mock and final exams for a large portion of this period.

Entry into Year 12

Candidates applying for a place in Year 12 will be interviewed by the Head of Senior School.

Entry into Year 13

The College will very rarely consider entry into Year 13. To be considered, students must be applying from a nearly identical IB programme and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Once all application materials have been submitted, as well as the completion of the necessary assessment and interview, the Admission Committee will review the student's application and inform parents of the admission decision. As DCB is a selective school, not all students who apply will be offered a place. We select students who appear to be most likely to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.

Overseas Candidates

Special arrangements can be made for entrance assessments to be administered at the candidate's current school. If a candidate cannot be interviewed, a provisional place may be offered, which can be withdrawn if the College later determines it cannot support the child's needs or there is a concern raised that was not previously known.

 

Language Support

At Dulwich College Beijing, we welcome and appreciate the cultural diversity that non-native English speakers bring to the school and we are able to support a percentage of students who are non-native English speakers. Applicants who speak languages other than English should be able to demonstrate age-appropriate academic proficiency in their native tongue. Our Admissions team may request that students be assessed on their ability to handle the academic challenges of English before an admissions decision is made.

Learning Support

We only enrol students whom we know we can support. We enrol students with learning challenges where the information available indicates that the student’s learning needs can be met by the services we provide. Our team will consult students and parents to conduct all necessary assessments and review copies of all previous reports and records. We request that parents provide all information available to enable our admissions review team to make an accurate and informed decision about learning support services and admission.

 

Frequenty Asked Questions

Below are a number of questions that our families often ask members of our admissions team.

Testing

We enrol students who are likely to thrive in the College’s academic programme. Admissions are selective and the decision is based on official school transcripts, records, testing and other evaluative procedures. The primary language of the classroom is English and to ensure our students receive the support they need, we assess the English level of non-native speakers.

Children under the age of 7 are not tested, but we do ask to meet them with their parents for an informal interview and observation. 

Waiting Lists

We enrol students who have met the entry requirements in accordance with the spaces available in the appropriate year level. If there are no available places, or the application is for a future academic year, students are placed on a waiting list. Priority will be given to the siblings of currently enrolled students and children transferring from another Dulwich College International school.

Waiting lists are maintained for one academic year only.

Buses

Bus service is offered from many locations throughout the city. Annual fees are RMB 11,600 (within Shunyi) and RMB 14,000 (downtown). Click here to find the Dulwich College Beijing School Bus Registration Form.

School Lunches

The school lunch programme provides students with a choice of bringing a lunch from home or paying for the lunch provided by Chartwells. The introduction of Chartwells catering is at the bottom of this page.

Download our School Lunch Request Form

Class Sizes

The maximum number in each class is as follows:

Toddler - 16 children  
Nursery - 18 children 
Reception - 20 children   
Year 1 and 2 - 22 children  
Year 3 to Year 11 - 22 students  
IB Diploma - Year 12 and 13 - 14 students

The College reserves the right to increase the student number per class under special circumstances.

Uniforms

All students except IB students (who adhere to a business dress code) and toddler children are required to wear the school uniform. The school uniform is different for warm and cold weather, and students should adhere to seasonal requirements.

Uniforms can be purchased at the College Uniform Shop. Please find the school uniform guide at the bottom of this page. 

Fees

Examination fees for IGCSE and IB programmes are included in our tuition fees.

Fees for compulsory school trips are also covered in our tuition fees while optional school trip expenses are borne by the parents or guardians. 

The cost of school lunches is not included in our tuition fees. Our school lunches are catered by Chartwells

Fees may be paid as follows:

  • RMB cash.  We regret that the College is not able to accept US Dollar cash payments.
  • Wire transfer in RMB or US Dollars.  Bank account details are printed on all invoices and are available from the Finance Department. When paying by wire transfer in US Dollars, please use the prevailing People's Bank of China approved RMB/USD exchange rate at the time of payment.  Any shortfall in amounts received by the school for any reason will be due on demand or carried forward to the next invoice at the College's discretion.

Please refer to our Admissions Booklet and Terms and Conditions for more information.