What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?
Expats tend to send their children to one of two international schools in Nanjing.
What are some examples of these schools?
The British School of Nanjing – follows the British Curriculum and enrolls children aged 2 – 17. The school is moving to a new campus in January, 2016 at the foot of Cui Ping Mountain.
Nanjing International School – is an International Baccalaureate World school and only admits students with foreign passports. It is located east of the city and admits children who are 3-18 years old.
Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?
For those with children under 10 years of age, spaces are at a premium. Do submit your child’s application as early as possible to secure a seat. Waiting lists are normal as we approach the beginning of another school year.
For non-native English applicants, the admissions office may require your child to take a language proficiency test and/or be subjected to an “interview”. These are usually conducted at the school.
Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?
The international schools have pre-school classes available.
How are most kids transported to and from school?
Many children take buses provided by the schools. These buses stop at many of the serviced accommodation compounds. Some children are taken to work by a parent, who is often provided with a car and driver by his or her employer.
When does the typical school year start and end?
School typically starts during the last week of August or the first week of September. The school year ends in mid- to late June.
Is there anything else I should know about local schools?
At local schools, classes are conducted in Mandarin. Classes range in size from 30 to 40 students. School hours are from 8am to 3:30pm officially, but many schools require their students to take extra courses at night.
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