What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?

Most expats in Chengdu send their children to international schools. Classroom sizes in most public schools tend to be very high and classes taught entirely in Chinese. The one exception is Meishi International School which is technically a local school but with a separate international school attached.

It may be interesting for you to note that by law Chinese nationals are not allowed to enroll their children in international schools.
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What are some examples of these schools?

Below are some examples of popular schools in Chengdu:

  • Chengdu International School - this school has grades K-12 and follows a modified American and AP curriculum. All instruction is in English with a Christian perspective.

  • Chengdu Meishi International School - this school has grades 1 to 10 and is an integrated, bilingual school. Students in grades 1 to 3 are taught in both English and Chinese. In grades 4 to 10, students are taught in English, using foreign textbooks. IB curriculum is used.

  • Eton House School - A Singaporean institution that specializes in the earlier childhood education and only teaches students in pre-school to Year 6 (Grade 6). PYP curriculum is used.

  • Leman International School – Founded in 2009, the school currently only enrols pre-kindergarten to year/grades 5, but are intent on adding a middle school next year and a high school the following. Leman currently uses PYP curriculum with IB and AP being introduced in the coming years.

  • QSI International School - this school has grades K-9 and is a non-profit institution that opened in August 2002. American curriculum and AP courses are offered to students.

For more information on schools in Chengdu or nearby, visit the websites listed below or contact Crown Chengdu.
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Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?

There is little competition for enrolment at the international schools.
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Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?

Eton House is the only international school that accepts students ages 2 to 5. QSI and Chengdu International School start accepting students at 3rd grade and Leman accepts students 4 years old or older.
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How are most kids transported to and from school?

Most kids are transported to and from their campus using the schools transportation services, but some families do drive their children.
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When does the typical school year start and end?

The typical school year begins in September and ends in June.
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Is there anything else I should know about local schools?

There is always a need for English teachers. For more information regarding these types of positions, visit the website listed below or contact Crown Chengdu.
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