Parents are encouraged to read through the policies below prior to making an application.
Applicants are required to submit the Application Form together with the Application Fee and supporting documents (refer to Application Checklist below). For 2019-2020 admissions, local applicants should observe the following deadlines to ensure their priority in testing:
Preparatory Class and Grade One: September 3 to October 31, 2018
Grade 2 to Grade 12: September 3 to December 15, 2018
Overseas applicants are encouraged to contact our office and submit the applications as soon as possible.
- A non-refundable and non-transferable Application Fee of HK$1,000
- A non-refundable and non-transferable Assessment Fee of HK$1,000 due at the time of admissions assessment
- A recent passport size photo of the applicant (attached to the application form)
- Photocopy of applicant’s birth certificate
- Photocopy of HKID card (if available)
- Photocopy of passport(s)
- Photocopy of Dependent or Student Visa* for non-permanent resident
- Copies of academic reports
- Primary – report cards, in English, from the past 2 years
- Secondary – report cards, in English, from the past 3 years;
- Official Transcripts of applicants applying for Grade 10-12**
- Recent standardized test results for Grade 2 to Grade 12 applicants (if any)
- Secondary Applicant Questionnaire (for Grade 7 to Grade 12 Applicants)
- Student Reference Form (for Secondary School Students)***
* Prior to admissions, all students must provide proof of Hong Kong residency in compliance with the regulations of the Hong Kong Education Bureau and Hong Kong Immigration Department for entry to school in Hong Kong.
** New Students who are admitting into Grade 10 to Grade 12 are required to submit their official transcripts prior to their first day of school. They may have to present a mid-term transcript for course selection purpose.
*** Acceptance will not be offered until the Student Reference Form is received by CAIS Admissions Office.
Residency in Hong Kong
Students attending CAIS must be living with at least one parent who is a full-time resident in Hong Kong. If a guardian is the person responsible for the student application, then an authorization letter indicating legal guardianship must be submitted with the application form. All students enrolling at CAIS must have the approval of the Hong Kong Immigration Department to reside and study in Hong Kong.
An application is initially reviewed to assess if an applicant meets the following criteria:
- Preparatory Class: Students must be aged 5 years old on or before August 31 of year of entry
- Grades 1 to 12: Students must be age-appropriate on or before August 31 of year of entry, otherwise it will be reviewed on a case by case basis
- Please refer to the Age and Grade Level Determination Chart
- Students transferring from a country whose school year follows a different calendar than CAIS will generally be required to continue in the year they have just completed (For example a student completing Year 7 in December in Australia, would remain in Grade 7 at CAIS for the remainder of the academic year).
Initial screening on English language proficiency
- Applicant’s English language proficiency will be screened by the information provided on the application form.
Previous academic standing and behavior standard
- Our Admissions Team will review applicants’ academic reports and standardized tests, if any. Teachers’ comments on behavior and effort are important to us. CAIS students are expected to contribute positively to the school community.
- Applicants who fulfill the initial screening will be scheduled an admissions assessment and student interview. Applicants will be measured in the following areas by our Admissions Team:
- Academic achievement at grade level
- Language proficiency (if English is not the first language)
- Problem-solving skills
Duration of admission testing will be between 1 to 3 hours depending on grade level. Parents will be interviewed by our Admissions Team as well.
- All related assessment materials are the property of CAIS. These materials are kept confidential and will not be released to any party.
- When an admissions assessment is offered but yet there is no vacancy available, parents can choose to have the applicant assessed or not.
- Result of the admissions assessment is valid for one year. Candidates on the Wait Pool may be reassessed for the next academic year.
- Retest will be not offered to unsuccessful applicants within one year.
To ensure our students can fully access our curriculum and have an enjoyable learning experience at CAIS, the Admissions Team would select candidate for admissions based on the following criteria:
- Demonstrate ability in academic achievement (at grade level)
- Proficient in English language
- Demonstrate positive behavior in classroom setting
- Admissions Priority (See below)
Applicants meeting the above criteria will be prioritized in the Wait Pool according to one or more of the following categories set by the Board of CAIS:
- Corporate Capital Note nominees
- Foreign passport holders
- Children of CAIS faculty members
- Overseas applicants, pastoral and missionary families
- Siblings at CAIS and children of CAIS alumni
The above priority will be reviewed yearly by the Board of CAIS.
Wait Pool Policy
Applicants who met the current admission requirement but vacancy is not available will be placed on Wait Pool for one academic year. Candidates on the Wait Pool will be contacted if vacancy becomes available during that academic year. They need to reapply and may be reassessed for the following academic year.
A non-acceptance letter will be sent to applicants who do not meet our admissions requirement due to:
- Weak English skills
- Performance of academic achievement was below standard
- Failing grades in current school
- Behavioral concerns in current school
Should parents want to appeal the admission decision, they may write to the Admissions Team. The appeal will be processed and parents will be notified of the appeal result in writing.
Special Needs Policy and Disclosure of Prior History Policy
CAIS is committed to provide the best available resources to our students. To ensure our students can access our curriculum, we encourage parents to be transparent about their children’s profile and share their particular learning needs, if any, to our Admissions Office during the application process. It is required that all educational, psychological and medical reports are submitted together with the application. Any applicant who has been suspended or dismissed from a previous school for disciplinary reasons or criminal misconduct will need to submit the related reports together with the application.
Parents are encouraged to review our current fees and Individual Capital Note information before submission of the application.
|Application Fee||The application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable and must be received together with the application form. The application fee covers the administrative cost. This fee is only valid for the academic year originally applied for. If an applicant does not gain admission, and thus reapplies for the next academic year, the application fee must be paid again.|
|Assessment Fee||The assessment fee is non-refundable and non-transferable and must be settled on the day of admissions testing. This assessment fee covers the admissions assessment and student interview. This fee is only valid for the academic year originally applied for. If an applicant does not gain admission, and thus reapplies for the next academic year, the testing fee must be paid again.|
The following fees are required to be submitted before a place is secured for an applicant:
|This entry deposit is due within 10 days of acceptance. It will be rolled over each year and will be credited against a student’s final tuition payment upon Grade 12 graduation. Should the student leave before graduation, this amount will also be credited against the final tuition payment. If the applicant has accepted the offer but subsequently decides not to come, this deposit will be forfeited.|
|Reservation Fee||This fee is due within 10 days of acceptance. It equals to one month tuition fee and will be credited against the first tuition payment. If the applicant has accepted the offer but subsequently decides not to come, this fee will be forfeited.|
|Individual Capital Note or Annual Capital Levy||It is due within 30 days of acceptance or before the first day of school whichever is earlier.|
Please refer to the Fees and Capital Notes section for details.
CAIS admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial assistance program, or athletic and other school-administered programs. CAIS reserves the right to administer selective enrollment when deemed necessary, proper and in the best interest of the school.
Withdrawals are processed by the Admissions Office. Parents are required to contact the Admissions Office to obtain the withdrawal form and discuss withdrawal procedures.
WITHDRAWAL DURING THE COURSE OF SCHOOL YEAR
- Parents must provide the Admissions Office with written notice of withdrawal 2 months in advance or pay a tuition penalty of 2 months in lieu of short notice.
- Entry deposit will be credited towards last tuition payment after withdrawal form is received by the Admissions Office and all outstanding fees and charges are cleared.
- Students withdrawing during the last quarter will be liable for the tuition of the remainder of the year as CAIS would not take in new students during last quarter of the academic year.
- If the withdrawal from CAIS is within 12 months of the ICN issuance, a handling fee of 15% of the ICN amount will be charged. (It only applies to students who are covered by the ICN Tranche C and subsequent tranches).
- You are required to checkout at General Office on your child’s last day of school.
- No school report or transcript will be made available in respect of any student where school fees and/or other fees remain unpaid.
WITHDRAWAL SUBMITTED AFTER RE-ENROLLMENT FOR NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR
Students Not Re-enrolling
- During the re-enrollment period, students who will not be re-enrolling for the following academic year should contact the Admissions office to obtain the withdrawal form.
Re-enrolled Students – Transfer Locally or Relocate Overseas
- Students who have re-enrolled but decide to withdraw for next academic year on or before March 31st will lose the Entry Deposit and Reservation Fee
- Students submitting a withdrawal notice for next academic year after March 31st will lose the Entry Deposit and Reservation Fee and are required to pay a late penalty of $3,000. In the event of an overseas transfer due to unforeseen circumstances after April 30th, please contact the Admissions Office for a possible waiver of the late penalty.