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Entry requirements

Students must meet CIS’s entry requirements

Students must meet CIS’s entry requirements in order to be eligible for admission. Our Admissions Executives will happily answer any questions you might have about your child's eligibility.

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Rolling admission

We accept students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 throughout the year, although places are subject to vacancy. Entry into Grades 9 and 10 is open until the last Monday in February each school year, while entry into Grades 11 and 12 (the IB Diploma Programme) is only open to Grade 11 students during the first two weeks of the school year*.


*Any exceptions will be addressed by Admissions, and discussed with the Secondary School Principal.

Singapore residency requirements

Students joining CIS must possess one of the following documents/passes before they can commence school: 

a)   A valid dependant pass, or Singapore permanent resident status;

b)   Student pass; or

c)   Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) approval letter (Singapore citizens) to study at CIS.

Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) approval for Singapore citizens 

Children aged 2 to 5 (Nursery to Senior Kindergarten) do not require MOE approval. However, in accordance with Singapore law, students aged 6 or older who are Singapore citizens (by either birth or registration) must be granted approval by the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) to study at CIS.

Our Admissions Team will submit the necessary applications to the MOE before a place at CIS has been formally offered.

Student passes

Students will require a student pass if:

  • Their parents are Singapore permanent residents, but they are not

  • They are currently staying in Singapore on a Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP)

  • Neither parent has an employment pass

Students who require a student pass from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) will be assisted by the CIS admissions team. Assistance provided includes:

  • initiating the ICA application

  • providing advice on pass application

  • verifying a student’s enrolment and immigration status

The student pass application process will be initiated after your child has been formally accepted at CIS. Student pass holders can only start school after the ICA has issued the In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter. Please note that as student passes are not transferable, passes will be cancelled when a student ceases to be enrolled at CIS.

Vaccination requirements

In Singapore, immunisation against both measles and diphtheria is mandatory under the Infectious Diseases Act. Immunisation against these two diseases is also a CIS condition of enrolment. This Singapore National Childhood Immunisation Schedule outlines what vaccines are needed and when. 

With effect from 1 February 2019, it is mandatory that all children aged 12 and below, who were not born in Singapore, must provide evidence of diphtheria and measles vaccinations when applying for long-term residency passes. This page outlines the process that you will need to follow, while this page outlines some frequently asked questions.

Age requirements

Our minimum age requirements for entry into each grade level are in the table below (children must reach the required age by the month / date indicated). While these guidelines are an indication of the required age for each grade level, CIS will in exceptional circumstances accept students who are up to one year older than the grade level age. This is subject to approval of the School.

Grade Level Age For applications
received by 31 August 2019
For applications
received on or after 1 September 2019
Nursery
2
31 December
31 August
Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K)* 3 31 December 31 August
Junior Kindergarten (JK)* 4 31 December 31 August
Senior Kindergarten (SK)* 5 31 December 31 August
Grade 1 6 31 December 31 August
Grade 2 7 31 December 31 August
Grade 3 8 31 December 31 August
Grade 4 9 31 December 31 August
Grade 5 10 31 December 31 August
Grade 6 11 31 December 31 August
Grade 7 12 31 December 31 August
Grade 8 13 31 December 31 August
Grade 9 14 31 December 31 August
Grade 10 15 31 December 31 August
Grade 11** 16 31 December 31 August
Grade 12** 17 31 December 31 August

*With the exception of Nursery (where toilet training is included in the programme), children joining our Kindergarten programme must be completely toilet trained.

**The Diploma Programme is for students aged 16 to 19. Any age exceptions will be subject to the approval of the Secondary School Principal.

English language requirements

CIS English language proficiency requirements vary depending on a student’s grade. The English Language Learner (ELL) programme is mandatory for students in Grades 1 through 10, if, after English proficiency assessment, CIS determines that the student requires this support programme. Both students and parents, by enrolling their child before or after assessment, agree to participate in the ELL programme as directed by the School.

ELL grade level requirements

Kindergarten

Students entering Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten, Junior Kindergarten, or Senior Kindergarten programme are not formally assessed for English proficiency prior to admission. They are immersed in an English-speaking environment inside the regular classroom. Homeroom teachers are oriented to the needs of young children who are not speakers of English and can consult with a member of the English Language Learner (ELL) Team on a case-by-case basis for assistance.

Grades 1 to 5

Students entering Grades 1 through Grade 5 whose first language is not English are formally assessed at CIS for English proficiency either prior to admission or during the initial weeks of school. Assessment procedures vary by grade level so that they are appropriate to the age of the student.

Grades 6 to 10

Students entering Grades 6 through Grade 10 whose first language is not English, or who are coming from a school where the language of instruction is not English, will be required to sit for an English proficiency test determined by CIS.

Aptis Teen is an innovative English assessment tool designed by the British Council that assesses students’ English proficiency in four areas: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The cost for the test is S$95 inclusive of GST (for tests conducted in Singapore).

Students are placed into one of six phases of language acquisition (where 1 is a beginner and 6 is proficient) after they have been tested. Since the application fee is non-refundable, applications should only be submitted when it is clear that your child meets the English entry requirement level.

Aptis scores and entry guidelines

Grade Level Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4 Phase 5 and 6
Grade 6 Eligible for August entry High Phase 2 for January entry Eligible Eligible Eligible
Grade 7 Not eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible
Grade 8 Not eligible August entry: eligibleJanuary entry: high phase 3 in Aptis test Eligible Eligible
Grade 9 Not eligible August entry: eligibleJanuary entry: high phase 4 in Aptis test Eligible
Grade 10 Not eligible Eligible

Grades 11 and 12

Students entering Grade 11 must be proficient in academic English, as there is no ELL programme or support for students in Grades 11 or 12. Applicants whose first language is not English, should only apply if they have exited from an English language support programme by the end of Grade 10.

Chinese-English bilingual entry requirements

Chinese-English bilingual entry requirements

Places in CIS’s Chinese-English bilingual programme are subject to availability. Entry requirements are outlined in the grid below. So that we can determine programme eligibility, students applying for grades 2 to 6 may be required to sit English and/or Chinese proficiency assessments.

Grades Requirements
Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) No language requirements
Junior Kindergarten No language requirements
Senior Kindergarten (SK) and Grade 1 Students must be native or near-native in English or Chinese
Grade 2
Grade 3
  • Native or near native speakers of English and/or Chinese
  • Phase 3 - English
  • Stage 3 - Chinese
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6 Students must be native or near-native in both languages
French-English Bilingual entry requirements

French-English Bilingual entry requirements

Entry requirements for the French-English bilingual programme are outlined below. Please note that these are subject to change.

Grades Requirements
Grades 1-3 Native or near native in French OR English and meets CIS's grade level literacy requirements
CIS Foundation programme

Students entering the CIS Foundation programme will be required to submit past transcripts, school reports, testimonials and recommendations (3 years’ worth of records are typically required).

Students are also required to demonstrate a basic required level of English proficiency to enter the Foundation programme and to determine level placement. Student language proficiency is determined by their measurement on a language proficiency test and achievements reports. These must meet CIS entry requirements. Additional assessments may be required for eligibility.

English requirements, or equivalent, which are outlined below:

Target Entry Grade (age-eligible level) CIS Phase Common European Framework (CEFR) Grade
Grade 6 2 High A2
Grade 7 2-3 High A2 - Mid B1
Grade 8 3 Low-Mid B1
Grade 9 3-4 Low-Mid B2
Learning support

Although CIS provides limited assistance for students with learning challenges (from Grade 1 onwards) who meet our admissions criteria, it is expected that all students are able to function and enjoy learning in our regular classes and programmes with minimal assistance or accommodation. If your child is currently receiving special services such as remedial teaching, speech/language therapy or an enrichment programme, please inform us at the beginning of the application process.

Compulsory nature of support programmes

Applications are reviewed, and whenever possible, any support services that will be required by a student are communicated before a decision regarding acceptance is made.

CIS support programmes (Learning Support and English Language Learning) are compulsory if the outcome of an assessment determines it is necessary. Graduation from support programmes is determined by the School.

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