Frequently Asked Questions

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Are campus tours available?

Yes! Tours of our Elementary school (Ersha campus) or our Middle and High Schools (Science Park campus) can be arranged upon request. We only ask that you contact us in advance. Please review normal Campus/Tour times and our complete our visit form. Our office hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.

PLEASE NOTE: When you make a request to book a tour, that does not guarantee that you have that tour. Our Admissions Office will contact you to confirm within 3-5 business days of request receipt.

Who is eligible to apply?

AISG is an international school for foreign passport holders. In addition to different nationalities, students holding Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan passports are eligible. Students holding People's Republic of China passports are not eligible, per Chinese law.

Can AISG help families obtain a student visa?

Unfortunately, AISG is unable to assist in the visa application process. AISG is not authorized to issue student visas for its students. We assume students are living in Guangzhou with at least one of their working parents. It is the family or sponsoring company’s responsibility to make sure the student has and maintains the appropriate and valid visa/permit.

Does AISG have boarding facilities?

AISG does not have boarding facilities or dormitories. We require that students reside with at least one parent who is living full-time in the Guangzhou area. We will not accept families who rent/buy residences for their child(ren) and do not reside with them.

We are moving from overseas or from outside Guangdong. When should we submit our applications?

For applicants for the immediate upcoming full school year - which represents the majority of applicants - the school conducts an Open House during the month of December preceding the upcoming school year, with the application window opening in January preceding the upcoming school year.

Does my child need to take an admissions test or undergo an evaluation?

Students applying from Guangzhou area are required to take an English admissions test and participate in an oral interview as part of the qualification process. Group assessments are scheduled from mid-March to early April. There is no advanced studying for a test and the school wants to evaluate the student applicant's natural progress. The Admissions Office will refuse all requests for studying for a test on the part of the applicant's parents.

Students applying from overseas or other provinces in China are not required to travel to Guangzhou for an assessment. If you do not plan to visit Guangzhou prior to your relocation, and if AISG feels that an assessment is necessary, we may consider assessing your child(ren) upon your arrival to Guangzhou.

We currently live in the Guangzhou area. When should we submit our applications?

If you are currently living in and attending school in Guangzhou, AISG prefers that you apply for the start of the upcoming school year (August begin date). New application windows begin in January preceding the next school year.

AISG encourages you to complete the application process no later than early March, as student/grade assessments will be scheduled in March.

Once AISG begins offering seats in early April, grades may fill up quickly.

Applications received after the first round of seat assignments may be subject to limited seat availability.

Though rare, AISG may consider Semester 2 applications from local applicants if seats become available.

Can I reserve a seat for my child? Can I register early?

AISG does not reserve, prioritize, or guarantee seats at any stage of the admissions process.

AISG begins accepting applications in January for the next school year, and early applications are encouraged to ensure that your child is considered when seat assignments begin in early April. 

AISG will not consider any applications for future years past the next school year, and asks families to follow this instruction, as any applications past the upcoming school year will be immediately denied, with a non-refundable application fee not being returned.

Can I pay the application processing fee after you confirm my child’s admissions?

Per school policy, applications will not be considered or reviewed until the non-refundable application fee has been paid in full.

Why do I need to request reference forms from our current school?

The confidential reference forms are an important part of AISG's admissions decision making process.

We understand you may not want to let your current school know you are applying to AISG, but are unable to formally review applications until reference forms are received.

Fortunately, AISG finds that most schools anticipate student movement and teachers are very professional and will complete the forms as requested.

When will I know my child’s admissions status?

As part of the school's standard practice, most families applying for the new school year will receive an email regarding their child’s admissions status by the end of April

PLEASE NOTE: Admissions at AISG can be competitive and meeting our minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

What age does my child need to be to apply for pre-school or kindergarten?

Students enrolling in our pre-school must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1st of that school year. Students enrolling in our kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before September 1st of that school year. We are very strict in applying this policy.

DOES AISG have an EAL program?

AISG has an English as an Additional Language (EAL) program for qualified students in Grades 1 to 10 who need additional support in developing proficiency in English. Space in the program is limited and students must qualify for admission before being considered for enrollment in the EAL program. Placement in this program is determined by principals and counsellors. 

DOES AISG have a Learning Support program?

AISG also has a limited Learning Support program for students with mild learning differences. If your child has received or is currently receiving learning services of any kind (i.e. learning or behavior support, speech or occupational therapy, etc.), you must submit all support plans, IEPs, speech/language or occupational therapy reports, medical or special needs evaluations, or psych-educational reports.

AISG’s support services are limited; therefore it is important to determine if we can meet your child’s needs. Please contact us in advance.

The overall goal of AISG's Learning Support program, which is offered across all three divisions of Elementary, Middle and High School, is that with accommodations and available support services, students meet grade level standards. A 'least restrictive environment' is preferred, with Learning Support ideally being offered in the general education classroom. If necessary, students will receive specific skill instruction in the Learning Support classroom individually or in small groups; the latter being preferred and particularly effective for our Middle and High School students.  Each student in the learning support program has a Student Learning Plan that includes goals, services, and helpful accommodations.

My child was not accepted to AISG this year. When can I re-apply?

AISG welcomes your new application for the next school year. A complete application with updated documents and a non-refundable application processing fee must be submitted.

I am applying late. We have been told AISG is at full enrollment in my child’s grade. Should I apply now or wait until there is availability before I apply?

First, please call the Admissions Office to ask about, and confirm, seat availability for your child's grade level. AISG still recommends that you apply and if your child is qualified, he/she will be placed in the school's waitlist. If/when a seat becomes available, we will fill the seat with one of the students on the waitlist. 

I still have some questions. Who can I contact?

Please feel free to contact the Admissions Office. We would be happy to answer your questions, and to assist you through the application process. Please email us (hyperlink). Our office hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.

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