Applying to Dulwich
We accept applications throughout the year and offer places to students where available and in accordance with the admissions policies. We understand that families move throughout the academic year and do our utmost to make these transitions as smooth as possible.
We appreciate that moving to a new school can be daunting and our admissions team is on hand to guide families through the process. We have created checklists to help simplify the application process. To begin the process, review the checklist for the appropriate age group and complete the online application form. To find out which year to apply for, please refer to our age placement guide.
Students wishing to enrol in the College must follow the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission requirements, detailed below:
- Parent foreign passport holder with alien employment permit issued in Shanghai
- Parent PRC passport holder but student has foreign birth certificate
- All family members are PRC passport holders with foreign permanent residence permit and obtained a waiver letter from the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission allowing them to apply Dulwich College Shanghai
- Family is from Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan and working in Shanghai
Families who are unsure about their elegibility to attend an international school should request a copy of the Admissions Policy, released by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (SMEC).
In addition to providing the application form and supporting documents, all students wishing to enroll at Dulwich College Shanghai are subject to the Admissions criteria set out below:
Students applying for entry in the Early Years must submit current/prior school records and a teacher comment report from their current teacher if the student has had previous education. Parents will also need to complete a report. Students entering Nursery and Reception must be toilet trained. All applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee before a place is offered.
Students applying for entry into Year 1 and Year 2 must submit current/prior school records. A teacher comment report from their class teacher or Principal is also required. Once the report is submitted, the student will also be assessed by the Head or Deputy Head of DUCKS for their year level before the Admissions Committee reviews the application or a place is offered.
Students applying for entry into Year 3 to Year 6 must submit current/prior school records. A teacher comment report from their class teacher or Principal is also required. Students also undertake assessments to ensure they can access the curriculum. Candidates whose first language is English will also complete a 30-minute writing assignment. Candidates whose first language is something other than English will also take an “English as an Additional Language” assessment.
Students applying for entry into Year 7 to Year 13 must submit current/prior school records. A confidential report from their class teacher or Principal is also required. Students also undertake assessments to ensure they can access the curriculum. Candidates whose first language is something other than English will also take an “English as an Additional Language” assessment. Students will also need to provide their option choices for review as part of the admissions review. Candidates for the IGCSE and the IB Diploma will also be interviewed by the Head or Deputy Head of Senior School.
- Entry into Year 11
Applications for enrolment into Year 11 are considered on a case by case basis and are typically not considered for Term 2 and 3 as current students will be on study leave for mock exams and final exams for a large portion of this period.
- Entry into Year 12
Candidates applying for a place in Year 12 will be interviewed by the Head or Deputy Head of Senior School.
- Entry into Year 13
The College will very rarely consider entry into Year 13. To be considered, students must be applying from a nearly identical IB programme. Applications are evaluated on a case by case basis.
Once all items have been received, the Admission Committee will review the student’s application materials and inform parents about the admission decision. As Dulwich College Shanghai is a selective school, not all students who apply will be offered a place. We select only those students who appear to be most likely to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.
Special arrangements can be made for the entrance assessments to be administered at the candidate’s current school.
If a candidate cannot be interviewed, a provisional place may be offered which can be withdrawn if the College later determines it cannot support the child’s needs, or there is a concern raised that was not previously known.
To contact our Pudong Admissions Team with questions about the application process, please call +86 21 58999910 Ext. 713 or email email@example.com.