Frequently Asked Questions

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What is your Academic Program?

Our program is founded on US Independent School model, which is curriculum based, specifically designed for studies in international environments, and incorporates Common Core standards for US schools. US Independent schools have a set of benchmarks that span all grades and include Key Skills, Content, Essential Questions, Assessments, Learning Objectives, and Learning Outcomes. Teachers have the flexibility to develop their program based on their specializations, and while the framework of standardization must be met, students drive the curriculum with teachers as their guide throughout.

What is so special about US education?

US schools nurture intellectual curiosity, stimulate personal growth, and encourage curiosity and critical thinking. Small class sizes and low student-teacher ratios encourage close connections and individualized attention between teachers and students. Because educators are passionate about what they do, they are able to develop a full understanding of how each student learns and what interests and motivates each student individually. US schools promote frequent communication among students, parents, and teachers to ensure everyone is working toward the same goals for the student.

What is the background of KLIS?

KLIS is part of KnowledgeLink and its extensive network of KL Schools including 16 campuses in China, over 1000+ students currently enrolled, over 4,000 students in the KL network, and over 1,500 graduates attending US colleges and universities. KLIS is the first of its kind to serve the foreign population in China, and we are dedicated to the vision of offering expat students and their families in Chongqing a truly global education that prepares them for the challenges they will face in today’s interconnected world.

What high school opportunities exist at KLIS?

We are in the accreditation process of opening 9th and 10th grade, with plans to open 11th and 12th grade classes within the next year. Future KLIS graduates will earn a US high school diploma which will be helpful when applying to US colleges and universities. In addition, thanks to our network of 300+ partner schools, KLIS students have the opportunity to visit or transfer to any number of high schools in the US.

What is your admissions process?

For complete information on our admissions process and how to apply, download our Admissions Policies.

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What kind of lunch is provided?

We provide student lunch service for 30 RMB per day, and we offer a mix of Western and Asian food in our on-campus cafeteria.

Who are your faculty?

Our teachers all come from a background of working within the American/North American school system. With at least 5+ years of teaching, and experience working abroad in a range of positions, our educators have taken their expertise in their field and applied it to working directly with international students. With both advanced degrees and teaching certificates from state regulated organizations in the US, our teachers are qualified to work both in the US and in an international school in China.

What is your college counseling program?

As students enter high school, they will be provided with onsite college counseling services as part of their tuition fee. Our college counselors focus not only on preparing students with a solid college portfolio, but also on inviting US colleges and universities to visit the KLIS campus to meet our students.

Do you offer transportation?

KLIS provides school bus service to all K-12 students, with fees differing depending on how far away you live from the school. School bus spots are limited, and early notice is required. Please note that there is currently no school bus service for Pre-Kindergarten students.

Do you offer boarding?

We do not currently offer boarding to KLIS students.

How can I learn more about the school or view a class?

We offer a variety of information sessions on our campus. Please see the School Calendar for dates and times. In addition, you may stop by on specific shadowing days and sit in on a class. Please note that shadowing spots are limited, and advanced notice is required.

What is Weekly Walk-In Thursdays?

Once a week during spring semester, we offer prospective students and their families the opportunity to come visit KLIS, see the school, sit in on a class, meet with our Principal, and get to know our Admissions staff. These walk-in opportunities are in the morning only, and advanced notice is appreciated.

What assessments are required for admission?

KLIS requires an English test, a general aptitude test, and a character assessment. For the English test, we assess a students’ general ability to recognize, read, and write the alphabet, numbers, shapes, colors, and simple words/sentences. For more information, download our Admissions Policies.

What is your grade placement?

Please see our Grade – Age Chart for information on grade placement.

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