CISB is an English language instruction school, which means all of our subjects are taught in English. The one exception is a second language, which includes Mandarin for our 3- year old to Middle school students. Starting in Grade 9, students have the opportunity to opt for French, Korean languages. Mother tongue language classes are also available starting in Grade 11.
As part of our application process, all non-native English speakers will complete an English interview to assess the applicant’s reading, writing, listening and speaking skills against grade-level expectations.
This assessment will place the student on a scale of Level 1 (Beginner) to Level 6 (Fluent). Minimum English language proficiency levels are required for some grades:
- Nursery to Grade 5 – No minimum level required
- Grade 6 & 7- minimum overall Level 3.6
- Grade 8 – minimum overall Level 3.6 (with min. level 3 in reading & writing)
- Grade 9 – minimum overall Level 4.6
- Grade 10 to 12 – minimum overall Level 5
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Students who obtain a Level 1 through Level 4 will be enrolled into our specialized in-school EAL program that is designed to help students develop their English language skills.
Our EAL program varies depending on the student’s current abilities and grade level and includes “push-in” supports where our EAL specialist join grade level or subject learning to support the students during regular instruction, and “pull-out” classes where beginning level students attend small classes focused on developing particular English skills. Students are periodically re-assessed within the school year to ensure their EAL level reflects their developing skills
When our students achieve an EAL Level 5, they are no longer required to take part in our EAL program.
Check out our CISB In The Know feature to learn more.
Students from Preschool to Grade 8 will study Mandarin as their second language. In our Preschool and Elementary programs, this includes one 40-minute period per day and, starting in Grade 2, is leveled based on the student’s ability. In our Middle and High programs, Mandarin is taught as 1 of their 8 subject groups (usually seven 55-minute classes over a 10 day schedule).
As a Canadian school, CISB offers French language courses to high school students as well as through our after-school programs.
CISB values the development of Mother Tongue languages and works to support continued learning through resources in our libraries to supporting Mother Tongues Self-Taught courses in our IB Diploma Programme.
Supporting this learning are after-school programs that develop French and Spanish skills that are available to both CISB students and our Parent communities.
How to register your child for CISB
Call For Inquiry
(86-10) 6465 7788
01. Get in touch!
Use our convenient online application CISB.OpenApply.cn to submit your information and the supporting documents we need.
03. Let's meet!
Once we've received your completed application, our Admissions team will be in touch to schedule English assessments or family interviews.