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Thank you for your interest in the International School of Qingdao. Founded in 1996, ISQ is the oldest and the largest international school in Qingdao. ISQ is a multicultural, private, and non-profit day school offering an international curriculum guided by Western based values and principles. We are truly an international school with students ages 3-18 representing 17 countries and a professional staff of over 100 members from 11 countries.

Qingdao has been my home since 2006 when I moved to China with my family. As a mother of two school age children, I believe that a high-quality education in a safe and inclusive environment is essential for children who live outside their home country. I know from personal experience that ISQ provides those important components, creating an environment where children can learn solid values and grow as true international citizens.

The ISQ admissions team looks forward to hearing from you and would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the school. If you are visiting Qingdao, please contact us in advance so we can arrange a personal tour of our campus.

Once again, thank you for your interest in ISQ. I look forward to meeting you and your family soon.

Jenny Min
Admissions Director

Why ISQ?


97% of AP students scored a 3 or higher on their AP examination

3.83 GPA

The Class of 2018 had an average GPA of 3.83


The Class of 2018 had an average SAT Score of 1354 compared to the Global Average of 1119


ISQ has a 6:1 student-teacher ratio


Out of our 45 highly qualified foreign teaching staff, 65% of our educators hold a master's degree or higher.

15 AP Classes

There are a total of 15 AP courses available to students at ISQ including AP English Literature, Calculus, Biology, Computer Science, Studio Art, and Research.


Visit our campus and see why ISQ is the school of choice for expatriate families.

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Complete our online application and send us your academic records.

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Schedule a time for your child to be assessed to help determine grade placement.



Complete your enrollment with PowerSchool.



New Students

The school considers the following as essential for admission:

  1. Demonstrate age-appropriate adequacy in the English language and educational skills as determined by an assessment
  2. All new families must submit up-to-date immunization records and complete a Student Medical Report.
  3. Register on PowerSchool
  4. Pay tuition and fees before students are placed on the class roster

Returning Students

  1. Complete online re-enrollment.
  2. Medical examination signed by a doctor for students entering 1st grade, 6th grade, and 9th grade.
  3. Pay all re-enrollment fees by the date specified on the re-enrollment page.

Waiting Lists

Enrollment is based on a first-come basis, but in the event of close submissions, priority is given to:

  1. Children of LDi staff and associates
  2. Eligible siblings of students already attending
  3. Students currently attending other iSC schools
  4. Students with higher levels of English abilities

If a student has passed the necessary admission requirements, but there is no space available, he/she may be placed in a waiting pool. Students will be added to this pool according to the enrollment priority listed below. This waiting pool is dissolved at the end of the school year and parents need to re-apply if they wish to be considered for enrollment for the following school year. We encourage parents to look for other educational options while their child is in the waiting pool.


The school does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnic origin or gender in its admissions or in any school programs.


There’s no better way to get a sense of what it’s like to be a part of our community than experiencing it first hand. Your visit to ISQ will include a guided campus tour and an admission information session led by one of our admissions staff members.

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