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FAQ

Q: What is the school year like?

A: The school year starts at the late August and finishes late in June. The BIBS academic year comprises two semesters, the first starting at the beginning of September and ending just before Spring Festival break. The second semester runs from after the Spring Festival break until school breaks up at the end of June.

Q: What are the school hours?

A: 8:30am-4:00pm for all students. After school activities are held from 4:00pm-5:00 pm with school buses will be available to take children home where required.

Q: What are your maximum class sizes?

A: The maximum class size for Elementary is 22, and Middle School is 22. Our teacher to student ratio throughout our schools is approximately 1:6

Q: Do BIBS students wear school uniforms?

A: Yes, we have both summer and winter uniforms as well as sports clothing which is worn during PE lessons.

Q: What supplies do students need to bring to school?

A: BIBS provides basic stationary for students. Students are required, however, to have a re-fillable water container. Water dispensers are available throughout the school.

Q: What are the school holidays?

A: The school year starts at late August and finishes in June. The BIBS academic year is made up of two semesters, the first running from August-February, the second semester running from February through June.

BIBS takes the following holidays: National Holiday in October (2 weeks), winter holiday in December-January (2 weeks), Chinese New Year holiday (2 weeks), Spring Break in April (1 week) and summer holiday. The school also follows other Chinese legal and traditional holidays. For holiday detailed information, please visit the calendar section of this website.

Q: What is the make-up of the student body at BIBS?

A: Chinese students make up 75% of the BIBS student body and foreign students make up 25% of the BIBS student body

Q: Where are the teachers from and what qualifications do they hold?

A: Most of our foreign teachers come from the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. All are qualified teachers in their home countries with many holding advanced degrees. Many also have substantial experience teaching at international schools around the world. Our Chinese teachers have all graduated from teaching university and have obtained teaching certificates, many at Advanced Levels.

Q: How can I make an appointment to visit the school?

A: Working days are from Monday to Friday.

Please call or email our Admissions to make an appointment: 028-8481-0088 (8am-5pm) Chengdu@bibs.com.cn

Q: How do I register?

A: You can visit our Admissions offices to collect an application pack which provides more information, or you can download the application form from the website and submit it and other materials to the admissions office. Admissions will contact you to set a date for the interview portion of the process.

Q: How about the entrance examination?

A: Subject to availability, students can join our school at any point throughout the academic year provided they meet the entrance requirements:

Elementary: Age, Language, Math, Previous records and Interview

Middle School/High School: Language, Math, Previous records and Interview

Q: Can Chinese students return to Chinese public schools if they leave BIBS?

A: Elementary students (G1-6) can generally transition to Chinese public schools after leaving BIBS. Transition after Grade 6 is more difficult and not recommended.

The BIBS Middle School/ (G7-9) is focused on preparing students for graduation requirements for entry to overseas universities.

Q: Are there any requirements on students' nationalities?

A: BIBS is open to students from any countries and regions.

Q: What type of curriculum is offered at BIBS?

A: We are an IB World School and offer the Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP).

Elementary School: The Chinese and Mathematics programs in the Elementary School follow the Chinese National Standards (except for Chinese language learning for non-native Chinese Speakers). For most students approximately 50% of mathematics is taught in Chinese. Chinese is the language of instruction for 30-40% of Elementary School classes such as Chinese, Mathematics & Cultural Studies (wushu, calligraphy, Chinese drumming, Chinese art, Chinese dance).

Middle School: The IB MYP prepare students to meet the entrance requirements of overseas universities, with all classes (except Chinese) taught in English.

Q: Is Chinese mandatory?

A: Chinese is required from G1 through Grade 6. Most students in Grade 7-9 take Chinese with options provided at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

Q: Is extra language support available?

A: Yes. BIBS provides EAL and CAL support programs. These are provided as part of the program and are based on test results and recommendations from our Language Support Team.

Q: Do students go on educational trips?

A: Yes. Throughout the year students participate in various educational field trips relevant to their studies.

Q: Do you have any extra-curricular activities?

A: Both BIBS Elementary and Middle School offer a variety of after school activities.