Choosing a suitable school for your child is a difficult decision and we appreciate the challenge that parents face in selecting the most appropriate school. As a school we are committed to providing the very best education that we can to ensure that parents who are placed their trust in our program are rewarded. Here are just a few reasons why we think you should choose us…
For students learning English ZKIS provides a solid platform for language acquisition. We are an immersion school that seeks to provide a natural language learning environment for our students. Our teachers are all from native speaking countries or highly proficient in both oral and written English. Lessons are all taught in English and students are encouraged to speak in English in all the activities with which they engage. Although we acknowledge that our students spend too much time speaking in their native tongues outside of lessons, we are constantly trying new initiatives to incentivize the use of English inside and outside of school. Events such as Model UN competitions and Newspaper in a Day encourage students to not only master their English abilities, but to relish the opportunity to communicate in a foreign tongue.
Our teachers are from a variety of International backgrounds and students can see how people from different cultures can come together, communicate and learn from each other. Students have the opportunity to find out about countries they may never have heard of, expanding their horizons and their knowledge of others. Through a variety of field trips we allow students to explore China, Indonesia and the UK, and in the future we have plans to send students to the Philippines and India. Many of our teachers also enjoy travelling and through their stories they open children’s minds to the many opportunities our world offers.
WKIS is a growing school committed to improving the quality of its educational program. Parents can be confident that they will see an ever increasing range of opportunities for their children offered by our dedicated team of teachers and staff. The school facilities improve every semester and starting in August 2014 the school will offer boarding facilities in our onsite dormitory and a brand new natural sports pitch. We are working hard towards WASC accreditation which we expect to receive in Spring 2015 although many of the requirements for this accreditation are already in place.
For the older students we have an excellent record in both exam results and preparing students for university. Our IGCSE and AS remain consistently high with many of our students exceeding International averages. We now have students studying in Universities across the World including Yonsei (South Korea), the University of Bath (UK) and Les Roches International School of Hotel Management (Switzerland). In 2013, 3 of our Grade 12 graduates were accepted into Yonsei University. More importantly, we want all our students to graduate from our school with a clear idea of their gifts and talents. We want them to use this awareness to make suitable choices about where to study and what employment to seek in the future.
Outside of academics we are quickly gaining a reputation in other extra curricular pursuits. Our soccer teams are frequently seen as the ‘team to beat’ and our table tennis team recently won every event in a regional competition. With the help of our supportive teachers students are receiving more and more opportunities to excel. In all these activities our students are encouraged to maintain the highest standard of conduct and their excellent behavior ensures that we are continually invited to join new events.
Most importantly we are a school that puts community first. Teachers and students enjoy close relationships with each other and new students are made to feel welcome quickly. We highly value the input and ideas of our parents and students, and we provide frequent opportunities for feedback allowing everyone involved in our school the opportunity to be part of its future.
If you would like further information on the admissions process or about the school please contact us. Information is available on the website but you may also contact us by email, phone, or if you are in the local area please drop in and pay us a visit.
1. Obtain an Application Form, Registration Form and a Character Recommendation Form and the Parent/Student Handbook from the school.
All these forms and documents are also available and can be downloaded here.
Before fully completing the forms, parents should read and understand all the information in the WZIS Parent/Student Handbook.
Note: Both parents and students will be required to sign the Statement of Parents/Students Commitment page of the Parent/Student Handbook, and this will be submitted together with the required documents upon enrollment.
For a student applying to Grades 6- 11, the Character Recommendation Form needs to be sent to a previous teacher or a school authority who will fill the form and return to the student, sealed and with an affixed signature across the envelope’s seal.
2. Return all the accomplished forms to the International administration office at the fourth floor with the following:
3. Take the Admission Test/ Placement, and Interview on either of the following dates:
The dates include the date following the last day of the Final Exam and the First Day of the Teacher’s Orientation Day in the School Calendar.
To ensure that students are placed in the appropriate English set, they will take the Oxford English Placement Test and have an interview with a member of the English department.
After the OEPT most students will also be required to take a written placement test and an oral interview. Students wishing to enroll in high school will also be asked to complete a short written task (150-200 words).The resulting data should, in most cases, be sufficient to place the student in a set.
For students in lower primary school, the OEPT may not be appropriate. In such cases, students will be placed into a set after an interview with a member of the English department.
4. After the test and interview, the International School administration officer will notify the parents of the results, within 5 days. The decision of the Principal on the set or level of the student as a result of the evaluation for placement and interview is final.
5. Pay the following fees: Admission Fee, Tuition Fee, and Other Fees (i.e. Bus, Lunch, School Uniform, and Textbooks etc.)
6. Once all fees have been paid and all documents are completed, the student is considered to be officially enrolled at WZIS.
7. Both the student and the parent are required to attend the New Students and Parents Orientation on the orientation dates.