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Admissions FAQ

When should I apply?

You are welcome to submit an application at any time during the year. However due to classroom capacity constraints, we encourage you to apply as soon as you are sure of your decision. When classroom capacity has been reached, we will place your application to the waiting list for that particular grade level.

Does KIA have application deadlines?

We understand that families may relocate to Kunming throughout the school year, therefore depending on availability, we can admit students mid-semester. However, to facilitate scheduling and course availability, we recommend High School students enroll either at the start of the school year in August or in January at the start of the second semester.

Is testing necessary for my child to attend KIA?

Our admissions decisions are based on a variety of evaluative procedures including a review of official school transcripts, records, and similar documents. The admissions committee may request that your child complete additional assessments.

How long does the admissions process take?

Once a complete application with all required documents has been received, we will contact you within 2-3 working days depending on the Admissions Committee schedule. If your child requires additional support, then the process may take longer.

How does KIA place students in the appropriate grade levels?

For the Pre-School and the Elementary school programs, placement is based on the age of the child. In higher grades, the student’s educational background will also be taken into consideration.

When does the school year begin and end?

The school year starts in August and ends in June.
For the 2023-24 school year the first day of school s August 14, 2023, and the last day of school is June 5, 2024. KIA’s calendar meets U.S. requirements and accommodates major Chinese and U.S. Holidays.

Can I pay the application fee after you confirm my child’s admissions?

According to the school policy, applications will not be considered or reviewed until the non-refundable application fee has been paid in full.

What are the school hours?

School begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:50 p.m.

Can we visit the School?

You are more than welcome to visit the school campus. Please email the admission coordinator at to find out when we are open and schedule a tour.

Can KIA help families obtain a student visa?

KIA is unable to assist in the visa application process. KIA is not authorized to issue student visas for its students. We assume students are living in Kunming with at least one of their working parents. It is the family or sponsoring company’s responsibility to make sure the student has and maintains the appropriate and valid visa/permit.

For more questions regarding the admission process, please contact us.