Frequently Asked QuestionsHere are some common questions about how to apply
How can I get more information about the school?
When can I visit the school for a tour?
What are the class sizes?
We aim to limit our numbers to:
- Nursery: 16 students
- Pre-K & Kindergarten: 20 students
How will I know what grade my child will be placed in?
Grades and Ages by placement:
Nursery: 18months – 3 years old before August 31st
Pre-Kindergarten: 3 – 5 years old before August 31st
Kindergarten: 5 – 6 years old before August 31st
If my child does not speak English can I still apply?
Students wanting to enter our early years program , may join with no english skills. Students entering our KG program (child age: 5-6 year old), needs to be assessed and meet our language requirements.
What languages are taught at HoK?
We provide a language immersive learning environment for children to learn English and Chinese simultaneously. We offer German language program to students to learn a third-language as well. For a long-term planning, we aim to add more language options to our students in our extended education program.
Does HoK offer support for children with special learning needs?
How does the Application Process work?
Does a child for admission to HoK need medical examinations?
As an official school, registered with the local Beijing authorities, all students enrolling at HoK are required to have a school health check and complete a school health form (completed no more than 3 months prior to the child’s first day of school) at one of the designated hospitals.
- Beijing United Friendly Hospital
- Sanlitun Community Service Hospital
When does an interview happen? What do I need to prepare?
Once all the necessary documents and fees have been completed and submitted, our admissions department will arrange an interview with the potential student. Those applying during the school year are admitted on a rolling basis, and dependent on space is available.
We understand that it can be tough for your child to undergo any assessment. Please know that we have carefully considered and designed our admissions process at HoK to be as smooth and fair as possible to each candidate. We also consider the fit of the family with regards to our educational philosophy as part of our decision, so please try to be patient and take the time to understand our mission, vision, and process.
Interview for Nursery and Pre-K students:
We are committed to considering each applicant very carefully, and we endeavor to make sure your child is comfortable during the process. We look to evaluate a child’s academic readiness, developmental readiness and fit within our classrooms by talking with both the parents and the child. While we do not expect young applicants to be fluent in English, we do consider an understanding of the English language by both the child and the parent to be an advantage. Our admissions team and our Principal work together to get to know you and your child through the interview time and admissions process, by observing the child’s interactions with both the interviewer as well as the parents.
Interview for KG program students:
During the admissions interview for children aged 5-6, we look at each applicant holistically. We are looking to understand the child’s academic and extracurricular interests. Before the meeting, we review the child’s history through the transcripts, recommendations, and previous academic test results were applicable. We will first speak with the child individually, and then invite the parents to join and speak altogether. If the parents do not speak English, they will need to bring an interpreter with them to the interview.
Is there a Probationary Period?
What happens if there is no place available?
Can I use the HoK SME Scholarship at any school?
Is the scholarship a 100% tuition scholarship?
Does the scholarship help pay for after school activities (ASA)?
How does the application process for the SME Scholarship work?
Please note that to maintain our high academic standards, all children from applying families still have to pass the House of Knowledge entrance assessment.
When is the application deadline?
When will I know if my child got a scholarship?
For more information about HoK and if we are the right fit for your family, please contact our Admission’s department.
Payment & Finance
Is the application fee, new student fee and tuition fee refundable?
How do I pay for the application fee?
If paying by bank transfer, for easy identification and to process your application without delay, please write your child’s name on the bank transfer reference and provide us with a copy of your payment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bank and Payment information are available on your invoice.
What are the school hours?
Early years students attend school Monday through to Friday, from 8:00am – 3:30pm
Is there an after-school program?
Yes, we offer a variety of after school activities throughout the year.
Can I change class?
Switching between language programs, age groups, or other considerations you may have are only possible at the beginning of each school year. However, exceptions may be made only at the discretion of the Campus Principal.
Am I able to take vacations outside of the school holidays?
Is there a school bus service?
Does my child require health insurance?
Do you provide school meals?
Please visit our school meals page for more information.
Do you monitor the air quality?
Outside Activites Policy
- AQI 200+: All ages / Cannot go outside
- AQI 150-200: Under 2yr / Cannot go outside. 2yr-4yr / 20 minutes. 4yr & over / 30 minutes
- AQI 100-150: Under 2yr / 30 minutes. 2yr & over / unlimited
- AQI 0-100: All ages / unlimited
Chinese Government Pollution Alert Levels
- Yellow Alarm: AQI 200+ (heavy pollution). One day of continuous heavy pollution must reduce outdoor activities.
- Orange Alarm: AQI 300+ (severe pollution). One day of continuous severe pollution, no outdoor activities for Kindergarten and Elementary
- Red Alarm: Three days of either heavy or severe pollution no outdoor actives for all age ranges.