1At what age can my child attend school?
From 2 years old.
2What are the eligibility criteria for entering kindergarten?
Eligibility is based upon your age, physical health, hukou, visa, HK, TW, Macao travel permit and school administered interviews.
3From which age are students eligible for the school bus?
Typically, this is from PK2 class, which is equivalent to three years of age. All children must be able to wear their seatbelts fully and safely.
4What is the school buses radius?
The school bus serves most of downtown Shanghai with a radius of approximately 6 km.
5How many children are there in one class?
Class sizes are capped at 25 students, which includes 2 foreign teachers, 1 Chinese teacher and a life-skills teacher.
6What is the proportion of English-Chinese lessons?
Students at Fonshin School receive English lessons for the majority of the day, with Chinese lessons taking up a minority of the daily schedule.
7What time does the school day begin and end?
Normal school hours are from: 08:00-15:30, after school service is until 16:40.
8Where are Fonshin’s foreign teachers from?
We employ native English teachers from: UK, USA, South Africa, Australia & New Zealand.
9How many school field-trips does Fonshin offer?
Depending on the weather, Fonshin will offer one to two school trips a month. Outdoor activities include half-day hikes, spring and autumn tours and exhibition hall visits etc.
10What do my children eat whilst at school?
Fonshin students eat three meals per day: breakfast (fruit), lunch (soup, main course & desert), afternoon Dim Sum including both Chinese and Western snacks.
11My child has certain allergies, will this affect their enrolment?
Allergies are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. On the whole, most allergies the school can accept therefore, this should not be a major issue for prospective families.
12My child has religious preferences, does this have any effect on their chances of enrolment?
Not at all, applications are treated equally and fairly.
13Does Fonshin offer a full and half-day kindergarten?
Full-day kindergarten is offered from Monday to Friday. PK1 classes are given the option of half-day attendance. Furthermore, Fonshin is open on Saturday’s (times may vary, speak to our admin team for further information).
14What are the fees for Kindergarten?
All fees are displayed in our tuition page.
15How does Fonshin ensure the safety of our children?
Our school is fully equipped with security systems, safe arrival programs and a secure playground area. Full time security guards and two nurses and faculty staff who are trained in First Aid.
16Are there any opportunities for parents to be involved in the classroom/school (as a volunteer, chaperone for field trips, etc.)?
We welcome and encourage active participation in the kindergarten and throughout your child’s education.
17Does Fonshin run a PTA?
Yes we do. Parents are eligible to join when the school holds its class elections, on an annual basis. Each class may elect 2-3 members to join the PTA.
18Do children require a body check before attending school?
All new students require a body check, from a local community hospital. The validity period is within one month.
19Does the school offer in house medical checks?
In line with the health bureau, Fonshin offers periodic health exams. Any feedback is given directly to our parents.
20Can we transfer from another school to Fonshin?
Yes. We accept transfer students, along with a school reference from their current or previous institution.