How to Apply

Keystone is a school community dedicated to nurturing academic excellence, creativity, discovery, and compassion within its student body. We are looking for students who are ready to handle a rigorous academic program that embodies high expectations. We also seek to bring together a group of bright, broadly talented students, and we will help them to develop and grow in intellectual, physical, social, and cultural realms.

A qualified student is one who is likely to find success in the Academy's bilingual, university preparatory program. This determination shall be made by Keystone through a variety of means, which will include a review of official school records, standardized assessments, and other evaluative procedures. We are looking for students who bring a unique set of qualities to their class at the Academy, and who distinguish themselves in their potential, their academic performance and the various components of our admission appraisal process.

Evaluating each application is a privilege that we take seriously. We look forward to getting to know applicants and their families better over the next several months.

To assist you in this process, you will find a checklist below, which explains the various requirements you must meet in order to complete your application. All requirements must be completed by January 15 for middle and high school applicants, and by January 26 for primary school applicants. Please click on the appropriate applicant grade level below and read all of the instructions carefully.

All Elements of the application must be completed on time to be considered in our first round of decisions. Secondary decisions will be mailed on March 3, 2017 and Primary decision will be sent on March 31, 2017. Applications completed after our stated deadlines will be considered, if spaces are still available, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting April 2017.

Our application deadline for the first round of decisions has now passed. At this point in time, we are no longer accepting applications for our Primary Program. In the Secondary School, we are still accepting applications for grades six to eleven.

Applicants for Foundation year to Grade 5

1. Submit the Application Form and Fee The Application Form is the first step in our application process. We ask that you submit it as early in the process as possible. You can complete the online application through our application service with inResonance Inc. The application will include sections for both the applicant and the parents to complete. Click here to access the application.

Our non-refundable application fee is 2000RMB or $300 USD. If you cannot afford the application fee, you may contact our office to request a fee waiver. You may pay the application fee by bank transfer using the instructions below, or by paying cash in person at the Keystone Finance Office. Please indicate the student's name and date of birth when making your payment. Applications will not be processed until the application fee or waiver has been received.

Keystone Academy Bank Transfer Details 学校信息

Transfer to RMB:

账户名称 (RMB Account Name): 北京市鼎石学校
账户地址 (Account Address): 北京市顺义区后沙峪镇安富街11号,101318
账户号码 (RMB Account No. ): 341562011329
银行名称(Bank Name): 中国银行北京空港万科支行

银行地址(Bank Address): 北京市顺义区天竺空港工业区B区裕民大街4号

Transfer to USD:

USD Account Name: Keystone Academy
Account Address: No.11 An Fu Street, Houshayu Town , Shunyi District, Beijing, China 101318USD Account No: 332462165509
Bank Name: BANK OF CHINA BEIJING BRANCH
Bank Address: NO. 2 CHAO YANG MEN NEI DA JIE, DONG CHENG DISTRICT, BEIJING, 100010, CHINA

SWIFT CODE: BKCHCNBJ110

Please do not transfer the application fee through Alipay or an ATM machine. These payment methods do not allow us to view the transfer details so we can apply the payment to the correct applicant.

2. Register for a Standardized Assessment Applicants for foundation year to grade 5 are required to participate in a Keystone assessment. Once you have submitted your Application Form and Fee, we will give you a call to schedule the assessment.

3. Schedule an Interview A parent interview is required for all primary applicants. Applicants to Grades 2-5 are also required to have individual interviews. Appointments are available on most school days starting in October through the end of January. Please submit the Application Form prior to your interview. If you live outside of Beijing and are unable to interview in person, we would be happy to arrange an interview by phone or Skype, if necessary. In some cases, it is possible to do the standardized assessment and interview on the same day.

4. Arrange For School Report Form and School Records To Be Sent Applicants should arrange for the School Report form to be completed by the appropriate school official after the first quarter of the academic year (after October 31st). The form should be sent via email, along with the Official Transcript or stamped School Records requested, to admission@keystoneacademy.cn. Please ask the school official to indicate the student's name in the email subject.

5. Arrange For Teacher Recommendation To Be Completed Applicants should ask one of their current teachers to fill out the recommendation form after the first quarter of the academic year (after October 31st). The form can be downloaded from your online application page. The teacher should send the completed form via email to admission@keystoneacademy.cn. Please ask the teacher to indicate the student's name in the email subject.

Please note: all letters of recommendation, including information provided by the applicant's teacher, school officials, or family acquaintances, are kept confidential by us and will not be disclosed to any third parties, including the applicant and his or her family.

6. Submit the Parent Statement and Student Essays, if applicable Parents are required to answer a few questions reflecting on their child. Students in grades 3-5 have two essay questions to answer, and must respond to one in English and one in Chinese. Students should take the time to craft their responses, to the best of their ability, in each language.

7. Arrange for Personal Recommendation, optional Applicants may submit an additional recommendation from an adult who has a connection with the applicant outside of school, but is not a member of the applicant's family. This recommendation is not required, but may add another perspective to the applicant's file.

8. Supplemental Materials, if applicable Applicants who are serious in the pursuit of music or visual arts are welcome to submit a brief recording or sample of their work. All supplemental materials should be clearly marked with an applicant's name and the purpose of the submission. Please note that it is our policy not to return these materials, so we prefer electronic copies.

9. Submit Scholarship Application, if applicable We have a small number of merit-based scholarships to grant each year, ranging from RMB 25,000 to larger, need-based. Scholarships will go to applicants who have distinguished themselves in both academic scholarship and character, and demonstrate the potential to contribute meaningfully to the Academy community. Applicants who want to be considered for a scholarship, must complete both the school application process and the Scholarship Application Form by January 26, 2017.

Late Applications All elements of the Admission Application must be completed by January 26, 2017 to be considered in our first round of decisions. Applications completed after our stated deadlines will be considered, if spaces are still available, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting in April 2017.

Wait List Pool In the event enrollment at a grade level is at its capacity, the Admission Office will keep a wait pool. The wait pool is maintained for the applying year only; all applicants that are interested in the next school year must re-apply each school year.

Applicants for Grade 6 to Grade 8

1. Submit the Application Form and Fee The Application Form is the first step in our application process. We ask that you submit it as early in the process as possible. You can complete the online application through our application service with inResonance Inc. The application will include sections for both the applicant and the parents to complete. Click here to access the application.

If you are applying to boarding schools in the United States and have already started the application process through the Gateway to Prep Schools website, you may use this site to submit an application to Keystone as well. Click here to access the Keystone information page on the Gateway site.

Our non-refundable application fee is 2000RMB or $300 USD. If you cannot afford the application fee, you may contact our office to request a fee waiver. You may pay the application fee by bank transfer using the instructions below, or by paying cash in person at the Keystone Finance Office. Please indicate the student's name and date of birth when making your payment. Applications will not be processed until the application fee or waiver has been received.

Keystone Academy Bank Transfer Details 学校银行账户信息:

Transfer to RMB:

账户名称 (RMB Account Name): 北京市鼎石学校
账户地址 (Account Address): 北京市顺义区后沙峪镇安富街11号,101318
账户号码 (RMB Account No. ): 341562011329
银行名称(Bank Name): 中国银行北京空港万科支行

银行地址(Bank Address): 北京市顺义区天竺空港工业区B区裕民大街4号

Transfer to USD:

USD Account Name: Keystone Academy
Account Address: No.11 An Fu Street, Houshayu Town , Shunyi District, Beijing, China 101318
USD Account No: 332462165509
Bank Name: BANK OF CHINA BEIJING BRANCH
Bank Address: NO. 2 CHAO YANG MEN NEI DA JIE, DONG CHENG DISTRICT, BEIJING, 100010, CHINA

SWIFT CODE: BKCHCNBJ110

Please do not transfer the application fee through Alipay or an ATM machine. These payment methods do not allow us to view the transfer details so we can apply the payment to the correct applicant.

2. Register for a Standardized Assessment Applicants for Grade 6 to Grade 8 are required to participate in a Keystone assessment. The assessment is conducted in English and will evaluate skills in reading, writing and math. It will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours for most students to complete. Once you have submitted your Application Form and Fee, we will give you a call to schedule the assessment. Students who are applying to Grade 8 may choose to submit an SSAT in lieu of the Keystone assessment.

3. Schedule an Interview An interview with both the applicant and a parent is a required part of the application. Appointments are available on most school days starting in October through the end of January. Please submit the Application Form and Fee prior to your interview. If you live outside of Beijing and are unable to interview in person, we would be happy to arrange an interview by phone or Skype, if necessary.

4. Arrange For School Report Form and School Records To Be Sent Applicants should arrange for the School Report form to be completed by the appropriate school official after the first quarter of the academic year (after October 31st). The form should be sent via email, along with the Official Transcript or stamped School Records requested, to admission@keystoneacademy.cn. Please ask the school official to indicate the student's name in the email subject.

5. Arrange For Teacher Recommendation To Be Completed Applicants should ask one of their current teachers to fill out the recommendation form after the first quarter of the academic year (after October 31st). The form can be downloaded from your online application page. The teacher should send the completed form via email to admission@keystoneacademy.cn. Please ask the teacher to indicate the student's name in the email subject.

Please note: all letters of recommendation, including information provided by the applicant's teacher, school officials, or family acquaintances, are kept confidential by us and will not be disclosed to any third parties, including the applicant and his or her family.

6. Submit the Student Essays and Parent Statement Students have two essay questions to answer and should respond to one in English, and one in Chinese, if possible. Please take the time to craft your responses, to the best of your ability, in each language. Parents are also required to answer a few questions reflecting on their child.

7. Arrange for Personal Recommendation, optional Applicants may submit an additional recommendation from an adult who has a connection with the applicant outside of school, but is not a member of the applicant's family. This recommendation is not required, but may add another perspective to the applicant's file.

8. Supplemental Materials, if applicable Applicants who are serious in the pursuit of music or visual arts are welcome to submit a brief recording or sample of their work. All supplemental materials should be clearly marked with an applicant's name and the purpose of the submission. Please note that it is our policy not to return these materials, so we prefer electronic copies.

9. Submit Scholarship Application, if applicable We have a small number of merit-based scholarships to grant each year, ranging from RMB 25,000 to larger, need-based. Scholarships will go to applicants who have distinguished themselves in both academic scholarship and character, and demonstrate the potential to contribute meaningfully to the Academy community. Applicants who want to be considered for a scholarship, must complete both the school application process and the Scholarship Application Form by January 15, 2017.

Late Applications All elements of the Admission Application must be completed by January 15, 2016 to be considered in our first round of decisions. Applications completed after our stated deadlines will be considered, if spaces are still available, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting in April 2017.

Wait List Pool In the event enrollment at a grade level is at its capacity, the Admission Office will keep a wait pool. The wait pool is maintained for the applying year only; all applicants that are interested in the next school year must re-apply each school year.

Applicants for Grade 9 to Grade 12

1. Submit the Application Form and Fee The Application Form is the first step in our application process. We ask that you submit it as early in the process as possible. You can complete the online application through our application service with inResonance Inc. The application will include sections for both the applicant and the parents to complete. Click here to access the application.

If you are applying to boarding schools in the United States and have already started the application process through the Gateway to Prep Schools or the SSAT’s Standard Application Online (SAO), you may use these options to submit an application to Keystone instead of using our online application.

Our non-refundable application fee is 2000RMB or $300 USD. If you cannot afford the application fee, you may contact our office to request a fee waiver. You may pay the application fee by bank transfer using the instructions below, or by paying cash in person at the Keystone Finance Office. Please indicate the student's name and date of birth when making your payment. Applications will not be processed until the application fee or waiver has been received.

Keystone Academy Bank Transfer Details 学校银行账户信息:

Transfer to RMB:

账户名称 (RMB Account Name): 北京市鼎石学校
账户地址 (Account Address): 北京市顺义区后沙峪镇安富街11号,101318
账户号码 (RMB Account No. ): 341562011329
银行名称(Bank Name): 中国银行北京空港万科支行

银行地址(Bank Address): 北京市顺义区天竺空港工业区B区裕民大街4号

Transfer to USD:

USD Account Name: Keystone Academy
Account Address: No.11 An Fu Street, Houshayu Town , Shunyi District, Beijing, China 101318
USD Account No: 332462165509
Bank Name: BANK OF CHINA BEIJING BRANCH
Bank Address: NO. 2 CHAO YANG MEN NEI DA JIE, DONG CHENG DISTRICT, BEIJING, 100010, CHINA

SWIFT CODE: BKCHCNBJ110

Please do not transfer the application fee through Alipay or an ATM machine. These payment methods do not allow us to view the transfer details so we can apply the payment to the correct applicant.

2. Register for a Standardized Assessment Applicants for Grade 9 to Grade 12 are required to take either the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) or the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Please note that test organizations require you to register several weeks before a test administration date, so you should attend to this requirement as early as possible. You can find links to both tests below.

We encourage applicants to take the SSAT test at the November, December, or January administration to ensure a well-timed application. The SSAT is given at Keystone on all of these dates. The January SSAT at Keystone is reserved for Keystone applicants only. You must call our office for the registration code in order to register for this test.

The ISEE can be scheduled on any date through the Prometric test center in Beijing.

Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSAT)

862 Route 518 • Skillman, NJ 08558

Phone: 609-683-4440

Facsimile: 800-442-SSAT (7728)

Email: info@ssat.org

Test Information & Registration: www.ssat.org

Keystone Academy Code: 4356

Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)

220 E. 42nd Street, Suite 100 • New York, NY 10017

Phone: 212-672-9800

Facsimile: 212-370-4095

Email: isee@erblearn.org

Test Information: www.erblearn.org/parents/admission/isee

Test Registration:https://iseeonline.erblearn.org

Keystone Academy Code: 570445

3. Schedule an Interview An interview with both the applicant and a parent is a required part of the application. Appointments are available on most school days starting in October through the end of January. Please submit the Application Form and Fee prior to your interview. If you live outside of Beijing and are unable to interview in person, we would be happy to arrange an interview by phone or Skype, if necessary.

4. Arrange For School Report Form and School Records To Be Sent Applicants should arrange for the School Report form to be completed by the appropriate school official after the first quarter of the academic year (after October 31st). The form should be sent via email, along with the Official Transcript or stamped School Records requested, to admission@keystoneacademy.cn. Please ask the school official to indicate the student's name in the email subject.

5. Arrange For Teacher Recommendation To Be Completed Applicants should ask one of their current teachers to fill out the recommendation form after the first quarter of the academic year (after October 31st). The form can be downloaded from your online application page. The teacher should send the completed form via email to admission@keystoneacademy.cn. Please ask the teacher to indicate the student's name in the email subject.

Please note: all letters of recommendation, including information provided by the applicant's teacher, school officials, or family acquaintances, are kept confidential by us and will not be disclosed to any third parties, including the applicant and his or her family.

6. Submit the Student Essays and Parent Statement Students have two essay questions to answer and should respond to one in English, and one in Chinese, if possible. Please take the time to craft your responses, to the best of your ability, in each language. Parents are also required to answer a few questions reflecting on their child.

7. Arrange For Personal Recommendation, optional Applicants may submit an additional recommendation from an adult who has a connection with the applicant outside of school, but is not a member of the applicant's family. This recommendation is not required, but may add another perspective to the applicant's file.

8. Supplemental Materials, if applicable Applicants who are serious in the pursuit of music or visual arts are welcome to submit a brief recording or sample of their work. All supplemental materials should be clearly marked with an applicant's name and the purpose of the submission. Please note that it is our policy not to return these materials, so we prefer electronic copies.

9. Submit Scholarship Application, if applicable We have a small number of merit-based scholarships to grant each year, ranging from RMB 25,000 to larger, need-based. Scholarships will go to applicants who have distinguished themselves in both academic scholarship and character, and demonstrate the potential to contribute meaningfully to the Academy community. Applicants who want to be considered for a scholarship, must complete both the school application process and the Scholarship Application Form by January 15, 2017.

Late Applications All elements of the Admission Application must be completed by January 15, 2017 to be considered in our first round of decisions. Applications completed after our stated deadlines will be considered, if spaces are still available, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting in April 2017.

Wait List Pool In the event enrollment at a grade level is at its capacity, the Admission Office will keep a wait pool. The wait pool is maintained for the applying year only; all applicants that are interested in the next school year must re-apply each school year.


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