tis open house – february 15, 2020 (saturday)

The International School of Macao is opening its doors to give you and your child time to explore our facilities, learning spaces and meet our staff to discover what it’s like to study at TIS. It is a perfect opportunity to find out more about the Alberta and IB DP curriculum and the opportunities we can offer your children. We have two briefing sessions as follows which will be followed by a guided tour of the campus:

PK to Grade 6 (K1 to P6) – 9:30AM

Grade 7 to Grade 12 (F1 to F6) – 10:30AM

The briefing sessions will be held in our Black Box Theatre on the 3rd Floor of the North Wing. We look forward to seeing you there.


We welcome prospective parents and students to our campus throughout the year. Please contact our admissions team to arrange a tour.

Email: admission@tis.edu.mo
Tel: (853) 28533700 (PK to Gr 3: Christina; Gr 4 to Gr 11: Sofia)

2019/2020 Academic year

The 2019/2020 academic year runs from September 2019 to June 2020.

We currently have availability in the the following grades:

Grade 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7.

Applications for PK, JK, SK, Grade 8, 9 will be held on file and families will be contacted for an interview/exam when a place becomes available.

Applications are closed for Grade 10 to Grade 12.

Details on Completing the Application Form can be found further down.

Deadline: Students currently in the enrolment area (currently attending a school in Macao) will not be considered for enrolment for the current school year after March 1. After March 1, acceptance will only be for the subsequent school year commencing in September.

School tour or admission enquiries:

Email: admission@tis.edu.mo
Tel: (853) 28533700 (PK to Gr 3: Christina; Gr 4 to Gr 11: Sofia)

2020/2021 academic year

The 2020/2021 academic year runs from September 2020 to June 2021.

First time kindergarten enrolments

Applications for first time infant education open through DSEJ on 6th January 2020 .

This process is for Macau or non-Macau residents aged 3 by 31st December 2020 who will enrol in infant education in Macau for the first time.

Application Procedures
1.Parents complete DSEJ Central Registration online (6-20 Jan) 
2.Parents pay application fee of MOP1,500 in cash and confirm interview schedule at TIS (18-21 Feb)  
3.Group Interview (Saturday 7th Mar)  
4.Parents check and confirm results on DSEJ website (accepted) (3-5 Apr) 
5.Parents submit admission documents to TIS & pay deposit (6-8 Apr)
For wait list only
6.Parents notified a space has become available (9 Apr) 
7.Parents submit admission documents to TIS & pay deposit within the time frame indicated

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non first time kindergarten enrolments (jk & SK) and Grades 1 to 11

Applications for non-first time infant education, primary and secondary school open on 1st March 2020 .

application procedures
1. Parents complete online application and submit required documents plus MOP1,500 application fee (1-11 Mar)
2. JK (K2) to Grade 3 (P3) interviews (2-20 Mar) – Mon to Fri 8:00-16:00
3. Grade 4(P4) to Grade 11 (F5) written exam (14 Mar) – Saturday 13:00-16:00
4. Grade 1(P1) to Grade 6 (P6) mock class (27 Mar) – Friday 13:30-15:30
5. Results released by SMS and email (3 Apr)
6. Accepted students submit admission documents to TIS and pay deposit (6-8 Apr)
7. Waitlist students contacted if space has become available after first round offers (9 Apr)
8. Submit admission documents to TIS and pay deposit (9-29 Apr)

completing the application form

Parents of students interested in study at The International School of Macao must use our online form to initiate the application process.

Here are the steps for applying for admission to TIS:

The following documents must be submitted together with the application and can be either uploaded online through Gibbon (our school platform) or emailed to admission@tis.edu.mo. If you are a returning student please contact admission@tis.edu.mo before applying online.

  • Student Services Form
  • Macao resident – Copy of Macao ID (front & back)
  • Non Macao resident – Copy of ID for entering Macao (as shown on Macao stay permit)
  • Non Macao resident – Copy of Macao Stay Permit >90 days or proof of its application with the name of the applicant or letter from parent’s employer affirming that the visa will be procured for the applicant
  • Copies of school reports for the last two years (must be in English or accompanied by a translation)
  • Non refundable MOP $1000 (2019/2020) or MOP $1500 (2020/2021) application fee (cash or cheque made payable to The International School of Macao) – Overseas applicants can pay when they arrive in Macau
  • Records of any special needs testing (if applicable)
  • Copy of DSEJ card (for students transferred from local schools in Macao)


  • Confidential Reference Form (Sealed or emailed to School direct – admission@tis.edu.mo)
  • Grade 6 Graduation Certificate or proof of the completion (Grade 7-9 applicants)
  • Grade 9 Graduation Certificate or proof of the completion (Grade 10-12 applicants)

Failure to provide the above may result in a delay in processing your application.

Upon receipt of your application and required documents, you will be contacted to arrange a date and time for either an interview (Kindergarten-Grade 3) or a written test/interview (Grade 4 to Grade 11).


Assessments take place at the School. Unfortunately we do not have the capability to complete online assessments. Overseas applicants will complete the interview/exam upon arrival in Macau.

Overseas applicants may be granted conditional acceptance based upon previous student progress reports but an admission test will be required once the pupil reaches Macau.

Parents needing further information are encouraged to contact the school office at (853) 2853 3700 or admission@tis.edu.mo.

format of assessments
PK,JK,SK Play-based group interview undertaken in a kindergarten setting. One parent accompanies the child. Review of school reports if applicable. 20-30 minutes
Grade 1-3 Interview with the student testing early writing and numeracy skills along with their ability to engage in a conversation.  One parent accompanies the child. Review of last two years school reports. Mock group class scenario (March intake only). 30 minutes
Grade 4-6 Multiple choice exam to test Mathematics and English reading/comprehension skills. Independent writing task to test the level of written English. Review of last two years school reports. Mock group class scenario (March intake only). 3 hours
Grade 7-12 Multiple choice exam to test Mathematics and English reading/comprehension skills. Independent writing task to test the level of written English. Review of last two years school reports. Confidential reference from current school. Interview with student and parents may also be requested. 3 hours

Priority is given to the siblings of students who are already enrolled at TIS however this does not guarantee them a place.

TIS has no financial or other interest in any nursery or pre kindergarten facility and has no arrangement with any such facility to provide guaranteed or priority admission to their students.

How are students selected

The International School of Macao offers a rigorous program using English as the language of instruction. TIS uses the Alberta Programs of Study and is accredited with Alberta Education. Alberta Education requires that TIS maintain high academic standards and achievement in its students. To maintain these high academic standards, TIS realizes that not all students would benefit from, or be successful in, the program that we offer. For the benefit of students in the School and in the interests of prospective students, TIS must be selective in its admission and placement of students.

In determining a student’s admission and placement at TIS, the Principal will consider the following:

  1. The student’s Admissions Test results;
  2. The student’s past educational performance and experiences;
  3. The potential for the student to be successful in his/her future studies at TIS;
  4. The grade in which the student is applying to enter.

Students will not be accepted into a grade beyond 1 year above/below their age appropriate level.

A student’s acceptance may be conditional in that the student may be required to get ELL support or After School English Tuition (ASET) or After School Maths Tuition (ASMT) for a determined period of time. Parents will be responsible for all associated costs for these services.

The decision regarding admission and placement of students can be appealed to the Board of Directors of the School.

Students may apply a maximum of two times per school year with a minimum of six months between applications. During this time it is expected that the parents will seek tutorial assistance for their child in order to increase his/her competencies and, thus, the likelihood of success on admission retesting.