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What is the enrollment policy for government-sponsored and converted schools, regarding compulsory education?
(11.22.2007)

In Shanghai, the enrollment for schools for compulsory education follows the principle of "open nearby admission", in which the district/county administrative department of education makes specific enrollment regulations according to the requirements of the district/county.

The "open nearby admission" of government-sponsored schools means: the government-sponsored school enrolls children at an appropriate age to receive compulsory education, according to the enrollment plan and within the area of "open nearby admission" which is defined by the administrative department of education. Without justification, the government-sponsored school should not refuse accepting children of an appropriate age who are supposed to get compulsory education within that school.

A government-sponsored converted school is also government-sponsored school in nature, and should also implement an "open nearby admission" principle for the area of enrollment designated by the district/county administrative department of education.

If the number of registered students is less than that of the enrollment plan, the school should enroll all the registered students; if the number of registered students is more than that of enrollment plan, the school can use methods such as "computer iteration" to ensure the fairness and impartiality of the enrollment procedure.

Government-sponsored schools (including converted schools) are not allowed to run test classes or special classes for certain subjects, nor select students from a test or special class. Junior middle schools can enroll sports students or specialist art students through a skills test in sports or art, provided they have received the approval of the district/county administrative department of education, however, they are refrained from holding other selective examinations or tests related to the enrollment procedure.

Government-sponsored boarding schools (or schools with boarding facilities) can properly enlarge the enrollment area, but the enrollment plan, the enrollment area, the registration procedure and expense standards, as well as the number of enrolled boarding students and the enrollment procedure of the school should be made known to the public. If the number of registered students is less than that of enrollment, the school should enroll all the registered students; if the number of registered students is more than that of enrollment, the school can use methods such as "computer iteration" to ensure the fairness and impartiality of the enrollment procedure.