The only legit international school in Kunming is KIA, last I checked. All other schools are knock off version. International schools if properly registered need the students to show passports and mainland Chinese are not permitted to join.
And they are vetted and standardized, so that if you graduate, you could join any college or highschool in the country the school is registered, or globally.
The ministry of education has to sign off on it. Still a surprise to me how KIA managed to get it done, with their little religious affiliation.
Using an international curriculum doesn't make it an international school. If, then all my previous classes were International school classes.
To get a license for Int. Schools is almost impossible from within China and you need tons of cash, an international education linked institute, it needs to be vetted and other important administration obstacles to overcome.
There are these bicultural school, they pretend that they are somewhat international but just until they sucked enough money out of you and then turn full on Chinese style, gaokao, test this, test that and 30+kids in class, occasional corporal punishment, you name it.
And of course graduating from one of these doesn't do you any good, unless you go through years of tutor classes and TOEFL, GMAT tests. So in the end they are pretty pointless unless you want your loved ones to stay in China.