Documents Submitted in Stage 1: Application
As part of our assessment process, we have requested that you provide any results from standardized achievement tests that your child may have taken. We would like to receive scores in Reading, Mathematics and/or English, such as ITBS, CAT, Stanford 9 or 10, ISA, ERB, MAP or US-based state or regional annual exams.
In addition, you and your child may have submitted a questionnaire regarding details of school history, interests in the school program and so forth. Besides those submissions, the school’s admissions committee may request more information in order to make an informed decision about your child’s match with its school program.
Stage 2: School Assessments and Interviews During the Admissions Process
Entrance Exams: All students seeking entry may be tested. Entrance/placement tests are scheduled after a review of the Application File by the School Admission Office and/or the school’s Guidance Counselor. A school staff member will contact you for any of the following procedures in order to provide a more complete record for the admissions committee at each school. The testing has several components that may include the following:
- Standardized assessment
- Writing samples
- English language skills and mathematics assessment
- Child and/or parent interviews
- Observation of child in a classroom
If necessary, assessments will be conducted between March and April on set dates for different grade levels in person or via virtual methods. Assessment appointment confirmation will be sent by email.
Interviews: Candidates and their parents may be asked to meet with a school guidance counselor, principal and/or head. At this time parents may ask more detailed questions about the programs and curriculum.
Other Assessments May Be Required:
English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) and Learning Support (LS) Students: ISG believes that in order to consolidate the strength and rigor of the mainstream educational program, there must be an appropriate balance in enrollment between regular admissions and those students who are actively receiving support in English-as-a-Second- Language (ESL) or from Learning Support (LS). The combined number of students at ISG per grade receiving active support from specialists, such as ESL and/or LS, is consistent with the majority of international schools across the world, and represents a small number.
Second language learners, who according to the assessments, appear to have needs outside the regular program may be interviewed and/or tested to determine the level of language support required to ensure the student is successful in the mainstream classroom.
Learning support candidates are accepted into ISG if we are confident that their educational needs can be accommodated within the current program. ISG accepts a limited number of students with mild to moderate learning disabilities whom we believe will be able to succeed, with appropriate support, in a mainstream classroom in the context of a college preparatory program. Each applicant is considered on an individual basis. The decision to admit an applicant with special needs is made by the school admission committee and school principal.
Any student who is applying for admission and has needs in one or more of the following areas will receive special consideration by the school administration. ISG reserves the right to deny any applications where students appear to have needs that cannot be met by our current program.
These may include but may not be limited to:
- Visual and auditory impairments requiring specialized instruction and equipment
- Mobility impairments requiring specialized equipment
- Augmentative communication impairments
- Intellectual or cognitive impairments
- Serious behavior disorders and/or emotional difficulties
- Mental health issues
Grade Level for Your Child: Students are placed in their age appropriate class, unless exceptional circumstances are found. Initial placements may change in our effort to match your child’s current learning and development level with each school’s program. Grade levels are assigned according to when your child’s specific birthday as outlined below.
||be at least 3 years of age
||Before Sept 1
||be at least 4 years of age
||Before Sept 1
||be at least 5 years of age
||Before Sept 1
||be at least 6 years of age
||Before Sept 1
Admission Decision and Notification: The Admissions Office will convey the final admission decision to the parents as soon as possible, at the latest by April 30. The decision may include one of the following:
- Provisionally Accepted (accepted but with conditions that will be stated)
- Need more information
- Wait list
Wait List: In some schools and grade levels, successful applicants (accepted or provisionally accepted) cannot be immediately enrolled due to limited space. In these cases, a waitlist will be employed with the following priority rank:
- Children of ISG staff and sponsored-Americans of the U.S. Consulate*.
- Sibling at school: sibling of current students is given priority.
- Siblings (new) in admissions process: an applicant for a full class who has siblings applying to classes where there are openings will get preference.
- Gender of current class: the school attempts to achieve gender balance, when possible.
- Demographics of current class: the school attempts to achieve a diverse class, when possible.
*guaranteed a seat, or given priority, as long as the applicant meets the entrance requirements.
If a seat becomes available, a school will use the above criteria to decide between applications in the wait-pool. If none of the above criteria can differentiate among students in the wait pool, selection will be made according to the earliest date of submitted application.
Admission Decision: We strive to obtain a balance in gender, diversity in nationalities and predictable academic success for the candidate within the programs offered; when a space becomes available, we determine which candidate best complements the class. If and when a space is available in a class or program, the parents will be advised immediately and asked to confirm that they still wish their child to enter ISG.
It is the School’s prerogative to accept or reject any application. Once a place is offered, the student must be enrolled at that time and the necessary fees paid in order to hold the place for immediate or later entry. Seats will not be held beyond the deadlines set for returning paperwork and paying requested fees.
Probationary: The acceptance of ALL new students is probationary, to be reviewed at the end of the school year in which the student enters. Students for whom continued enrollment at ISG is not predicted to be successful for either themselves and/or the school may be exited, without re-enrollment for the following year, at the discretion of the principal/administrative team. The school may also refuse the re-enrollment of a student if the student’s parent or guardian does not respect the rules and values of the school.