It is always exciting to welcome new students to ISB. In order to be maximally accommodating, registration at ISB is possible throughout the entire school year (assuming there are free places in the classes). While we understand that every family's situation is unique and therefore might require an individualized registration process, the following is the preferred registration procedure at ISB.
In order to ensure the smoothest possible transition for new students, we track all steps from the very first contact in an "admission checklist".
The checklist details the formal steps of the registration process involving documentation (education contract, lunches, handbook...) as well as practical steps for teachers (sending contact e-mail, assigning textbooks...).
Prior to formally applying to the school, families are welcome to visit ISB anytime. ISB staff members will provide a tour of the facilities, introduce families to teachers and students and answer any questions they might have about the school and the registration process. These visits are best timed during the school day in order for visiting families to observe the school in action. Multiple visits are accommodated. Visits can also be arranged during the summer holidays.
Once the decision to register at ISB has been made, families should provide the school with the following documents:
Children may start in the ISB Kindergarten when they are 3 years old or, if certain conditions are met, in the term in which they turn 3 years of age. The conditions for starting before the child is 3 include:
Primary Years (Years 1 to 6)
Once the registration package is received by the school, ISB will assess incoming students' current stage in their education and their needs in order to determine if the school can accommodate those needs. In almost all cases, a student’s age determines the grade in which they are placed. ISB believes that students learn best when they are with their peers and so it is only in exceptional cases that a student will be advanced. It is even more rare that a student would be held back; this would only be done if the parents insisted on it and the class teacher felt that it would not hinder the student’s development attitude towards learning.
However, if families submit IEP documentation for the incoming student (special needs, more abled, etc), then it is possible that the incoming student could be placed in a higher grade. In the above described scenarios, a date and time is arranged when the incoming student is assessed in English, Mathematics and Science in order to be sure that their current stage of development is in line with their age-determined grade and the ISB curriculum. In most cases, students are placed with their peer group; however, in order to be sure that all students are appropriately challenged each and every day, the school prefers to use internal assessments to make this determination. It is preferred that these assessments take place prior to the projected start date.
It is possible that after a brief time at ISB, there might be some cases when a class teacher feels that a student is already meeting the objectives of their year and will recommend advancement. In such instances, a meeting will be arranged with the family to discuss the situation.
A note on English as an second language
ISB does not recommend placing students in a lower grade level if they do not speak English or are still learning to speak English. Instead, the school will recommend that the student receive ESL support in accordance with their needs and will monitor their progress carefully. An Individual Education Plan can be drafted and the expectations of the curriculum can be modified in order to ensure that the student is able to progress.
Secondary and High School (Years 7 to 13)
Once the registration package is received by the school, ISB will assess incoming students' current stage in their education and their needs in order to determine if the school can accommodate those needs.
A date and time is arranged when the incoming student is assessed in English, Mathematics and Science in order to be sure that their current stage of development is in line with their age-determined grade and the ISB curriculum. In most cases, students are placed with their peer group; however, in order to be sure that all students are appropriately challenged each and every day, the school prefers to use internal assessments to make this determination. It is preferred that these assessments take place prior to the projected start date. Given that different schools cover different topics and themes throughout the course of middle and high school grades, it is possible that incoming students will be somewhat ahead or somewhat behind of where the ISB curriculum would have them in some areas. The testing will reveal these areas and will allow ISB teachers to ensure that lessons are differentiated appropriately. If this cannot be completed prior to the student’s start date, then the assessment will be done upon arrival and the decision as to grade placement will be made afterwards.
English Fluency in Secondary and High School
For students entering Secondary and High School, it is possible that an individual education plan (IEP) will be recommended in order to ensure that the student is given time to attain a minimal level of English proficiency prior to starting the Cambridge IGCSE program. This applies mostly to students coming in to Year 9 but may be applied to Year 7 and 8 students as well, depending on the situation. These decisions will be made collaboratively, with families included in the process. The aim in these situations is always to do what is in the student's best interest.
For students entering High School, ISB may advise the student to spend a year revising Secondary content in English in order to attain a level of English proficiency that would guarantee success on the IGCSE exams. In these situations, it is important that families take the time to consider their plans for the future. ISB can provide career guidance in order to ensure that upon leaving ISB, students have options and/or have taken the necessary steps towards a career path they would like to pursue.
Primary Checkpoint, Cambridge Checkpoint, IGCSEs Exams
By default, all ISB students write Cambridge examinations at the end of grades 6, 9, 11. However, if a student is on an Individual Education Plan, they may write these exams sooner or later, depending on their readiness. In all cases, when a student registers at the school, staff members will consult with the family on the optimal time for the student to write the exam.
*The checkpoint exams are not recognized qualifications. They are formal indicators as to how well a student has met the expectations at the end of their respective divisions.
Once the registration package has been received by the school and the plan for the incoming student is established, the Education Contract and Payment Agreement can be signed. The Education Contract is always signed between the Legal Guardian and ISB; the Payment Agreement can be signed between ISB and the remitter. In cases where the Payment Agreement will be signed with a third party, the Legal Guardian is asked to ensure that contact is established. These documents are best signed as soon possible in order to guarantee placement (please note that places are not reserved until the registration fee is received – See ISB Tuition Structure).
If your family's situation is such that this process is not feasible, please communicate your needs and schedule to the school and we are more than happy to make adjustments to the process.
Policy update on:
18.8.2016 - Jan