Read up on the different selection criteria for 8 international schools.
This “non-selective school” offers a place for every child, regardless of his or her academic abilities or interests. However, AIS recommends parents start the application process early to ensure enough time to complete all paperwork.
With a European heritage, GESS “opens its doors to children of all abilities and carves a space for them to thrive at their own pace,” says
a school spokesperson.
All interested students have to sit for a placement test at ISS International School. “This enables our academic heads to gauge the students’ academic potential and to consider if we have the appropriate support,” says Head of School Dr. Margaret Alvarez, who notes the school’s commitment to “inclusive” education. “We believe children gain significantly from working in a diverse environment.”
This UK-affiliated boarding school assesses all children through Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) scores and interviews to offer a place based on these results.
SIM IA conducts student interviews and entrance tests. “We admit children who demonstrate they will be able to manage our academic programmes and adapt to a multi-cultural learning environment,” says Jamie Tan, Senior Manager for Marketing and Admissions.
All prospective children at this Orthodox Jewish school are given a placement test to ensure they are put in the appropriate classes and to “fill in any gaps in learning,” shares principal Elaine Robinson. The school also says it customises the application process for each family.
While there’s no standard entry assessment, the school does interviews during the application stage to learn if any additional screening is required. If so, the school offers support services in such areas: early intervention, speech-language development, occupational therapy, social-emotional support, intensive classroom support and English-language development.
What are the factors that this school for “gifted” children considers in admission? Involved parents, parents aligned with its philosophy and children who have shown aptitude in at least one of the following areas: intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership or academic.
By Sara Lyle Bow, The Finder Kids Vol. 22
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