PSI is a diverse and welcoming learning community for students aged 3 -18. We offer a challenging and integrated set of programmes that encourage achievement and a set of values based on the IB learner profile. Admission is open to students of any nationality who can benefit from an international, English language education.
Prospective applicants will be considered unless there is reason to believe that admission is not in the best interest of the applicant or the school.
Students with learning support needs will be accommodated wherever possible. However, the School recognises that there are instances where a child may have needs, (academic, physical, social / emotional or behavioural) that may require services or resources beyond the school’s ability to provide a meaningful programme for that student. Therefore, it is the School’s sole discretion to accept or re-admit students outside the normal range of ability and progress who might either require specialist teaching the School cannot provide, or need a disproportionate amount of the teacher’s time.
Students seeking admission to PSI in Grade 12 must enrol no later than three weeks after the start of the first semester or be transferring from an approved high school in which the student was enrolled in an acceptable senior programme of studies. Students enrolling during their senior year must be able to meet the PSI graduation requirements for Grades 9 through 12 and be fluent in English.
1. The capacity of the school to meet the educational needs of the applicant
2. The potential of the applicant to benefit from the educational services available (including English language proficiency)
3. The effect on the class as a whole of each enrolment
4. The fulfilment of school financial and medical requirements
5. Successful completion of the Enrolment and Placement Testing in English, Mathematics and language proficiency at all entry grade levels
1. Returning students in good standing who have completed re-registration by 1st May to guarantee their priority enrolment
2. Completed registration for new students in good standing of foreign embassy staff and international students
3. Siblings of returning students in good standing who have completed all registration guidelines
4. Registration for other students (and those on the waiting list) with priority based on academic competence and English proficiency
The primary factors for student class placement are determined by the Principal, upon the recommendation of the Admissions Department, and include: the age of the student and their educational grade level history, previous school reports, and results of admissions or other testing. (Some students may need to undergo additional educational testing to determine their English language skills and grade placement.)
Age by 1st Sept
The guidelines below are not specifically in a priority order. Depending on the current grade level cohort, slightly different priorities might apply to maintain grade level balance, or if classes and grade level will become full, and / or if we are required to select a student from our waiting list.
Children turning 3 years old after 1st September but before 1st November may be considered for admission into EC3. In such cases, the school reserves the right to review the child’s progress for an 8-week probationary period. In such cases, the child must repeat a further academic year in EC3. The school’s decision is final in determining the child’s placement in subsequent years.
The policy that students entering Kindergarten must turn 5 years old by 1st September during the year of admission will apply.
Students and parents are invited to PSI for a morning or afternoon event. During this time, the following takes place:
Note - Parents are not permitted into the classrooms while the students are there. They may wait in the cafeteria, cafe or reception area.
The Primary School Admissions Committee (consisting of the Primary principal, counsellor, grade level homeroom teacher and learning support teacher) make decisions based on the outcomes of the above tests and observations.
Applicants for MYP follow the procedures outlined in the chart above.
At PSI, the IB Diploma Programme is a two-year course for students aged 16 - 19. Students seeking admission to Grade 11 or 12 fall into two categories:
After these steps have been completed, the IB Diploma coordinator will recommend one of the following to the principal:
a. Student may be asked to repeat Grade 11 if their end-of-year achievement is unsatisfactory.
b. Student may be monitored for an 8 week probationary period.
Any of the above conditions can be waived for cause or at the request of the Director, who holds ultimate authority in all school placements.
Students applying for Grade 12 must come from an IB Diploma Programme school and have a programme that PSI can match. Students may be asked to join Grade 11 or repeat Grade 12 if necessary. It is not unusual for the school to deny admission to Grade 12 students if the school cannot match the student’s previous programme.