Admissions Policies

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Admissions Policies 2018-10-23T14:28:57+00:00
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International School of Bologna

Admissions Policies

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It is important that parents understand the process and policies related to the admission of students to the International School of Bologna.

Please read carefully the two enclosed statements referring to Admission and Entry Age of children wishing to be enrolled in the school.

The International School of Bologna was founded to serve the children of internationally-minded families. As such we will attempt to accommodate the needs of such families. The admissions policy is designed to assess whether the school can successfully meet the needs of each applicant and determine if there is appropriate space in the school.

Application Process

  • Inquiry (optional)
  • Submission of documents
  • Interview
  • Assessment of application

IB Diploma and admissions

ISB offers the IB Diploma courses in the final two years of school. Given the nature of the curriculum, ISB is only able to admit students who have the language background to successfully access the courses of study. Therefore at the minimum, students entering HS1 must English language proficiency level equivalent to MS2.

English Language

Please note that the official language of the school is English. The vast majority of communication from the school will be in English. English is also the language of instruction of the school (except for the Italian Programme). It is therefore highly desirable that at least one parent can communicate to the school through the medium of the English language.

Entrance Age

Admission to the International School of Bologna requires that applicants have reached the appropriate age by 31st December

Reception Three years by 31st December
Kindergarten Four years by 31st December
Transition Five years by 31st December
Grade 1 Six years by 31st December
Grade 2 Seven years by 31st December
Grade 3 Eight years by 31st December
Grade 4 Nine years by 31st December
Grade 5 Ten years by 31st December
Grade 6 Eleven years by 31st December
Grade 7 Twelve years by 31st December
Grade 8 Thirteen years by 31st December
Grade 9 Fourteen years by 31st December
Grade 10 Fifteen years by 31st December
Grade 11 Sixteen years by 31st December
Grade 12 Seventeen years by 31st December

This has to be with Board approval.

Initial placement will always be by Policy. Changes to the placement will be made only after an assessment of the student has been carried out. The school has a clear protocol for these cases

The Head of School may make exceptions to this policy in extraordinary circumstances. In each case the Board will be informed of the decision.

Adopted 12th March 2009
Revised 28th January 2011
Revised 9th February 2011
Revised March 2011

Grade Placement Outside the Admissions Policy

All students will be placed according to the Admissions Policy. Changes will be made to student placement only when the school is convinced that such a change of class level is in the best interests of the student. There is a procedure for any possible change in class/grade placement.

Promotion & Retention

The underlying premise for all class placements is that the social and educational needs of the student are being met in a consistent and professional manner. A student may be considered and recommended for promotion to or retention in a grade after a thorough examination of the child’s status by the Head of School in conjunction with Teachers and subject specialist teachers. Typically such decisions are reserved only for cases where students are performing well outside the bounds of their class. The final decision to promote or retain rests solely with the Head of School.

Special Needs

ISB welcomes students with a wide variety of skills and abilities. However, students with special physical, academic, emotional and/or behavioural needs will require careful consideration prior to admission. ISB has very limited resources to devote to children with special needs and a child may not be admitted if it is felt that the school cannot provide an ongoing programme of instruction that meets the needs of the student.

Withdrawing Students from the ISB

When a student is to be withdrawn from the school, especially during the school year, please notify the schooloffice in writing as early as possible. Parents should make themselves familiar with the requirements for early departure in terms of obligations to meet fees and charges that may still be payable. Please contact the Business Office for clarification

Parents’ Knowledge of English

While it is not an entry requirement it is strongly suggested that, In order to work in partnership with the school and be involved in your child’s education, at least one of the parents should be able to communicate with the school in English. This will enable better and clearer understanding of the school routines, classroom practices and expectations related to teaching and learning. Only in exception circumstances will translation be available. Parents may, if they wish, bring a family member of friend to help with translation.