This Admissions Policy is established so that it is consistent with the mission of the school and responsive to the needs of the community, within the framework of educational effectiveness and available resources.
Prior to being considered for admission, students must submit a complete application including the application fee and all documents as outlined in the Apply Now website page. Incomplete applications cannot be processed and will be discarded after 30 days.
Decisions are based on a careful examination of each student's ability to achieve success in an atmosphere of high expectations and within the context of an English language-learning environment. In making this assessment, SIS will evaluate each candidate's English language proficiency and in some cases math skills, demonstrated academic achievement and developmental and social/behavioral history. This will include an interview. Parents should note that current class size/space availability, English as an Additional Language (EAL) guidelines, and parents' priority status also affect admission recommendations. Besides priority status, admissions decisions may also take into account the short and long term balance of English language learners and other relevant demographic factors in the school in order to sustain and support the school's mission and programs.
Special Criteria for Admission to the EAL Program
The school has additional admissions criteria and procedures for English Language Learners in Grades 1 - 12. These requirements are meant to help your child succeed and flourish at SIS.
Admission to the EAL program is based on:
- English language assessment results
- Projected rate of language acquisition
- Space availability
- Balance of English language learners to fluent English speakers in a class and the student’s degree of fluency in relation to his/her age/grade
- Academic potential
Students who are non-native English speakers will be assessed to determine their English proficiency. Prospective students (grades 1-12 and mid-year kindergarten applicants) will be screened using a standardized test that assesses the academic language of students in English. After reviewing the assessment criteria, SIS will also request an interview with the prospective EAL student and family.
The Admission Coordinator will inform parents of the admission decisions via email.
Not Meeting English Language Requirements
If a student is denied admission due to their English language proficiency level, he/she may re-take the assessment test at a subsequent time. The next testing opportunity will be determined by the applicant's test results which will be formally communicated to parents. This appointment can be arranged by contacting the school admissions office.
Early Childhood Pre-Kindergarten Placement Policy
We believe that children learn best in environments suited to their ages and stages of development. For PreK-3 (3-year olds) and PreK-4 (4-year olds), we adhere to an October 31st cutoff for birthdays. For example children must be 3 on or before August 31st to enter PreK-1.