What criteria do you use to make your admissions decisions?

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The admissions process follows three stages:

  1. Completing the application, including the admissions assessments
  2. Being identified as admissible
  3. Entering the waiting pool

All children are unique, so we process each complete application individually. We must first be satisfied the child will be able to access and benefit from our educational programmes, meaning they must be admissible. This is why we require transcripts and perform admissions observations and assessments.

Admissible applicants will then be added to the waiting pool. We consider several factors when we review an admissible application in order to make a decision whether to extend an offer of enrollment. It is at this stage that we also give special consideration to families with UN employees when possible, in line with our relationship with that organization. Along with this, other factors include:

  • Age
  • Class size/space availability
  • English language proficiency
  • Previous school records and recommendation(s)
  • Siblings currently at NIST
  • IB programme experience
  • Nationality/ethnicity
  • Admissions test/academic ability
  • Extra-curricular/community involvement

Though all of these factors play a role in our decision, none guarantees acceptance, as they are considered as a whole. Placements for students who require EAL or learning support will also depend on availability of resources and the needs of our current students.