Applying to Our School


1

Complete the Enquiry Form

Request further information about our school and begin the Admissions Process by completing the Enquiry Form.

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2

Meet Our Principal

Following parents' visit to the school, the Admissions Team will arrange a meeting with the Principal either in-person or online, depending on the availability of parents.


3

Complete & Submit the Application Form

The following documentation must be submitted for each applicant:

  • The International School of Siena Application Form
  • Photocopy of the applicant’s birth certificate or passport
  • Photocopy of the applicant’s Italian residence permit (Permesso di Soggiorno; non-EU citizens only)
  • Copies of school records for the last two years
  • Results of any special academic or psychological assessments
  • Vaccination/immunization record
  • Waiver (Nulla Osta) from previous Italian schools attended (from elementary school onward)
  • Confidential letters of recommendation from teachers (to be e-mailed or faxed directly from the applicant’s current school)
  • Any other relevant documentation regarding the applicant’s school record

4

Registration

The school shall confirm acceptance by letter and/or email, with the applicant’s start date. Contracts must be signed by parents on campus in the presence of a school employee. Arrangement for tuition payments will be included in the contract.

Admissions Criteria


We will consider admission for students whom we believe will benefit from enrolment at our school by reviewing the following:

  • Copies of school records for the previous 2 years. Report cards, and any other documentation, must show that the applicant’s academic achievements and overall behaviour meets the school's standards, and testify to the applicant’s potential for success.
  • Confidential teacher recommendations from applicant’s previous school(s).
  • Applicant’s language profile.
  • Personal interview with the school Principal.
  • Classroom visit and teacher observations, where possible.
  • Applicant’s performance in CAT4 cognitive abilities testing.
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Language Requirements


In accordance with our language policy, students entering Grades 7 to 9 (MYP 1 to 3) will be assessed by our EAL /English Language Acquisition teachers, who will determine the applicant's language pathway.

To ensure the best chances of academic success, students applying for admission to Grades 10 to 13 (MYP 4 to DP 2) are expected to demonstrate age-appropriate levels of literacy and oral fluency in English.

Applicants may be required to take an English language admissions examination that covers four skill areas: listening comprehension; speaking; reading comprehension, and writing.

Additional Information


Support for Individual Needs

As a small school, we are able to provide only a very limited level of support for students with mild learning difficulties.

Parents are required to inform us of any previously identified special needs and disabilities, or previously received support at the time of application.

In some cases, parents may be asked to provide extra support for their child, which may take the form of in-class support or out-of-school provision.


Admission on a Trial Basis

In cases when it is not clear whether entry to the school would be in the best interest of a student, provision may be made for admission on a trial basis.

In such cases, a written agreement between the school and parents will outline the terms of the trial period, including targets, criteria for success and timeframes.

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We look forward to welcoming your family to our stimulating, inclusive and creative school community.