This policy sets out the requirements for admissions in line with the KHDA Guidance Manual. It ensures that NIS take a fair and non-discriminatory approach to the enrollment of students in support of a diverse and inclusive school community.
Siblings of current students are given priority if the year group is at capacity.
Staff children are guaranteed a school place (subject to the terms of our admissions policy) but must still complete an enrollment form and supply requested documentation.
Where a year group is at capacity, a child may be placed on the waiting list. The parent will be contacted if and when a place becomes available, and if a place is offered it must be accepted or declined within a week.
Applications for Upcoming Academic Year
Applications for the upcoming academic year may be submitted at any time. Assessments begin in January. The admissions team will respond to your application within 15 working days.
Accepting an Offer & Registration
Once a place is offered we request that you accept or decline within a week. Any missing documents will be requested from you and you will meet with our registrar to confirm enrollment before meeting with our finance office. We will be delighted to confirm your child’s place at the school once we have received all your documents and payment of the registration fee.
Placement of Students After Enrollment
NIS places students in the correct year group in accordance with their age on 31 December of the academic year. To maintain equality and diversity in our classes, and to allow students to better support each other’s academic and social development, we place children in class by considering nationality, language ability, gender and additional learning needs.
NIS operates a fair and non-discriminatory approach to selection of students.
NIS is a co-educational school from KG1 to Grade 12. The school aspires to maintain a 50:50 ratio of male students to female students.
English Language instruction
NIS delivers an American curriculum (AERO) to students in English. Language proficiency in KG is not used as a criterion for admissions. In elementary, middle and high school, language proficiency is assessed to ensure that students’ progress to the best of their ability.
Additional Learning Requirements
NIS is an inclusive school for gifted students and those with special educational needs. We provide differentiation and additional learning support based on the student’s needs and academic levels. Parents should inform the school at the application stage regarding any additional learning support requirements for their child. We may request copies of external documents such as professional assessments, individual learning plans, and one-to-one learning requirements. Please be advised that extra learning support may incur additional costs to the parents.
NIS celebrates and respects the individuality of each child. We will always call our multiple-birth children by their individual names and take care in assessing them individually. Where possible, siblings will be placed in different classes.
NIS believes that good student behavior is fundamental in enabling the best learning experience possible. All students enrolled at the school should have a positive attitude to learning and respect for the school community.
The school requires current and accurate information regarding your child’s medical requirements. It is the parents’ responsibility to notify the school should circumstances change. We require records of previous medical treatments, allergies, and immunization upon registration.
Class sizes will not exceed 25 students in KG and will not exceed 30 in the rest of the school unless additional support is provided.
This policy is reviewed on an annual basis by the School Principal and the Head of Admissions. This will be updated should new policies be issued by Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Policy actioned from September 2017 to September 2018.
Admissions begin in January for the following academic year. For the academic year of 2017-18, the deadline for admissions for KG to Grade 12 is 10 June 2017. We will accept admissions after this date based on seat availability.
In order to secure the place for the next academic year, parents will be asked to pay a re-enrollment fee of 10% of the annual tuition fees. This is non-refundable, however adjustable against the first semester fee. Please refer the school fees schedule.
To learn more about our admissions process and to schedule a tour of the school, email [email protected] or call 971 48853330. We are happy to answer your questions.
We look forward to welcoming your child to NIS.