Admissions Policy - NIS American School Dubai

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Admissions Policy

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

Siblings of current students are given priority if the year group is at capacity. We offer sibling discounts of 10% for the youngest and 5% for the second youngest.

Applications For the Upcoming Academic Year

Applications for the following academic year may be submitted at any time. Admissions meetings begin in January and take place daily. View our Admissions Process , and the admissions team will respond to your application within two working days..

Accepting An Offer and Registration

Once a place is offered we request that you accept and complete registration within 10 days. Our Registrar will ensure all information and documents required are complete before your payment is made with our finance office. All parents will be requested to sign the KHDA Parent Contract online using the child’s original Emirates ID, in line with KHDA policy. We will confirm your child’s place at the school once this process is complete.

Placement of Students After Enrollment

NIS places students in the correct year group in accordance with their age on 31 December, per KHDA policy. 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.

Class Sizes

Class sizes will not exceed 25 students in KG and will not exceed 30 in the rest of the school.

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, in line with KHDA policy. 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.

Nationality

NIS operates a fair and non-discriminatory approach towards selection of students. The school currently has over 80 nationalities.

Gender

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, English language proficiency is assessed to ensure students can access the curriculum and progress to the best of their ability.

Additional Learning Requirements

NIS is an inclusive school, for gifted students and those with additional 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.

Behavior

NIS believes good student behavior is fundamental in enabling the best learning experience possible, for the student and for their classmates. All students enrolled at the school should have a positive attitude towards learning and respect for the school community.

Twin Siblings

NIS embraces 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.

Medical Records

The school requires current and accurate information regarding your child’s medical requirements. It is the parents’ responsibility to notify the school of any change in circumstances. Our school clinic requires records of previous medical treatments, allergies, and immunizations upon registration.

Staff Children

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.

Waiting Lists

Where a year group is at capacity, a child may be placed on the waiting list. The parent will be contacted if a place becomes available, and if a place is offered it must be accepted within 10 days.

Re-registration

To secure their 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 to the school fees schedule.

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.

More information on our admissions process is available here, alternatively you can email admissions@nisdubai.ae or call 971 48853330. We are happy to answer your questions.

We look forward to welcoming your child to NIS.