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Admission Policy (effective September 2017)
The International School of Monza serves a diverse community of students and their families from a range of nationalities, cultures and backgrounds. We offer a broad based education which uses English as the main language of teaching and learning and which aims to promote international mindedness and global citizenship. Our Core Values, as well as the standards and practices of the International Baccalaureate (IB), guide every feature of our educational provision. The school is fully authorised by the IB to offer its Primary Years Programme (Kindergarten to Grade 6, ages 3 to 11), Middle Years Programme (Grade 7 to Grade 11, ages 11 to 16) and Diploma Programmes (Grade 12 to Grade 13, ages 16-18). Furthermore, in Early Years (Kindergarten, Transition and Grade 1), we draw Reggio-Inspired plays a central role to our curriculum model.
Our admissions policy is articulated to encourage the maintenance of diversity in our student body, as well as to ensure that students who are admitted to ISM can benefit from our educational provision throughout the continuum of IB education. Our policy and procedures are designed to identify these students in order to help parents and the school make the best choices in line with the individual needs of each student.
Students can be admitted to the school at any time of the academic year (with the exception of students joining the IB Diploma Programme in Grades 12 and 13) and decisions are primarily based on a student’s prior school record (where appropriate) and a personal interview in which students and their families can demonstrate a commitment to the Core Values of the school.
- Complete application form and return to school office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), together with school reports from the last two years and results of any special learning or psychological assessments.
- Contact school office to arrange an appointment with Educational Leadership Team.
- Meet with Educational Leadership Team to discuss the school’s educational offering and visit campus.
- Trial day and/or admissions tests (where appropriate).
- Previous school to submit confidential reference (proforma or letter).
- Decision on admission by Educational Leadership Team.
- Invitation to enrol or placed on waiting list.
- In order to enrol, families will need to provide:
- Evidence of permit to live in Italy.
- Copy of birth certificate.
- Copy of vaccination record.
- Copy of student and parents’ fiscal codes.
As the language of instruction at ISM is English, applicants are assessed for proficiency in the English language before an admission decision can be made.
In PYP, students will be assessed by a language acquisition specialist in order to ascertain whether or not the school, in particular the English as an Additional Language team (EAL) team, is able to meet his/her individual English acquisition needs (in the event that English is not the student’s mother-tongue).
In MYP and DP, students are expected to have an age-appropriate level of literacy and oral fluency in the English language. They will be required to take an English language admissions test covering four competencies (understanding, speaking, reading and writing). The assessment is designed to determine whether the applicant will be able to access our curriculum and achieve their academic potential without English acting as a barrier.
Special learning or behavioural needs
We are able to provide a limited level of support for students with mild learning difficulties. We require that families inform us of any previously identified special needs or previous educational support at the time of application. Students with diagnosed learning or behavioural issues will be evaluated by the school’s inclusion coordinator. In some cases, parents may be asked to commit to providing extra support for their child, which may take the form of in-class support or out-of-school provision.
Admission on a trial basis
Where we are in doubt about the suitability of our programmes for a particular applicant, we occasionally admit students on a trial basis. In this case the targets and criteria for success will be clearly identified before admission. The aim of the trial is to give a specific period to assess whether the student can be successful at ISM, ensuring that the trial is also short enough for him/her to transfer elsewhere if we find that our system is not appropriate for the student concerned.
In the event that a particular class is fully subscribed, successful applicants will be invited to place their name on a waiting list. In such circumstances, priority will be given to:
- siblings of current ISE students.
- Children of ex-ISE students.
- Applicants from the international community.
- Applicants who are proficient in the English language or transferring from English-medium schools.
We usually place students in the grade appropriate to their age, seeking to differentiate for their individual needs within this context. However, transfers will also take into consideration the student’s previous educational records and seek to provide continuity in the progression of their ongoing education.
Motives for Denying Admission
Admission is at the discretion of the school and may be denied for any reason, such as the impossibility to find a place due to full enrolment or an evaluation that ISM cannot cater for the student’s individual learning or behavioural needs. In general, admission will also be automatically denied in the following cases:
- the student has been expelled from their previous school;
- the student will not be living with his or her immediate family or a legal guardian.
Advice for Parents Following Admission
Families whose students enrol in ISM are expected to commit to the following:
- our Core Values.
- Their contractual obligations indicated in the enrolment contract.
- Attendance at informative school presentations, workshops and three-way conferences.
- Provision of continuing opportunities for their son/daughter to develop and express themselves in their mother-tongue.