ISA Admissions Policy

The International School of Amsterdam exists to serve the educational needs of a diverse international community. Admission is open to all students who seek a challenging, international, university preparatory, English language education and exhibit respectful, responsible behaviour.

The following admission requirements and grade placements are adhered to at ISA. Exceptions to these guidelines are made rarely and only upon careful evaluation of the applicant by the Admissions Committee and at the discretion of the Director.

  • Nursery students must be two years of age by 31 August.
  • Pre-school students must be three years of age by 31 August and must be toilet-trained.
  • Pre-kindergarten students must be four years of age by 31 August.
  • Kindergarten students must be five years of age by 31 August.
  • Grade 1 students must be six years of age by 31 August.
  • Grade 2 students must be seven years of age by 31 August and must demonstrate successful completion of the equivalent of grade 1.
  • Grade 3 students must be eight years of age by 31 August and must demonstrate successful completion of the equivalent of grade 2.
  • Grade 4 students must be nine years of age by 31 August and must demonstrate successful completion of the equivalent of grade 3.
  • Grade 5 students must be ten years of age by 31 August and must demonstrate successful completion of the equivalent of grade 4.
  • Grade 6 students must be eleven years of age by 31 August and must demonstrate successful completion of the equivalent of grade 5.
  • Grade 7 students must be twelve years of age by 31 August and must demonstrate successful completion of the equivalent of grade 6.
  • Grade 8 students must be thirteen years of age by 31 August and must demonstrate successful completion of the equivalent of grade 7.
  • Grades 9 through 12 students are placed in a grade based on evidence of successful completion of the preceding grade or year. Please see below for additional information regarding English proficiency requirements and entrance to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Years.

Students with Additional Needs

While ISA has limited facilities and resources available to students with additional needs, admission may be offered to students with mild to moderate learning challenges or physical disabilities, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. Initial screening, in-class support and group support may be provided by the school’s support faculty. Additional support services may be provided on a private tuition basis and may have associated fees.

Applicants will need to provide complete documentation of their academic history, psychological/educational evaluations, and details of extra academic or specialist support they have had or are currently receiving. Once the application is complete, the Admissions Committee will evaluate the application to determine if the school is able to offer a learning environment  optimal for the child’s growth and development. Withholding information about individual needs may lead to the withdrawal of the student.

English Proficiency Requirements

As ISA seeks to serve an international community and English is the main language of instruction, the school recognises the need to support and develop students’ academic English proficiency to enable access to the programmes offered.  Students may join the school without any prior English language proficiency until Grade 9. Students for entry into Grade 10 must demonstrate a minimum of intermediate proficiency in academic English. Students coming into Grade 11 must demonstrate advanced proficiency in academic English. Please note that English as an Additional Language support is not available for students in grades 11 and 12.

Entrance to Grades 11-12 (IB Diploma Programme Years)

Applicants wishing to enter ISA in Grade 11 undertake placement assessments to help determine suitable pathways through to graduation. Students wishing to enter the IB Diploma programme years must join Grade 11, and by the 1st of October at the latest, as two years are required to complete the courses. Entrance criteria for the full diploma programme and IB Diploma courses are contained in the IB Diploma Course Descriptions Guide.

For questions regarding our Admissions Policy please contact the ISA Admissions team.