ISA Enrollment Policy

The International School of Amsterdam exists to serve the educational needs of a diverse international community. In general, 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 infrequently and only upon careful evaluation of the applicant by the Head of School.

  • 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 31August.
  • 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.

Special Needs

While we have limited facilities and resources available to students with special 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, and group support may be provided by the Lower School’s Student Support Department or the Upper School’s learning support team. 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 team will evaluate the application and decide if the school can accommodate the student. Withholding information about special needs may lead to the withdrawal of the student.

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