FAQ

ISPS Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is your school calendar?

A. School generally starts the third week of August of each year. School usually ends around the third week of June of each year. Please click here to view our academic calendar.

Q. What are your school hours?

A. Classes begin at 7:30 AM. The school day ends at 2:00PM for PK and K and at 2:15 PM for the rest of the school. After school activities generally run from 2:30 – 3:30PM.

Q. How is grade level placement determined?

A. Grade level placement in the Pre-K and Kindergarten is based on the cut-off date (September 1st). In Grade 1-12, placement is determined by both the previous educational experience and age of the student.

Q. Does ISPS have a wait-pool list?

Yes, when necessary. As with many international schools around the world, demand can fluctuate but is often high. This means that, at the time of application, our classes may be full. In these cases, we place students in a wait-pool list for the grade level involved. Our Admissions Office will be happy to explain to you how we operate our wait-pool list should you have further queries.

Q. What are your class sizes, and teacher to student ratio?

A. Maximum class sizes are as follows:

·Pre-K: 19 students, to 1 Teacher and 1 Instructional Assistant

·Grades K-8: 19 students, 1 Teacher and shared Instructional Assistant

·Grades 9-12: 19 students,

Q. Do you have uniforms for the students?

A. All students in schools’ wear uniforms. The uniform is for sale at Espree, a local clothing store, located in a shopping mall very close to the school Detailed information will be sent to parents once their child is admitted to the school. The uniform consists of a polo shirt with school emblem with either navy blue shorts (Elementary) or Khaki, pants, or plaid skort (Elementary) of Khaki shirt or Pants depending on age and gender. Physical Education (PE) uniforms are required at all levels. This is a unisex uniform that consists of navy blue knit short and a grey ISPS T-shirt. Elementary students wear their PE uniforms to school on the day they have PE classes. MS and HS students change into their PE uniforms before PE class in the locker room facilities provided.

Q. What kind of shoes should my child wear?

A. All black, closed leather shoes, or all black sneakers. Rubber-soled shoes are required for PE classes for safety reasons.

Q. Do you have a lunch program?

A. Our ISPS Cafe, for all grades sells breakfast, snacks, and hot lunches. It also offers salads, sandwiches, and fresh fruit. Meals in the Cafe are a fixed hot lunch each day, as well as á la carte items. Purchase is by debit only. Parents can prepay for these accounts through the Front Office. Students can also bring their own lunch and microwaves are available in the café for reheating.

Q. Do you have transportation services?

A. There are private companies that have been providing transportation services to ISPs students over the past few years. Each bus or car is air-conditioned and has seat belts. Service is door-to-door for all students before school and immediately after school at 2:15 PM. Arrangements can also be made for after-school activities. Parents can contact these companies directly for pricing and availability.

Q. Where do your students go after High School graduation?

A. Please click here to view our school profile.

Q. What curriculum is offered?

A. ISPS is authorized to offer two of the International Baccalaureate Programmes (Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme). The IB Programmes are the most widely used programmes in international schools worldwide and their use is growing rapidly in many independent and state schools in the United States, United Kingdom and the rest of the world.

The US College Board Advanced Placement Program is offered in grades 11 & 12.

Q. To what extent does the school welcome parent input?

A. For effective learning to take place, teachers, students, and parents must all be active participants. Parents must be able (and welcome) to speak directly to their children’s teachers whenever they need to.

At ISPS, frequent communication between parents and teachers, parents and administrators, and parents and Board Members is actively encouraged.

Q. Will my children be safe at the school?

A. All parents need to feel their children are safe and secure, particularly in these troubled times.

ISPS employs full-time security guards. All have extensive security training and experience. ISPS facilities are monitored with CCTV coverage. ISPS also has a Clinic staffed by a trained nurse. Our Nurse can help you find a doctor or paediatrician in Trinidad & Tobago.

Q. Does the school provide counselling and guidance services?

An overseas posting can provide a stressful environment for children and for families. Adequate counselling resources are essential. Entry into university is a difficult process made even more so by the fact that international students will be seeking entry into one or more of a large number of possible university systems. College guidance resources need to be more extensive than those you would find in a national school.

ISPS employs full-time school counsellors in the Elementary Middle and High Schools. In addition, our High School Counselor provides admission counselling for our High School students.

Q. Where do the graduates go?

A school with a good track record for university applications has a better chance of guiding your children successfully towards university.

A. In recent years, ISPS students were offered places at Imperial College London, King’s College London, London School of Economics, University of Edinburgh and other UK universities, American University, Cornell University, Northwestern University, Georgetown University, College of William and Mary, University of Southern California, University of British Columbia, McGill University, TBC

Q. Is there provision for children with special educational needs?

This question is particularly important for parents whose children need learning support. New parents should ask about learning support resources, procedures, and admission policy.

A. At ISPS we have a Student Support Services. We do not have the capacity to deal with severe special needs, and our policy precludes admitting students for whom we cannot offer a programme.

Q. What about sports and after-school activities?

A. For children, the most difficult part of adjusting to an overseas posting is often the after-school hours. Away from their old friends and activities, afternoons and weekends can be long and lonely at the start. Parents should ask about sports and activities, but be sure to also ask about safety and supervision during these activities.

At ISPS, we participate locally and internationally in most sports, with soccer, volleyball and basketball being the major sports. We take part in tournaments with other international schools in the CAISSA Conference. Model United Nations takes place annually. After-school activities cover everything from the Arts.to Rugby. All activities are supervised. Chaperones accompany all sports trips. Medical facilities are present at all sports tournaments.

Q. How does the curriculum respond to modern educational research?

A. 98% of what we now know about how children learn has been discovered in the past two years. Our children will graduate into a world totally different from the present one, and absolutely nothing like the world their parents graduated into – they will be applying for jobs that have not yet been invented. We cannot educate in the same way their parents were educated.

Regular curriculum review is a feature of all IB curricula. At ISPS, we follow a curriculum review cycle to ensure that all curricula are thoroughly reviewed and updated every four years.

All ISPS teachers are required to attend IB training workshops in their subject areas every three years as a minimum requirement. ISPS teachers experience significant training every year. Professional Development is actively encouraged...

At ISPS we are a Difference makers, Future Shapers

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