New Student Information

Q. Does my child have to join ISPS on a specific date, such as the beginning of the school year?

A. ISPS maintains a rolling Admission Policy. A student can be admitted at anytime during the school year the year as long as there is a place available and the student has met the Admission criteria. The start date for any student is always a case-by-case decision by the Division Principal. In theory, your child can begin school as soon as the admissions process is completed and a place has been offered. The Business Office must receive the Capital Contribution before the student can actually attend school.


Q. What is the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)?

The International Baccalaureate Organization was created in 1964 to ensure children from globally mobile families were not disadvantaged upon return to their home country. Currently four Programs exist for students aged 4 through 18 years that culminate in the rigorous Diploma Program. Beyond academic challenge and university preparedness, the IB strives for ‘international-mindedness’, a set of traits and dispositions (IB Learner Profile), transdisciplinary skills and content for each subject discipline. For more information please visit the IBO website: http://www.ibo.org.


Q. What is Measure of Academic Performance (MAP) testing?

The IBO does not ascribe to annual standardised testing for young children. ISPS believes that it is important for students’ progress to be monitored so that student growth, the benchmarking of performance, personalised learning plans and the impact of school improvement plans on the quality of learning can be tracked. Our students sit the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test from the North-West Evaluation Association (NWEA, Portland Oregon) at the time of admission and three times each year starting in Grade 1 so that we have both internal and external evidence of growth and achievement. Our results are compared to both ‘USA’ and ‘International School’ norms. The better the data and the more diverse the sources of that data, the better our understanding and ability to inspire every student. For more information please visit the NWEA website http://www.nwea.org.


Q. What is the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program?

Digital Learning is an integral part of the children’s learning experiences at ISPS. Technology allows our students to access information and to create, communicate and analyse the world around them. To this end, we utilise iPads and Chromebooks for learning in KG – Grade 5. The school will provide the devices used in the Elementary School.

From Grade 6 and up, students are asked to bring their own laptop device into school for enhanced learning. the Middle School and High School students can bring be any brand of laptop of their choice, but they must fulfil the requirements listed in our BYOD policy.


Please see the detailed information on this page about the ISPS bring Your Own Device Policy.

Q. What are some of the features of the school facilities?

Classrooms are fully enabled (technology) and well resourced (textbooks, reference materials, on-line resources, manipulatives, games) to support high quality teaching and learning. Additional facilities include:

Theatre

Cafeteria

Dance Studio

Fully equipped arts and music classrooms

Outdoor play areas

Library

Medical Clinic

Multi-purpose Gym

Science and IT labs


Q. What about the school’s cafeteria facilities?

Hot lunches, snacks, and cold drinks are available to students on a daily basis. This is a pre-paid system, where the menus are published weekly. Parents are responsible for keeping the balance on the accounts up to date. Please look at one of our newsletters where you can find samples of the weekly menus.


Q. What about the school uniform?

ISPS has a defined dress code ISPS has a dress code and all students Pre-K – 12 wear a uniform. Uniforms in each section of the school differ slightly yet it is expected that all students convey school pride and spirit in how they look. In Middle and High School dress should reflect a business atmosphere and boys should be clean shaven. reflect a business atmosphere and boys should be clean shaven. Teachers and administrators will enforce reasonable standards of cleanliness and therefore the school reserves the right to ask students to remove distracting jewelry, makeup or nail polish and/or cut long hair or change hair style if it is not reflective of a business atmosphere.


Q. What about After-School Activities?

This is a broad-based activity program that strives to provide a wide variety of enjoyable, valuable learning experiences that cater for the physical, intellectual, and social needs of the students of ISPS. Activities are conducted by instructors and coaches who are all specialists in their areas. The students are charged a minimal fee to offset the cost incurred in running the program. The after school program is organized into three sessions held throughout the school year. Each session is about 10 weeks long, and the fees listed are in Trinidad & Tobago dollars.

Some of the activities offered: Chess, Drama, Soccer, Gymnastics, Karate, Modern Dance, Steel Pan, Spanish Club, Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello), Environmental Club, Tap Dance, Dance Group, Elementary Basketball, Archery, Track and Field, Table Tennis, Badminton, Elementary Volleyball, Drawing and Craft.

Q. Is there transport to and from school?

The school does not have transportation services. However, we can provide, on request, a list of private drivers who have provided transportation services to the school community for several years. Parents contact these drivers directly to make the private arrangements.


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