Congratulations Class of 2019!
- 95% admitted to their first choice or high priority school
- 20% accepted to the top 51 universities in the world
- 21 students offered scholarships to the value of $20,600 per annum for 4 years
Admission to ISPS is based on the following considerations:
The International School of Port of Spain reserves the right, through its administrative and professional staff, to determine the proper placement of new students. Testing, interviews and review of all pertinent records are used to ensure that students are placed properly. Students enter ISPS from many different countries with widely differing educational systems.
Students who enter from schools with a primarily U.S. based curriculum are placed with their age group, provided they have successfully completed the appropriate number of years in school and have not repeated a grade. The U.S. system of education usually calls for one year of Kindergarten and a total of 13 years of school. ISPS offers a Pre-Kindergarten year for students who are 4 years old on September 1st of the year they wish to enter. Students who enter from U.S. curriculum schools or from other international schools with the same calendar will be placed on the basis of age, past school records, number of years in school, and other factors deemed relevant by the administration and the professional staff.
Students who have attended reception and are about to begin Year 1 in a British system, and are 5 years old by September 1st of current year will be placed in Kindergarten at ISPS. Year 2 students who are 6 years old by September 1st of current year will be placed in Grade 1 at ISPS. The following years will be placed according to age and number of years the records show the student has been in school.
The primary language of instruction at ISPS, in all grades, is English. Students are not admitted to the school unless it is deemed that the English Language Learning (ELL) support we can provide to them is sufficient to enable them to experience success in the curriculum delivered.
English Language Learners’ (ELLs) proficiency in English will be assessed using a combination of the WIDA Language Assessment Tool, standardized tests and teacher feedback. Incoming students should demonstrate a predetermined level of English language proficiency as follows:
In most cases students will be fully immersed in general education classes with additional inclusive support in the classroom. In some instances students will be pulled out for small group or individual sessions with support staff. If a student has no English background or they do not demonstrate appropriate proficiency, it may be necessary to seek private instruction, at the cost of the family, in order for a student to be successful. The estimated cost of the tuition will also be communicated before the family arrives in the country. The in-house entrance and language assessments will confirm whether the additional tutoring will be necessary.
The Student Support Services Department at ISPS provides support for students with a range of learning differences, including those with mild challenges and the highly capable. Applicants with identified learning differences will be reviewed to determine the appropriateness of admission based on the ability of the school to meet the learning needs of the student with the resources we have available. The application for any student with a history of learning differences must include all relevant and current reports including, but not limited to, psycho-educational reports, speech language reports, occupational therapy reports, special education plans, and any other anecdotal records available.
When a new application is received:
Applications are reviewed by the Admission Committee after all the required documents are received, and the in-house screen is completed. The Principal of the respective school division is a member of the Committee and signs off on the application. This will be in conjunction with Student Support Services if these services are being considered.