Early College Preparation
The High School Career
At the International School of Port of Spain (ISPS), we strive to best prepare our students and their families for the challenges that they will face in the future, not just college.
Also, it is important to emphasize that the College Guidance Program at ISPS is one of Guidance, as opposed to Placement. It is one in which the lead is taken by students and parents with the Counselor(s) facilitating the process. This process includes:
- Application Systems
- Related Issues (Financial Aid, Visa, etc)
Ultimately, the goal of the college guidance process is finding the right “MATCH” between the student and the institution. We believe that once the environment is right (academically, socially and otherwise) then students will thrive and blossom there. However, one of the hardest things to come to terms with in your journey to college is sometimes the competitiveness of the college admissions process.
Students of ISPS could apply to a variety of colleges and universities around the world with each of these institutions having its own set of rules for admission. However, in recent years the areas of focus in the admissions process is not limited to just academics but also non-academic experiences and achievements.
Academic and Test Scores
- Overall academic performance
- Rigor of the student's course of study
- Standardized testing scores
- Extra-curricular activities (exposure and experiences)
- Service and Leadership
Institutions that use a “holistic” admissions process look at both the academic and non-academic qualities of the student.
In order to facilitate the entire College Guidance process as well as to support the overall well-being of all our students, Guidance classes are regularly scheduled from students throughout the school including grades nine to twelve. These guidance classes form part of the students’ schedule and attendance is mandatory.
Oxbridge & Medical Programs
Varies by University/ Province