Entry to ISU is based on the following:
- demonstration by the applicant of adequate English language proficiency as determined by standardised testing administered by ISU and as further determined by oral interviews with the Head of Primary or Secondary as appropriate and submission of a writing sample as required by the Head of Primary or Secondary; (applicable to applicants to Grade 3 and above.)
- demonstration by the applicant of past academic and school success as determined by report cards and transcripts and references from previous school(s);
- demonstration by the applicant of readiness for the demands of the International Baccalaureate programme as determined through an interview with the Head of Primary or Head of Secondary as appropriate.
Applicants to ISU are admitted by the decision of the Director upon the advice of the Head of Primary and Head of Secondary as applicable.
Students are admitted on the basis of
- availability of space - based on class size and national quota (see Availability of Space below)
- meeting the admissions criteria as stated in Admissions Policy and Processes
- immunisations current and valid
Children of US citizen employees of the Embassy of the United States are admitted to ISU if it is deemed by the Director that the school can meet the educational needs of the child(ren).
Children with special needs are admitted on a case-by-case basis and only if the Director determines that such needs can be met by ISU.
Students may commence their schooling at ISU once all fees have been paid according to the current fee payment schedule.
Admissions and wait list prioritisation
To gain admission to ISU or to earn a place on the waitlist if space is not immediately available, applicants will be priority ranked as follows:
- applicants who are currently attending ISU and are re-enrolling for a subsequent year;
- children of US citizens who are employees of the Embassy of the United States of America
Where the 60:40 ratio of nationalities is not violated in a given grade level:
- applicants who have one or more siblings already enrolled at ISU and have met admissions criteria;
- applicants who once attended ISU and now wish to return to ISU after a prolonged absence and official withdrawal;
- applicants who are the children of ISU alumni (those who attended ISU at any time and completed any year or more of studies)
- applicants who demonstrate their readiness for success with the IB curriculum as determined by English language and academic proficiency testing, interview and other screening procedures;
- for those who do not meet the above conditions, date of application thereafter.