The International School of Siena serves a diverse community of students from a range of nationalities, cultures and backgrounds. We offer a broad based education which uses English as the main language of learning and caters for a range of student abilities. The International School of Siena has adopted a set of core values that guide every feature of our educational provision and the school is explicitly committed to full implementation of the IB Primary Years Programme.
The International School of Siena serves a diverse community of students from a range of nationalities, cultures and backgrounds. We offer a broad based education which uses English as the main language of learning and caters for a range of student abilities. The International School of Siena has adopted a set of core values that guide every feature of our educational provision and the school is explicitly committed to full implementation of the IB Primary Years Programme. As the school grows in the future it will also adopt the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate.
Our admissions policy is articulated to encourage the maintenance of diversity in our student body, as well as to ensure that students who are admitted to the International School of Siena can benefit from our educational provision and be successful in the terms of our structured objectives for learning.
We recognise that a number of students are less likely to benefit from our model of education. Our policy and procedures are designed to identify these students in order to help parents and the school make the best choices in line with the individual needs of these students.
The International School of Siena also operates a policy on maximum class sizes. Our policy provides a clear set of criteria which are used to make decisions when the number of applications exceeds the places available.
Admission to the International School of Siena is open to all students likely to benefit from our educational programme and to families who understand and commit to the core values of the school.
Priority is given to the following categories in assessing applications:
International students transferring to Italy will be admitted regardless of their ability in English and EAL provision will be made available by the school.
Exceptions to this open admission policy are students with identified learning or behavioral issues where additional support may be necessary on an individual basis.
Italian national and other students transferring from Italian schools will be expected to have a satisfactory level of English or the family may be expected to fund appropriate individual support at additional expense.
As a small school, we are able to provide only a very limited level of support for students with mild learning difficulties.
We require that parents inform us of any previously identified special needs or previously received support at the time of application.
In some cases, parents may be asked to commit to providing extra support for their child, which may take the form of in-class support or out of school provision.
In cases when it is not clear whether entry into the International School of Siena would be in the best interests of a student, provision may be made for a trial admission period.
In these cases there will be a written agreement between the school and the parents, outlining the terms of the trial, including targets, success criteria and time frames.
Students cannot be admitted if any of the following circumstances apply:
We usually place students in the grade appropriate to their age, seeking to differentiate for their individual needs within this context. However, transfer from another school system may also take into consideration previous educational records. For instance, students transferring from another international or English-medium school who have effectively satisfied the criteria for grade promotion in their previous school will be admitted for the subsequent grade applicable at the International School of Siena.
Internal assessment may be used to help reach decisions that aim to be in the best interests of each student. The number of years that the student has spent in formal education is not usually used as an indicator for placement or admissions. Similarly, it is not common practice to ask students to repeat a grade level purely on the basis of their ability to use the English language.
As a general rule, students are admitted to Kindergarten and Transition only on the basis of their chronological age. In particular, students will be expected to have reached 3 years of age by 31 August of the year of their admission, while all students entering Transition (both internally or as new admissions) must have reached 4 years of age by 1 September. Children must be toilet trained and therefore out of nappies before attending school.
Parents who join the community of the International School of Siena are expected to commit to the following:
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