Families of students seeking admission to IS Milan should make an appointment to meet with the Primary Principal (or Deputy dependent upon availability). The purpose of this meeting is for parents to be informed of the school ethos, the curricular programme, expectations and daily activities at IS Milan and for the Principal to evaluate the application. Where possible, the student/s should be present, but if this is not possible, they may be asked to attend an evaluation before enrolment can be authorised.
Families should bring the following documentation to the initial meeting:
As any offer of a place here at IS Milan is partially based upon academic suitability for our international programme, we may ask a student’s current school to supply us with further information, if we consider this necessary. This may take the form of a confidential teacher/Principal reference or recent work samples and parents will be informed if this is the case.
SECONDARY SCHOOL ADMISSIONS PROCESS
All courses at IS Milan lead towards IB Diploma qualifications.
We cannot provide for students who would benefit from alternative targets or who require substantial learning support beyond Grade 9. Admission is based on school records from the last two years and a personal interview in which families can demonstrate a commitment to the Core Values of the school. The student may have to carry out diagnostic tests in English and Mathematics.
We will consider students from international families who are not proficient in English if we feel that over their projected time at ISM the student will be able to follow IB Diploma courses successfully. Students with particularly weak English skills will be asked to take an intensive language course and progress will be assessed before being accepted. Such courses and any additional support required will be funded by families as an additional cost.
Where we are in doubt about the suitability of our programmes for any applicant we occasionally admit students on a trial basis. In this case the targets and criteria for success will be clearly identified in writing before admission. The aim of the trial is to give a specific period to assess whether the student can be successful at ISM, ensuring that the trial is also short enough for him/her to transfer elsewhere if we find that our system is not appropriate for the student concerned.
Students with diagnosed learning or behavioural issues will only be considered for admission following evaluations by the school’s support services and an agreement with the family regarding the provision of any individual support which needs to be funded by the family.
We will consider students who we believe will be able to progress to the final two years of the IB Middle Years Programme, based on previous school records and admissions tests where we consider appropriate.
We will consider students who we believe will be able to progress to the full IB Diploma Programme in grade 12, based on previous school records and, in most cases, admissions tests.
We will consider students whose school records and admissions tests indicate that they can be admitted to full IB Diploma Programme. Applications for grade 12 after the October half-term break will not be considered unless the student is already following IB Diploma Programme courses in another school.
We will consider transfer students who have achieved pass criteria (usually 28 points, a full draft of the extended essay and 100 hours CAS) at the end of the first year of the Diploma Programme and where courses are compatible. The IB Diploma team will be involved in close liaison with the family and previous school to set clear individual criteria for the courses being studied.
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