ADMISSIONS PROCEDURE

Our admissions procedure consists of:
1. Enquire
2. Registration
3. Assessment

Step One: Enquire  & Register

An online application can be started by visiting http://www.starintlschoolaltwar.com/ and clicking on the admissions page. The online application must be completed and copies of legal documents as requested within the application process should be submitted in person. This will include the following:
  • Copy of child’s passport
  • Copy of residence visa as soon as possible
  • Copy of both parents’ passports
  • 4 x RECENT passport photographs
  • Copy of the child’s birth certificate (in English or Arabic)
  • Copy of child’s Emirates ID (front and back)
  • Copy of both parents’ Emirates ID (front and back)
  • Latest school/Nursery report
  • Original Transfer certificate or Transfer letter  from current school
  • Copy of applicant’s immunisation records
  • Copy of most recent external reports e.g. Speech Therapy, Educational Psychologist reports (if applicable)
  • Admission fee of Dhs.500 per child. This fee is non-refundable and does not guarantee that your child will be offered a place.
  • This fee is payable in order to place your child on the waiting list (if applicable)

Step two: Assessment

On the submission of the above requirement, the registrar will schedule an assessment for your child.
Foundation Stage 1 and 2
All applicants will be assessed to ensure that they meet our minimum entry requirements which will enable them to access the curriculum at our school. The child will be invited into school for a play-based assessment in a classroom with small groups of children.
During the play-based sessions we will look for:
School readiness
  • Will they separate from parents?
  • We have an expectation that all children are toilet trained before they join us
Language and Communication
  • Will they communicate with adults and children?
  • Level of English language- spoken and understanding
Willingness to explore and play
  • Can they share with others?
  • Do they explore the classroom independently?
The outcome of the assessment is shared with the parents via email within 3 working days. 
Years 1 and 2
All applicants will be assessed to ensure that they meet our minimum entry requirements which will enable them to access the curriculum at our school. Children entering year 1 and 2 will carry out assessment tasks with a class teacher. We will look at the following areas and assess focusing on age-related expectations:
  • Mathematics- children will be asked to answer a series of questions to demonstrate their mathematical understanding
  • Writing- this will involve writing a short story or descriptive piece to demonstrate key skills in sentence construction and ability to recount key events
  • Reading- to share a reading book with an adult and to answer questions related to the text
  • Phonics- to recall graphemes (letter names) and phonemes (letter sounds) and apply these to reading
Assessments will be performed in a relaxed environment to ensure that children feel secure and happy to showcase their learning.
Reports from their existing school will be reviewed as part of the assessment. In some cases a telephone call to the existing school may be required to obtain further information. Every effort will be made to get as much information about a child before a place can be offered. If an assessment is successful the child will be offered a place or placed on the waiting list until a place becomes available if their required year group is at full capacity.
Should the assessment be unsuccessful, parents will be informed by telephone and an email will be sent with the next steps.
Years 3 – Year 11
All applicants will be assessed to ensure that they meet our minimum entry requirements which will enable them to access the curriculum at our school. Children in Year 3 upwards will take an age appropriate English (reading and writing) and Math test paper. This can take up to 2 hours. Whilst a class teacher will supervise there is an expectation that children try to complete these with minimal support.
Reports from their existing school will be reviewed as part of the assessment. In some cases a telephone call to the existing school may be required to obtain further information. Every effort will be made to get as much information about a child before a place can be offered. If an assessment is successful the child will be offered a place or placed on the waiting list until a place becomes available if their required year group is at full capacity.
For admission to Secondary we require the previous 2 years’ school reports.

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