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Admissions

How many students are at TIS?

Enrollment in PreK through 5th grade has been over 450 students for several years.

How many students do you admit each year?

Space availability varies year-to-year between the grades and our three language tracks depending on the prior year’s enrollment and retention. The most common ages for new students to enroll are in prek (3-year-olds) and lowk (4-year-olds). We also enroll new students in kindergarten. Please contact the admissions office to find out more about the grade and language openings for your child.

How old do children need to be to start at TIS?

Children must be 3-years-old and potty trained to begin at TIS. As long as space is available, students may start in Pre-K on any of our pre-set start dates after their third birthday (the week of October 15, 2018, the week of January 2, 2019, or the week of February 18, 2019). For Low-K, children must be 4 years old by September 1. For kindergarten, children must be 5 years old by September 1.

As an independent school we have some flexibility with the September 1 date. For the benefit of the child’s immediate and long term development, we encourage parents not push children ahead of their chronological age peers.

Can preschoolers/kindergarteners attend half days or partial weeks?

As long as space is available:

  • Children in the 3-year-old class (“PreK”) may attend 3 or 5 days per week, either half or full days.
  • Children in the 4-year-old class (“LowK”) attend 5 days-a-week, with a choice of half or full days. This helps the child feel comfortable and at home with the school routine.
  • Children in kindergarten attend five days-a-week, full days, with a rest period in the afternoon.

Does my child need to speak Spanish, Chinese, or Japanese to attend TIS?

TIS admits children with all language fluency levels from beginners to native-speakers. However, most students starting at TIS in preschool or kindergarten do not have any prior language exposure or fluency. Children applying to 1st-5th grades must demonstrate grade-appropriate language fluency that will enable them to do their academic work in the target language.

Do you accept students with learning disabilities or special needs? 

TIS does not have separate programs or on-staff resources for special needs students. However, our small classes can be beneficial to many students who have minor learning differences. Depending on the need, the extent of the disability, and availability of outside help, it may be possible for student with learning differences to thrive at TIS. An open and honest partnership between the school and parents is always important; it is doubly important for students with learning differences.

The International School’s Student Support Services (SSS) is a formal committee designed to help students who may need extra support to succeed academically.  The SSS process is modeled on a research-based method of academic support commonly used throughout the United States.  Through the multi-tiered process, the school’s educational leaders use their cumulative expertise to help meet students’ unique needs through strategic and intensive interventions, data collection, progress monitoring, and additional student support.  If you feel that your child may need additional academic support or challenge, if your child has medical or family circumstances that may affect academic achievement, or if your child has a formal behavioral or academic diagnosis that may affect classroom performance, please talk to your child’s teacher about SSS.

What if my child exhibits learning difficulties after s/he starts at TIS?

The focus of The International School’s Student Support Services (SSS) is to provide resources and strategies for teachers to directly support the student’s learning and achievement in the regular classroom environment. The process generally begins with the teacher identifying and recording student academic and behavioral observations and sharing them with the SSS Coordinator. Then, the teacher works with an SSS coordinator to implement classroom-based strategies and to monitor the student’s progress.  Through this process, the school’s educational leaders use their cumulative expertise to help meet students’ unique needs through strategic and intensive interventions, data collection, progress monitoring, and additional student support.

If you feel that your child may need additional academic support or challenge, if your child has medical or family circumstances that may affect academic achievement, or if your child has a formal behavioral or academic diagnosis that may affect classroom performance, please talk to your child’s teacher about SSS.

Does TIS offer any programs for students with behavioral problems?

If behavioral problems arise, the teacher and Head of School or Head of Early Childhood will work with the parents to address it. The International School’s Student Support Services (SSS) aims to create a formal network to identify and support students’ academic and behavioral needs through a multi-tiered intervention process and provide ongoing support for students and staff that results in a safe and productive learning environment.

The student support services team will provide resources and strategies for teachers to use in the classroom and provide strategies and resources for parents at home. Depending on the outcome and the impact on the class, it may be necessary for the student to leave the school.

What if my child has a food allergy?

TIS has been declared nut-free throughout the whole school. We have many students with additional food allergies, and are prepared to work with parents to make the school a safe environment for the large majority of children with food allergies. For example, if a child has a severe soy allergy, that child’s classroom (where the children eat lunch and snack) will be declared a soy-free room.

How does TIS select the students it admits?

Students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

How far in advance can I reserve a space for my child?

We begin to accept applications in September of the year prior to the student’s start date. Once all places are reserved, additional applicants are placed on a waitlist.

What is the application process?

  1. The International School uses Ravenna for online inquiry and application. To begin your application, go to Ravenna and create an account.  Make sure to create your account using an email address you will have access to throughout the admission season as this will be your primary email contact with our school.
  2. The admissions office will notify you if space is available or if your child will be placed on a wait list.
  3. In March, we start sending enrollment contracts to new families in the order their application was received. The contracts are due back with a $300 deposit which reserves the child’s space for the fall.

We offer several options for tuition payment plans, as well as financial aid available for those in need. Please see tuition or financial aid for details.

Can prospective students and/or parents sit in on a class?

Yes, we welcome prospective families to visit the school, sit in on classes, and talk to current families. Please contact the admissions office to arrange it.

If my child is admitted to preschool, does that mean she is automatically admitted to the elementary school?

Yes. Re-enrollment for current students takes place in February or March each year, before any new students are admitted.

Can we apply after the application deadline?

TIS does not have an admissions deadline. As long as space is available, we admit children from our applicant pool on a first-come, first-served basis. Children who have not had their third birthday yet are placed on a delayed school schedule for their PreK class. We have three additional start times throughout the year for those who have their third birthday during the school year. Please contact the admissions office for details.