Applying to ISP

We believe that all children can become multilingual and thrive within an inquiry-based learning environment. We enroll students from families who value language and cultural immersion, actively model ISP Values, and support our school’s mission and vision. 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. Admission offers are made strictly on a first-come, first-served basis without any consideration of a financial aid application.

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Admissions Requirements

Pre-Kindergarten, or PreK children must be:
• 3 years old
• Potty-trained

Lower Kindergarten, or LowK children must be:
4 years old by September 1

5 years old by September 1

Grades 1 through 5:
• Applicants for grades 1 through 5 must demonstrate grade-appropriate language fluency

Admissions Dates

Pre-Kindergarten, or PreK
Students may start on any of our pre-set start dates after their third birthday, as long as space is available:
• September 1, 2020
• October 16, 2020
• January 2, 2021
• February 12, 2021

All other grades
As an independent school we have some flexibility with the September 1 date, but for the benefit of the child’s immediate- and long-term development we encourage parents not push children ahead of their chronological age peers. To learn more about the International School of Portland and our application process, we encourage you to register online.

Enrollment options

We offer flexible enrollment options to help our youngest students adjust to the school routine.

Pre-Kindergarten, or PreK
Children in PreK may attend the International School of Portland:
• 3 days per week
• 4 days per week
• 5 days per week

For either:
• half days
• full days

Lower Kindergarten, or LowK
Children in LowK may attend:
• 4 days per week
• 5 days per week

For either:
• half days
• full days

Children in kindergarten attend five days per week, full days, with a rest period in the afternoon.

Application Instructions

the International School of Portland uses MySchool App, a tool for private schools, for online inquiry and application. Through MySchool App you will be able to submit:
• an inquiry
• an application
• any required supplemental forms

A MySchool App account will also allow you to sign up for a tour or RSVP for admissions events.

To begin your application, please click here. 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.

Enrollment Process

Enrollment contracts for new students are mailed in April, and must be returned with a $300 non-refundable tuition deposit by the end of April. If not returned by the specified date, those enrollment offers become invalid and spaces are then offered to families on the wait list. Applications received after April and during the school year will be offered admission if space is available.

Non-Discrimination Policy

the International School of Portland admits students of any race, color, creed, gender identity, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sexual preference, gender identity, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs, or in any other way.

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