School Policies

The International School of Athens has developed the following Continuum Policies:

  • Admissions Policy
  • Assessment Policy
  • Academic Honesty Policy
  • Inclusion / SEN Policy
  • Language Policy

Moreover, the school's Discipline Policies and expectations of behavior are outlined in the PYP, MYP and DP Parent/Student Handbooks, which are on the school's website at ISA Portal. Access to the Assessment, Academic Honesty, Language and Inclusion / SEN Policies is available for parents / guardians through the 4 schools Parent Portal and for students through the Student portal.

The Admissions policy is available to all prospective students/ parents below.

ADMISSIONS POLICY

The International School of Athens offers multi-faceted education to students from a wide range of academic backgrounds, nationalities, interests, needs and aspirations. We are committed to helping students attain the highest level of achievement possible. To this end, we seek to enroll students who can benefit from our strong academic programs. The school’s admission policy ensures a fair and transparent admission system and avoids unfair discrimination.

  1. The International School of Athens does not discriminate in selection of students on the basis of race, creed, nationality or gender. We abide by the rules set forth from time to time by the Greek Ministry of Education concerning enrollment of students who are exclusively Greek.
  2. The Admissions Committee will meet to discuss a student’s candidacy when the following have been received:
  • Completed application form
  • Registration fee as specified on the tuition/fee sheet
  • School records / Transcripts
  • Recommendation from one or more teachers or school administrators from the school most recently attended by the candidate
  • Standardized testing when available. Students who have been diagnosed as having learning differences must supply the most recent testing report and recommendations
  1. Criteria for admission to the PYP, MYP and DP Programmes:
  • The student applying must have passed the previous year.
  • The student must have the appropriate age for the year level/grade that he/she will be entering. Applications for non-age appropriate grade placements are considered on an individual basis.
  • The student must write an English Language placement test.  
  • If the child has known special education needs, documented details such as Individualised Education Programs (IEPs), Educational Psychologist reports or speech and language reports must be submitted by the parents and/or the previous school when applying for admission. Failure to do so may lead to the cancellation of admission since the school reserves the right to review the situation to be assured that it can address the student’s needs. The same applies in case false information has been provided or information has been withheld when completing the application form.
  • A candidate with learning needs is required to meet and conduct an interview with the Learning Centre Coordinator. Students may be admitted pending agreement to engagement in a programme of additional support. ISA has a limited capacity to support special education students and will examine each case thoroughly prior to acceptance.  
  • Students with special educational needs, serious psychoeducational issues and complex medical challenges will be considered individually and may be admitted if they can be properly supported by the existing resources and personnel at the school.
  • The school has no deadline for applications, and students may be admitted during the academic year if there is availability.
  1. Procedure for Admission
  • All the initial required documents must be submitted.
  • The student and family meet with the Admissions Officer.
  • The student takes the English placement test.
  • The Coordinator meets the student and/or parents and based on the interview and the results of the placement test approves the applicant’s admittance to the next phase.
  • When all the academic reports and required documents have been received and analysed, the student’s application will be accepted or declined.
  1. All prospective students for PYP, MYP and DP must take placement tests in English and Mathematics (PYP and DP only) prior to entrance as part of the admissions process. Exception from this requirement may on occasion be decided upon by the coordinators.
  2. A personal interview with the coordinator is mandatory before final acceptance.
  3. The school prioritizes students entering grade 1, grade 7 and grade 11, who are already enrolled in the school, as well as the siblings of our students. Prospective students in these groups receive special consideration, but they are not guaranteed acceptance.
  4. Upon completion of all the requirements and receipt of the records and forms from the applicant, the admissions committee will meet to finalize acceptance. The Admission’s Officer will then notify the family of the committee’s decision. Final acceptance will be determined by the number of available openings, making certain there is diversity in each class. Registration is finalized once the registration fee has been deposited.
  5. A waiting list will be added when the classes are full, taking into consideration the number of students that are permitted in each grade. Students on the waiting list are offered places according to the criteria stated above.

The ISA Continuum Admissions policy is informed by:

  • ISA Continuum Assessment Policy
  • ISA Continuum (MYP and DP) Academic Honesty Policy
  • ISA Continuum Inclusion Policy
  • ISA Continuum Language Policy

Diploma Programme (DP) / College Preparatory (CP) Programme
The school adopts a generally non-selective admissions policy for the IB DP Programme (grades 11-12) based on the premise that all students stand to benefit by the strong programme and everyone should be allowed to strive to reach their own potential. It is our desire for all of our students to attend the Diploma programme.
Given the academically rigorous nature of the programme and the demanding assessment requirements, however, students are expected to meet certain minimum criteria in grade 10, which is the official pre-IB DP year, in order to be prepared for the programme. Specifically, students are expected to display academic skills, commitment, consistent study habits, effective organization and self- management skills. Furthermore, students are expected to have good command of the English language and the ability to articulate their ideas in a clear and concise manner.
For students who are progressing from the MYP and who wish to attend the DP, at the end of grade 10, each student’s academic record is reviewed, and information about his or her academic profile and work habits is gathered from the MYP coordinator.
Students who have not displayed evidence of the above mentioned characteristics required for a DP student, may be advised to carefully consider their academic choices at the school, they may be advised to not attend the full Diploma, and instead opt for DP Courses or the ISA College preparatory (CP) programme, or they may be placed on academic probation and academic monitoring. The student’s academic goals and university admission requirements are also taken into consideration.
Students may also apply directly for admission to the CP programme if this is deemed as a more suitable programme in serving their academic needs.
Students who have attended DP Year 1 (grade 11) at another school can apply for admission to Year 2 (grade 12). In addition, however, to the regular admission process the coordinator will ask for and consider additional information regarding what the student has covered in the core and in the subjects the student needs to take, in order to determine if the transition is feasible or not.  

Middle Years Programme (MYP)
The IB Middle Years Programme at the International School of Athens is all-inclusive and aims to provide a high-quality, academically challenging, and balanced programme of education. The MYP has been designed as a coherent and comprehensive curriculum framework that provides academic challenges and develops the life skills of students between the ages of 11 to 16 (MYP: From principles into practice, pg. 3). At ISA, the MYP consists of Year 2/Grade 7 to Year 5/Grade 10.   

Candidate students will be admitted to the MYP provided that all the above requirements have been met.

Primary Years Programme (PYP)
Students applying to the Primary school are considered for admission based on the attending or completed grade level at the time of their application. Students entering our Kindergarten have a cut-off date for turning 5 years of age by December 31st of the specified academic year and increasing by one year for each consecutive year. However, students coming from International Schools abroad are eligible candidates of a specific grade if they have completed at least one term in that grade elsewhere.
English is the language of instruction of the school, however students in grades Kindergarten through grade 3 are accepted with no previous experience of speaking English. Beyond this grade, students will be considered on a case-by-case basis after careful assessment of their academic reports and recommendations. Students with a need for English support are required to follow our English as an Additional Language (EAL) program.

GUIDELINES FOR BEHAVIOR

Middle and High School

The students and faculty work together in a small society that can flourish only through consideration and respect for the rights and property of others. The growth of mutual trust and respect and the gradual acceptance of increasing responsibility and self-discipline are, in themselves, vital educational goals to which both students and faculty are dedicated.
The school reserves the right to dismiss at any time a student who has proven to be an unsatisfactory member of the school community, if in the school`s judgement, a student`s conduct on or away from campus indicates that he/she is out of sympathy with the ideas, objectives and programmes of the school. We believe that each student is responsible for his/her own behavior. Students are expected to adhere to accepted standards of morality and good citizenship. The guidelines below are a list of basic expectations that apply to students while school is in session and while students are under the jurisdiction of the school.

The school does not tolerate the following:

  1. Insubordination
  2. Bad language (profanity, swearing, cursing)
  3. Dishonesty
  4. Theft
  5. Vandalism
  6. Possession or use of alcohol
  7. Possession or use of illegal substances (see Parent-Student Handbook for details)
  8. Smoking on campus or within a two block area
  9. Reckless behavior (endangering people and property)
  10. Use of mobile phones or other unauthorized electronic devices in the building during class time
  11. Any other inappropriate behavior as defined by the school administration