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.
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 for all applicants and avoids unfair discrimination.
- 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 (officially signed and stamped, and translated into English, if applicable)
- Recommendation from one or more teachers or school administrators from the school most recently attended by the candidate (officially signed and stamped)
- Standardized testing when available. Students who have been diagnosed as having learning differences or emotional / behavioral difficulties must supply the most recent testing report and recommendations
3. Criteria for admission to the PYP, MYP and DP / CP 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. For DP / CP admission, a Math test may be required on a case-by-case basis. For PYP admission, an English and Math test is administered to all applicants depending on their English language level.
- If the student 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 special educational 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.
- A personal interview with the coordinator or Principal is mandatory before final acceptance.
4. 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 (and Math for Primary candidates) placement test.
- The Coordinator or Principal meets the student and/or parents and, based on the interview, the submitted documentation, 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.
5. 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.
6. 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. Registration is finalized once the registration fee has been deposited.
7. 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 Academic Honesty Policy
- ISA Continuum Inclusion Policy
- ISA Continuum Language Policy
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:
- Bad language (profanity, swearing, cursing)
- Possession or use of alcohol
- Possession or use of illegal substances (see Parent-Student Handbook for details)
- Smoking on campus or within a two block area
- Reckless behavior (endangering people and property)
- Use of mobile phones or other unauthorized electronic devices in the building during class time
- Any other inappropriate behavior as defined by the school administration