Admissions: Explore BIS
Thank you for your interest in exploring Brasilia International School.
BIS does not discriminate in its admissions on the basis of national, religion, ethnic, or racial origin. Although BIS respects the religious preferences of parents and students, it should be understood that the school is operated within the framework of Christian principles. Therefore, all students are required to attend Bible class as part of their coursework along with related programs while attending BIS.
The admissions procedures are accomplished through the following sequence:
- Parents contact the BIS Admissions Coordinator, for information on admission procedures. The BIS Administrative Liaison is also able to answer questions. There is “open enrollment” at BIS meaning students can transfer in anytime during the year if they have withdrawal grades from their previous school. Of note, the beginning of each quarter or semester tends to work best for transfer students.
- Parents must submit, to the Admissions Coordinator, the properly completed application form via the school website. Also, scan or delivery to the school office sealed health records, transcripts, copies of both the parents’ and student’s passport, and other documents as part of the admissions process.
- Admissions testing (MAP) will be scheduled for all applicants (K-12) in the areas of math and reading. BIS may require the non-refundable administrative to be paid in full (per student) in order to schedule and process admissions testing as part of enrollment. English learners will be scheduled for ELD testing in lieu of standard admissions testing if deemed necessary. Parents must allow up to 2 business days for results to be scored related to admissions testing.
- Once the paperwork and the entrance test have been completed and reviewed a formal interview will be scheduled by the Admissions Coordinator with the Head of School and Finance Director.
- If the information for the student is complete to include financial contracts, the parents will be informed of the Head of School’s decision to include final grade placement. This process is in conjunction with respective principals and other admission committee members to include resource and guidance coordinators as applicable. Please review the grade placement and grade retention section of the handbook for related information.
- Students admitted during the school year will have a brief waiting period before they join their classes. Typically, once approved, new students may begin classes on Tuesday and Thursday of each week to allow for teachers to prepare for the student(s).
- Students having difficulty with the English language may be placed in the ELD program. The level of ELD placement will be determined by the placement tests. There is an extra charge assessed for ELD service. This fee(s) is dependent upon the degree to which the student is proficient in English and must be agreeable as a part of the admissions process for applicable students. Students are recommended to have some minimal English ability in order to function and thrive at BIS upon their initial entry or may require additional support apart from what can be provided by the school’s resources.
- All students are admitted for a minimum of nine weeks on probationary status. Probationary admissions are reviewed each grading period by the Head of School, Principal(s), Guidance Counselor, Resource Coordinator, and teachers. If the necessary benchmarks have not been achieved, the student will be required to seek outside additional support or to include what may be offered at BIS. This will likely incur additional fees on behalf of the family. The probationary period may be extended for another nine weeks if deemed necessary.
- Generally, a child must be 5 years old by September 1 in order to be eligible for kindergarten, 6 years old by September 1 in order to be eligible for first grade, 7 years old by September 1 to be eligible for second grade, and so forth. New students who are coming from schools following a calendar based school year, such as the national system, may be of necessity to repeat a half year upon enrolling in January or other periods during the BIS second semester timeframe. Since the stresses associated with moving to a new school and many times a new country are already quite challenging, the administration supports students repeating a half year if deemed necessary as part of the final placement/admissions process.
CLICK HERE for Enrollment Information for the 2017-2018 School Year