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Documents Submitted in Stage 1: Application

To be considered for admissions, all documents requested in the application phase must be completed and submitted, including health and school records, along with government relations documents.

Stage 2: School Assessments and Interviews During the Admissions Process

Entrance Exams: Entrance/placement tests are scheduled after a review of the application file by the school admissions office. To provide a more complete record for the admissions committee at each school, a school staff member may contact you for testing. The testing has several components, which may include the following:

  • Standardised assessment: English language skills and mathematics assessment
  • Writing samples
  • Child and/or parent interviews
  • Observation of child in a classroom

Depending on the availability of spaces in each year group, your child may or may not be invited to sit an assessment test. If the child is not invited to sit an assessment in the spring, the application will remain on file throughout the academic year (to which he/she has applied), until a space becomes available.

If the child is not assessed for the academic year to which he/she has applied and is not offered a place, the child is required to reapply for the following school year, as the lists of potential students are reset on a yearly basis and and applications are not automatically transferred to the following academic year.


Other Assessments May Be Required such as:

English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) and Learning Support (LS) Students: ISG believes that in order to consolidate the strength and rigor of the mainstream educational programme, there must be an appropriate balance in enrolment between regular admissions and those students who are actively receiving support in English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) or from Learning Support (LS). The combined number of students at ISG per grade/year group receiving active support from specialists, such as ESL and/or LS, is consistent with the majority of international schools across the world, and represents a small number.

Second language learners who, according to the assessments, appear to have needs outside the regular programme may be interviewed and/or tested to determine the level of language support required to ensure the student is successful in the mainstream classroom.

Learning support candidates are accepted into ISG if it is determined that their educational needs can be accommodated within the current programme. ISG accepts a limited number of students with mild-to-moderate learning disabilities whom we believe will be able to succeed, with appropriate support, in a mainstream classroom in the context of a college preparatory programme. Each applicant is considered on an individual basis. The decision to admit an applicant with special needs is made by the school admissions committee and school principal.

Any student who is applying for admission and has needs in one or more of the following areas will receive special consideration by the school administration. ISG reserves the right to deny any applications in which students appear to have needs that cannot be met by our current programme.

These may include, but may not be limited to:

  • Visual and auditory impairments requiring specialised instruction and equipment
  • Mobility impairments requiring specialised equipment
  • Augmentative communication impairments
  • Intellectual or cognitive impairments
  • Serious behaviour disorders and/or emotional difficulties
  • Mental health issues


Year Group for Your Child: Students are placed in their age-appropriate class, unless exceptional circumstances exist. Initial placements may change in the effort to match your child’s current learning and development level with each school’s programme. Year groups are assigned according to your child’s birthday, as outlined below.

GradeAgeBy Date
Pre-Reception (Foundation Stage One) Must be at least 3 years of age Before Sept 1
British Reception (Foundation Stage Two) Must be at least 4 years of age Before Sept 1
Year 1 Must be at least 5 years of age Before Sept 1
Year 2 Must be at least 6 years of age Before Sept 1


Admission Decision and Notification: The admissions office at each school will convey the final admissions decision to the parents as soon as possible, but at least by April 30. The decision will include one of the following:

  • Accepted
  • Denied
  • Wait List


Wait List: In some schools and year groups, successful applicants (accepted or provisionally accepted) cannot be immediately enrolled due to limited space. In these cases, students will be added to a wait list, with the following priority rank:

  1. Children of ISG staff and sponsored Americans of the U.S. Consulate*
  2. Sibling at school: a sibling of current students is given priority
  3. Siblings (new) currently in the admissions process: an applicant for a full class who has siblings applying to classes where there are openings will get preference
  4. Gender of current class: the school attempts to achieve gender balance, when possible
  5. Demographics of current class: the school attempts to achieve a diverse class, when possible

*Guaranteed a seat, or given priority, if the applicant meets the entrance requirements

If a seat becomes available, a school will make admissions decisions based on the above criteria. If none of the above criteria can differentiate among students in the wait pool, selection will be made according to the earliest date of submitted application.


Admissions decision: ISG strives to obtain a balance in gender, diversity in nationalities and predictable academic success for the candidate within the programmes offered; when a space becomes available, the school determines which candidate best complements the class. If and when a space is available in a class or programme, the parents will be advised immediately and asked to confirm that they still wish their child to enter ISG.

It is the school’s prerogative to accept or reject any application. Once a place is offered, the student must be enrolled at that time and the necessary fees paid in order to hold the place for immediate or later entry. Seats will not be held beyond the deadlines set for returning paperwork and paying requested fees.


Probationary: The acceptance of ALL new students is probationary, to be reviewed at the end of the school year in which the student enters. Students for whom continued enrolment at ISG is not predicted to be successful for either themselves and/or the school may be exited, without re-enrolment for the following year, at the discretion of the principal/administrative team. The school may also refuse the re-enrolment of a student if the student’s parent or guardian does not respect the rules and values of the school.

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ISG Contact Details

International Schools Group (ISG)
P. O. Box 31677
Al-Khobar 31952
Saudi Arabia

Phone: +966-13-330-0555

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