School Policies

Educational Criteria for Admission

The International School of Cape Town is able to consider for admission only those children for whom it is able to provide an appropriate educational programme. Previous educational records and, where possible, interviews and/or entrance test may be used to determine suitability for entry and appropriate placement.

All applicants who have previously attended a school will be asked to provide previous school records. These will include school reports, any special education reports and results of recent standardised tests or examinations. Applicants should also provide copies of birth certificates or evidence of date of birth.

All applicants should visit the school and meet the Head of Primary (for admission to Key Stages 1 and 2) and the Director of Studies (secondary students) or other designated person. This meeting should be used to determine whether the applicant would meet the criteria for admission and this is supplemented by written tests.

CAT4 Assessments at done for applicants in Key Stage 2, 3, 4 and  5. The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) is a diagnostic assessment that is designed to help students and their teachers understand how they learn and what their academic potential might be.  In Key Stage 1, one-on-one assessments are done with class teachers.

For entry to A level courses, applicants will be required to produce evidence of having obtained the necessary preliminary qualifications at O, GCSE or IGCSE levels.

In exceptional circumstances a student may be admitted to the School with a provisional placement and a final decision made on admission after an initial assessment period.

Age criteria for admission

  1. Children entering Reception should normally have reached the age of 4 1/2 years by 1 January in that school year. The minimum age for admission to subsequent grades will be correspondingly increased. The maximum age of admission to any year group will be at the discretion of the Head of School but will not usually exceed 12 months beyond the above recommendation.
  2. Children entering Year 7 (the first year of secondary education) must normally be at least 12 years by 31 July in that school year. The maximum age of admission to any year group is more flexible in the Secondary School, but it is unlikely that any student will be admitted to a year group if he or she is more than two years of age above the norm for that year group.

Decisions on Admission and Placement

  1. Students may not be transferred from one year group to another without the consent of the Head of School.
  2. The Head of School’s decision on admission of a student and his or her placement shall be final.