Admissions



Provisional admission may be offered to some students who are moving from overseas based on 2-3 years of school records, standardized test scores, teacher recommendations, and a student application if an opening is available in the appropriate grade and program. This offer is based on our understanding that the student does not have any learning or special needs that have not been fully disclosed or that are identified during the admissions process.

Documents required by the Admissions Office should be uploaded to the portal in PDF format and in high quality with a clear file name. Alternatively, items and documents may be mailed, or emailed as attachments. Originals should be hand-carried and submitted in person upon arrival in Thailand.

Please note that students are not considered as applications until the ISB Admissions Office has confirmed receipt of an application and all required documents. The date of this confirmation may be important in a waiting list situation, not the date of your initial contact with ISB.

Students applying to Pre-K1 must be 3 years old on or before September 1st of the enrollment year. Students applying to Pre-K2 must be 4 years old on or before September 1st of the enrollment year. Students applying to Kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before September 1st of the enrollment year. Students applying to grade 1 must be 6 years old on or before September 1st. Exceptions to Kindergarten may be made under special circumstances and are subject to approval by the Elementary School Principal. Please contact the Director of Admissions or your Admissions Officer for details on how to request an exception. We do not make exceptions to the birthday cut-off date for either Pre-K1 or Pre-K2. Should you be requesting an exception to Kindergarten, please apply for the applicant’s age-appropriate grade level first and ask for the exception documentation.

If you are unsure about which grade to apply for your child(ren) because your child(ren) is/are coming from a different school system, please view our Grade Level Equivalency Chart to apply your child(ren) to their age-appropriate grade level.  If your child(ren) entered school earlier or later, please be informed that we always strive to allow students to continue on their current path and only in cases where we feel it benefits the student, would we allow a student to advance or in some cases repeat a grade level.

ISB reserves the right, through its administrative and professional staff, to determine the proper placement of new students. Testing, interviews and a review of all pertinent records are used to ensure that students are placed properly.

All applicants to grades 10-12 are required to submit official, signed, and sealed transcripts to the ISB High School Office so that credits can be transferred.

High school grade classification will be based on number of years completed, number of credits earned, and time of year of arrival.

All EAL applicants must demonstrate that he or she is close to, at, or above grade level in all subjects and school reports must indicate average to above-average achievement in any language before testing appointments can be scheduled. Students who are eligible to enroll in Pre-KG – Grade 5 do not need to meet minimum proficiency standards in English. Students entering grades 6-12 must demonstrate that they meet or exceed the English language standards established by ISB for their grade level before admission can be offered as Middle School and High School do not have programs for EAL beginners. Grade 6-12 applicants who participate in the EAL screening, will have a counselor appointment scheduled or confirmed after EAL results are available. Please refer to the handout on EAL for additional details on the EAL assessment and entrance standards.

Qualified students with special needs will be provided services on the basis of records, previous placement, current assessment, Individual Educational Plan (IEP), psycho-educational evaluation, and the admissions committee’s recommendation.

Students who have attended reception and are about to begin Year 1 in a British system, and are 5 years old by September 1st of the year of enrollment will be placed in Kindergarten at ISB. Year 2 students who are 6 years old by September 1st of the year of enrollment will be placed in Grade 1 at ISB. The following years will be placed according to age and number of years the school records show the student has been in school.

In most cases, students coming from schools with vastly different calendars (i.e. Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, India) will continue in the same grade level they had recently completed or started.

Students must be in residence with at least one parent or school-approved guardian while enrolled at ISB.
Applicants who cannot be enrolled due to lack of space in a grade or program shall be placed in a waiting pool until a space becomes available.
ISB is a family oriented school. Siblings of current ISB students may be given priority if the student meets our academic requirements and a seat is available in the appropriate grade level and program.