Admissions for the 2020/21 school year are now open. Please give us a call to discuss your child's future at ABA.
Thank you for your interest in ABA. We accept students who can be successful in our daily academic programme, provided there is space within a grade. Please read on for an overview of the application process.
ABA Statement on Inclusion
ABA recognizes, that all learners benefit from a safe and supportive environment; that understanding and nurturing each child’s academic, social, physical and personal growth is imperative to their success. We are committed to supporting, including, and celebrating diversity within our community.
As an IB World School, we believe that “Inclusion is an ongoing process that aims to increase access and engagement in learning for all students by identifying and removing barriers. This can only be successfully achieved in a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, support and problem solving. Inclusion is the learner profile in action, an outcome of dynamic learning communities.” Learning diversity in the International Baccalaureate programmes (2010).
Inclusion at ABA applies to all our students, parents, faculty and community. Admission is open to students for whom we can provide a programme that is accessible and from which they can benefit. ABA is equipped to provide support for a managed number of students representing a range of learning needs, as well as English language learners, based on the school’s enrollment policy and resources. ABA does not discriminate on the basis of religion, ethnic or national origin, or gender.
Admission to ABA
- Previous schooling is not a prerequisite for entry into Kindergarten . However, school reports or student information will be requested for all schools, preschools or nurseries the student has attended. Kindergarten children must be toilet trained.
- For entry into Grades 1-12, we request all school reports from the past two years, transcripts, standardized test scores, educational evaluations and behavioural consultation reports, as applicable. Documentation should be translated into English and attested by the appropriate Embassy.
- Confidential student references from the applicant’s current or previous school are required.
- A copy of an applicant's passport (or similar document) is necessary to verify nationality and birth date. Students applying for Grades 3 - 12 will be required to take an assessment to determine their current performance in language and mathematics.
- Students applying for grades Kindergarten 1 - Grade 5 may be invited to visit a grade-level classroom as part of the admissions process.
- For applicants to Grades 11 and 12, previous experience of the IB programmes is considered
- ABA’s practice is to place students with their age-appropriate peers.
- All student files are reviewed by the ABA Administration, and student support staff may also be consulted, before a place is offered.
English Language Proficiency
- In Early Childhood and Elementary, English language proficiency is not a prerequisite for student acceptance to ABA. We encourage parents to maintain their child’s mother language proficiency, as the strength of a second language is largely determined by first language proficiency.
- For admission to Grades 6 and 7, English language proficiency is not a prerequisite for student acceptance to ABA, although prior exposure to English language in an academic context is preferable. Entry decisions for Grades 8 - 12 are based on number of years of prior exposure to academic English language, EAL entry assessment data and previous school reports.
- Students for whom English is not their first language who apply to Grades 6 - 12 will take an English proficiency assessment as part of the application process and / or be interviewed by the ABA English-as-an-Additional-Language (EAL) teacher. The results of the assessment or interview will help the school make general placement decisions and determine levels of support.
ABA admits students with learning needs who are able to access and benefit from the educational program in a mainstream environment. To ensure optimum student-teacher ratios and service to a high standard, placement for students requiring Learning Support shall not normally exceed 10% of the enrolment at any grade level. ABA is equipped to provide moderate support for a managed number of students normally not exceeding 5% of the total school enrollment and not more than four students requiring moderate support per grade level.
- We require that parents provide any and all formal documentation identifying diagnosed areas of need (strength and challenge) to the school, in order to give their child the best chance of success at ABA.
- All parents and/or companies must demonstrate the capability of paying all required registration, Building and Capital Asset Replacement Fund, and school tuition fees in a timely manner.
- ABA does not offer financial assistance or scholarships.
Students are admitted according to the following priority list:
- Staff children
- Siblings of children already attending the school
- Returning students
- Overseas transfer students
- Children of Alumni of the school with no viable alternative
- Local transfer students with no viable alternative
The Head of School's decision in all matters relating to admissions is final.
All admissions are granted on a probationary period of ninety days. (School Board Policy 7.2.1)
Procedures for Admission
Please follow the steps outlined below:
- Contact School Registrar to obtain application pack, general information, set up interviews and receive campus tour.
- Fill out application form and pay the application fee.
- Submit official school records and/or transcripts for past 2 years.
- Submit copy of passport to verify nationality and birth date.
- Submit health form, including copies of Vaccination Card.
- If applicable, provide any and all formal and informal documentation identifying learning and behavioural needs.
- Send a copy of the confidential reference form to your child’s previous school. Request that they complete and submit it directly to ABA.
- Students applying for Grade 3-12 will be scheduled a placement screener at the appropriate time to provide the school with a baseline skills equivalent in language and mathematics.
- Kindergarten 1- Grade 5 may be invited to visit a classroom as part of the admissions process
- Once a place is offered, return a signed copy of the Declaration of Acceptance and Placement
To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org