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Admissions Policy


St. John’s International School is an IB World School. Admission to St. John’s is open year-round to students of all nationalities, faiths and backgrounds. At St. John’s, we are committed to meeting each student’s needs to the best of our ability. The final decision on acceptance and placement is taken based on the potential of the applicant to benefit from the programmes and educational services available.

Admissions Procedures for IB Programmes

Specific to the International Baccalaureate programmes we offer: Diploma Programme (IBDP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Primary Years Programme (PYP).

Diploma Programme

St. John’s International School operates an inclusive admissions policy and encourages all students to attempt the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme if the school considers we have the necessary resources available, to support the candidate. St. John’s also offers the possibility for students to follow individual, or a selection of IB Diploma Programme courses, as well as Advanced Placement (AP) courses, if the full IB Diploma is not suitable.

All candidates will meet with the Admissions department, IBDP Coordinator and/or Counsellor, and Support Team (if needed), to help guide the candidate in their choices relative to the course selection.

Acceptance and access to the IBDP diploma, courses, and AP courses, will be at the discretion of the High School principal and will be based upon the student’s ability to access and benefit from the challenging international curriculum and programmes offered by the school.

Middle Years Programme

St. John’s has started on a multi-year plan to implement the Middle Years Programme in Grades 6-10, with projected full-implementation in school year 2019-2020. The MYP is inclusive by design and will be open to all students in Grades 6-10.

Primary Years Programme

The Primary Years Programme is open to all students at St. Johns from Grades K-5. The Programme is inclusive by design; students of all interests and academic abilities can benefit from participation.

Language Criteria for Admissions

The primary through-school language of instruction at St. John’s is English. We will consider those students who are not proficient in English if we believe that, over their projected time at St. John’s, they will be able to develop proficiency in academic English sufficient to enter IB Diploma Programme. Normally, Grade 7 is the last year to which an absolute beginner English Learner is admitted to the School.

Acceptance to St. John’s is at the discretion of the Principal.

Support Services

Throughout the school, and on all levels, students are challenged, supported and encouraged in accordance with our core value of companionship. The Support Services staff at St. John’s are part of this approach, working closely with all teachers in a shared purpose of enabling the individual student to thrive physically, academically, creatively and personally. This we do in the belief that every student should be enabled to achieve personal excellence.

The Learning Support program is open to all St. John’s students who have learning differences or difficulties, or who are failing to achieve their full potential in their school work. Programs typically focus on providing support in the core academic areas and organizational skills as we work together towards the goal of successful, rewarding academic learning.  Teaching is provided either in small groups or as in-class support as appropriate. Services are available for English as an Additional Language, and from the Guidance Counsellors, Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist. Students with diagnosed learning or behavioural issues will be considered for admission following evaluations by the school’s support services staff to ensure the school can meet the needs of the student.

For more information, please see the inclusion policy.

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