VERITA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ADMISSIONS POLICY

MISSION

Verita’s mission is to nurture and enrich each child’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth. Emotional and social intelligence is as equally important as intellectual intelligence. Our integrated approach offers skills and values that aid in the development of self-motivation and the becoming of an independent learner who will be able to succeed in all of life’s complexities with adaptability, creativity, emotional balance and critical thinking.

CLASS SIZE:

The maximum class size is 16.

At the Director’s discretion the school may exceed this class size by 2 (to a maximum of 18) provided that the school can provide both a large enough classroom and appropriate support for the classroom teacher.

ADMISSIONS

Admission is non-discriminatory and open to all students without regard to race, sex, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation or national or ethnic origin. We invite applications from students who can benefit from a creative, inquiry-based international English language education.
Admission and continued enrolment in Verita is determined by the Director based on the following criteria:
• The potential of the applicant to benefit from Verita’s educational program;
• The ability of the school to meet the educational needs of the applicant;
• The ability of the applicant to meet the attendance and behavioural expectations of
the school;
• Fulfilment of the school’s financial and medical requirements; and
• The effect of the applicant on the class as a whole.

ADMISSIONS PRIORITIES

Whenever it is not possible to accommodate all qualified applicants, the following admission priorities will apply:
1. Siblings of currently enrolled students;
2. Former Verita students; and
3. The degree to which Verita can meet the child’s educational needs.

A waiting pool of applications will be created if a class is full. Verita will draw from this pool based on these priority guidelines and on a review of all applications to determine those students we feel can best benefit from a Verita education.

ADMISSIONS TESTING

1. Admission to Verita will be on the basis of previous school reports and entrance forms through to the end of Year 2. There will be no entrance testing for these years.
2. The school may administer basic tests for reading, writing and mathematics in all other years.
3. Children coming from non-English speaking schools will be tested for English competency from Year 6 on.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Admission to Verita will be guided primarily by whether the school can meet the child’s educational needs.
The following factors will be taken into consideration in the admissions process:
At all levels:
1. Proof of age, previous school records and confidential and/or parent references.
From Year 4 to Year 13:
2. Entrance testing in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics.
From Year 7 to Year 13
3. ELL testing if the student has less than three full years in English language education and/or if the student was enrolled in ELL classes at his/her most recent school.

AGE REQUIREMENTS

Students will normally be placed in Years following the age requirement below:

Year Level Nursery Rec. Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 Y7 Y8 Y9 Y10 Y11 Y12 Y13
Age Before September 15 2,3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17

 

The Director may make exceptions, within one year, to these requirements based on previous educational experience.

The school will not normally accept any student who would be over the age of nineteen at the time of graduation.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

Verita admits students with a broad range of educational, social and emotional needs provided that the school has the resources to meet those needs.
Normally:
1. The school will accept students with mild to moderate special educational and/or social-emotional needs.
2. Students with special educational needs should not exceed 10% of students in the school or 15% of children in any particular year group.
3. Verita will only admit children for whom appropriate support—including that of specialist teachers if needed, is available.
(please see more details at http://www.veritaschool.ro/special-education-at-verita/)

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

At Verita International School, we believe that, as a school serving an international community, it is our duty to support our English language learners to enable them to have full access to our rich curriculum.

Since most English language learners take between five and seven years to develop native or near-native proficiency in English, it is important that our school determine which students we can serve and at which levels.

PRIMARY SCHOOL (Years 1-6)

Since students enrolled in Elementary School have considerable time to develop their English skills prior to graduation, Verita—like most international schools—will accept students who are at the beginning level (Council of Europe Level A1).

Assessment
Primary-aged children will be assessed using a variety of age-appropriate tools including oral interviews and oral reading as well as reading comprehension tests and writing samples where appropriate. The purpose of this testing is to help determine the nature of the support needed rather than entry to the school.

Support
In the Primary School, pull-out ELL support will be provided for beginning level English language learners (Levels A1 and A2) from Year 3 and beyond to help them learn the basics of English.

Support at the Years 1—2 levels will be decided on a case-by-case basis for absolute beginners only (Level A1).

Intermediate and Advanced level learners (Levels B1 to C2) will receive support in the form of differentiated instruction from their classroom teachers.

SECONDARY SCHOOL (Years 7 to 13)

Clearly with each year that goes by, learners have less time to acquire a sufficient level of English to graduate in a university-preparatory programme. Therefore, Verita has established minimum English levels of increasing rigour for entry into the Secondary School.

Assessment
Secondary School students will be assessed in the following areas:
• Reading comprehension
• Oral skills
• Grammar
• Written English

The tools chosen for evaluation will vary over time based on developments in the field of ELL assessment and instruction. Writing samples will be assessed according to the current rubrics of the Six Traits program.

Admissions and Support
Years 7 and 8: Students must test as at least advanced beginners (Level A2). Students at the A2 and B1 levels will be provided with pull-out support. More advanced learners will be supported via differentiation by the subject teachers.

Years 9 and 10: Students must test as at least lower-intermediate (Level B1). Students testing at the bottom of the B1 level may be denied entry to Year 9. Students at the B1 and B2 levels will be provided with pull-out support. More advanced learners will be supported via differentiation by the subject teacher.

Year 10: Students must test as at least upper-intermediate (Level B2). Students at the B2 level will be provided with pull-out support. More advanced learners will be supported via differentiation by the subject teacher.

Years 11 and 12: To be admitted to Years 11 or 12, English language learners must be at the advanced level (C1 and C2) in order to cope with curriculum demands. ELL support will not normally be provided in these years.

Note: Students’ ELL levels will be determined by Verita’s ELL specialist(s).

NB: Careful consideration will be given when accepting students still acquiring in English from Key Stage One on. Normally, no more than 20% of students in any class should require intensive ELL support.