VERITA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ADMISSIONS POLICY
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 in becoming an independent learner who will be able to succeed in all of life’s complexities with adaptability, creativity, emotional balance and critical thinking.
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.
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
• Fulfilment of the school’s financial and medical requirements; and
• The effect of the applicant on the class as a whole.
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.
1. Admission to Verita will be on the basis of previous school reports and entrance forms through to the end of Year 3. 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 evaluated for English competency from Year 6 onwards.
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.
Expected ages of children in each year group:
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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. This age limit reflects both the social and emotional needs of Verita’s students and the recognition that an IB Diploma cannot be granted to a student over the age of nineteen.
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, and where necessary, parents pay for additional 1-1 shadow teacher support.
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
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER PROFICIENCY AND ADMISSIONS
At Verita International School, we believe that, as a school serving both a local and 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 determines which students we can serve and at which levels.
PRIMARY SCHOOL (Years 1-6)
Since students enrolled in Primary 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).
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.
In the Primary School, pull-out ELL support will be provided for beginning level English language learners (A1 and A2) from Year 2 and beyond to help them learn the basics of English. Support at the Year 1 level 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)
In the Secondary School children must have an increasing level of English proficiency to access the curriculum and to graduate successful. Therefore, Verita has increasing expectations for English proficiency with each year of Secondary School.
Verita presently enroll students in Years 7, 8 and 9; for these year groups, they 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.
Clearly with each year that goes by, learners have less time to acquire a sufficient level of English to graduate in a university-preparatory program. Therefore, Verita has established minimum English levels of increasing rigor for entry into the Secondary School.
Secondary School students will be assessed in the following areas:
• Reading comprehension
• Oral skills
• 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) 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.
Admission to study the IB
It is expected that students joining in year 10-13 will undertake the IB DP programme. Therefore students should not be more than one year older or one year younger than the average age of their year group. As they cannot be older than 19 when they graduate.
Please note: for entry into the IB Diploma programme in year 12 students must demonstrate an advanced proficiency in writing ability and mathematics.
Monitoring and Review
The Director will monitor the implementation of the policy and will report to the Board.
The Founder, with the counsel of the Advisory Board, will review this policy annually and assess its implementation and effectiveness. The policy will be promoted and implemented throughout the school.