FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Questions (and answers) are a vital part of the application process
Applications for admission are considered in view of the following points:
- Completion of all application documents. All documentation needs to be in English. Any documentation not written in English will require an official translation (original documentation should be attached to the translation)
- Outcomes of additional assessment, if appropriate
- Availability of space in classes and option groups offered
- Level of English/Learning Support needs
- Availability of places for siblings
- Appropriateness of programmes
- Discretion of the Director and the appropriate Principal.
The processing of the application takes 1 to 2 weeks. The Head of Admissions will contact you to confirm receipt of your application via email once we receive all the required documentation.
ISB does not require students to take a formal entrance exam. However in certain cases, depending on information received from the application documentation or gathered during interview, further assessment may be necessary. Assessment may include but is not limited to the following areas:
- English as an Additional Language (EAL)
- Learning Support
As part of the admissions process, applicants may also be required to spend time in the appropriate school section to undergo assessment. Assessment will be scheduled as part of the school visit if it is known prior to the visit that additional testing is necessary.
In Senior School, students will ordinarily be interviewed by the Senior School Principal as part of the admissions process. A student’s general standard of English, along with their subject knowledge and background, may require that students sit for assessment tests to determine suitability for programmes on offer in Senior School.
No, we accept applications throughout the year. Once you know you are moving to Basel, we strongly suggest that applications be submitted. Our classes do fill up and it is best to avoid a waiting list situation.
We encourage all students to start at the new school year in August. However we accept students throughout the school year providing there is space in the relevant year level placement.
ISB offers some learning support for students with a range of mild learning disabilities. Please submit your child’s Individual Learning Plan (ILP/IEP) together with your Application for Admissions forms to allow the School to make as accurate an assessment as possible and to ensure we can meet your child’s needs. There is no learning support for students in DP1 - 2.
If prior reports or assessment indicate learning difficulties, a Learning Support teacher will interview and/or formally assess the student and advise whether ISB is the correct placement for the student and whether the School can adequately support the student's needs.
Some younger students with either undiagnosed or diagnosed conditions (dyslexia, dyspraxia, on the autistic spectrum, etc.) may require a focused period of time away from the mainstream classroom to enable them to achieve their academic potential. ISB staff at The Centre for Supportive Education work with students on an approximate ratio of 1:2 to offer support and guidance, with the aim, if possible, of full reintegration into the classroom. A probationary period may be offered before a student can be formally admitted to ISB.
Please note: if any additional support is required other than what is offered by ISB, it is the financial responsibility of the parents.
At ISB there are three English learning stages for students who enter the English as an Additional Language (EAL) support programme: Emerging, Developing, Consolidating. The school provides a nurturing and welcoming environment for students who have no prior experience of English, or have been learning English previously.
Students’ English competency will be evaluated at the admission stage and thereafter, to inform their appropriate placement and subsequent support. There are different expectations based on the programme/school section (Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, Diploma Programme) to which they are applying.
Our teaching staff and student body make every effort to welcome our new students and ensure that the transition to ISB is as smooth as possible.
ISB does not provide financial assistance. Read the ISB Financial Regulations for more information.
No, but we do require a copy of your child’s vaccination record and all three health forms to be completed and submitted with the Application for Admissions Form prior to the first day of School. A School Nurse is stationed at all campuses.
You are welcome to contact the Head of Admissions to arrange for a school tour or visit. In addition, at the beginning of every school year, there is a New Family Event Day for new families and students where you can familiarise yourselves with the buildings and teachers Junior School.
We have approximately 1,460 students at our three campuses.
All new joiners will be met at Reception by either the Principal or Head of Year on their first day. Students from Junior School upwards are also assigned a “buddy” to help them on their first day.Timetables, locker numbers, and diaries (when applicable) will be given to the students by their Home Room Teacher on the first day.
A wide variety of school supplies, including gym kits, and school clothing can be purchased by students, staff and parents.The shop is generally only open when school is in session.
|Monday||12:30 – 16:30|
|Wednesday||08:15 – 12:15|
|Thursday||12:00 – 16:00|
Please note: Opening hours may be subject to change and prices can only be accessed once you are a current ISB family.
PYP1 - up to 16 students
PYP2 - up to 18 students
PYP3 - DP2 - up to 20 students
Although Students at ISB are not required to wear a school uniform, there is a student dress code. Students are expected to dress appropriately on campus and at all school activities. This means that student’s appearance should be:
- Suitable for a workplace
- Conducive to learning
- Not distracting to others
School transportation is not provided. The Number 11 Tram stops outside all three campuses "Reinacherhof" for Reinach, "Reinach Süd" for Fiechten and "Arlesheimerstrasse" for Aesch.
Parents will receive login credentials for the School website portals with the acceptance letter from Admissions.