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Questions about Placement of Students
Candidates for admission to ISL will be placed by age and school history. Once you have provided the Admissions Office with the date of birth of your child, academic records from the previous school, and the intended date of admission the Admissions Officer will confirm the year the child could be accepted in at ISL. If your child's current placement is different to the one our age group policy suggests, the appropriate Principal will give their recommendation. This decision will be communicated to the parents via the Admissions Officer. ISL will not normally accept and place students in a Year that is more than one year either side of the Year they would be in according to their birthdate.
The minimum age for students to join ISL is 2 years. The child has to be 2 years by 1st September in the year of joining and they have to be potty trained.
Questions about the Admissions Process
Yes, when necessary. As an international school, ISL has a continuous turnover of students. This means that when you apply, our classes may be full and we will open a waiting list for the respective year level concerned.
There are a limited number of 2 year scholarships available for the IGCSE (Years 10-11) and IBDP (Years 12-13).
The Registration Fee is a non-refundable payment that enables us to cover the administrative costs of the application process. Re-entering and re-applying students must also pay the Registration Fee.
The Security Deposit is a refundable payment that will be refunded when students withdraw, provided one-term or 3 months-notice of withdrawal is given, or when students graduate in Year 13. Deductions may be made for any lost books, breakages or damage to school property. The Security Deposit is applied to any student entering Year 1 or above.
The Enrolment Fee is assigned to a fund specifically created to finance capital investments. The Enrolment Fee is payable after the parent/guardian has accepted a place at ISL and by the date stipulated on the offer. There is a 50% discount for second and subsequent children enrolling at ISL. Previous ISL students who leave and return do not pay the Enrolment Fee again. This fee is non-refundable and will be charged in full regardless of the date of admission or withdrawal.
You may deposit the application fee into our account by bank transfer or you can pay by cheque.
The school reviews the document as soon as the application is made online.
There is no application deadline. We receive applications throughout the year.
A medical examination is not required. However, the online medical form should be completed with all the necessary details of vaccinations and any medical conditions. This is an essential part of the admissions process. Please note that unless these online forms are completed in time your child's first day of attendance will be postponed to a later date.
ISL has an open admissions policy and is a non-selective school. However, all candidates for admissions from Years 1-13 undergo some form of assessment, which is used to ensure that they are placed in the correct class and specific needs, if any, can be met. In Primary School, the assessment is carried out by the Class teacher. In Secondary School, students complete an age-appropriate English and Maths assessment. Further ESoL or Learning Support assessments may be made if these are considered necessary. Further details will be provided by the Admissions Officer once the online admissions process has been completed.
After you have accepted the offer of a place for your child from the Admissions Officer, Primary and Early Years families will be invited for a 10 minute meeting with the Primary Principal. After the interview the new student can start the next day or as agreed with the Primary Principal. New Secondary students will start as soon as possible after their arrival in Lusaka provided all necessary admissions procedures have been completed.
Primary School organises an “Induction into the PYP morning” for new parents to help understand the PrimaryYears Programme. This takes place in August of the school year. Secondary school organizes a 'New Students Orientation' programme for all new students and parents before school begins in August. More details on the August 2016 schedule will be shared with families after they have accepted an offer for their child at our school and closer to the start of the school year.
Questions about the School
ISL has about 650 students, including up to 8 scholarship students and around 40 staff children. From Year 1 upwards, class sizes are a maximum of 24. Although up to 2 additional students may be enrolled at the beginning of the year to allow for flexibility with families moving to ISL. The classes are smaller and have a greater number of teacher assistants in Early Years.
ISL has over 50 different nationalities represented. Currently approximately 40% of the students are Zambian nationals. Other well-represented groups include Indian, British, European, and Chinese.
The Primary School (Nursery-Year 6) curriculum is the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). In Secondary School, students are studying the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) in Years 7-9, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Curriculum in Years 10-11 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) in Years 12-13.
ISL is an English speaking school and offers French and Spanish to students from Reception onwards. In Year 3, students opt to study either French or Spanish. In Year 7, which is the first year of our Secondary School, students continue with French or Spanish as their taught foreign language. Some older students study their own mother tongue during language lessons and take the IGCSE and IBDP examinations for that language.
The school offers ESOL for students who have very little English or no English at all.
The school has a learning support department that supports students with moderate learning needs.
The school has a tuckshop, which provides snacks and lunches, which can be eaten in the outside seating area. Students are welcome to bring their own food and drinks if preferred.
ISL offers a diverse after school activity programme for our students. The sports and activities department works hard to make sure that our student community has an authentic, unique and interesting extension to their school day to take part in. We are proud to offer a wide assortment of academic, creative and sport activities for all abilities and ages. We encourage all students to take part and to challenge themselves by trying something new. Welcome to our community and get ready to have some fun at ISL!
ISL is located in a clean and secure, centrally located and green environment. It has a beautiful sports field, two swimming pools, and basketball and tennis courts, as well as a Multi-Purpose Centre (gym and auditorium), a Fine Arts building and numerous general and specialist classrooms and labs.
There is no uniform at ISL but the dress code requires neatness, modesty and standards generally accepted at international schools. Students must wear the school sports or team uniforms for PE lessons or when taking part in sports activities or team coaching sessions.
School hours are as follows: • Nursery 08:00hrs – 12:00hrs • Pre-school 07:30hrs - 12:30hrs • Reception 07:15hrs - 12:45hrs • Year 1- 13 07:05hrs – 13:30hrs
Zambia is a relatively safe country. Even so, once the gates are closed after the start of school, every visitor must report to the Security Office at the school gate; after showing an ID the visitor will be logged and issued a visitor’s ID which the person will have to wear and submit to the Security Office again when leaving the premises. All parents and staff are facilitated with an ID card for their car(s) by the Admissions Office when joining ISL and staff members all have ID cards, which they should wear around school.
We do not offer bus services for pick up and drop off. The school buses are used for field trips and educational tours.
The school intends to start an after school care programme in the year 2016-2017 for students in Nursery, Preschool and Reception classes.
ISL is 5 minutes’ drive from 3 large and popular shopping centres, Manda Hill, Arcades and East Park Mall, in what is becoming the new commercial centre of Lusaka.
Graduates of ISL do apply for and enter Zambian universities, including students who have been accepted to study Medicine and Law.
Every year, graduates of ISL go on to study in a wide range of good universities all over the world. Most students go on to study in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe or South Africa, with others going to Australia, Malaysia and other Asian countries. Please see the University Guidance pages for further details.
Yes, the school has an active and successful ISL Parent Teacher Association. Each Primary Class has a PTA Class Parent Representative who liaises with the class teacher regarding special in-class events and also PTA events. The PTA run an informal buddy system, whereby, on request, an incoming family is connected with a current ISL parent who speaks the same language as the new family and has children in the same grade/s, in order to try and help them with the settling-in process.