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Istanbul International Community School has an open admissions policy for students who can benefit from our program. Students must hold a non-Turkish passport for admission to IICS, as required by local regulations. Applications for admission are accepted throughout the year. Admission is conditional upon the review of a student’s current school records and space availability. Individual determinations are made by an admissions committee.

ADMISSIONS PROCEDURE

1. To begin the admissions process, families should contact the Director of Admissions. If the school records are not in English, the original records and their English translation should be submitted. If possible, the applicant and his/her family should make an appointment for an interview and a tour of the schools campus/es. Visiting the school is an excellent was to understand the school culture, have your questions answered, and ease any concerns about your family’s transfer.

2. Families should complete an Application Form including all the questionnaires and recommendations requested in the application. The Application should be returned to the Director of Admissions as soon as all sections have been completed. The application form can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page.

TO APPLY ONLINE, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

3.  Students are not considered for admission to IICS until the documents mentioned above have been reviewed by the Director of Admissions.  After the completed Application has been received, a formal confirmation of the offer of a student’s place will be made by the Director of Admissions. Parents will also be informed if a place is not being offered. If there is no available place in the desired grade, then applied students may be placed on a waiting list for a specific grade if the application fee has been paid.

Primary (Pre-School-Grade 6)
 A student entering in Pre-School or Prep will be placed according to the September 1st age cut off date. IICS strictly adheres to an age-appropriate placement of students. There are no exceptions for Pre-School. For other grades, this rule is only deviated from in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Head of School.

An application may be reviewed if a student meets ALL four of the following criteria:

  • Has completed an equivalent grade in an English-speaking school
  • Is within one month of the September cut-off date
  • Is tested at IICS for appropriate grade placement according to the IICS curriculum, if needed
  • Is applying to Grade 1-6

CHECKLIST FOR STUDENTS APPLYING TO PRIMARY (Pre-School - Grade 6)

  • School records for the last 3 years. Students applying to Pre-School, Prep, or grade 1 will submit whatever school records/reports are available.
  • Official English translation of school records if the originals are not in English
  • Primary Questionnaire (pages 9-10)
  • Teacher Recommendation (pages 7-8) for students applying for Prep-Grade 6
  • Photocopy of Passport
  • Health Form
  • 2 photos
  • Proof of Application Fee payment

 
Secondary (Grades 7-12)
 All students applying for Grade 8 or higher who are not native speakers must be tested for English proficiency to a standard not less than two grades below the level applied for.

CHECKLIST FOR STUDENTS APPLYING TO SECONDARY (Grades 7-12)
The following must be completed/provided by Secondary School applicants:

  • School records for the last 3 years
  • Official English translation of school records if the originals are not in English
  • Secondary Questionnaire (pages 17-18)
  • Counselor or Secondary Principal Recommendation (pages 11-12)
  • Teacher Recommendations from the English Teacher and Math teacher (pages 13-14, 15-16)
  • Photocopy of Passport
  • Health Form
  • 2 photos
  • Proof of Application Fee payment

 
 


The Head of School reserves the right to refuse admission to a student if:

  • It is determined that the student would not benefit academically from the school’s programs;
  • It is determined that the student’s scholastic/behavioral record is deemed unsuitable for the IICS school community;
  • The student does not reside with a parent or recognized adult guardian; and/or
  • The student cannot meet the credit requirements for an IICS diploma by the end of Grade 12 due to their previous courses of study (for students applying after the start of Grade 9).


IICS deems it unethical to accept any student whose educational, social, or emotional needs cannot be adequately met by the school’s program. 
 

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