We want to thank you for considering us here at the International School of Latvia!
We accept applications on rolling basis and they are considered at any time of the year. Currently we are accepting applications for students at all grade levels. However, the school is near to full capacity and wait lists have started to form in many grade levels, therefore we encourage you to complete the application process as soon as possible. We need to have a complete application in order to place a student on a wait list.
Applications can be submitted up to one year in advance of the entry date. If you are submitting an application early, please note that it will be your responsibility to keep the application active and to make certain your contact details are up-to-date. Please understand that early application does not guarantee a place at ISL.
- Preschool 3 – student must be 3 years old on or before September 1st;
- Preschool 4- student must be 4 years old on or before September 1st;
- Kindergarten – student must be 5 years old on or before September 1st;
- Grade 1– student must be 6 years old on or before September 1st.
- Students who are 7 years old before September 1st but have had no previous schooling will be placed in Grade 1 regardless of their age level.
- Grades 2-12 – students are placed in the grade compatible with their age upon evidence of successful completion of the preceding grade.
- Placement in Grades 6-12 is determined by evaluating a combination of the following: previous school records, teacher/counselor recommendations and information from parents.
Students usually are placed in the grade after the last one successfully completed, provided official school records are submitted with the application.
English language proficiency
For students in Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grades 1 through 5, English proficiency is preferred but not required for admission. Upon admission however, assessment of the student’s English language proficiency in Grades 1 through 5 will be completed, and EAL (English as Additional Language) program prescribed as necessary.
Non-native English speaking students applying for Grades 6-12 may be asked to pass an English proficiency test. Upon admission, depending on the assessment results, a student may be required to enroll in the school’s EAL program until they demonstrate independent success in their content and language classes.
For entry into the IB Diploma program in Grade 11 students must demonstrate advanced proficiency in English (B2-C1).
Acquisition language proficiency
Upon admission, students with prior knowledge in a foreign (acquisition) language in grades 6-12 will be asked to pass a proficiency test to determine placement in language classes.
Applicants with special needs
We currently support students who have mild to moderate disabilities, and enrichment. Our future goal is to provide a program for students with severe needs and enrichment. Parents/guardians of an applicant having a special need (either physical or academic) must submit complete reports from his/her teacher and therapist. In the case where a special need has not previously been identified, International School of Latvia reserves the right to review the situation in order to assess the appropriateness of the student's presence at ISL based on our capacity to address his/her needs. If it is determined that the student has special educational, emotional or social needs that the school is not able to provide services for, as determined by the school, parents may be asked to withdraw their child from the International School of Latvia. International School of Latvia reserves the right to decline an applicant in cases where acceptance to the school would imply significant organizational difficulties or sufficient support cannot be provided.
Students wishing to apply to the International School of Latvia (ISL) must provide some personal data. ISL requests and processes only those data that are relevant for the admissions process and appropriate placement of the student.
The following information should be submitted in a PDF, zip or image file format:
- an official copy of the student’s report cards/transcripts for the two previous academic years plus the current year (translated into English) and the results of any testing;
- reference forms: English teacher’s reference, Math teacher’s reference, Counselor’s/Principal's reference (generated in online application form; or, available on our school’s website: http://www.isl.edu.lv/admissions/how-to-apply/);
- Preschool/Kindergarten parents’ questionnaire, where applicable (generated in online application form, or available on our school’s website: http://www.isl.edu.lv/admissions/how-to-apply/);
- a copy of the front page of child’s valid passport;
- a copy of the front page of parents/guardians’ valid passport;
- a passport size photo of the student;
- a copy of child’s birth certificate.
- a copy of child’s immunization certificate;
- completed student’s medical forms (available on our school’s https://www.isl.edu.lv/school-life/nursehealth );
- a completed language form (applicable (generated in online application form , or available on our school’s website: http://www.isl.edu.lv/admissions/how-to-apply/)
- Psycho-educational reports (applicable for students with special needs). The psycho-educational reports must be sent in one file, e.g. a PDF or a zip file.
- When you arrive at ISL a copy of residence permits (child’s and parents/guardians’) will be required.
Applicants will be asked to upload these documents in conjunction with the application form. We advise not to email your documentation as it is not a secure way to satisfy the terms and conditions of the application process.
Students may under certain circumstances be requested to provide further information, for example if:
- Further information is needed to make an accurate assessment (Admissions officer shall communicate with parents and/or previous schools asking for more information);
- Further EAL testing is required (EAL staff to conduct EAL testing at mutually agreed time);
- Further thought should be given to subject choices, especially in relation to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (Diploma Coordinator consulted; student advised based on wishes/plans for further studies). College Counselor available on request;
- Further information is needed regarding health or student welfare issues. Medical diagnosis is important in our assessment of a student (Nurse, Counselor or Learning support coordinator to follow up with parents).
Review of application
The Admissions Committee will review each application. The Admissions Committee will, after reviewing the application, schedule an interview and school tour with the applicant and his/her family, if needed. While we understand that it is not always possible for overseas families to arrange an admissions interview at the school, it is always preferable to do so. The Admissions Committee decisions are communicated to families by email when a space becomes available. Review of the applications takes time. Students are admitted as spaces become available. Please note that candidates are only considered if the application is fully completed; incomplete applications are not registered to the waiting list, or reviewed by the Admissions Committee. There is no deadline for the submission of applications but we recommend that you send in your application as early in advance as possible.
Upon Admissions Committee’s decision child can be conditionally enrolled at ISL. Conditions, if applicable, will be stated in the letter of conditional enrollment.