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ADMISSIONS POLICY

Student eligibility shall be determined based on Board policies and in compliance with host country regulations. Besides, the school reserves the right to exclude students or to require special supplementary measures at the parents’ expense, if the student’ goals or abilities differ significantly from the School’s objectives.

Residency

Students enrolled at the American International School (BHS) must temporarily reside with their parents or legal guardians in the country of India. BHS is a school for day students. There are no boarding facilities for students whose parents live and work outside of Chennai.

Non-discrimination

The American International School - Chennai celebrates the diversity in our community. The School ensures that each student is treated with dignity and respect and protected from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm, and/or harassment from other students and/or school staff. The School treats all students equally regardless of gender, race, national or ethnic identity, sexual orientation, or religion in allowing them access to courses of study, career guidance, preparation, and qualifying examinations for further study, athletics, and extracurricular activities. School regulations, communications, and staff development opportunities shall reinforce these expectations.

No student, who is otherwise eligible (as stated in this policy), shall be denied admission to, the School on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin. Nor shall race, color, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin affect in any way the treatment, evaluation or any other consideration of the students of the School.

Within the limits defined by Board policy or by host government directive, the School shall accept for admission students with disabilities, provided that such disabilities can be accommodated within available school resources, including physical space, trained faculty, and impact of student’s enrollment on the learning of other students.

Admissions standards

Admission in all cases is contingent upon a determination by the Admissions Director and/or Head of School that:

·        The student will be able to meet the school’s academic standards;

·        The student has exhibited acceptable behaviour in his/her previous school;

·        The School will be able to meet any special needs of the student;

·        The student will embrace the school’s mission

Together we inspire a love of learning, empowering all students with the courage, confidence, creativity and compassion to make their unique contribution in a diverse and dynamic world.

Priority system

In keeping with its Mission, Bangalore High School (BHS) will ensure that a seat is available for all Priority Category 1 applicants that satisfy the general eligibility criteria for admissions. As space becomes available, BHS will release seats for other eligible students in the order specified by the priority categories listed below, by completed date of application within each category:

1.     Dependents of U.S. Government employees, dependents of eligible BHS faculty and administration

2.     U.S. citizens

3.     Siblings of students currently attending BHS (NOTE: If a sibling requires EAL services and the appropriate services are at capacity the seat will be offered to the next eligible applicant. The sibling will maintain his or her position in the wait pool until both a grade level seat and EAL seat are available.)

4.     Non-U.S. and non-Indian passport holders who are native English speakers or have mainstream-level proficiency, as demonstrated through academic records and the BHS English language proficiency assessment

5.     Non-U.S. and non-Indian passport holders that require English as an Additional Language service (EAL). NOTE: If the appropriate EAL services are at capacity, the seat will be offered to the next eligible applicant. The sibling will maintain his or her position in the wait pool until both a grade-level seat and appropriate EAL seat is available

6.     Eligible citizens of India.

Age requirement and grade placement

We understand that enrolling families are coming from and going onto a variety of educational systems that may or may not be similar to the grade name, curriculum and instruction they will encounter at BHS. Some parents initially wonder if age-appropriate grade placement beyond a student’s chronological age might be necessary to ensure sufficient academic rigor for their student. In fact, in choosing BHS, you have chosen to enroll your student in a program explicitly committed to providing children with both a challenging academic curriculum and many comprehensive opportunities for social, emotional, musical and athletic development. Regardless of the month of enrollment, the student must have reached the required age for his or her intended entry grade on or before August 31st of the school calendar year.

The minimum age requirements for School enrollment are as follows:

For Child Enrolling In

Age Guidelines

On or Before *

Preschool 3*

3 years

August 31st

Preschool 4

4 years

August 31st

Kindergarten

5 years

August 31st

Grade 1

6 years

August 31st

*To enter the Preschool program, a child must not only meet the minimum age requirement above but also be toilet trained and not reliant upon a feeding bottle throughout the day

The criteria for enrollment into all other grades shall be based not only on age, but also on school records, academic achievement, grade level completion and sequential studies in an American-based curriculum school. High School placement shall be determined by both the student’s age at the time of enrollment, and the number of high school credits that may have been previously earned. Students, whose age at high school graduation would exceed by two years the normal age for graduation, would not normally be enrolled in the School.