Providing support and services to all students (who meet our admissions criteria) is a goal at CIS so that each learner achieves and enjoys learning within the regular academic programme with minimal assistance or accommodation. While all students are registered in regular classes and academic programmes, CIS provides limited services for students with learning challenges. All applications are reviewed and whenever possible, any support services that your child may require are determined and communicated before the admissions decision is made.
If your child is currently receiving special services such as remedial teaching, speech/language therapy or an enrichment programme, please inform us at the beginning of the application process. CIS support programmes are compulsory if determined to be necessary for any student, by the outcome of assessment of that student. Graduation from the programme will be determined by school personnel.
English Language Requirements
At CIS, all our classes are conducted in English. There are English language proficiency admission requirements that differ as grades progress and once students reach Grade 8, they are required to be mainstream English proficient (i.e. they can function without any language proficiency assistance in an academic setting). This level of competence is essential for the student’s academic development and understanding, and to ensure success throughout the remainder of his/her schooling. Additional English level requirements begin at Grade 6 Semester Two as noted in the English Language Learners Enrolment Policy below.
English Language Learners (ELL) Enrolment Policy
Please note that the English Language Learners programme (formerly known as the English for Speakers of Other Languages programme) is mandatory, if after student assessment, CIS is of the view that the student requires this support programme. The following procedures apply to all applicants for whom English is not their mother tongue:
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Students entering the Early Childhood Education programme are not formally assessed for English prior to admission, and do not receive any English Language Learner support outside the regular classroom programme.
Junior Kindergarten (JK)
Students entering Junior Kindergarten are not formally assessed prior to admission, but are provided with ELL support through a needs-based programme. If the homeroom and ELL teachers determine that a student needs ELL teacher support, this information is communicated to the student’s parents. The student enters the ELL programme and receives in-class support and/or attends separate ELL classes.
Senior Kindergarten (SK) to Grade 6
Students entering SK to Grade 6 are formally assessed for English proficiency prior to admission. Testing procedures vary by grade level so that they are appropriate to the age of the child. Where the school deems it necessary, an English Language Learners (ELL) programme is required for students in SK to Grade 6.
Please note that there is limited space in the ELL programme, so application and pre-enrolment testing should be arranged as early as possible. Your Admissions Executive will provide full details at the time of application regarding the English Language proficiency assessment process.
Senior Kindergarten to Grade 6 ELL Designation
Students in Senior Kindergarten to Grade 6* are designated according to their level of English proficiency as one of the following:
ELL – Phase 1 and 2
Phase 1 and 2 ELL students are students who have a limited ability in understanding, speaking, writing, or reading English. Intensive English support is necessary until the student develops a solid foundation in English. Intensive English support is provided where students work directly with the ELL teacher.
ELL – Phase 3 and 4
Phase 3 and 4 ELL students are those students who are able to participate in most classroom activities with assistance. These students are able to speak with and understand their peers and teachers; however, they need additional support in order to further their English proficiency to an academic standard. Students at the Phase 3 and 4 level will usually be students whose mother tongue is one other than English, and who have previously been enrolled in an English Language Learners or English for Speakers of Other Languages programme in an international setting.
English support is provided weekly where students work directly with the ELL teacher.
Students entering Grade 7 are formally assessed and must have a Phase 5 and 6 level of English language proficiency in written and oral form, as well as an Phase 5 and 6 level of English reading comprehension.
ELL – Phase 5 and 6
Students with a Phase 5 and 6 level of English proficiency show a high level of competency in English, requiring minimal support, but may not yet be ready to undertake Language A English. Phase 5 and 6 students study English at a complex level, either participating directly in the Language A class, or taking Language A with an ELL teacher.
In addition, all Phase 5 and 6 students attend ELL classes where students work directly with the ELL teacher. This level of language support is necessary to facilitate inquiry and students’ communication of their understanding of this inquiry. Students who are determined not to have the required level of English proficiency after assessment will not be considered for placement.
All decisions made by the school regarding a student’s placement based on their English proficiency test results are final. Please note that there is limited space in the ELL programme, so application and pre-enrolment testing should be arranged as early as possible. Your Admissions Executive will provide full details at the time of application regarding the English Language proficiency assessment process.
Grades 8 to 12
Students entering Grades 8 to 12 may be asked to sit an English proficiency test to determine if they are eligible for admission. This English proficiency test determines the student’s level of proficiency in English in written and oral form, as well as their level of English reading comprehension. Students entering Grades 8 to 12 must have a level of English proficiency, written and spoken, that will allow them to thrive in our mainstream curriculum.
Students who are determined not to have the required level of English proficiency after assessment will not be considered for placement. All decisions made by the school regarding a student’s placement based on their English proficiency test results are final.