FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Questions (and answers) are a vital part of the application process
Applications for admission are considered in view of the following points:
- Completion of all application documents. All documentation needs to be in English. Any documentation not written in English will require an official translation (original documentation should be attached to the translation)
- Outcomes of additional assessment, if appropriate
- Availability of space in classes and option groups offered
- Level of English/Learning Support needs
- Availability of places for siblings
- Appropriateness of programmes
- Discretion of the Director and the appropriate Principal.
The processing of the application takes 1 to 2 weeks. The Head of Admissions will contact you to confirm receipt of your application via email once we receive all the required documentation.
ISB does not require students to take a formal entrance exam. However in certain cases, depending on information received from the application documentation or gathered during interview, further assessment may be necessary. Assessment may include but is not limited to the following areas:
- English as an Additional Language (EAL)
- Learning Support
As part of the admissions process, applicants may also be required to spend time in the appropriate school section to undergo assessment. Assessment will be scheduled as part of the school visit if it is known prior to the visit that additional testing is necessary.
In Senior School, students will ordinarily be interviewed by the Senior School Principal as part of the admissions process. A student’s general standard of English, along with their subject knowledge and background, may require that students sit for assessment tests to determine suitability for programmes on offer in Senior School.
No, we accept applications throughout the year. Once you know you are moving to Basel, we strongly suggest that applications be submitted. Our classes do fill up and it is best to avoid a waiting list situation.
We encourage all students to start at the new school year in August. However we accept students throughout the school year providing there is space in the relevant year level placement.
ISB offers learning support for students with a range of learning profiles. Submission of psycho-educational evaluations, speech language/occupational/physical therapy evaluations, Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), 504 Accommodation Plans, Behavior Plans and history of behavioral issues, medical information that impacts their child’s learning, and other relevant information related to learning and school performance is required for those students with previous documentation. The School reviews all records in order to make a decision about the type of support and programming essential for meeting the needs of your child. A continuum of service delivery options is available at all grades for students with mild, moderate, and intensive learning profiles.
Please note: Students with intensive learning needs might require additional supports to access the full school curriculum. This support might come in the form of a 1:1 teacher assistant, therapies, psycho-educational evaluation, and/or our Intensive Needs Program. These additional supports are charged to the individual child’s parents.
ISB is proud of its linguistic and cultural diversity, educating multilingual learners from around the world. We recognize and build on the assets, contributions, and potential of our diverse student population.
To meet the needs of our students and facilitate their English learning in the content areas, we provide English as an Additional Language (EAL) support in Grades EC 3-10. Support is provided by experienced and qualified EAL teachers who work alongside, and collaborate with, classroom and subject specialist teachers to facilitate English language learning in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Our EAL teachers work closely with parents, encouraging families to develop and maintain each child’s home language in the home environment.
While generous English language support is provided in Grades EC 3-10, the academic demands of the IB Diploma Program (DP) necessitate a high level of English language proficiency. Therefore, English language proficiency guidelines are in place for Grades 8-12 to ensure students have the necessary English language skills to manage the rigour of the Middle Years Program (MYP) leading up to the Diploma Programme (DP).
ISB will conduct initial screening assessments to determine English language proficiency in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. For those students demonstrating limited English proficiency in Grades 8-12, enrollment decisions will be made on an individualized basis, taking into consideration the student’s past school performance, English language skills, learning in home language, impact on social/emotional well-being, parental support, and potential for success in the MYP or DP curriculums.
Our teaching staff and student body make every effort to welcome our new students and ensure that the transition to ISB is as smooth as possible.
ISB does not provide financial assistance. Read the ISB Financial Regulations for more information.
No, but we do require a copy of your child’s vaccination record and all three health forms to be completed and submitted with the Application for Admissions Form prior to the first day of School. A School Nurse is stationed at all campuses.
You are welcome to contact the Head of Admissions to arrange for a school tour or visit. In addition, at the beginning of every school year, there is a New Family Event Day for new families and students where you can familiarise yourselves with the buildings and teachers Junior School.
We have approximately 1,460 students at our three campuses.
All new joiners will be met at Reception by either the Principal or Head of Year on their first day. Students from Junior School upwards are also assigned a “buddy” to help them on their first day.Timetables, locker numbers, and diaries (when applicable) will be given to the students by their Home Room Teacher on the first day.
A wide variety of school supplies, including gym kits, and school clothing can be purchased by students, staff and parents.The shop is generally only open when school is in session.
|Monday||12:30 – 16:30|
|Wednesday||08:15 – 12:15|
|Thursday||12:00 – 16:00|
Please note: Opening hours may be subject to change and prices can only be accessed once you are a current ISB family.
Although Students at ISB are not required to wear a school uniform, there is a student dress code. Students are expected to dress appropriately on campus and at all school activities. This means that student’s appearance should be:
- Suitable for a workplace
- Conducive to learning
- Not distracting to others
School transportation is not provided. The Number 11 Tram stops outside all three campuses "Reinacherhof" for Reinach, "Reinach Süd" for Fiechten and "Arlesheimerstrasse" for Aesch.
Parents will receive login credentials for the School website portals with the acceptance letter from Admissions.
Junior School: up to 20 students
Middle & Senior School: up to 24 students