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Admission Policy



Introduction

Enrolment and admission should be open to all children and families regardless of gender, sexual orientation, family background, special educational needs, disability, religion or ethnicity. We endeavour to ensure that all sections of the community have access to our school through open and fair policies and procedures which are communicated clearly through our website, written records and verbally during school visits.

Places at our school are allocated in fair and transparent ways through the school admissions policy, which is available to all parents and further information is included in later sections of this document.

Aims and objectives

It is our intention to make our school’s admission process as accessible, fair and transparent as possible for children and families from all sections of the local community. We aim to be inclusive and to avoid any accidental discrimination taking place.

In order to accomplish this, we will:

  • ensure the existence of the school is widely known in all local communities. We will place notices advertising the school in places where all sections of the community can see them, in more than one language if appropriate;
  • organise our waiting list arrangements to be as fair as possible to all requiring a place;
  • consult with families about the times of enrolment to avoid excluding anyone;
  • monitor the gender and ethnic background of children joining the school to ensure that no accidental discrimination is taking place.
  • endeavour to keep one place vacant in our school to accommodate emergency admissions;
  • describe the school and its practices in terms which make it clear that it welcomes fathers and mothers, other relations and carers, including childminders and people from all cultural, ethnic, religious and social groups, with and without disabilities;

Placement

Children will be offered places so as many children as possible are able to benefit from a Nursery/Primary experience with appropriate staffing ratios in places subject to the availability of places.

  • Children are able to start in our Creche in the term in which they are about a year old.
  • Children are able to start in the Nursery One class of our school in the term in which they are two years old.
  • Children are able to start in the Nursery Two class of our school when they are aged three.
  • Children are able to start in Kindergarten 1 and Kindergarten 2 in the term in which they are aged about four or five years old respectively.
  • Children are able to start in our Primary Class One in the term in which they are aged about six years old.

Admissions

Learning Skills International School offers admission to all students who, in the opinion of the school's professionals can benefit from its well-balanced programs.The admission process has been designed to be fair and is based on merit while fostering inclusion. We accept applications from students regardless of race, gender, ethnic, religion and national background. The school considers the following as essential for admission to Learning Skills International School:

  • Competence in the English language as determined by an entrance examination and/or educational records and certificates.
  • An age-appropriate level of educational aptitude, skills as determined by the interview, examination, and educational records.
  • Affinity with our student profile qualities such as caring, empathetic, faithful and self-disciplined as determined by the interview and educational records.
  • All paperwork requested within the application package must be completed and submitted before entrance into the school. The School requires all student records in English or translated into English from the applicant’s previous school. The School reserves the right to contact the applicant’s previous school prior to acceptance where applicable.
  • All fees must be paid before students are placed on the class roster.
  • If a question regarding placement arises, the following factors are considered: School records, age and results of entrance test or most current standardized tests.
  • The school reserves the right to exercise discretion where students are considered “borderline” in relation to their education records and tests.
  • Parents or guardians of prospective students must ensure that all information relevant to the application is given. Any lack of disclosure such as disciplinary action, expulsion and suspension, a requirement for Special Educational Support, and a medical condition may result in the student not being admitted or being asked to leave when discovered

Places in the School

  • Parents/carers must apply for their child’s place at our school using the school’s on-line system or walk in.
  • Parents/carers who do not have use of a computer should contact the school directly to make arrangements to discuss their application further.
  • Parents must inform us immediately if they do not wish to accept our offer of a place.
  • In the event of capacity enrollment at a grade level or in a program, the Admission Office maintains a wait list. Applicants on the waitlist will be considered for admission as openings become available.
  • A student may be admitted to the school at any time during the school year provided there is space available, and it is determined that the student will be able to follow learning without any major difficulties.
  • We recognize the importance of understanding the special education needs of any student who applies to our school, and we endeavor to help them as best as we can.
  • The background of the student and his or her experiences are factored in to ensure that students are not disadvantaged by the admission process as cultural awareness is fundamental to the student.

Enrollment Priority Policy

Priority enrollment will be accorded to students with siblings already at LSIS, or with siblings who have graduated from LSIS, provided the child meets all of the requirements for admission.

Enrollment Procedure

Once a student is offered admission to LSIS, parents will be offered a formal acceptance letter, along with complete enrollment materials, including an Enrollment Contract and payment instructions. Families will be expected to respond to an offer of admission within 5 days of the date the offer was made.
Admission of students to LSIS is subject to the approval of the Admission officer, who reviews each applicant file once it is complete.
Note: The Admission Office will only accept a fully completed hand-delivered or emailed application before it will start the admission process. (In the near future, all application documents required must be submitted online. No application documents may be hand-delivered or e-mailed.)

Admissions Procedure

Forms and application packets can be picked up from the Admissions office or downloaded from the website at www.lsis.edu.gh. The completed application form must be submitted to the admissions office along with the bank slip of a non-refundable registration and Admission fee.

Interview

The admission process includes, but is not limited to an interview with the applicant to be held by the Principal. There will also be a parent interview conducted by the Principal. The interview panel shall consist of the Principal and the Admissions officer.

Admission Notification

Candidates should file their application early and certainly by the 1st of June for entrance in order to be given full consideration for the upcoming academic year. LSIS works on admissions all year round. We screen candidates in the order of applications received. Please note that the entrants’folder for admission cannot be reviewed by the Admission office until all steps in the admission procedures are completed.

Authority for Decisions

Final authority for decisions on admission and grade/class placement rests with the Principal.

Admission and Student Needs

Admission is open to all students who will benefit from a challenging, international, English-language education which prepares them for higher education and a life of challenge, change, and purpose. LSIS therefore, admits students whose academic, personal, social and emotional needs can be met by the school’s programs and services, and who can be integrated into a mainstream classroom.

Conditions of Admission

It is a condition of admission that all parents sign an Enrollment Contract at the time of admission to LSIS, and sign a re-enrollment conditions letter at the beginning of each school year at the time of paying first term fees. Students will also not be accepted without receipt of official records from previous schools.

Acceptance and Placement

Generally, students will be placed in the grade/class for which they are age-appropriate, using September 1st as the threshold for grade/class placement. Parents must agree to the LSIS Admission Policy before enrollment. By signing your application for admission, you agree to the terms and conditions stated in the enrolment document.


Withdrawal of Students



Required withdrawal of students by school

LSIS reserves the right to redraw a student if:

  1. the student’s best interest and needs cannot be met effectively by the school’s programs and services
  2. the student’s behavior is deemed to jeopardize the welfare of the school community
  3. the parents’ behavior is deemed to be disruptive, disrespectful, or to otherwise violate the ethos of the school
  4. the parent or student acts contrary to the expectations laid out in the Parent-Student-School Expectations agreement
  5. educationally significantly information is withheld from the school by the parents or school fees are not paid in accordance with the expectations outlined in tuition statements.

PROCEDURE FOR WITHDRAWAL OF STUDENTS BY PARENTS

If a parent wishes to withdraw their child, the following steps will be required:

  1. A written letter should be submitted to the school three months prior to withdrawal
  2. If appropriate notice is given and tuition is already paid for the term, it will be pro-rated per the number of weeks the child spends in school and the balance returned to the parent after the board’s approval
  3. If appropriate notice is not given a term’s fees will be paid in lieu thereof
  4. The refund process will take a month or 6 weeks.

Policy Review

This policy will be reviewed annually and revised as appropriate.