Admissions | SISD

Dear Parents,  

We appreciate that this is a very worrying time for you and that you are understandably concerned about what will happen with your child’s application to SISD. 

Please rest assured that we will do everything that we can to help you during this challenging period and that your child’s application will not be disadvantaged because of the COVID-19 global pandemic.   

Visiting SISD 

As per UAE Government directive, SISD is temporarily closed and our students are currently learning remotely in our virtual and collaborative learning environments.

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer our regular comprehensive Early Years, Primary School and Secondary School tours or private school tours until further notice. We apologise for the inconvenience and disappointment this may cause you and your family. The welfare of students, staff, visitors and the local community is our absolutely priority at present.  

We would like to invite you to join our virtual open morning with the Leadership Team.
This virtual presentation will allow you to to learn about our school philosophy, programmes and get your questions answered from the comfort of your home.

Contacting SISD Admissions 

Our Admissions Team remains available to help you, please email us to request a call: admissions@sisd.ae. We are happy to discuss any questions you may have about our International Baccalaureate curriculum, bilingual programmes, boarding and campus life at SISD.

Meanwhile,  you  can watch these short introductory videos: 

– SISD Boarding School 

– SISD Secondary School 

– SISD Primary School 

Applying to SISD Boarding & Day School 

Admissions for 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 academic years are open and we look forward to receiving your child’s application. Please find the link to our Admissions portal here and upload the requested documents.  

Please do not hesitate to email us should you have any questions, admissions@sisd.ae, we are also happy to give you a call. The Admissions Team will be in touch with youregardingthe Admissions entrance test requirementswhilstschools remain closed. 

Start of the 2020/2021 Academic Year 

We are very much looking forward to the start of the 2020/2021 academic year and we hope that you will be joining us as planned.  

We wish you and your families all the best under these exceptional circumstances and look forward to hearing from you. 

Kind regards,
The SISD Admissions Team 

General Principles

Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD) accepts applications from boys and girls as day students from Pre-KG to Grade 12, and as boarding students from Grade 6 onwards. SISD welcomes students who are committed to the concept of an international education, whether they are local or international. Our inclusive admissions philosophy is open to all students who can benefit from the education offered, regardless of their nationality, race, gender or language. They must be willing and capable to meet the academic demands of the school, to benefit from the education that is provided and to identify with our School Philosophy. In order to meet its educational and pastoral obligations, it is vital that the individuals responsible for our students’ education are in complete agreement with the school’s educational principles and support the school in its efforts. SISD must therefore be in possession of all the necessary information relevant to the personal, academic and physical development of its students.

We encourage all prospective parents to make an appointment to meet the Admissions Team and take the time to visit our school and learn more about our curriculum. We offer personalized as well as weekly school tours and the opportunity to discuss the educational needs of each applicant.

The Admissions Team supports new families through the admission process to make the transition in our school as smooth as possible. All applications are considered individually, taking into consideration the following factors:

  • Previous school history
  • Language profile and level
  • Final goals of the applicant
  • Level of maturity
  • Age as per KHDA regulations

Check the Year Guide for your child’s correct grade level.

For more information on availability, see below.

Day Applications

SISD currently accepts students from Pre KG to Grade 12.

Boarding Applications

Students from Grade 6 onwards have the option to join our Boarding School as weekly, full or flexi boarders.

STEP 1

Online Application

  1. Please be ready to upload the following documents:
    • Copy of your child’s most recent nursery or school report (for KG1 and up)
    • Copy of your child’s passport (first page and Visa) and Emirates ID (front and back), if already available
    • Copy of both parents passports (first page and Visa) and Emirates ID (front and back), if already available
    • Copy of a passport sized photograph of your child and both parents
    • Copy of any learning difficulty diagnostic testing or educational assessment (if applicable) *
    • Copy of any psychological assessments (if applicable) *
    • Copy of custody papers (if applicable)
  2. Check the Year Guide for your child’s correct grade level
  3. Complete and submit the  online application form
  4. Upload the requested documents

*Please note that we are asking for details of any learning difficulties, current Individual Education Plan (IEP), personal/social/emotional/behavioral issues or medical conditions. These will assist us in making reasonable adjustments and put appropriate arrangements in place during the assessments based on the student’s usual way of working. Please be advised, failure to disclose any information at the time of application may result subsequently in a place being withdrawn. For more information please refer to the SISD Admissions Policy.

STEP 2

Interview and Assessment

  1. Once the fully completed application with complete documents has been received, Admissions request confidential Teacher Recommendation from student’s former school for applicants G2 and above.
  2. Applicant invited to interview and assessment (Sunday through Thursday 9am to 4pm). Please pay the non-refundable application fee of AED 525 (check, cash or credit card) when you come to the assessment.

More information about Assessments can be found here.

STEP 3

Offer and Acceptance

If we admit your child to SISD, you will receive an Offer Letter within 5 working days. If you decide to accept our offer, signing of the Offer Letter and payment of the Registration Fee (deductable from 1st semester fee) are due within 7 days. Your child’s place is not secured until the signed Offer Letter and the Registration Fee have been received.

To register your child with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), we will need a Transfer Certificate for Grade 2 and above before the start of the school year. Please follow the Guidelines and use the Transfer Certificate Sample.

Inspiring Excellence

“Our school values are at the heart of everything we do. This B.E.S.T. approach to education recognises the
importance of developing lasting human values alongside academic success.”

STEP 1

Online Application

  1. Please be ready to upload the following documents:
    • Upload two most recent school reports
    • Copy of your child’s passport (first page and Visa) and Emirates ID (front and back), if already available
    • Copy of both parents passports (first page and Visa) and Emirates ID (front and back), if already available
    • Copy of a passport sized photograph of your child
    • Completed and stamped SISD Medical Report
    • Copy of any learning difficulty diagnostic testing or educational assessment (if applicable) *
    • Copy of any psychological assessments (if applicable) *
    • Copy of custody papers (if applicable)
  2. Complete and submit the online application form
  3. Upload the requested documents

*Please note that we are asking for details of any learning difficulties, current Individual Education Plan (IEP), personal/social/emotional/behavioral issues or medical conditions. These will assist us in making reasonable adjustments and put appropriate arrangements in place during the assessments based on the student’s usual way of working. Please be advised, failure to disclose any information at the time of application may result subsequently in a place being withdrawn. For more information please refer to the SISD Admissions Policy.

STEP 2

Interview and Assessment

Once the fully completed application with complete documents has been received, Admissions request confidential Teacher Recommendation from student’s former school.

Applicant is invited to interviews and assessments. Interviews are conducted by the Head of Admissions, the Boarding House Master/Mistress and the Head of School. Assessments can also be organized at the applicant’s current school under supervision of either teachers or grade level leaders. Interviews should ideally take place at SISD, but can also be organized via video conference if a trip to Dubai is not possible. Admission to SISD is subject to passing of the assessment tests as well as successful interviews with all parties involved.

STEP 3

Offer and Acceptance

You will receive an Offer letter for a place in full or weekly boarding once the Leadership team has signed off the application.

To reserve the place, you will have to

Your child’s place is not secured until the above have been received and confirmed.

To register your child with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), we will need a Transfer Certificate for Grade 2 and above before the start of the school year. Please follow the Guidelines and use the Transfer Certificate Sample.

In conjunction with previous school reports and teacher recommendations, assessments are designed to determine student’s readiness for SISD programmes:

  • PreKG to KG1: Observational/practical play assessment to determine school readiness and competence in strongest language.  Sessions are conducted one-on-one by the Admissions Team and last approximately 20 minutes.  Children must be toilet-trained before the start of school.
  • KG2: Observational/practical assessment on one-on-one basis to determine level of verbal expression and literacy in strongest language, numeracy and school readiness. Sessions are conducted by the Admissions Team and last approximately 30 minutes.
  • Grades 1 to 5: Assessments on one-on-one basis, encompassing oral and written language skills (English and French or German for bilingual streams) and numeracy.  Sessions are conducted by the Admissions Team and last approximately one hour.
  • Grades 6 to 10: CEM computer test (verbal, non-verbal, numeracy and spatial reasoning) as well as a reading comprehension and writing task in English. For aspirant bilingual students, the reading comprehension and writing task will be in French or German. Assessments are conducted by the Admissions Team and reviewed by the Secondary Leadership Team and assessed against MYP criteria. Sessions last two hours, three for aspirant bilingual students.
  • Grade 11
    • Assessments on one-on-one basis, encompassing written language skills, numeracy and critical thinking
    • Grade 11 Entrance Requirements
      • Candidates with MYP Certificate – MYP Grades of 4+ in a minimum of 5 subjects including English, Math and Science to study subjects at Standard Level
      • Candidates with MYP Certificate – MYP Grades of 5+ in a minimum of 5 subjects including English, Math and Science to study subjects at Higher Level
      • CERFL – minimum level B2 required in English
      • GCSEs – Grade C+ in a minimum of 5 subjects including English, Math and Science
      • IGCSEs: A*-B in a minimum of 5 subjects including English, Math and Science
      • Other candidates – Grade of 4+ in SISD entrance assessments
      • Also taken into consideration when determining a student’s suitability for entry into the Diploma programme: academic integrity, conduct, attitude, work ethic and contribution to the school community.

Students who don’t have the requisite formal qualifications to pursue the full IB Diploma may wish to be considered for the IB Diploma Course option and take full advantage of all the educational opportunities and experiences that SISD has to offer.

Choices of IB subjects will be discussed with our Admissions and Secondary Team, based on previous scores and predictions in order to ensure the right pathway is chosen for progression onto university.

Admission to SISD is furthermore subject to successfully passing the SISD admissions tests in English and French or German.

English

Our language department supports students coming from abroad and being new to English. English support is provided for students joining KG1 to Grade 9, who require assistance in English.
English language requirements increase as students approach the IB Diploma grades. Below are minimal requirements for entry into Grades 6 to 9.  Click here for the Language Support policy.
• PreKG to G5 – students may enter as non-English speakers until mid-year in grade 5.
• G6 – A.2.1 Junior
• G7 – A.2.2 Junior
• G8 – B.1 Junior
• G9 – B.2 Junior
• Grades 10 to 12 – Students must be able to function independently in English with a minimum CERFL level of B2

Bilingual Streams – French or German
The following language proficiency levels are minimal indicative requirements at the start of the school year for admission to the respective bilingual grades:
• PreKG and KG1 – no specific language requirements
• KG2 aiming at G1 E+ – basic understanding and oral command of French or German, exposure to French or German at home
• KG2 aiming at G1 bilingual – oral Portfolino A.1 level, exposure to F or G at home
• G1 –A.1.1 Primary
• G2 – A.1.2 Primary
• G3 – A.2.1 Primary
• G4 – A.2.2 Primary
• G5 – B.1.1 Primary
• G6 – A.2.1 Junior
• G7 – A.2.2 Junior
• G8 – B.1 Junior
• G9 – B.2 Junior
• Grades 10 to 12 – students must be able to follow a native curriculum in either French or German
Please refer to the Portfolino, Primary and Junior Grids for level clarification.

At any point during a student’s SISD school career a change to E+ will be discussed if progress reports, language support provisions and teacher feedback recommend this transition to the students’ academic benefit.

English + Stream – French or German
No specific language requirements for either French or German.

English as an Additional Language Program
SISD offers a personalised EAL (English as and Additional Language) Programme for new joiners from non-English speaking learning environments in Grades 6-9. Our EAL Programme is designed to substantially improve the student’s English proficiency to fully integrate the academic content of the challenging IB curriculum after a minimum of one, and a maximum of two semesters in the EAL Programme.

Click here for the English as Additional Language (EAL) Programme for Grade 6 to Grade 9,  and our Language Support policy.

Download our Tuition Fees 

Please review our terms and conditions here: SISD Terms & Conditions .

For reference only – this information is subject to changes

Availability 2020/2021

GradeStreamAvailability
Pre-KGBilingual English/FrenchOpen for admissions
Pre-KGBilingual English/GermanOpen for admissions
KG 1Bilingual English/FrenchOpen for admissions
KG 1Bilingual English/GermanOpen for admissions
KG2Bilingual English/FrenchOpen for admissions
KG2Bilingual English/GermanOpen for admissions
Grade 1Bilingual English/FrenchOpen for admissions
Grade 1Bilingual English/GermanOpen for admissions
Grade 1 English+Open for admissions
Grade 2Bilingual English/FrenchOpen for admissions
Grade 2Bilingual English/GermanOpen for admissions
Grade 2English+Open for admissions
Grade 3Bilingual English/FrenchOpen for admissions
Grade 3Bilingual English/GermanOpen for admissions
Grade 3English+Open for admissions
Grade 4Bilingual English/FrenchOpen for admissions
Grade 4Bilingual English/GermanOpen for admissions
Grade 4English+Open for admissions
Grade 5Bilingual English/FrenchOpen for admissions
Grade 5Bilingual English/GermanOpen for admissions
Grade 5English+Open for admissions
Grade 6Bilingual English/FrenchOpen for admissions
Grade 6Bilingual English/GermanOpen for admissions
Grade 6English+Open for admissions
Grade 7Bilingual English/FrenchOpen for admissions
Grade 7Bilingual English/GermanOpen for admissions
Grade 7English+Open for admissions
Grade 8Bilingual English/FrenchOpen for admissions
Grade 8Bilingual English/GermanOpen for admissions
Grade 8English+Open for admissions
Grade 9Bilingual English/French Open for admissions
Grade 9Bilingual English/GermanOpen for admissions
Grade 10Bilingual English/French Open for admission
Grade 10Bilingual English/German Open for admissions
Grade 11 Bilingual English/FrenchOpen for admissions
Grade 11Bilingual English/German Open for admissions

Open to current SISD Students & New SISD Applicants – Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai seeks to encourage all-around educational excellence by providing merit scholarships to highly deserving day & boarding school students.

For more information on our Grade 11/12 Scholarship programme click here.

For questions on availability and other enquiries related to scholarships please contact our admissions department: admissions@sisd.ae