Admissions | Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai

General Principles

The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD) accepts applications from boys and girls as day students from 3 years old up to the age of 18, and as boarders from the age of 11 (Grade 6) onwards.

SISD welcomes students who are committed to the concept of an international education, whether they are local or international. 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. Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai must therefore be in possession of all the necessary information relevant to the personal, academic and physical development of its students.

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

For more information on availability, see below.

Day Applications Ages 3-18

SISD currently accepts students from Pre KG to Grade 11.

Boarding Applications Ages 11-18

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
    • 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, Individual Education Plan (IEP), personal/social/emotional/behavioral issues or medical conditions. You must disclose any factor which may affect your child’s ability to cope independently within the school situation. Failure to disclose any information at the time of application may result subsequently in a place being withdrawn.

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, Individual Education Plan (IEP), personal/social/emotional/behavioral issues or medical conditions. You must disclose any factor which may affect your child’s ability to cope independently within the school situation. Failure to disclose any information at the time of application may result subsequently in a place being withdrawn.  

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, 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 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 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. Session lasts two hours.
  • Grade 11
    Grade requirements: Candidates with MYP Certificate – MYP Grades of 4+ in a minimum of 5 subjects including English, Maths and Science. GCSEs – Grade C+ in a minimum of 5 subjects including English, Maths and Science. Other candidates – Grade of 4+ in SISD entrance assessments. SISD entrance assessments in English, Maths as well as French or German for aspirant bilingual students. All tests are assessed against MYP criteria. The session lasts approximately two hours, three for aspirant bilingual students

English language requirements

Our languages department supports students coming from abroad and being new to English. Support is provided for students joining KG1 to Grade 9, who require assistance in English.
Learn more about our English as Additional Language (EAL) Programme for Grade 6 to Grade 9,  and our Language Support policy.

English language requirements for our bilingual and language acquisition streams increase as students approach the IB Diploma grades. Please note that the below are minimal requirements for entry into grades 6 to 9.

  • 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.

French and German requirements for Bilingual Streams 

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 PortfolinoPrimary and Junior Grids for level clarification.

Admission to the Early Years bilingual stream is no guarantee for continuation of bilingual in Primary.

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 student’s academic benefit.

French and German requirements for English+ stream

No specific language requirements.

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

Download our Tuition Fees 

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

For reference only – this information is subject to changes

 Availability 2018/2019

Grade Stream Availability
Pre-KG Bilingual English/French Waiting List
Pre-KG Bilingual English/German Waiting List
KG 1 Bilingual English/French Waiting List
KG 1 Bilingual English/German Open for admission
KG2 Bilingual English/French Limited availability
KG2 Bilingual English/German Waiting List
Grade 1 Bilingual English/French Open for admission
Grade 1 Bilingual English/German Open for admission
Grade 1  English+ Waiting List
Grade 2 Bilingual English/French Open for admissions
Grade 2 Bilingual English/German Open for admissions
Grade 2 English+ Waiting list
Grade 3 Bilingual English/French Open for admission
Grade 3 Bilingual English/German Waiting List
Grade 3 English+ Waiting List
Grade 4 Bilingual English/French Open for admission
Grade 4 Bilingual English/German Open for admission
Grade 4 English+ Waiting List
Grade 5 Bilingual English/French Open for admission
Grade 5 Bilingual English/German Open for admission
Grade 5 English+ Open for admission
Grade 6 Bilingual English/French Limited availability
Grade 6 Bilingual English/German Open for admission
Grade 6 English+ Waiting list
Grade 7 Bilingual English/French Waiting list
Grade 7 Bilingual English/German Waiting list
Grade 7 English+ Limited availability
Grade 8 Bilingual English/French Limited availability
Grade 8 Bilingual English/German Open for admission
Grade 8 English+ Open for admission
Grade 9 Bilingual English/French Limited availability
Grade 9 English/German Waiting List
Grade 9 English+ Limited availability
Grade 10 Bilingual English/French Open for admission
Grade 10  English+ Open for admission
Grade 11 Bilingual English/French Open
Grade 11 English + Open

Availability 2019/2020

Grade Stream Availability
Pre-KG Bilingual English/French Open for admission
Pre-KG Bilingual English/German Open for admission
KG 1 Bilingual English/French Open for admission
KG 1 Bilingual English/German Open for admission
KG2 Bilingual English/French Waiting List
KG2 Bilingual English/German Open for admission
Grade 1 Bilingual English/French Limited availability
Grade 1 Bilingual English/German Limited availability
Grade 1  English+ Waiting List
Grade 2 Bilingual English/French Open for admissions
Grade 2 Bilingual English/German Limited availability
Grade 2 English+ Limited availability
Grade 3 Bilingual English/French Open for admission
Grade 3 Bilingual English/German Open for admission
Grade 3 English+  Limited availability
Grade 4 Bilingual English/French Open for admission
Grade 4 Bilingual English/German Open for admission
Grade 4 English+ Waiting List
Grade 5 Bilingual English/French Open for admission
Grade 5 Bilingual English/German Open for admission
Grade 5 English+ Open for admission
Grade 6 Bilingual English/French Open for admission
Grade 6 Bilingual English/German Open for admission
Grade 6 English+ Limited availability
Grade 7 Bilingual English/French Open for admission
Grade 7 Bilingual English/German Open for admission
Grade 7 English+ Open for admission
Grade 8 Bilingual English/French Open for admission
Grade 8 Bilingual English/German Open for admission
Grade 8 English+  Open for admission
Grade 9 Bilingual English/French  Open for admission
Grade 9 English/German  Open for admission
Grade 9 English+  Open for admission
Grade 10 Bilingual English/French  Open for admission
Grade 10  English+  Open for admission
Grade 11  Bilingual English/French Open for admission
Grade 11 English+  Open for admission
Grade 12 Bilingual English/French  Open for admission
Grade 12 English +  Open for admission

 

 

 

Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai seeks to encourage all-around educational excellence by providing merit scholarships to highly deserving students enrolling in Grades 10 and 11 at the school.

SISD’s Merit Scholarship constitutes a reduction in the full school fees of 50% applied to the 2019-2020 academic year´s tuition fee and replaces any other discount.

Click here to learn more about this Programme.