FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept midyear enrolments?

Yes-we understand that not all relocations happen at the start of the academic year and are therefore happy to accept midyear applications. Please contact us as soon as you know you intend to enrol your child at ISD. The students are always excited to welcome new students into their classes. They may email or send letters to your child before they join to make them feel especially welcome!

What additional costs can I expect?

Our schedule of fees outlines all the costs associated with our school. There are no ‘hidden’ fees or surprises during the year. Please go to the Admissions tab of our website.

Do you provide English as Additional Language (EAL) support?

Many students at ISD are not native English speakers and some have no English when they arrive. Our small class sizes allow for individualized attention by class teachers. Students are often able to speak and fully participate in class within a few months. EAL support is provided everyday for students who need it.  Please see ISD’s EAL Policy.

Do you welcome parental participation?

ISD actively encourages full parental involvement in school life and your child’s education. This includes volunteering in classes, providing expertise for Units of Inquiry, assisting with escorting students on field trips and attending regular student assemblies at the end of each Unit of Inquiry. The school also holds  parent discussion meetings, coffee mornings and formal parent-teacher conferences twice a year.

Additionally, parents are on the Board of Directors and various committees to support the school’s continued development.

How are children placed in classes at ISD?

ISD believes that age is a key criterion in determining class placement. Our aim is to place each child in a stimulating and challenging year level that also gives them the best opportunities to make appropriate social interactions. The Primary Years Programme curriculum and small class sizes at ISD also facilitate appropriate differentiation. The chart below shows the cut-off placement date for each grade level:

Class level Cut off date
Pre-Kindergarten Children must be 3 years of age by June 1st of year of enrolment
Kindergarten 1 Children must be 4 years of age by August 31st of year of enrolment
Kindergarten 2 Children must be 5 years of age by August 31st of year of enrolment
Grade 1 Children must be 6 years of age by August 31st of year of enrolment
Grade 2 Children must be 7 years of age by August 31st of year of enrolment
Grade 3 Children must be 8 years of age by August 31st of year of enrolment
Grade 4 Children must be 9 years of age by August 31st of year of enrolment
Grade 5 Children must be 10 years of age by August 31st of year of enrolment
Grade 6 Children must be 11 years of age by August 31st of year of enrolment

In cases where the school, along with the parents, believe a certain placement should be reviewed in the best interest of a child, ISD retains flexibility in relation to class placement.

What qualifications do the teachers at ISD have?

All our classroom teachers are fully qualified primary teachers. In addition, the teachers receive Primary Years Programme training as required by the International Baccalaureate.

Is there a school uniform at ISD?

No, however there is a selection of clothing with the school logo available for purchase.

What about secondary school?

Those students staying in Ireland and moving on to secondary school, usually attend Sandford Park School in Ranelagh.  More information can be found on their website:  www.sandfordparkschool.ie.

What does your school year look like?

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