Admissions

Guided by the School’s mission to Inspire, Engage and Empower, ISP strives for a student population that benefits every child. ISP is committed to a fair and transparent admissions process.

Stipendijní program (Scholarship Program)

Any questions?

Contact the ISP Admissions Team

Admission is broadly based on:

  • The potential of the student to benefit from an ISP education;
  • The capacity of the School;
  • The desire for balance and diversity in classes (which includes factors such as nationality, need for English-language support, and need for learning support).

The Admissions Process

Below you will find an overview of the six steps that an application to the International School of Prague follows on its journey from the first inquiry through to enrollment. Click on the links in each box below to find further details about each stage of the process.

We are passionate about welcoming new families to the school and introducing you to what makes ISP unique. We are here to help guide you through all stages of the application process, and offer you individualized assistance. We know that a phone call or visit to our website can’t capture the feeling of walking onto ISP’s campus and seeing the students and their teachers in their daily activities. We would be happy to meet with your family to discuss our school, our admissions process and show you around our campus.

Please note that admissions meetings and school tours are available by appointment only.

When families educate their children outside their home countries they very often ask the question “What grade will my child be placed in?” The grade which your child/ren will enter is determined by their age by September 1st and their school history. Please be aware that completion of a kindergarten program, at ISP or elsewhere, is a prerequisite for entry into Grade 1.

If you are unsure which grade your child should to apply to, see the chart comparing grade levels and ages below.

School SectionISP GradesUK Grades & IB Level US Grades Age by September 1
Elementary SchoolEarly Childhood Pre-Kindergarten 3Pre-Kindergarten (Preschool)3
Early Childhood Pre-Kindergarten 4ReceptionPre-Kindergarten (Preschool)4
Kindergarten Year 1Kindergarten5
Grade 1Year 2Grade 16
Grade 2Year 3Grade 27
Grade 3Year 4Grade 38
Grade 4Year 5Grade 49
Grade 5Year 6Grade 510
Middle SchoolGrade 6Year 7Grade 611
Grade 7Year 8Grade 712
Grade 8Year 9Grade 813
Upper SchoolGrade 9Year 10Grade 914
Grade 10Year 11Grade 1015
IB ProgramGrade 11Year 12Grade 1116
IB ProgramGrade 12Year 13Grade 1217

Important Note:

  • Students seeking enrollment at ISP from Early Childhood to Grade 1 are placed according to their age by September 1. For example, students applying to our Early Childhood – Pre-Kindergarten 3 must be three years old before September 1.
  • Students transferring from a country with a school year that follows a different calendar than ISP (e.g. South Korea, Japan, Australia, South Africa) will be required to continue at the same grade level they have just completed in their home country. For example, a student who completed Grade 8 in Korea, Japan or Australia in February to March would be placed in Grade 8 for the remainder of the academic year at ISP.
  • Students successfully transferring into ISP mid-year will be required to continue their academic program at the same grade level for the remainder of the ISP academic year.
  • For other national curriculum grade equivalents, please check with our Admissions Office directly.

The application process is completed entirely online. The process is a straightforward one, however if you require any assistance, the Admissions team is here to help. Any potential applicant can register initial interest and start the online application process here.

The Application Fee of €350 is paid as part of the Application process.
Once you have started the online application, you will receive an invoice for the application fee via email. The Application Fee is non-refundable.

Applications are considered complete once we have received all of the supporting documents listed. Please upload all required documents into the Admission Portal. Exactly what is required varies slightly depending on the age of your child.
Listed below are the materials applicants must provide during the online application:

Elementary School Checklist – Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Listed below are the materials applicants must provide during the online application. This is just for information; the list also appears in the online application process.

  • A photo of the student;
  • The application form;
  • A scan of the page of the student’s passport showing birth and expiration date, or a scan of the student’s Birth Certificate;
  • A scan of the personal information page(s) of the Passport (or ID card) for both parents or guardians;
  • A completed Descriptive Form (emailed to the evaluator of your choice, who then completes the form online);
  • The completed Student Health Record – parents/guardians complete one section, and another section is emailed to your physician who completes the rest online); and;
  • Proof of health insurance that is valid in the Czech Republic.

Elementary School Checklist – Grades 1-5

Listed below are the materials applicants must provide during the online application. This is for information as the list also appears during the online application process.

Some of these require completion of online forms, some require uploads of documents, and some require providing an email address for teachers or doctors who will also complete online forms.

  • A photo of the student;
  • The application form;
  • A scan of the page of the student’s passport showing birth and expiration date, or a scan of the student’s Birth Certificate;
  • A scan of the personal information page(s) of the Passport (or ID card) for both parents or guardians;
  • Official school records for the last two years in English, or officially translated into English. Applicants will be asked to upload scans of all educational, psychological, speech, and language assessments available relating to the prospective student (including an Individual Educational Plan, if applicable). If the school year has not yet been completed, please upload scans of mid-term or most recent grades.
  • One completed Confidential Student Assessment Form – which is emailed to the applicant child’s teacher, who then completes the form online;
  • A Writing Assessment completed by the student;
  • The completed Student Health Record – parents/guardians complete one section, and another section is emailed to the applicant child’s physician who completes the rest online.

Please note that ISP may require further testing/screening in some instances.

Middle School Checklist – Grades 6-8

Listed below are the materials applicants must provide during the online application. This is for information as the list also appears during the online application process.

Some of these require completion of online forms, some require uploads of documents, and some require providing an email address for teachers or doctors who will also complete online forms.

  • A photo of the student;
  • The application form;
  • A scan of the page of the student’s passport showing birth and expiration date, or a scan of the student’s Birth Certificate;
  • A scan of the personal information page(s) of the Passport (or ID card) for both parents or guardians;
  • Official school records for the last two years in English, or officially translated into English. You will be asked to upload scans of all educational, psychological, speech, and language assessments that you may have (including an Individual Educational
  • Plan, if applicable). If the school year has not yet been completed, please upload scans of mid-term or most recent grades;
  • Three completed Confidential Student Assessment Forms (emailed to your evaluators, who then complete the forms online);
  • A Writing Assessment completed by the student;
  • The completed Student Health Record – parents/guardians complete one section, and another section is emailed to your physician who completes the rest online.

Please note that ISP may require further testing/screening in some instances.

Upper School Checklist – Grades 9-12

Listed below are the materials applicants must provide during the online application. This is for information as the list also appears during the online application process.

Some of these require completion of online forms, some require uploads of documents, and some require providing an email address for teachers or doctors who will also complete online forms.

  • A photo of the student;
  • The application form;
  • A scan of the page of the student’s passport showing birth and expiration date, or a scan of the student’s Birth Certificate;
  • A scan of the personal information page(s) of the Passport (or ID card) for both parents or guardians;
  • Official school records for the last two years in English, or officially translated into English. You will be asked to upload scans of all educational, psychological, speech, and language assessments that you may have (including an Individual Educational Plan, if applicable). If the school year has not yet been completed, please upload scans of mid-term or most recent grades.
  • Three completed Confidential Student Assessment Forms (emailed to your evaluators, who then complete the forms online);
  • A Writing Assessment completed by the student;
  • A scan of an up-to-date, graded written assignment in English (for Grades 10 – 12);
  • The completed Student Health Record – parents/guardians complete one section, and another section is emailed to your physician who completes the rest online.

Please note that ISP may require further testing/screening in some instances. In addition to submission of all required documents, students applying to our Middle School (grades 6-8) and Upper School (grades 9-12), whose mother tongue is NOT English, will be required to take a test in English.

All parts of the application must be submitted and the Application Fee received before the Admissions Office can begin reviewing an application.

As soon as we receive a fully completed application from you, your child’s file will undergo a detailed review by our Admissions Committee. This committee includes the Elementary/Middle/Upper School Principal, Associate Principal, Counselor and other members of the educational team. Each student’s application is given careful consideration. This may involve some additional follow-up in certain cases, when we feel this is necessary to enable us to make a decision.

When the Admissions Committee has reached a decision, this is communicated to you via email. You will receive the response from ISP within three weeks of the completion of the online application and the payment of the application fee.

1 August Admission

(The application is for the beginning of the next school year in August).

ISP is aware that receiving an answer as quickly as possible is of utmost importance to potential families. However, current ISP families have until the end of March to inform the ISP Admissions Office if they will be returning to ISP. It is only at that point that it is clear how many spaces will be available in each class. ISP, cannot, therefore, give confirmation of placement until that time.

Prospective ISP families are strongly advised to complete applications before the beginning of March. This gives ISP the necessary time to review the application before class placement starts at the beginning of April.

Response

Within three weeks of the completion of the online application and the payment of the application fee, parents/guardians will receive a response from ISP:

  • Applicants are admissible;
  • Not admissible, or;
  • Continued for further review.

All completed applications that are found to be admissible before class placement starts at the beginning of April, will be considered in this initial placement of students.

Completed applications that are found to be admissible after class placement starts at the beginning of April, will be considered on a case-by-case basis as availability (and class composition) allows.

2 Mid-Year Admission

If an application for immediate admission is during the current school year (in other words, not for the beginning of the next school year in August), acceptance and admission usually take place at the same time.

Response

Within three weeks (sometimes earlier) of the Application Fee being paid and the completed Application being received by the Admissions Office, parents will receive a response from ISP:

  • Applicants are admitted;
  • Rejected, or;
  • Continued for further review.
    Waitpooled

Please note that an approved application does not guarantee placement for the prospective student. For August admission, class sizes are assessed at the beginning of April, and approved applications are placed. Notices of acceptance are then sent to those students. If a class is full, approved applications are placed in a waiting pool (at the request of the parents). For placement at other times of the year, students are generally approved and accepted at the same time depending on space availability.

Please be aware that signing the Enrollment Agreement is part of the enrollment procedure for all students. You will receive the Enrollment Agreement via email. You don’t have to scan the agreement, we do need to archive the original version with your original signature on it. Please send the signed agreement back to the Admissions Office via regular post.

Please understand that your children cannot be enrolled until the school receives the signed Enrollment Agreement back. Our Finance Department will issue the tuition fees invoice on the day the agreement has been received.

The Academic school year for 2018-19 starts on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018, and ends on Thursday, June 20th, 2019.

Application Fee

The Application Fee of €350 is paid as part of the Application process.

The Application Fee is non-refundable.

Newcomers’ Fee

  • New students entering in Grades Kindergarten through 12 pay a €1500 Newcomers’ fee. This is only for newly admitted students and does not apply to returning students;
  • New students entering in PK do not pay a Newcomers’ fee, but will pay the Newcomers’ fee in subsequent years when they move up to Kindergarten.

The Newcomers’ Fee is invoiced with the Tuition and Capital Assessment fees, and is non-refundable.

Capital Assessment Fee (CAF)

The CAF is used to service the School’s construction loan and to fund the major maintenance of the facility. The CAF is invoiced every year with the Tuition fee.

The CAF is non-refundable.

Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition & Fees are payable in full based on the due date given on the invoice;
  • Payments are accepted in Euros only;
  • It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to ensure payments are made when due and to inform the school promptly of any billing address changes;
  • Placement is not guaranteed until full tuition and fee payments are paid.

Fees for the Academic Year 2018-19

GradeTuitionCAFTotal
Half-Day PK3/4€ 7,790€ 1,500€ 9,290
Full-Day PK3/4€ 12,930€ 1,500€ 14,430
K-5€ 16,370€ 3,000€ 19,370
6-8€ 17,750€ 3,000€ 20,750
9-10€ 19,410€ 3,000€ 22,410
11-12€ 20,030€ 3,000€ 23,030

Fees for the Academic Year 2019-20 will be decided upon by the Board of Trustees at their March 2019 meeting.

Deposit

  • The €3000 deposit is only payable by returning students;
  • The deposit is non-refundable;
  • The deposit is credited against the Capital Assessment Fee, Tuition and other fees;
  • The deposit is payable by the due date given on the invoice issued by ISP. The School cannot guarantee a place to any returning student from whom this deposit has not been received in full by the due date.

Payment of Fees

Method of Payment

Payment may be made by bank transfer to:

UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, a.s.
Želetavská 1525/1, 140 92 Praha 4, Czech Republic

Swift/BIC: BACXCZPP
€ (Euro) Acc. No.: 2112216606/2700
IBAN: CZ86 2700 0000 0021 1221 6606
Account name: International School of Prague

Euro checks drawn on Unicredit Bank may be used for payments to the School. We are unable to accept payment by checks drawn on any other bank.

Cash can be accepted only for the Application Fee.

When making a wire transfer, please be sure to instruct your bank to give the student’s name and invoice number for reference. For added assurance, please send a copy of your bank transfer receipt to the School (using the Business Office address indicated on the invoice).

Late Payment of Invoices

  • 1.0% late fee per month (pro-rated on a daily basis) is applied to overdue invoices;
  • Failure to meet financial obligations in a timely manner may result in suspension of the student;
  • Upon departure, no diploma, transcript or other academic record may be released until all the student’s financial obligations toward the School are met in full.

Mid-year Enrollment

  • Tuition is pro-rated based on the total weeks remaining in the school year. Partial weeks will be billed as full weeks.
  • The CAF and Newcomers’ Fee are not pro-rated; they are payable in full regardless of enrolment date.

Special Payment Plan

A “Special Payment Plan” (SPP) may be granted to Individual (not corporate) payers upon written request. The Business and Operations Manager must individually approve all SPPs and quarterly payments are expected.

An Administrative Fee of €750 will be added to the first invoice for this facility.

Failure to pay the Administrative Fee and first instalment payment by the due date will result in the SPP being revoked and full payment of all tuition and fees becoming due.

Failure to meet any payment dates specified in an agreed SPP may result in the SPP being revoked. This decision will be taken at the sole discretion of the School.

For further questions please contact: zvesela@isp.cz

Refunds

The Application Fee, Newcomers’ Fee, Capital Assessment Fee, and Re-enrolment deposit are, once paid, non-refundable under any circumstances.

Tuition fees are non-refundable except in cases of enrolment for fewer than 30 calendar days.

In cases where students are suspended or dismissed for unsatisfactory conduct or academic progress, all tuition and fees paid are non-refundable.

Special Note on PK3/4 Program: Staffing and other needs are based on the number of students in the program. For this reason, while full-day students may decide for any reason to move to the half-day program, the school does not issue refunds in such cases.

Re-Enrolment

for returning students

Each year many expat ISP families must wait to hear from their employer whether they will be staying or leaving the Czech Republic. At the same time, many families who will be coming to the Czech Republic are waiting to hear if there will be space at ISP for their children.

In an attempt to give as much comfort as possible to both types of families, the Admissions Office asks current ISP families to give us their decision in mid-March. The precise date when the re-enrolment period starts falls immediately after the meeting at which the Trustees approve the tuition cost for the following year.
Leaving families are asked to notify the Admissions office as soon as they become aware they are leaving.

How Re-Enrolment Works

“Re-Enrolment Period”

The re-enrolment period for students who wish to continue at ISP takes place during a one-week period in mid-March, immediately following the meeting at which the Board of Trustees approves the following year’s tuition and fees.
Re-enrolment takes place electronically. Families are sent an email with a link to an electronic form.

Deposit

After completing the form, an invoice for the deposit (€3000 per student) is sent to the payer of record. Re-enrolment is not complete until the electronic form is completed and payment of the deposit is received.

Please note that the deposit must be paid before March 31st in order to hold the student’s place. The due date of the payment of the deposit does not change based on when the electronic re-enrolment form is accepted.

Payment of Tuition

Shortly after ISP receives the deposit payment, an invoice for the full tuition (and CAF fee if applicable) is issued and sent to the fee-payer.

Please Note

Payment of the deposit, followed by full payment of the tuition and fees, by their respective due dates is imperative in order to hold the student’s place. Unpaid invoices may result in the place either being given to a waiting student and if not, unpaid invoices will accrue a penalty of 1% per month or portion thereof.

Questions regarding the Re-Enrollment procedures (or anything regarding Admissions) should be directed to the ISP Admissions Office.

Financial Aid

The goal of the International School of Prague’s Financial Assistance Program is to give temporary tuition and fee reduction to currently enrolled ISP students in cases of unexpected financial need.

Financial Assistance is not available for newly registered students. Assistance is granted on an annual basis. Reapplication is allowed, though grants are normally limited to two consecutive years. Financial assistance requests or renewals must be received by April 30th for the following academic year. The Financial Assistance Program Description provides more information. For any additional information contact the ISP Admissions Office.

Scholarships at ISP

Definition

The Scholarship program at ISP is partially funded through donations to the School from parents, corporations, Alumni, and others.

The goal of the program is to make the ISP educational experience available to a diverse range of students. These Scholarships are based not only on financial need, but also merit. ISP actively seeks excellent students who will benefit from an ISP education, and who will be an asset to the ISP community of learners.

Eligibility

ISP Scholarships are available to Czech citizens and other residents of the Czech Republic. Currently, scholarships are only granted to students in the Upper School (Grades 9-12).

Preference is given to students who begin their ISP career in 9th Grade (when students approximately age 14), although admission in later years is also considered.

In addition to fulfilling the normal requirements for admission to ISP, an applicant who wishes to be considered for a Scholarship must demonstrate:

  • An excellent academic record (a special talent outside of academics is highly desirable);
  • A strong command of the English language (written and verbal);
  • A desire to enroll in the full International Baccalaureate program;
  • An openness to consider enrolling in a University (after graduation from ISP) which is outside of the Czech Republic and where English in the language of instruction;
  • An strong desire to obtain an education in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Good citizenship and exceptional character.

Process

Complete the Application for Admission.

  • Include with the application:
  • School transcripts for the last two full academic years.
  • two recommendations from non-relatives, one academic and the other personal.
  • Copies of parents’ Czech Income Tax Forms for the last two years.
  • This completed ISP financial assistance form.

The ISP Scholarship Committee is composed of the Upper School’s Principal & Counselors, the International Baccalaureate Coordinator, an Upper School Faculty member, and the Director of Advancement. Following a positive review of the application by this Committee, prospective students are asked to take an English proficiency exam and other assessments. After successful completion of this step, the members of the Committee interview candidates. Parents are welcome to attend these interviews.

Based on the financial situation of the family, successful applicants receive a Scholarship offer, which can include the cost of many athletic and cultural trips, and the costs of tests for college admission, such as; PSAT, SAT, SAT Prep Course and IB.

Scholarship students are expected to maintain satisfactory grades and to adhere to the behavioral guidelines of ISP. For further information contact the ISP Admissions Office.

Frequently Asked Questions