Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most common questions that families ask us when they visit the school. Please contact our Admissions team if you do not see your question below.

When is the best time to apply to CIS for future enrollment?

The Admissions Committee reviews applications throughout the school year for the following year's enrollment. For Secondary and Elementary students, January through May is a good time to consider enrollment as academic records from the current school year are generally available and can be submitted with your application. Applications are accepted for all grades as early as September of the year prior to enrollment, with the understanding that a decision may not be made until the following spring when class sizes have been finalized. The re-enrollment process for current students occurs in March/April each year.

Are students accepted for mid-year enrollment?

Yes, the Admissions Committee will consider mid-year enrollment provided there is space in the grade level requested and the application includes the most up-to-date academic records and progress reports from the student's current school. Admissions occurs throughout the school year for all grades if space allows.

What academic records are required as part of the application?

For Kindergarten, progress reports from any relevant early childhood programs may be submitted but are not required. Elementary and Middle School students in Grades 1 through 8 must submit a complete set of academic records from the past two years in any previous schools, including any standardized test scores, if available. High School students must submit report cards from all high school years. Official transcripts and report cards must be sent to CIS by the previous school.

Are students required to take an admission test?

Standardized test scores should be submitted with your application, if available. An admissions test may be administered if these are not available or at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

How is grade level placement determined?

Entry to the Nursery program is limited to students who meet the age requirement of two years old by October 1st of the enrollment year. Students who enter PreK3 must be toilet trained before the date of enrollment. PreK3 is limited to children who turn three years old by October 1st of the enrollment year. Entry to PreK4 is limited to children who are four years old by October 1st, and so on. The school will follow these general guidelines for all grade levels from Nursery to Grade 12. Please see the Age Criteria section on the Application page for more detail.