Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for TPS/Nursery – 18 months

From the beginning of the 2020 school year, EFI will admit children from 18-months old into the TPS (nursery) if they meet the following conditions:

  • Are 18 months old by August 31 2020. Children who turn 18 months old before the 31 December of the same school year can be admitted on the day of their birthday. Therefore, for the 2020-21 school year, only children born before February 28 2019 will be eligible for nursery school. Children born after this date will be eligible from the day of their 18-month birthday.

Summary

  • 18 months from the 31 August 2020
  • The child must be potty-trained and know how to listen
  • Choice between half-days and full-days
  • Children must be potty-trained (diapers are allowed during nap time) and sufficiently autonomous so that they can follow instructions given by the teacher and assistants, and move around with the group
  • In TPS/ursery, families can choose between a half day and a full day.

Admission requirements for Cycle 1 – from PS/Pre-Kindergarten to GS/Senior Kindergarten

From pre-kindergarten (PS – 3 years) to senior kindergarten (GS – 5 years), there are no particular admission requirements.

Children enter the class that corresponds to their age, before December 31 of the same school year.

Admissions during the school year are possible subject to available places.

Summary

  • No specific conditions
  • Possibility of registration during the school year

Admission requirements for Cycle 2 – from CP/Grade 1 to CE2/Grade 3

Students are admitted after an interview with the school’s educational management according to the following conditions:

  • Have a good recommendation from their previous school
  • Have a solid enough grasp of French to be able to integrate into the French-taught classes. Families whose children do not have a sufficient level of French will be offered preconditions for the student’s admission such as: intensive French classes in the months leading up to the student’s admission, specific “intensive French” arrangements during the first months of school, possible French lessons outside the classroom. These arrangements will be jointly agreed upon between the school’s educational management and the family.

Summary

  • Good recommendation

  • Sufficient grasp of English and French

  • Admission into class corresponding to their age

  • Admission possible during school year

  • Have a sufficient understanding of the English language to be able to integrate into the English-taught classes. Families whose children do not have a sufficient level of English will be offered preconditions for the student’s admission similar to the ones proposed for French.

Children enter the class that corresponds to their age before December 31 of the same school year.

Admissions during the school year are possible subject to available places.

Admission requirements for Cycle 3 and Middle School – from CM1/Grade 4 to 5e/Grade 7

Students are admitted after an interview with the school’s educational management according to the following conditions:

  • Have a good recommendation from their previous school
  • A strong command of French is necessary to integrate into EFI from grade 4 and so children with beginner French cannot be admitted. On the other hand, a preparatory year of intensive French learning may be offered to non-French-speaking children. Children in this situation are immersed partly in an FLE – French Foreign Language learning program – and partly integrated into the classroom for English-language sessions. Non-French-speaking children admitted into the preparatory year must, however, have an excellent command of English.

Summary

  • Good recommendation

  • Sufficient grasp of English and French

  • Admission into class corresponding to their age

  • Admission possible during school year

  • Children in intermediate situations, i.e. already with a good working knowledge of French, will be offered preconditions for admission such as: intensive French classes in the months leading up to the student’s admission, specific “intensive French” arrangements during the first months of school, possible French lessons outside the classroom. These arrangements will be jointly agreed upon between the school’s educational management and the family.
  • Have a sufficient understanding of the English language to be able to integrate into the English-taught classes. Families whose children do not have a sufficient level of English will be offered preconditions for the student’s admission similar to the ones proposed for French.

Children enter the class that corresponds to their age before December 31 of the same school year.

Admissions during the school year are possible subject to available places.

Learning a foreign language is largely done through exchanges, games and interactions with fellow native speakers of that language. It is thus absolutely necessary that the main languages of the school are spoken fluently by a majority of students so that this learning-by-immersion can take full effect. It is for this reason that EFI is careful to make sure that in each class from grade 1 (CP) at least 70% of students are native speakers or have an excellent command of the French language.

Waiting lists

Student admission decisions are made by the school’s educational management based on the criteria described above and on the number of places available in each class.

Once your registration file has been submitted to the school’s administrator, a decision will be communicated to you: admitted to the waiting list; conditionally admitted; not admitted.

The waiting lists functions in the following way:

  • Priority 1: students already enrolled at EFI
  • Priority 2: brother or sister of student already enrolled at EFI
  • Priority 3: students who have been enrolled at EFI in the past
  • Priority 4: new students, through the process of submitting the full registration file to the school’s administration