Placement Guide

The American education system calls for a total of another 13 years of education consisting of 6 years of elementary (Kindergarten and grades 1 – 5) and 7 years of secondary (grades 6 – 12) education, covering the ages of 5 - 18. University entrance is normally at age 18. These are not rigid standards and ISK uses them as general guides in grade placement. Grade placement is usually made using these standards in combination with other methods.

The method employed for grade placement of enrolled students varies depending on age, number of years in school, the school or education system from which they transferred and/or their academic transcripts.

The information given here is meant only as a guide for parents to understand how placement is made. Grade placement is determined by the school administration based on the school policy.

Elementary & Middle school

  • Students who enroll at the age of six (5) years old on or before August 1 of the same academic year will be placed in Kindergarten.
  • Students who transfer from the United States school system or from other American based programs will generally be placed according to their previous school’s recommendation and their age group.
  • Students transferring from schools or countries with an education program that closely corresponds to the American grade level system are placed in grades that most nearly approach the chronological age for the student taking into account the academic history
  • Special needs students who are eligible for enrollment in ISK are placed on the basis of past records, past placement, current assessment and the principal’s recommendation.

High School

In High School, grade placement is determined by age and previous academic transcripts.High school students transferring to ISK will have transcripts reviewed by the school to determine transfer credits. Grade placement is determined by credits earned.

In general, students are placed in Grade 9 if they have less than 5 credits, Grade 10 if they have less than 10 credits, Grade 11 if they have less than 16 credits, or grade 12 if they have 16 or more credits. Students must be in attendance for one full academic year in order to graduate.

Special needs students who are eligible for enrollment in ISK are placed on the basis of past records, past placement, current assessment and the principal’s recommendation.

Please read the High School Student-Parent Handbook for more details on grade placement