The International School Nido de Aguilas

Entrance Assessment

It is important to note that the admissions decision is based on a number of factors including testing results, thorough revision of report cards, teacher comments, and the personal interview that is performed during the admissions testing day.

Pre-Kinder and Kinder 1

What happens when we arrive at the school for our child's assessment?

Group assessment: students who take the assessment in April will be grouped with 16 other students. Teachers will take the children to the Pre-Kinder classrooms while the parents attend a meeting in a nearby classroom. During the parents' meeting with administration, they will be required to fill out a questionnaire about their child’s emotional and social development.

Individual exam: students who take the assessment after April or throughout the school year will go through the same process as the students who took the group assessment, with the only difference being that they will take it individually.

What should we expect during the assessment?

In the classroom, the children socialize for about ten minutes and then work with the teacher at one of the stations. The stations contain games that evaluate each child's expressive and receptive language, concepts, behavior, and fine and gross motor skills.

How long is the assessment?

40 minutes – one hour

How can I prepare my child for the assessment?

Ways to help your child prepare include: encouraging him or her to perform activities independently and also having a good night's rest the day before the assessment!

How long after taking the assessment until I receive a response?

Those assessed in a group setting for a regular admissions deadline will be advised of the notification date.

Those assessed individually will be notified in approximately 10 working days.

Kinder 2

What happens when we arrive at the school for our child's assessment?

Group assessment: students who take the assessment in May and July will be placed in groups of three. Teachers will take them to the classroom after everyone has arrived in the Administration reception area. While the students are taking the assessment, parents are asked to fill out a questionnaire about their child’s emotional and social development.

Individual assessments: students who take the assessment after May and July or throughout the school year will go through the same process as the students who took the group assessment. The only difference is that they will take it individually.

What should we expect during the assessment?

After socializing for about 10 minutes, the children pass to a room with different stations. The games evaluate their expressive and receptive language, concepts, behavior, and fine and gross motor skills.

How long is the assessment?

40 minutes – one hour

How can I prepare my child for the assessment?

Ways to help your child prepare include: encouraging him or her to perform activities independently and also having a good night's rest the day before the assessment!

How long after taking the assessment until I receive a response?

Those assessed in a group setting for a regular admissions deadline will be advised of the notification date.

Those assessed individually will be notified in approximately 10 working days.

Grades 1-5

What happens when we arrive at the school for our child's assessment?

Group assessments: these occur in July right before school starts. Students will be placed in groups of three, and ESL candidates will be in separate groups from English-speaking students. After the students have arrived in the Administration reception area, they will be escorted to the counseling office. Parents are encouraged to wait in the office for them.

Individual assessments: students who take the assessment after July or throughout the school year will go through the same process as the students who take the group assessment. The only difference is they will take it individually.

What should we expect during the assessment?

Reading, writing, and math skills are the areas of knowledge that are assessed. After the assessment, there will be an interview with the counselor that also is part of the evaluation.

Students that do not speak any English or Spanish may also take an exam to determine their ability to learn a second language.

How long is the assessment?

90 minutes

How can I prepare my child for the assessment?

There is no way to prepare for these assessments. However, we encourage you to practice reading comprehension and math skills with your child.

How long after taking the assessment until I receive a response?

Those assessed in a group setting or for a regular admissions deadline will be advised of the notification date.

Those assessed individually for rolling admissions will be notified in approximately 10 working days.

Grades 6-8

What happens when we arrive at the school for our child's assessment?

Group assessments: these occur in July right before school starts. Students will be placed in groups, and ESL candidates will be in separate groups from English-speaking students. After the students have arrived in the Administration reception area, they will be escorted to the counseling office. Parents are encouraged to wait in the office for them.

Individual assessments: students who take the assessment after July or throughout the school year will go through the same process as the students who take the group assessment. The only difference is they will take it individually.

What should we expect during the assessment?

Reading, writing, and math skills are the areas of knowledge that are assessed. After the assessments, there will be an interview with the counselor that also is part of the evaluation.

Students, who do not enter into beginning- or advanced-level Spanish might be asked to return to take a test for Spanish-level placement.

ESL students will also take an ESL assessment to evaluate their level of English.

ESL students who score at the advanced-level on their test may be asked to return and take second math test. They may also need to take a Spanish as a Second Language (SSL) placement test.

How long is the assessment?

2.5-3 hours

ESL students: 3-3.5 hours

How can I prepare my child for the assessment?

There is no way to prepare for these assessments. However, it may be useful to practice math and English skills before the testing day.

How long after taking the assessment until I receive a response?

Those assessed for a regular admissions deadline will be advised of the notification date.

Those assessed individually for rolling admissions will be notified in approximately 10 working days.

Grades 9-12

What happens when you arrive at the school for your child's assessment

Group assessments: these occur in July right before school starts. Students will be placed in groups, and ESL candidates will be in separate groups from English-speaking students. After the students have arrived in the Administration reception area, they will be escorted to the counseling office. Parents are encouraged to wait in the office for them.

Individual assessment: students who take the assessment after July or throughout the school year will go through the same process as the students who take the group assessment. The only difference is they will take it individually.

What should we expect during the assessment?

Reading, writing, and math skills are the areas of knowledge that are assessed. After the assessment, there will be an interview with the counselor that is also part of the evaluation.

ESL students will also take an ESL assessment to evaluate their level of English.

How long is the assessment?

2.5-3 hours

ESL students: 3-3.5 hours

How can I prepare my child for the assessment?

There is no way to prepare for these assessments. However, it may be useful to practice math and English skills before the testing day.

How long after taking the assessment until I receive a response?

Those assessed for a regular admissions deadline will be advised of the notification date.

Those assessed individually for rolling admissions will be notified in approximately 10 working days.

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