Admission

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Welcome to the Iringa International School Family

How To Apply

Deciding on a school that is the right fit for you and your child is, without a doubt, a weighty decision. Here at Iringa International School, we know there is much to consider to ensure you and your child have a school experience that meets your needs, expectations, and continuously delivers long-lasting results to ensure your child is armed with important scholastic, and character-building skills to succeed in the world today.

At IIS, our community-focused environment is warm. We welcome new families and students with open arms.

To learn more about our schools, please see our Student Handbook and FAQs.

If you would like to study in a school that focuses on changing the world for a better tomorrow, you’re choosing the right place. We do not use special formulas to select students. We look at every single applicant’s application, academic and personal abilities to select students who suit our community with a full range of backgrounds.

Contact us now to place a schedule for an interview. 

Admissions FAQs

We are here if you need us. Families considering IIS as a school for their child/children often have questions about the admissions process.

We hope the information below helps answer some of your questions. If you have any other questions about the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Team at iringainternational@iis.ac.tz.

Is there a deadline for applying to Iringa International School?

We accept applications at any time. However, we generally process applications in spring for places in the following school year, which begins in August. The earlier we receive your application, the better your chances of getting a place. 

Can a student join IIS during the school year?

Yes. We encourage students to join IIS at the start of the school year in August. But we do have some students who join IIS at other times of the year, for example in January. In such cases, we process the application during the school year if possible.

How do I submit an application?

Please use our online application, which will ask for all relevant information and enable you to pay the application fee and upload the necessary documents. You can also download our school forms and submit to our Admissions Office for review and processing. 

Is fluent English required?

No, a student need not be fluent in English in order to join IIS. Up to Grade 10, our ‘English as an Additional Language’ Department offers support and sheltered classes in Humanities and English. It also offers in-class support in subjects such as Science where necessary.

However, a student’s English must be very strong before starting the the rigorous Cambridge International AS & A Levels Programme in Grades 11 and 12. Therefore, we test older students’ English during the admissions process.

Is knowledge of Kiswahili required?

No. Kiswahili is the language of our host country so we provide Kiswahili classes for our students.

Does IIS accept students with special needs?

We review every application to determine whether the student can benefit from our teaching and contribute to our community. If we decide they can, then we offer up to two hours of learning support, where required, at no additional cost. If students need more than three hours’ support, we ask parents to pay for additional help.

Is there a school uniform at IIS?

We do not have a school uniform. However, we ask students to dress in a way that does not cause offence or distraction and that allows them to move safely around the school. For physical education, we ask that students wear neat shorts or sweat pants and a neat t-shirt. 

Is an IGCSE Certificate and A Level Certificate accepted internationally?

Yes. The Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge A Level programmes are the leading Secondary educational qualification in the world and is being adopted by more and more national systems as well as international schools. Over 10,000 schools in 160 countries offer the Cambridge IGCSE Curriculum. And universities all over the world recognize the Cambridge IGCSE and A Level Qualifications. You can find out more on the Cambridge Assessment International Education’s website.

Additional Information

  • English is the language of instruction, therefore, entrance exams are conducted in English
  • Entry assessments for Nursery, Reception and Grade 1 take place in April.
  • Grade 2 to Grade 6 entry assessments take place in June.
  • Secondary School entrance examinations take place in May
  • -Grade 6 to 8 are tested in Maths and English
  • -Grade 9 to 12 students are tested in Maths, English and Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) and, if a student wants to study a language (e.g. French or Kiswahili), he or she will be tested in that subject.
  • Late entrants (expatriates and returnee Tanzanians) will be tested in August or as required.
  • Non-resident applicants may, at the discretion of the Head of Admissions, be tested in their country of residence.
  • Results and recommendations will be submitted to the Office of Admissions for evaluation in consultation with the sectional Subject Teachers and the Head of School.
  • From 2021, prospective locally domiciled students are required to spend a day in the year group to which they have applied.  This is to enable teachers to observe students in the school setting and fully assess whether I.I.S. can meet their needs.

Requirements for Applicants

The Common Application is a requirement for all students applying to any or all of IIS’s curriculum programs. You’ll be able to choose the curriculum and subjects that you are interested in pursuing.

You will need :

  • Contact information for the school counsellor or other school representative who will complete your Common Application School Report and submit your official school transcript.
  • Contact information for one teacher (or two, maximum) who will complete the Teacher Evaluation form.
  • Nonrefundable $100 application fee. Students who are unable to pay the application fee can request a fee waiver.

When To Apply?

  Application Deadline Decision
Early Decision 1 June  July 
Early Decision 2 July August 
Regular Decision August  September

Where to submit necessary documents?

Documents not submitted through the online method can be mailed to:

Iringa International School

P.O. Box 912
Iringa, Tanzania

+255-657864409

iringainternational@iis.ac.tz

The Application Process

1

ADMISSION FORM COLLECTION

Parents and applicants should come to the school to collect the admission form or download here. The Admissions Officer should provide basic information about the school’s academic year, facilities, results, IB and IGCSE programmes, affiliation with Cambridge and IB, etc. to the parents.

The applicant may visit our online application website to do the online registration. 

Visit our downloadables page for more IIS documents. 

2

ADMISSION FORM SUBMISSION

a. Applicant should fill in the admission form completely, leaving no field blank in the form.
b. With the completed application form, applicant should provide the following to the respective Admissions Officer:
i. 1 passport-size photograph of applicant and 1 passport size photograph of mother and father each
ii. Photocopy of previous school’s report card or the transcripts of the full session and the recommendation letter/testimonial/transfer letter/letter from Principal
iii. Photocopy of birth certificate/ passport of applicant
iv. Photocopy of NID/ Passport of the parents

3

ADMISSION FORM ANALYSIS

Application form will go to the Admissions Committee for scrutiny. The Admissions Committee will check all information provided in the application form. If the Admissions Committee finds that the application form is properly filled in and the applicant has enough credit to get admitted into IIS, the Admissions Committee will check the availability of the seat for the desired class.

4

WRITTEN TEST

If the seat is available, the applicant (from PRE-K to Grade 9) will be called to sit for a written test.

  • The admission test will be on English, Science and Mathematics for applicants from KG 1 to class 8.
  • For applicants of Grade 9, the question is divided into three compulsory segments (English, Mathematics & Science) and 2 choice segments (choice of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Accounting, Business Studies and Economics).
5

INTERVIEW PROCESS

The applicant (from PRE-K to Grade 9) and the parents will be called for an interview with the Admission Counselor and the Head of School.

The parents should bring the original copy of all documents submitted earlier to the interview board.

6

RESULTS

A decision about the admission will be communicated to the parent and the result of the applicant will be communicated to the designated School Coordinator for registration. 

7

ADMISSION

If result is positive, applicant should come to take admission within 1 week of results publication.

8

WAITING LIST

Applicants, who are shown in the waiting list, will be considered according to their waiting serials shown in the notice board and in the website. If any seat is declared vacant by the section because of a student’s transfer or migration abroad, waiting applicants will be notified in through email and on phone. Three applicants from the top will get an invitation for admission against one available seat. Invitation will become invalid for two applicants when one applicant from the list gets admission into IIS.

Siblings, family members and relatives of current IIS students will get preference for admission. However, we will not consider any late admission. Therefore, parents and guardians of IIS students are encouraged to apply for admission within the above-given deadline. If the admission process is complete, we will not be able to take any student, even if s/he is a sibling or relative of our current student.

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