Admissions Policies

Who can apply?

ISKR does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, or religion. Any student that meets the admission requirements and agrees to pay all associated fees will be considered for admittance, if space permits.

Class Size

The maximum class size in Early Childhood is 16 for EC 2 and EC 3. For EC 4 the maximum class size 18 and for KG-12 is 20, if facilities permit. At the Director’s discretion, the school may exceed this class size by 2 (to a maximum of 22) provided that the school can provide both a large enough classroom and appropriate support for the classroom teacher.


Admissions is non-discriminatory and open to all students without regard to race, sex, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation or national or ethnic origin. We invite applications from students who can benefit from an international, university-preparatory English language education.

Admission and continued enrollment in ISKR is determined by the Director based on the following criteria:

  • The potential of the applicant to benefit from ISKR’s educational program;
  • The ability of the school to meet the educational needs of the applicant;
  • The ability of the applicant to meet the attendance and behavioral expectations of  the school;
  • Fulfillment of the school’s financial and medical requirements; and
  • The effect of the applicant on the class as a whole.

Admissions Priorities

Whenever it is not possible to accommodate all qualified applicants, the following admission priorities will apply:

  1. Returning students who are currently enrolled and children of U.S. State Department employees
  2. Siblings of currently enrolled students
  3. Former ISKR students
  4. Children of any diplomatic missions (including the EU and UN) or international NGOs or international companies operating in Rwanda;
  5. Rwandan students
  6. Other qualified applicants

A waiting pool of applications will be created if a class is full. ISKR will draw from this pool based on these priority guidelines and on a review of all applications to determine those students we feel can best benefit from an ISKR education.

Admissions Testing

  • Admission to ISKR will be on the basis of previous school reports and entrance forms through to the end of Grade 3. There will be no entrance testing for these grades.
  • The school will administer basic tests for reading, writing and mathematics in all other grades.
  • Children coming from non-English speaking schools will be tested for English competency from Grade 6 on.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to ISKR will be guided primarily by whether the school can meet the child’s educational needs.

The following factors will be taken into consideration in the admissions process:

  • At all levels:  Proof of age, previous school records and confidential and/or parent references.
  • From Grade 4 to Grade 12:  Entrance testing in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics.
  • From Grade 6 to Grade 12:  ELL testing if the student has less than three full years in English language education and/or if the student was enrolled in ELL classes at his/her most recent school.

English Language Learners (ELL)

For those students who are not proficient in English, English Language Learners (ELL) classes are available. For grades 11 and 12, however, students must be fairly proficient in English to be able to meet graduation requirements.

Students with Special Needs

Because of the small size of our student body, the ISKR only offers limited services to students with identified learning needs and/or social/emotional needs. Please contact the school immediately if your child requires special services so we can determine if we can provide a suitable program for your child before they are accepted.