The International School of Toulouse is a private fee paying co-educational day school which was created to provide a high quality, cost effective international education in English for students from a variety of backgrounds which helps to facilitate the global mobility of families. Priority will always be given to students of parents of the sponsoring company, Airbus.
The School offers places to all students for whom it has the resources and for whom the fees are paid. Academic selection only takes place for entry to the IB Diploma programme. However the School will not knowingly give a place to any student who we consider beyond our capacity to support.
Kindergarten: Students are accepted into the Kindergarten in the academic year in which they are four years old. For some children this will be on a part-time basis (see below "Joining the School in Kindergarten". Children move from the Kindergarten 2 to Kindergarten 3 in the academic year in which they will be 6 years of age.
Grades 1-5 : Students are placed in the year group according to their chronological age based on the English education system (born between 1st September and the 31st August). However the School may place students who come from other educational systems in a year group which most appropriately meets their needs. However in exceptional circumstances the School may place students who come from other educational systems in a year group which more appropriately meets their needs, however this is only for children who are 8 years old and above.
The School will accept students for whom English is not their first language. However, in Grades 9-12 students need to demonstrate that they have a level of English that will allow them to fully access the academic programmes in place.
Academic requirements for admission to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
Requirements for students enrolled in Grade 10 at the International School of Toulouse
To enter the IB Diploma Programme in Grade 11 students are required to have obtained a minimum of 5 (I)GCSE qualifications at grade C or above and at least B grades in the subjects they intend to study at higher level. To enter the IB Diploma Programme in Grade 11 students must also have an excellent attendance record, of at least 90%, from September to March of Grade 10.
Requirements for students applying from other schools
Applications from students coming from other educational systems will be considered on an individual basis. Those applying from schools offering (I)GCSE courses are required to fulfil the same criteria as listed above for current IST students. Applicants may be required to sit subject tests, particularly for potential higher level subjects, and attend interviews if deemed appropriate. All students will be expected to have achieved a standard that will enable them to be successful in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
Students who do not meet the requirements for the full Diploma may apply to enter Grade 11 to study for the IB Course. Students must study a minimum of 5 subjects for IB Course although it is not a requirement that any of these be at higher level. All IB Course students are required to complete CAS and TOK classes. (Further information can be found in the IST IB Handbook.)
Special Educational Needs
The School will admit students with identified Special Educational Needs according to the Primary and Secondary Student Support Policies. The School will require a copy of all existing documentation and assessments and may require additional testing to be made. An offer of a place will only be made following receipt of all necessary documentation. Special educational programmes can be organised providing the school has the resources to deliver them. The School management exercises the right to refuse admission to a student if it thinks that the IST cannot provide the education or resources that the student needs.
The School reserves the right to re-asses on an annual basis any students with special needs who are admitted to the school.
Joining the School in Kindergarten
The Kindergarten at the International School of Toulouse is the start of a child's Primary education which lasts from 4 to 11 years of age. As a School we aim to provide a quality education right from the start of K1 and with this in mind the programme followed has been designed to make sure all children make good progress and develop to their full potential. The children of Kindergarten age make rapid progress: there is more cognitive development and overall growth in the first 5 years of a child's life than in the subsequent 50 years of their life. For this reason, this time in your child's life is vitally important in their growth, academic learning and overall development.
Students are accepted into the Kindergarten in the academic year in which they are four years old. For some children this will be on a part time basis according to the date of their 4th birthday.
If a child's 4th Birthday is between 1st September and 31st December he/she may start full-time at the beginning of the Autumn Term
If a child's 4th Birthday is between 1st January and 30th April he/she may start full-time at the beginning of the Spring Term
If a child's 4th Birthday is between 1st May and 31st August he/she may start full-time at the beginning of the Summer Term
To start school children must be fully toilet trained and willing to use the school toilets. If children start school and it is evident that this is not the case their place will be suspended for a period of time, at the discretion of the Head of Primary in consultation with the Early Years Teachers.
We are also aware that not all children are at the same developmental stage despite their age and therefore they may still struggle to cope emotionally with the demands of a full day at school. Staff monitor every child closely and will talk to all parents in the initial days/weeks of school. If concerns are raised, a period of reduced attendance may be proposed if it is felt that this is in the best interests of the child. We want children to be happy at school so that they can learn effectively and make good progress developmentally.
Children attending school on a part-time basis will either attend mornings (08h30 – 11h30) or afternoons (13h00 – 16h00). This will be decided by the Head of Primary.
As part of ensuring that children make a happy and successful start in our Kindergarten, they are invited to participate in a familiarisation visit prior to starting at IST.
Home visits take place during the first week of the Autumn Term. This is an opportunity for the Early Years staff to visit children and parents in a familiar environment, allowing the child to meet some of his/her new teachers and be able to talk about his/her favourite toys or books whilst feeling safe and secure in his/her own surroundings. When the child then starts school on a regular basis, s/he will have a common link with a now familiar adult.
This time is also an opportunity for parents to talk about their child and any specific needs they may have, or any matters which they think would be beneficial to the settling in process. Home visits have been shown to be very important to the successful induction of children into Kindergarten.
Starting School in September
All children in category 1 will start on Monday during the second week of the Autumn Term as stated on the School Calendar.
All children in category 2 may start on Wednesday during the second week of the Autumn Term as stated on the School Calendar and will attend school for mornings/afternoons only
All children in category 3 may start on Monday during the third week of the Autumn Term as stated on the School Calendar and will attend school for mornings/afternoons only.