Admissions and Placement of Students


Admissions Policy

The school accepts children without discrimination as to gender, race, religion or nationality, provided there are no reasons why the applicant cannot be educated in Monaco. The final decision on acceptance and placement is taken by the Director, based on advice from other members of the educational team, and information obtained with respect to:

  1. the applicant’s ability to meet the academic and ethical standards of the school,
  2. reports and records from previous schools,
  3. the potential of the applicant to benefit from the programmes and educational services available,
  4. the capacity of the school to meet the educational needs of the applicant.

Class Placement

Under normal circumstances students are assigned to classes on the basis of age. However, factors such as previous records, physical and emotional development and results of testing, are also considered. The final decision rests with the Director.

A child may be accepted into a class as follows, if he/she is of age before 1st September in the year of entry. Only in exceptional circumstances will an applicant be placed outside his/her chronological age group.

Early Years Kindergarten AM 3 years old
  Transition 4 years old
  Class 1 5 years old
  Class 2 6 years old

Primary School Class 3 7 years old
  Class 4 8 years old
  Class 5 9 years old
  Class 6 10 years old

Middle School Class 7 11 years old
  Class 8 12 years old
  Class 9 13 years old

Secondary School Class 10 14 years old
  Class 11 15 years old
  Class 12 16 years old


Students are very rarely accepted into Class 11 or Class 13 unless already following an IGCSE (for Class 11) or or IB Diploma programme (for Class 12).



  • If places are available, a student may be admitted to the School at any time during the school year.
  • If the School judges that the applicant meets all the criteria and a space is available in the appropriate class, acceptance will be unconditional.
  • Under certain circumstances, a conditional acceptance may be offered. The conditions will be clearly stated.


Please note that the School reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant if the school cannot meet the applicant’s educational needs or to postpone admission, if a class is full. In this case, the applicant will be placed on a Waiting List.



In general, it is expected that students will progress steadily through the school and move up to the next class at the appropriate time. If the School feels that a student is not coping academically or has not the maturity to deal confidently with the course content of the next class, then the student may be asked to repeat the year or find a more suitable alternative. Any concerns in this area will be raised at least six months before the end of the school year.


Procedure for Application and Admission


It is important that the step by step procedures for admission, outlined below, are followed carefully in order to avoid delays in the processing of your application.

Step 1: Information

Please read the following documents:

Step 2: Application

Please complete and send:

  • the application form
  • a recent photograph of the applicant
  • a photocopy of the applicant’s birth certificate
  • a cheque to cover the application fee of 200 euros per family (see below)
  • the last two years school reports (translated into English or French if necessary)* (*not required for entry to Early Years)
  • the results of any standardised tests taken over the last two years
  • the results of any special academic or psychological evaluations
  • any other relevant educational documents


It is essential that we receive all these documents and the application fee of Euros 200, (per family, where all children apply at the same time), which covers all administrative work involved in the processing of your application, visits and testing. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Application Fee: Payment must be attached to the Application Form and may be made by cheque, bank transfer or cash when visiting the school. This fee is non-refundable.

The Admissions Office will acknowledge receipt of your application form and fee.

Step 3: Evaluation

Once all documents have been received, each application will be reviewed by members of the educational team. In most cases your child (from Primary School upwards) will be invited in for a placement or entrance test. An entrance test is always required for applicants to the IGCSE and IB Diploma Programmes (Classes 10 and 12). The school may wish to contact the applicant’s current or previous school for further information and a confidential reference.

Step 4: Decision

As soon as your child’s file is reviewed, and any testing has been completed, a decision on your application will be made by the Head of School and you will be informed as soon as possible. Providing a place is available you will receive a formal letter of confirmation, together with an Enrolment Agreement. If a place is not available your child will be placed on a Wait List.

Step 5: Registration

With the letter of formal acceptance, you will receive:

  1. An Enrolment Agreement to complete and sign
  2. On receipt of your signed Enrolment Agreement, you will be sent an invoice for Registration and Tuition fees/Capital Development Fund fees as outlined in our Terms and Conditions.

Please note that the place is only confirmed when the school has received this signed Agreement and the Registration Fee has been paid. A Medical Form requesting evidence of good general health and copies of standard vaccination documents, as required by Monégasque law, must also be completed and returned to the school. All Registration, Capital Fund and tuition fees must be paid before your child can start school.

For further information, please contact:

Mrs Angela Godfrey, Head of Admissions, International School of Monaco, 12 Quai Antoine 1er, 98000 MONACO. Telephone: +377 93256820 E mail: