Admissions and Placement of Students

Student Application

The School accepts applications, without discrimination of gender, race, religion or nationality, from all parents who are committed to the concept of an international education for their children.

Applications are accepted and welcomed throughout the school year and will be processed provided that:

  • All requested documentation has been received in sufficient time for the entry date requested.
  • The non- refundable Application Fee has been paid (250 euros per student).
  • The School has had the sufficient time to do the entry and placement tests where necessary.


Application for places in Class Two and above must be accompanied by:

  • School Reports from the previous 2 years (these MUST be provided in English or French)
  • Copies of any psychological or educational evaluations carried out
  • Details of any extra academic help or learning support received, including speech or language therapy.
  • Medical information with regards to long term medication which may have an impact on the student’s learning or behaviour.
  • Immunization certificates as required by law in Monaco

Admission Requirements

Early Years and Primary
Kindergarten to Class Six (3 – 10 years) - Admission is open to students who demonstrate the ability to access and benefit from a challenging international bilingual programme (English and French) in a mainstream environment. From Class One onwards, priority will be given to students whose level of English or French enables them to successfully access the bilingual programme.

Secondary school
Classes Seven to Eleven (11 – 15 years) – Admission is open to students who demonstrate the ability to access and benefit from a challenging international English language programme in a mainstream environment, which leads to IGCSE and IB Diploma examinations. 

Language: In order to maintain high standards in the language of instruction (English and/or French), the School reserves the right to limit any other mother tongue grouping to a maximum of 25% by class level.

Learning Needs: The school has limited provision for students with special learning needs and is only able to admit those with mild learning difficulties who demonstrate the ability to access and benefit from the regular curriculum and programme with short term assistance from the Learning Support Department.


Specific Requirements for Entry into the IB Diploma Programme (Classes 12 and 13)

  • An excellent command of spoken and written English ( as all courses are taught in English)
  • At least four B grades and two C grades in GCSE/IGCSE examinations, to include English and mathematics at Grade C or above, for the Diploma Programme
  • The ability to follow a 2nd language course, which is offered by the School.
  • For students who have not followed the GCSE/ IGCSE programme, entry will be based on previous school reports, grade point average and ISM placement testing.
  • ALL applicants for IB  programmes, including the IBCP (Career-related Programme)  will be expected to visit  the school for interviews and assessments.



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
  • language profile form
  • a recent photograph of the applicant
  • a photocopy of the applicant’s birth certificate AND passport
  • photocopies of parents’ passports
  • a cheque or copy of bank transfer,  to cover the application fee of 250 euros per student (see below)
  • the last two years school reports (translated into English or French if necessary)*
  • 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 250 per child, 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 documents and fee.

Step 3: Offer of Place

Following payment of the application fee, an assessment for admission and class placement will be made, which will enable the school to decide upon the most appropriate instructional level/subject selection for your child's success here at ISM. Once it is established that the school has a programme that can meet the applicant's learning needs, and providing that there is a vacancy in the appropriate year level, the school will offer your child a place. If the student meets the requirements, but there is no place available, the student will be placed on the waiting list.

Step 4: Class Placement

Our August 31st cut-off date for class placement reflects what we believe to be the most appropriate classification for the social, emotional and academic well being of children attending ISM. Therefore, to ensure the most appropriate learning environment for all students, we rarely allow exceptions to the class placement protocol as outlined in Age/Class Guidelines. Any exception will be made by the Unit Head, following assessment.

Please note that ISM reserves the right to deny admission to: 

  • Any student for whom the School cannot meet his/her educational, social or emotional needs.
  • Any student whose previous academic records are incomplete or for whom information has been withheld.  This is detrimental to the wellbeing of the student and/or the rest of the class and may result in the withdrawal of the student, even after admission, which then becomes void.


Age / Class Guidelines

Early Years Kindergarten AM 3 years by August 31st
  Transition 4 years by August 31st
  Class 1 5 years by August 31st
  Class 2

6 years by August 31st

  Class 3 7 years by August 31st

Primary School Class 4 8 years by August 31st
  Class 5 9 years by August 31st
  Class 6 10 years by August 31st

Secondary School Class 7 11 years by August 31st
  Class 8 12 years by August 31st
  Class 9 13 years by August 31st
  Class 11 15 years by August 31st
  Class 12 16 years by August 31st
(entry to class 13 only for students already following a compatible IB Diploma programme)

Step 5: Registration

With the letter of formal acceptance, you will receive:

  • An Enrolment Agreement to complete and sign, to be returned to the school.
  • 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. All Registration, Capital Fund and tuition fees must be paid before your child can start school.

Admission Timeline
  • For the school year starting in September: all applications received before January 31st  will be considered together. This does not however guarantee an offer of a place. 
  • Applications received after February 1st will be considered on a rolling basis subject to availability.
  • Applications received after April 30th will be considered LATE APPLICATIONS and may not be fully processed by the start of the new academic year, especially if entrance tests and interviews need to be scheduled.
  • The final decision on acceptance is determined by the Director and is based on advice from the Heads of Schools. The School reserves the right to decline a student and has no obligation to justify its decision.

For further information please contact the admissions team at: