F.A.Q.


Is there a deadline for applications?

There is no specific deadline, and applications may be made at any time for most classes. However we do urge you to apply as soon as possible and, for the IGCSE and IB Diploma programmes, well in advance and no later than April 30th. You will need to allow us time to process your application, arrange testing, where necessary, and request references from your child’s current/previous school.


Do you give priority to any particular applications?

We will always try to accommodate brothers and sisters, or whole families joining ISM for the first time. Otherwise applications are processed in the order we receive them, provided all documents required are submitted in good time. You can help us by supplying all the required documents in good time, including school reports and the results of any special testing.


Is there a required interview or admissions test?

An entrance test and interview is usually required for admission to the Secondary School (Class 7 upwards) and always when applying to the IGCSE (Class 10 entry) and IB Diploma Programmes (Class 12 entry). We may also need to contact your child’s previous or current school for a reference. A placement test is usually required for entry to the Primary School - this helps us determine the correct class placement and to plan for any extra support that may be needed – please contact the Admissions Office for more information. For very young children, they will normally be invited to spend a morning in class for an informal assessment. Visits and/or testing normally take place during the school term when the school is fully operational.


Can my child sit an entrance test overseas?

We strongly prefer to conduct our admissions and placement tests here at ISM; together with the interview,  this helps us decide the best class placement and/or subject choices (notably or IGCSE and IB) for your child.  We feel it is important that you visit the school so that you – and we – can be sure that ISM is right for your child. An interview and an entrance test is always required to enter the IB Diploma Programme in Class 12.


How soon will I hear a decision?

Provided all the documents required have been submitted, and as soon as we have the results of any testing, we will usually give you an answer as quickly as possible. However, for wait listed classes, we are unable to confirm any places until March or April, after the re-enrolment process of our current students.


Do you have wait lists?

As with many international schools, demand can fluctuate and for some classes we cannot accept all the children who would like to join. If we cannot accept your child, you will be offered the opportunity to remain on the wait list.


How do we pay the application fee?

The application fee of 250 euros per student should normally be paid by cash, bank transfer or cheque, at the time of application. Payment of this fee must be made in euros.


Is the application fee refundable?

The application fee is a non-refundable cost reflecting the time involved in processing your child’s application, visits and testing. This fee is only payable once however.


Do you provide boarding facilities?

ISM does not offer boarding facilities, nor can we arrange home stays with host families. Our philosophy is that students are most likely to be academically and personally successful when living full time with their parents or legal guardians. Students, and their parents, must also be in possession of the necessary resident cards or permanent visas as may be required by the French or Monégasque authorities.