ISR offers rolling admissions, so there are no deadlines for application and most students are able to join ISR at any point in the academic year, dependent on meeting entry requirements and placement availability. If any given grade level is full we will maintain a waitlist and applicants will be contacted when places becomes available. Therefore, it is in the family’s best interest to begin the formal admissions process at the earliest possible opportunity, to avoid disappointment.
Upon receipt of your completed application form, the Admissions office will contact you via email and provide you with additional forms to be completed in support of your application. Only after all supporting forms/documents are received will the applicant’s file be reviewed. NOTE: Transcripts and Recommendation Forms must be sent directly from the issuing school/institution. Documents originally issued in a language other than English should be accompanied by an English translation. Please note, all documents submitted become the property of ISR and will not be returned. The following documents will be requested:
Copy of applicant’s passport
Transcripts (academic reports) for the current and previous school year
Confidential Teacher Recommendation Forms
Primary School applicants (kindergarten through grade 5) submit two: one from the applicant’s current homeroom teacher, and one from the applicant’s current Principal
Secondary School applicants (grades 6 through 12) submit two: one from the applicant’s current English language arts teacher; and one from the applicant’s current Principal
Early Years (Preschool) applicants should submit a Early Years Recommendation Form from any current preschool or daycare, if applicable
Applicant Questionnaire (grades 3 through 12 only)
Application for School Bus Service (if applicable)
Where parents have indicated any special education need on the application form, full written details, including a copy of all reports prepared by an Educational Psychologist and/or other appropriate specialist, should be submitted in support of the child’s application.
In some circumstances, an additional interview with the division Principal, Learning Support Coordinator, College Counsellor, and/or School Director may be required.
Step 3. Complete the admissions assessment (grades 3 through 12)
Once your application and all supporting documents have been received, a member of the Admissions team will contact you to schedule the admissions assessment. Please be advised that assessments last 60-90 minutes.
Students applying to grades 11 and 12 are required to attend an additional interview with the Secondary Principal.
Overseas applicants: If a student is applying from overseas and unable to complete the assessment at the ISR campus, we can arrange for a teacher or counselor at the applicant’s current school to administer the test.
Step 4. Contact with decision
Upon completion of the entire application process (application form, supporting documents, testing, personal interviews if required) the applicant’s file will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee. Admissions decisions include decisions regarding acceptance, grade placement, and additional services required if applicable. Once the committee has reached a decision, parents will be contacted immediately. Possible final admissions decisions include:
Acceptance and placement with an offer to enrol
Acceptance and placement with a conditional offer to enrol
Acceptance and placement to a waitpool awaiting grade level availability
Refusal of admission
Acceptance and Placement with an Offer to Enrol This offer is made when an applicant’s completed application provides evidence that all criteria for admissions have been met and there is space available.
Acceptance and Placement with a Conditional Offer to Enrol Occasionally, applicant families may be granted a conditional enrolment offer. This offer is made when the school determines that the student’s academic and social success at ISR is likely to improve significantly if an individualized set of conditions were to be met. Families are asked to commit to this specified set of conditions at the time of enrolment. Future enrolment is dependent upon the parent(s)/guardian(s)’ and student’s ability to meet and maintain these conditions over a predetermined period of time. Throughout this predetermined time period, the student’s level of success is reviewed with the family. A final review will determine if the student’s status will change to unconditional enrolment.
Offer to Be Placed In a Waitpool On occasion, due to space constraints, it is necessary to accept an applicant and ask that the family wait for a place to become available. The accepted applicant is placed in a waitpool with all other accepted applicants hoping to enrol in the same grade level. Once a place becomes available in a grade for which there is a waitpool, all applicants in the pool are considered for offers of enrolment. A combination of factors are considered when making decisions regarding the waitpool, including:
Applicants relocating to Riga and the surrounding area who have not studied in a local language
Applicants whose parents work at ISR
Applicants with siblings who are enrolled at ISR
Date of application completion
Should an applicant be accepted and placed in the waitpool for a grade in a particular school year, they will remain eligible for an offer to enrol into that grade throughout the duration of that school year. Applicants wishing to remain in the waitpool for a successive school year will be asked to submit updated supporting documentation for review, or to re-apply in full.
Refusal of Admission Admission to the school may be refused for reasons which include, but may not be limited to, the following:
Insufficient evidence of the applicant’s ability to follow ISR’s programme of study.
The inability of ISR to provide a suitable programme or facilities for the applicant
Dismissal under less than honourable circumstances from a previous school, or evidence of a poor disciplinary record at a previous school
A criminal record
Insufficient evidence of the parent(s)/guardian(s)’ ability to contribute positively to the school’s community
Insufficient evidence of the family’s ability to provide the support that the school believes necessary for the applicant to succeed
Applicants refused admission are welcome to submit a new application for a future school year.
ISR provides a learning focused education in English and is internationally accredited by the Council of International Schools and locally accredited by the Latvian Ministry of Education.
International School of Riga Kalnciema iela 118, Riga, LV-1046, LATVIA