Entrance Evaluation Policies

Evaluation Purpose

In the admissions evaluation, which become more formal as the grade level advances, the school attempts to determine if the student is developmentally ready for school and has the basic skills required to enter the grade level in question. English and Math entrance evaluations have been designed by the school to evaluate basic language and math skills reflecting our curriculum. The English evaluation assesses  reading, writing and oral language skills; while the Math evaluation assesses basic grade level mathematical skills.

Evaluation Dates

After meeting all the basic qualifications, the Admissions Office will inform the parents about the available dates and times for the evaluation of their children.

Evaluation Fees

All evaluation fees are non-refundable unless a cancellation is made by parents 5 business days prior to the evaluation date.


With the Administration’s approval, a maximum of one re-evaluation will be allowed for a student, in which case additional fees may apply.

Evaluation Decision

Evaluation decision will be made by the Administration's committee after careful review of the results of the admission’s evaluation, recommendations made by the examining teachers, and the previous school's academic and behavior records.

Evaluation Results

Evaluation results will normally be provided to parents few days after the evaluation. This is done through the Admissions Office.


BIS reserves the right to deny admissions to any student without stating the reasons, to maintain the confidentiality of references given by the student’s previous school, or when the school administrators believe that it is in the best interest of the school or the student to do so.

Alternative Grade Level

If a student is applying for admissions in a certain grade level and he/she did not pass the entrance evaluation in the level which he/she applied for, BIS may offer him/her acceptance to a lower grade level depending on his/her previous records, age, and abilities observed during the school’s entrance evaluation. Thus, it is the family’s decision whether to accept or deny this offer. However, the family cannot request a change in grade once they have accepted the offer.

Kindergarten Entrance Interviews (KG1, KG2)

  • School faculty interview children in the presence of their parents and submit their recommendations to School Administration.
  • The interview is individual and will consist of one-to-one activities with the child using the Bracken School Readiness Assessment. This test is an individual cognitive test that is designed to evaluate the child’s mastery of basic concepts essential to academic success. Skills include identifying colors, letters, numbers and counting, sizes, comparisons and shapes.
  • The interview also assesses the development of the child’s social, emotional, speech, language, and fine motor skills.
  • The interviews are conducted only in English. 
  • Each interview lasts for approximately 30 – 45 minutes.

Elementary Entrance Evaluations

  • Students seeking entry in Elementary grades will sit for entrance evaluations in English and Math.
  • The English evaluation assesses oral listening, vocabulary, reading, comprehension and writing skills; while the Math evaluation includes skills appropriate to each grade level.
  • These evaluations will be based upon the minimum level of skills that a student would be expected to have attained in the present grade to allow them to cope with the next grade’s level at BIS. For example, a student in grade two seeking enrollment for entry to grade three at BIS will be required to sit for entrance evaluations based upon grade two skills. Students must achieve the grade level expectation in English and Math in their grade two evaluations to be considered for acceptance to grade three at BIS.