Welcome to iSC Academy. You will find our online school to be a virtual community in which students are happy and engaged in learning, and our teachers dedicated and committed to helping your children to feel a sense of belonging.
iSCA started in the 2019-20 school year with approximately 180 students. Most of our students were enrolled in our face-to-face schools in China or the UAE, but could not get back due to COVID-19 restrictions. Others were enrolled in our supplementary AP courses. And others were children of Chinese expatriates who wanted to learn more about their cultural heritage and language. Regardless of why our students needed iSCA, they were provided with opportunities to become a part of a true virtual community connecting them, their parents, and their teachers throughout the world. We are excited to offer full-time English opportunities as well as part-time options in Chinese Culture and Language, English Language Support, and AP courses
As your admissions guide, my aim is to make the admissions process clear and straightforward so you can experience a smooth transition to our community. Please take some time to look through our website and become familiar with who we are and what we are about. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. I am happy to serve you as you consider joining iSC Academy.
iSC Academy Registrar
The school considers the following as essential for admission:
- The student and parent must submit federally-recognized photo identification, typically a passport. As per Chinese law, we cannot admit Chinese passport holders who are residing in mainland China.
- Demonstrate age-appropriate adequacy in the English language and educational skills as determined by an interview, examination, and/or educational records.
- A medical exam must be completed for all new students.
- All forms and paperwork must be completed. Note: All documents must be in or translated into English.
- Registration fee must be paid before students are placed on the class roster.
- Meet with the teacher and/or principal if deemed necessary
Please fill out the online application form found here to apply. Note: If you previously applied to an iSC school and were not successful, it is necessary that you resubmit your application.
- Complete online re-enrollment.
- Medical examination signed by a doctor for students entering both 5th and 9th grade.
- Pay all re-enrollment fees by the date specified on the re-enrollment page.
Sections of most courses open when ten students enroll, except for CLC courses, which open when four students enroll. No course section shall exceed twenty four students. Enrollment is based on a first-come basis, but in the event of close submissions, priority is given to the following:
- Children of LDi staff and associates
- Eligible siblings of students already attending iSCA and/or an iSC school
- Students with higher levels of English abilities (for full-time programming)
If a student has passed the necessary admission requirements but there is no space available, he/she may be placed in a waiting pool. Students will be added to this pool according to the enrollment priority listed below. This waiting pool is dissolved at the end of the school year and parents need to re-apply if they wish to be considered for enrollment for the following school year. We encourage parents to look for other educational options while their child is in the waiting pool.
The school does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnic origin or gender in its admissions or in any school programs.
iSCA admits students representing diverse cultures, backgrounds, and needs. Accepted students and their families are expected to positively contribute to the iSCA virtual community, purpose, and vision while demonstrating commitment to its values. Students may be admitted as full-time students or part-time students. iSCA offers rolling enrollment; however, courses follow the iSCA School Calendar, though adjustments can be made to meet students' circumstances and holidays.
Some countries, provinces, and/or states may treat enrollment in an online school differently than enrollment in a traditional, face-to-face school. Parents/guardians are responsible to educate themselves and maintain compliance concerning the education laws in their place of residence.
iSCA currently offers full-time English programming for students in Kindergarten through Grade 9. Full-time iSCA students get to experience iSCA in its fullest!
All full-time students participate in daily, regionally-based homerooms. Homeroom programming supports students in age-appropriate character development aligned with the iSC 9 Qualities for Life. Homeroom also provides vital social experiences meant to invigorate students in their commitments to Learn, Love, and Lead within the iSCA virtual community and their physical communities. Furthermore, Homeroom teachers help students and families in navigating their iSCA connections and responsibilities with peers, teachers, courses, and other programming.
“Core” classes include Character Development, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Other classes, “Specials,” include Fine Arts options, Physical Education, and language—students either learn Chinese or engage with English Language Support if needed. All classes have weekly synchronous learning opportunities that students are expected to join as possible.
iSCA has many part-time opportunities for students needing supplemental educational support. Beyond engaging with their courses, they are invited to participate in regional course and program virtual opportunities as possible, and are encouraged to participate in synchronous course sessions as possible. They must be enrolled with another educational institution and have administrative approval to also be enrolled in iSCA courses.
Chinese Language & Culture Courses: CLC courses are offered to K-12 students who wish to learn more about Chinese culture and grow in their capacity to communicate in Chinese. Small classes allow for highly-personalized standards-based learning experiences. Students must be able to join weekly regional synchronous sessions that fully immerse students in all four aspects of Chinese communication: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Courses are offered at all levels including Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Native Chinese and group students based on ability and grade level.
English Language Support Courses: are in development ELS courses will be offered to K-12 students who wish to grow in their capacity to communicate in English. Students must be able to join weekly regional synchronous sessions that fully immerse students in all four aspects of English communication: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Courses are offered at two levels based on WIDA scores (Levels 1--3 and Levels 4-6) and group students based on ability and grade level.
Advanced Placement Courses: Advanced Placement® (AP) courses are based on national curricula and prepare high school students to take the College Board® AP exams in May. AP courses are designed to provide an additional challenge for students wishing to learn more about a specific subject area; in addition, these classes are taught at the level and expectations of a first-year university course. More information about the official AP program can be found on the College Board website. Students wishing to enroll in AP courses need a recommendation from his/her principal (or designee).
iSCA offers two different options for AP courses. Synchronous Courses meet weekly based on regions and require weekly synchronous connections. Semi-Synchronous Courses follow an adaptive pacing schedule, offer quarterly synchronous opportunities based on region, and encourage engagement at least once a week.
POLICIES & PROCEDURES
Academic Testing & Interview
Once a test date is decided upon, a student will undergo a series of reading, written, spoken and listening tests to determine if they are academically and socially ready for the grade level for which they are applying. This written assessment will measure the ability of a student to read and write in English, and the interviews will measure the student’s ability to listen and speak in English. Both parts of the admissions assessment may require other academic skills as well.
After the admissions assessment is completed, the parents will be informed of the results via email and phone. Upon acceptance, any ELL recommendations and placements will be made as necessary.
The school does not practice acceleration of students (skipping a grade) in cases of high achievement. New students who are non-native English speakers may be placed at a lower grade level at the Principal’s discretion. Students will not be placed in a certain grade, class, or level based on the parent’s preference for a certain teacher.
Required Entrance Tests
Language Services Department Test (30 Minutes)
Readiness Interview (30 Minutes)
Language Services Department Test (1 Hour)
Readiness Interview (30 Minutes)
Students are ordinarily placed in the appropriate grade indicated by their previous schooling. If a question regarding placement arises, the following factors are considered in parent/school discussions: (1) School records, (2) Chronological age, and (3) Evidence of maturity. Regardless of age, a child may be refused admittance if enrollment in an online school does not seem to be in the best interest of the child.
Students must meet the required age by September 30 of that school year to be admitted to the class.
- KINDERGARTEN: minimum age is 5 years old
- GRADE 1 (Minimum age is 6 years old): Provide proof of successful completion of the prior grade and educational fluency determined by a school-administered test.
- GRADES 2-5: Provide proof of successful completion of the prior grade and educational fluency determined by a school-administered test.
- GRADES 6 AND ABOVE: Provide proof of successful completion of the prior grade and educational fluency determined by a school-administered test.
iSCA strives to provide an excellent education to all students, supporting each individual’s needs. As such, it is vital that we understand the specific needs of the student, in order to prepare and teach effectively.
iSCA asks that parents inform the school if there are any known learning disabilities, differences, and/or delays. It is important that iSCA confirms the ability to meet the needs of those with disabilities prior to admissions. In some situations, the school may not have the resources necessary for successful learning. In these instances, we will commmunicate with parents regarding whether admissions is possible or how to obtain the needed resources.
iSCA believes parents are ultimately responsible for the education of their children and that cooperation between the school and the home is necessary to ensure that students reach their fullest potential. As a result, and in the best interest of the student, iSCA requires that students live with at least one parent/guardian.
Parents and guardians are the primary caretakers of iSCA students. They partner with iSCA educators by serving as mentors and motivators to students in their academics and wellbeing, helping to facilitate progress through and engagement with daily lessons, and supporting communication efforts between students and iSCA educators. Although iSCA strives to support students capacity for autonomy, parents/guardians must be committed to being highly engaged with their children’s academic engagement, especially in Grades K-9. They partner with iSCA by helping their children to embrace and grow in their commitments to Learn, Love, and Lead and iSC core values.
Tuition Payments and Refund Policy
iSCA determines tuition on an annual basis, which is assessed at the time of registration. It is payable in accordance with an approved payment plan. Late fees will be assessed where appropriate.
Parents may choose a payment plan in correspondence with the finance office. Parents must take all necessary measures to pay all school fees. If a student applies and is accepted into the school some time after the commencement of the school year, tuition will be charged for the full quarter of entry and all subsequent quarters.
Tuition payments for students who withdraw will only be refunded for quarters not attended. Once a quarter is started, full tuition for that quarter must be paid. Report cards, diplomas, and transcripts will not be released if payments are not complete. No portion of tuition shall be refunded for a student dismissed by expulsion or for disciplinary reasons.
No tuition payments can be transferred from one student to another.
A tuition account must be current to within sixty (60) days by the end of the semester in order for a child to continue in school the second semester. All tuition accounts must be paid in full before a child can re-enter the school. In the event that payment has not been received in full within sixty (60) days after the due date, the student(s) may be removed from the school. The terms and conditions for payment must be fully and promptly met.
Please contact our Admissions Office for a schedule of our tuition and fees.