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FAQ

1. Is the International School of Latvia (ISL) accredited?

“Accreditation is the act of granting credit or recognition, especially to an educational institution that maintains suitable standards. Accreditation is necessary to any person or institution in education that needs to prove that they meet a general standard of quality.”

The International School of Latvia is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in the USA and is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)  to offer the IB Primary Years Program (PYP), IB Middle Years Program (MYP)  and IB Diploma Program (DP).

ISL was authorised to teach the  the MYP program in October of 1998, the  PYP program in May of  1999, and  the DP program in  August 2004. 

2. Do you have a scheduled Open Day when we can visit the school?

You can visit the school any day by arranging an appointment with Ms. Maira Erliha, the Admissions Coordinator.  Please call: +371 67755241; +371 67755146; + 371 22825428, or email: admissions@isl.edu.lv; frontdesk@isl.edu.lv; to arrange your appointment.

3. Does the school have the students wear a uniform?

Students at ISL do not wear uniforms.

4. Does the school have boarding facilities?

International  School of Latvia is a day school. We do not have boarding facilities. 

5. What is your school year?

Our school year starts in the middle of August and ends in the middle of June.

Please click here for the school calendar.

6. How long is the school day?

The school day at ISL is from 8:30 AM until 3:30 PM. The After School Activities program runs  from  3:45PM til 5:00 PM every day.

7. What after school activities are offered to students?

We offer diverse and interesting after school activities and clubs. Students can participate in various sports activities like soccer, basketball, volleyball, swimming, running and judo. They can take guitar classes, learn music programming,  join arts/ ceramics/pottery clubs , learn different languages, join a scouting group and many others. Please click here to see the full list of activities currently on offer.

8. Is there a deadline for applications for attending ISL?

The International School of Latvia considers each application on an individual basis. Some classes fill up very quickly - months before the next school year. We accept applications throughout the year and application process is on-going.   Applications can be submitted up to one year in advance of the entry date. We always encourage families to apply as soon as possible. 

9. Are there wait lists for some grades?

Currently we are accepting applications for students at all grade levels. However, the school is near to full capacity and wait lists have started to form in several grade levels, therefore we encourage you to complete the application process as soon as possible.  When you apply the class may be full. In this case your application will be placed on a “wait list” and you will be periodically informed about the status of your application. If we have space, we accept and enroll students throughout the year.

10. What grade will my child be placed in?

Students at the International School of Latvia are usually placed in the grade after the last one successfully completed, provided official school records are submitted with the application. Placement is determined by evaluating a combination of the following: age, previous school records, number of years of successful completion of school, and teacher/counselor recommendations

11. Is financial aid available at ISL?

We do not offer any financial aid currently.

12. Are there any entrance exams?

Applicants are not required to take specific entrance tests. An English placement test is required for all non native English speakers. More detailed information on the English test will be given once a complete application is received and reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

13. What other languages are taught at ISL?

For students who, by their level of English, qualify for other foreign language, ISL provides instruction in the following foreign languages: French , Russian and Latvian (grades 1-5) and French, Russian, Latvian and German (grades 6-10).

14. My child has a very limited English language knowledge. How will they manage in your school?

ISL provides a special program for children whose mother tongue is not English. We call it the “EAL” program or “English as an Additional Language”  program. Many students have limited English language level as they arrive from different parts of the world. Teachers at ISL are specially trained and are able to help new students to  adjust to their new environment. 

15. What percentage of graduates enter universities?

95-97% of our graduates enter universities or colleges all around the world. 

16. What universities have ISL graduates have attended?

Please, visit our College Counseling page, where you will find a list of universities and colleges where our graduates have been accepted, as well as information about our comprehensive College Counseling Program.