Prospective students and parents should be familiar with the school’s program, facilities, and student expectations. YIS maintains high expectations for academic performance. The school promotes appropriate social activities, the appreciation of the Myanmar culture, and the personal fulfillment of each student.
The school provides a challenging program with instruction in English. An American curriculum is used with materials from the US. Because of this, it is critical that the child have a level of English that is appropriate to his/her grade level.
Admission is based on a review of records, past performance, age, maturity, class numbers, and acceptable performance on the school’s screening assessments.
Age is the first criteria taken into consideration for the placement of students at any grade level. Exceptions are possible, but only after careful evaluations have been made by teachers and the principal following consultations with parents. Final decision for grade placement rests with the school principal.
For entry into kindergarten, children must be five years old by September 1st, in the year they wish to start school. Children must be toilet trained, be able to change their own clothes, and be socially mature enough to benefit from the kindergarten experience. The kindergarten teacher will determine social maturity during the first two weeks of enrollment.
Parents should complete an application form, available from the office. Whenever possible,school records, grades, reports, and any standardized testing should be submitted from previous schools. YIS reserves the right to request a copy of student records before a child is allowed to enroll at the school. Records are essential at the high school level due to the evaluation of credits to meet the YIS graduation requirements. Records must be in English or with official translations. To fulfill the YIS graduation requirements, students from non-American accredited schools will need to attend YIS for a minimum of two consecutive years. If a student is coming from another accredited American school, he/she may enter as a senior.
Health records must be provided and children must be immunized per school policy. All children will be given a screening assessment to determine their best placement in the school. The screening will include a writing sample, a math test, an informal interview, and assessments in reading, speaking, and listening. The appropriate level of English is expected before entry can be considered. Children may be exempted from screening assessments if they are coming from another American or international accredited school and records indicate acceptable grades and courses. Screening assessment may be necessary for specific subject placement such as math.
Children and parents will meet with the principal before enrollment at the school is granted. In some cases, students will be admitted on a provisional basis so that faculty members can further assess if the student will experience succession the school’s program. Occasionally, a student may be initially placed in lower grade level if it is felt that the student could have more success at this level. Also, calendars and school years with international schools do not always match, so a judgment needs to be made on the appropriate placement of the child and what is best for his/her continued learning and overall development. Whenever possible and preferably for the high school level, applications should be submitted in the spring of the preceding school year.
YIS provides ESL support and assistance for grades K-6. The amount of ESL support time depends on the needs of each student. YIS does not have a special education or learning disabilities program, so students with identified learning problems are generally not accepted. Students with mild disabilities may be admitted if it is determined that the child can be successful.
By policy, tuition must be paid in advance in order for a child to be admitted to school. Tuition fees and procedures for payment are available in the office.
Students who are departing should hand carry their current records to their next school. These records will only be given to the parent of the child.