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Admissions Policy

The Hamilton International School has a transparent admissions policy to ensure all applicants are treated fairly. All children are required to complete our assessment procedure prior to being offered a place at The Hamilton International School.

Admissions Details

For the Academic Year 20/21, admissions open from Pre-KG to Grade 8. Grade levels will be added every year to become a through school to Grade 12.

For more information please contact our Head of Admissions & Marketing, Thouraya El Bouz, with any questions on +974 3329 6569 or email admissions@this.qa.

Overview

Children from all nationalities are welcome to apply. The Hamilton International School gives priority to siblings of current students; however this does not guarantee admission.

All children applying for a place, including those with priority, are required to pass an entrance assessment or an entrance test. Applicants who pass the test are offered a place or will remain on our waiting list. When a place becomes available in the school, all candidates on the list will be considered. If a period of six months of passing the initial assessment has passed, a child may be required to sit a second assessment.

If a child fails an entrance assessment the school will reassess at the school’s discretion.

Applications can only be submitted online and must be completed in full.

Applications are considered for the Academic Year in which they apply.

Family Applications

If your application is for more than one child, each child will need to pass the assessment or interview for their application to be successful. Not all family members will be guaranteed places.

Sibling Applications

In November of each year, we invite current parents to apply for siblings for the following academic year. Parents/Guardians must ensure they have provided all the relevant information in their application, including details of behavioral, social or academic support needs. If information is withheld and Hamilton International School is unable to meet your child’s educational and/or social/behavioral needs, we reserve the right to withdraw the application/school place.

Year Groups

Children will only be admitted to the appropriate grade by age as detailed during the initial online enquiry form. If your child is currently studying in a school in Qatar please refer to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) rules for transferring children.

AgeDate of BirthThe Hamilton
International School
Equivalence in
British System
Early Years School
3 - 41 Sept 2016 - 30 Sept 2017Pre-KGFS1
4 - 51 Oct 2015 - 30 Sept 2016KG1FS2
Elementary School
5 - 61 Oct 2014 - 30 Sept 2015KG2Year 1
6 - 71 Oct 2013 - 30 Sept 2014Grade 1Year 2
7 - 81 Oct 2012 - 30 Sept 2013Grade 2Year 3
8 - 91 Oct 2011 - 30 Sept 2012Grade 3Year 4
9 - 101 Oct 2010 - 30 Sept 2011Grade 4Year 5
10 - 111 Oct 2009- 30 Sept 2010Grade 5Year 6
Middle Years
11 - 121 Oct 2008 - 30 Sept 2009Grade 6Year 7
12 - 131 Oct 2007 - 30 Sept 2008Grade 7Year 8
13 - 141 Oct 2006 - 30 Sept 2007Grade 8Year 9

In Year Applications

While the school year starts in August, we do accept children throughout the year depending on the availability of seats and MOEHE rules and regulations.

End of Year Reports

All children joining Grade 1 and above are required to provide a copy of the previous End of Grade school report together with any interim schooling reports.

To comply with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) requirements, school reports coming from a school outside Qatar must be attested. The attestation process is similar to the steps followed by the Sponsor to receive his/her work permit and family visa. Please consult with Sponsor company’s HR department for assistance, or questions.

The attested school report is required by the Hamilton International School’s Registrar when the student is in Qatar. Non-attested school reports are acceptable for the application process.

Attestation in most countries, entails:

  • The official stamp or signature of the school on the school report
  • The school report is to be translated into English
  • The stamp by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the issuing country
  • The stamp by a Qatar Embassy nearest to you. Please note that for the UAE, an embassy stamp from the Oman Embassy, instead of the Qatar Embassy, is valid.

Children will only be accepted into the same grade or progressive grade as appropriate, and in conjunction with the MOEHE equivalency table. Should there be a discrepancy between the grade offered by our admissions team, and the grade as per the MOEHE guidelines, we will accept the child as per the MOEHE guidelines.

Behavior

The Hamilton International School believes that good student behavior is fundamental in enabling the best learning experience possible. Every student enrolled at the school should have a positive attitude to learning and respect for the school community.

Class Sizes

Class sizes will not exceed 22 students unless in exceptional circumstances.

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