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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

The school will open in August 2019 from Pre-KG to Grade 5. A grade level will be added every year to become a through school to Grade 12.

For more information please contact our Admissions & Communications Manager, Samir Ahmed, with any questions on +974 5043 8885 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, will be required to pass an entrance assessment or an entrance test. Applicants who pass the test will be 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.

AgePhase LabelsHamilton LabelsFor children moving from the British system
3-4Lower ElementaryPre-KindergartenFS1
4-5Lower ElementaryKindergarten 1FS2
5-6Lower ElementaryKindergarten 2Year 1
6-7Lower ElementaryGrade 1Year 2
7-8Lower ElementaryGrade 2Year 3
8-9Upper ElementaryGrade 3Year 4
9-10Upper ElementaryGrade 4Year 5
10-11Upper ElementaryGrade 5Year 6
11-12Middle SchoolGrade 6Year 7
12-13Middle SchoolGrade 7Year 8
13-14Middle SchoolGrade 8Year 9
14-15Senior SchoolGrade 9Year 10
15-16Senior SchoolGrade 10Year 11
16-17Senior SchoolGrade 11Year 12
17-18Senior SchoolGrade 12Year 13

In Year Applications

While the school year starts in September, 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 and transferring from schools outside of Qatar are required to provide a copy of the previous End of Grade school report together with any interim reports issued. To comply with the MOEHE requirements, please ensure the report includes the official stamp of the school. 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 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.