Admissions Criteria

First things first: Make sure your child meets all requirements for admission.

At SAS, admission decisions are based on a review of each candidate's English language proficiency, demonstrated academic achievement, and developmental, social, and behavioral background.

Parents should note that amongst equally qualified candidates, priority consideration (not automatic placement) is given to returning students, overseas applicants, U.S. passport holders, those with siblings currently attending SAS, and those with stronger academic English proficiency. Admission decisions also take into account the balance of English language learners and other relevant demographic factors in order for SAS to realize its mission and support its core values.

Academics Criteria teacher with kids

Criteria

Pre-K3, Pre-K4 + Kindergarten

  • Toilet-trained
  • Foundational English highly recommended
  • Parent and child meeting with a member of the Admission Committee
  • Visitation session in August to determine class distribution

Grade 1 to 5

  • Parent and child meeting with a member of the Admission Committee
  • Possible EAL testing for students whose primary language is not English
  • G3-5 - If standardized test scores are available, we ask you to share that

Grade 6 to 10

  • NWEA MAP assessment preferred
  • Other standardized test scores such as the SSAT, ERB, ISA, IOWA Basic Skills Test or state tests may be accepted as alternate assessments
  • Interview with a member of the Admission Committee
  • Possible EAL testing for students whose primary language is not English

Grade 11 + Grade 12

  • NWEA MAP assessment preferred
  • PSAT, SAT or ACT may be accepted as alternate assessments
  • Interview with a member of the Admission Committee
  • Must be English proficient
  • Once students gain admission to SAS, the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs have no additional admission requirements. The IB and AP is available to all Grade 11 and 12 students enrolled at SAS. For our IB Program Policies please visit the IB Program Policy Manual.

English Proficiency

Non-native English-speaking candidates will be given an English as an Additional Language (EAL) test to determine if EAL support is required. Limited spaces are available for such support.

The following guidelines will be used by the Admission Committee to determine whether a student will be invited to take the EAL assessment:

  • The primary language spoken by the student
  • The language(s) spoken between parents and the student
  • The student’s educational background
  • The primary language of both parents


GRADE LEVEL PLACEMENT

SAS believes that it is important for children to be placed in classes with their age peers, especially at Pre-Kindergarten (PK) and lower elementary grade levels.

Students who apply from schools or educational systems with a different school calendar (like those commonly found in schools in Korea, Japan, Singapore or Australia) will be placed in the grade that they are currently attending if they are admitted at the start of the new school year. If they are accepted in January, they will be placed in the grade that they have just completed in their previous school.

All students must graduate from Grade 12 before their 20th birthday.

2018-19 Grade Level Placement

Date of Birth Grade Level
Oct 2014 - Sept 2015 Pre-K3
Oct 2013 - Sept 2014 Pre-K4
Oct 2012 - Sept 2013 Kindergarten
Oct 2011 - Sept 2012 Grade 1
Oct 2010 - Sept 2011 Grade 2
Oct 2009 - Sept 2010 Grade 3
Oct 2008 - Sept 2009 Grade 4
Oct 2007 - Sept 2008 Grade 5
Oct 2006 - Sept 2007 Grade 6
Oct 2005 - Sept 2006 Grade 7
Oct 2004 - Sept 2005 Grade 8
Oct 2003 - Sept 2004 Grade 9
Oct 2002 - Sept 2003 Grade 10
Oct 2001 - Sept 2002 Grade 11
Oct 2000 - Sept 2001 Grade 12

2019-20 Grade Placement Level


Date of Birth Grade Level
Oct 2015 - Sept 2016 Pre-K3
Oct 2014 - Sept 2015 Pre-K4
Oct 2013 - Sept 2014 Kindergarten
Oct 2012 - Sept 2013 Grade 1
Oct 2011 - Sept 2012 Grade 2
Oct 2010- Sept 2011 Grade 3
Oct 2009 - Sept 2010 Grade 4
Oct 2008 - Sept 2009 Grade 5
Oct 2007 - Sept 2008 Grade 6
Oct 2006 - Sept 2007 Grade 7
Oct 2005 - Sept 2006 Grade 8
Oct 2004 - Sept 2005 Grade 9
Oct 2003 - Sept 2004 Grade 10
Oct 2002 - Sept 2003 Grade 11
Oct 2001 - Sept 2002 Grade 12