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Admission Requirements

Admission policies for DP program

The purpose of this document is to present and explain the admission policies for students applying for the DP program as well as the re-registration conditions after DP1.

EIM Philosophy

The Ecole Internationale Montgomery would like to assist as many students as possible in the preparation of the DP program and enable them to sit for the external assessments during the second year of DP. In preparation for this, EIM is offering a bilingual education starting from the primary years all the way up to the IB Diploma program. This is a whole school project and our teachers work collaboratively towards this ultimate aim.

Nonetheless, for students to be able to access the DP program (grade 11), their academic performance throughout the scholastic year needs to reflect motivation and determination. They need to get at least a grade 4 in every subject in grade 10 and demonstrate their positive attitude and motivation during the official grade 10 end-of-year meeting with the coordinator of the DP. Moreover they need to show understanding of the IB philosophy, mission and values and invest not only in the studying of their chosen subjects but also develop and achieve the competences of the core curriculum.

Students coming from other schools are subject to the same requirements.

PRE-DP : Intermediate year before DP

The Pre-DP year has been created for those students who didn’t manage to achieve the minimum requirements at the end of grade 10:

  • Didn’t manage to obtain a grade 4 or higher in every subject
  • Too young to access the program ( Students have to be at least 15 in September when they start DP1)
  • Coming from a different program
  • Following feedback from teachers and coordinator reports
  • Failed the admission examinations

The aim of this year is to define and develop the necessary skills and abilities in order for the students to commence the DP program successfully and well-equipped. Students will follow specific classes:

  •  English A or B
  • French A or B
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Theory of knowledge
  • Methodology
  • Students will also have research work to in preparation for the Extended Essay requirements.

Some of those classes will be held with DP students so that they will get a clear idea of the specific IB criteria.

At the end of that year, students may be eligible for the IB program if they get a minimum of grade 4 in every exam, show a positive attitude towards learning throughout the year and demonstrate true understanding of the IB philosophy.

The Various Steps

Before registering for the IB program (DP 1), the students and their parents will be formally informed about the requirements and advantages of the IB program:

  1. During the month of April Grade 10 and Pre-DP students will be given a special presentation where the co-ordinator will introduce them to the IB program, the options available and the core curriculum. They will also meet all the IB teachers and speak with them about the program.
  2. A second meeting will take place between May and June where the co-ordinator will meet both parents and students.
  3. Following those meetings, students are encouraged to discuss the options available with their parents taking into consideration their performance in the various subjects and their preferences for future studies. Students must also present a motivation letter explaining why they are interested in the IB program. In preparation for the next meeting with the co-ordinator, students are strongly encouraged to read the IB guide, which will be given to them in person, to familiarise themselves with the IB philosophy.
  4. Students must submit their choice of subjects by the 30th of June of the year preceding the diploma program which starts in September. Students have also the possibility of modifying their choice of subjects by the end of September. This can be done either by a justified request from the student which is supported by the co-ordinator or by a unanimous decision of the teachers and co-ordinator, if it is deemed that the initial choice does not fit the student’s academical profile. This decision may be justified if the student doesn’t have the necessary prerequisites to follow and understand the subject successfully.

Before commencing the DP program, all the students will be tested in English, French, Chemistry and Mathematics. These tests are intended to verify and determine the students’ level in these subjects. They will take place before the year commences.

High level options

Students can choose the HL option if they obtain a grade 5 or higher in Grade 10 or in the Pre-DP course’s particular subject. In some specific cases, the school might allow a student to choose the High Level option even if the minimum requirement is not met.

Getting through the first year

During the first DP year, students must show genuine interest and motivation. If a student fails to demonstrate commitment and his/her results do not show any progress, a warning will be issued by the school and the student must demonstrate an improvement in the next report. Communication is deemed to be of utmost importance by the school. Parents are also an active and fundamental part of the student’s success. Co-operation between the school and home environment is essential and hence the school encourages parents to provide their children with support together with a quiet and pleasant place where to work and study.

Deadlines must be respected and students need to demonstrate effort and dedication in their CAS projects. They must dedicate at least 2 hours per week to their projects.

Accessing the second year of the program requires students to:

  1. Show consistent effort and commitment in all their CAS projects. Students must plan all their activities during the months of July and August, which will then be verified and accepted by the co-ordinator;
  2. Obtain a total score of 24 marks or more in their June examinations;
  3. Obtain an average grade 4 or higher in each subject over the whole scholastic year, including the December and June examinations
  4. Meet all the deadlines for the assigned work and the extended essay;
  5. Have no final grades which are lower than 3 ;
  6. Have a maximum of two final grades 3 (one per level) ;
  7. Have a minimum of 12 points in both HL and in SL subjects (for students who choose four higher level subjects, the highest three grades will be taken into consideration).

In case of failure, students have the option to either repeat the year or change program in order to obtain the Belgian diploma C.E.S.S. (Certificat de l’enseignement secondaire supérieur). The C.E.S.S is a Belgian program that will allow students to gain access to both Belgian universities and colleges as well to other universities around the world following particular terms and conditions. This program is also available at EIM.

In case of success, students will access the DP2.

Students’ Progress

In their five annual academic reports, students will receive comments from all their teachers highlighting their strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement. This report will be given individually by the co-ordinator and students will have the opportunity to discuss their progress. Should the report be unsatisfactory, the co-ordinator will ask the student to put in more effort and show more involvement to improve his/her performance. If no progress is observed, a meeting with the parents will be held and the student might be advised to change program and opt for pre-DP or C.E.S.S.

Respecting deadlines is of utmost importance in the process leading to the diploma. In the beginning of the scholastic year, students will receive a calendar with all the deadlines concerning the submission of their dissertation as well as the internal assignments. If these deadlines are not met, the student will not be allowed to attend the lessons until the work is handed in. The work submitted has to be of an acceptable level.

Revision of Admission Policies
This document has been reviewed by the teachers, the co-ordinator and the school’s management. These policies can be changed and adapted every year in alignment with both the school’s and IB’s philosophies.