How does the transition process work at ISA?

We strive to make the transition to ISA as smooth as possible for all our new families – we say families because parents are as much a part of the transition process as the students themselves.

As Scotland’s first international school, we have many years’ experience supporting children through transition and we are uniquely placed to help families cope with the ups and downs that change can bring.

Student wellbeing sits at the heart of everything we do and, as such, our transition process is focused on wellbeing, friendship and inclusion.

So how exactly does it work?

The ISA transition is a carefully thought-out process that ensures you and your family are welcomed into our school community and feel a sense of belonging immediately.

We have compiled a handy step-by-step guide to take you through the process from that first enquiry to the first day of school:

Step 1 – Chat with Admissions

Prospective families will chat with our friendly admissions staff, Krista and Autumn. The first conversation we have with prospective families explains the admissions process step by step. We provide all the relevant information and reading material including the prospectus and the handbooks which include an overview of the curriculum, activities, expectations, procedures and information for Preschool, Elementary, Middle and High School. We often schedule a Google Meet or a phone call with families to guide them along the process. We then create an account for families wishing to complete our online enrolment application. On completion of an application and when we have all the supporting documents in place, we then schedule testing if required (Grade 4 and above). The final step is the interviews with the respective Principals where a decision on admittance is made.

Step 2 – Schedule a Visit

Virtual Tours:

We would love prospective families to discover what life at ISA is like so we are hosting Virtual Open Days. Our Virtual Open Days are truly the next best thing to seeing our superb facilities in person and have been designed to give you a sense of the level of care that makes ISA special. Not just for expatriate students new to the UK, but also for local families looking for something different. You will receive a warm welcome from our Head of School, Mr Nick Little, and your time online with us will provide you with a first-hand, honest insight into life at ISA.

In Person Tours:

We are now offering tours on campus, however, due to current restrictions only one person can tour at a time. Children are welcome to come along. Tours are by appointment only.

Step 3 – Meet the ISA Counsellors

New families will be placed in the care of ISA’s two full-time counsellors, who will personally see your family through the process of transition.

Step 4 – Making Connections

Our amazing Parent Teacher Organisation (PTO) will reach out to all new families and (if you wish) can organise parent meet ups to ensure it’s not just your child who feels supported

Step 5 – New Family Orientation

If students are joining at the beginning of a new term, we hold this welcome event two days before the first day of school where students and parents can visit the classrooms and meet their new teachers

Step 6 – First Day at ISA!

New students are welcomed by current students who serve as their ambassadors to ISA as buddies and will shadow them for the first couple of weeks until they familiarise themselves with the school

We look forward to giving you a warm welcome to ISA! To receive details of the next Virtual Open Day, please email our Admissions Team at

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