Admissions

Admissions and enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year are closed. Please see below for 2020-2021 school year updates and important reminders. 

2020-2021 Academic Year Admissions
 

For the 2020-2021 school year, ICSAtlanta will accept new applications in Kindergarten, 1st, and 6th grades and prospective students in grades 2-5.

 

Kindergarten, 1st & 6th Grade Admissions

Admission is open to all rising kindergarten, 1st grade, and 6th grade students who are Georgia residents, regardless of experience or proficiency in a language offered at ICSAtlanta (target language). 

 

2nd-5th Grade Admissions

In accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Geogia Department of Education (SBOE Rule 160-4-9-.05), ICSAtlanta may accept students for enrollment for available space in 2nd through 5th grade who meet proficiency standards in French, German, Mandarin Chinese (simplified), or Spanish through the STAMP language assessment. 

 

Students in 2nd through 5th grade who wish to be admitted to ICSAtlanta must take our language proficiency assessment and meet the below proficiency minimums before he or she will be allowed to apply.

ICSAtlanta utilizes the Avant Standards-Based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP) 4Se to determine incoming 2nd-5th grade students’ target language proficiency levels in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Meeting the minimum proficiency standards in these categories (as specified in the table above), ensures your child has the target language proficiency necessary to be successful in ICSAtlanta’s language immersion program. Please click HERE to learn more about the STAMP 4Se. 

 

The STAMP 4Se online assessment will be administered at ICSAtlanta’s upper campus by our Admissions Specialist, Lilly Waller. The cost of the assessment is free; each student will be afforded one opportunity to take the assessment. All scores are final, and the assessment cannot be retaken in the same school year. In order for a 2nd - 5th-grade applicant to apply during the Initial Application Period and be included in the lottery, he or she must take and pass the STAMP test on one of the following dates:

  • Friday, December 13th

  • Friday, January 3rd

  • Friday, January 17th

ICSAtlanta will offer the following additional STAMP test session, but students taking the test on this date will not be included in the lottery. 

  • Friday, February 14th

Please contact Admissions beginning in December to schedule the STAMP 4Se assessment for one of the dates listed above.

 

Once ICSAtlanta receives the STAMP 4Se scores, parents of eligible students will be contacted and permitted to apply for 2020-2021 admission. Any student who meets the proficiency qualifications as outlined above, and whose parent submits an application before the Initial Application Deadline (January 31, 2020) will be included in the lottery. 


Please contact Lilly Waller at admissions@icsatlanta.org to set up an appointment for your child to take the STAMP 4Se.

2020-2021 Admissions Timeline

 

January 6 – January 31 – Initial Application Period

All interested prospective students must apply during this time period.  

 

February 11 – Lottery 

If the number of applicants during the Initial Application Period exceeds the number of spaces available in any grade, ICSAtlanta will ensure that such applicants have an equal chance of being admitted through an electronic, random-selection lottery.

 

February-September - Open Enrollment

Admissions and enrollment will continue on a rolling basis as space permits until enrollment is closed. 

 

 

 

Before You Apply

  • Applicants for kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020.

  • Applicants for 1st grade must be 6 years old on or before September 1, 2020, regardless of completing Kindergarten at a private school.

  • If you are applying for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, please schedule a STAMP 4Se assesment by emailing admissions@icsatlanta.org

Language Track Policy

 

Every new student at ICSAtlanta is assigned a language track - French, German, Mandarin, or Spanish. ICSAtlanta makes every effort to grant students their first-choice language track; however, this is not always possible.

 

Parents have an opportunity to rank ICSAtlanta’s offered language tracks in order of their preference on the enrollment form (available after the student has gained admission). Once the initial enrollment process has been completed, ICSAtlanta assigns students into their language tracks/classes. At that time, Language Acknowledgment Forms are sent out to parents (usually by mid-April). 

 

The Language Acknowledgment Form is the final stage of the enrollment process and must be completed within the allotted time period. On the Language Acknowledgment Form, a parent must choose one of the following:

  • Accept the assigned language track.

  • Decline the assigned language track and request for their student to be placed at the end of the waitlist for his/her grade. 

  • Decline the assigned language track and withdraw their application to ICSAtlanta.

 

If/when a spot becomes available after receipt of Language Acknowledgment Forms, the spot (and its corresponding language track assignment) will be offered to the next applicant on the waitlist, and a Language Acknowledgement Form will be sent to the parent. This process continues until all spots have been filled.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • There will be no language-specific waitlists.

  • Due to the nature of our dual language immersion program, we do not allow for changes in language tracks after enrollment (within the same year or from one year to the next). 

Alternate Way to Apply

 

If you are unable to apply for admission online, you may complete this application and mail or bring it to the front desk of either campus (see address information below) during the enrollment period. Please note that applications will only be accepted for open grades or for students who have demonstrated language proficiency through language testing as described above. You may obtain a printed copy of the application at the front desk of either campus during the enrollment period.

Helpful Information

 

  • Choosing a school for your child is a very personal decision, and no one knows your child better than you do! Since ICSAtlanta offers dual language immersion (DLI), ensure that your child will be ready to learn and thrive in an environment where he or she is challenged in another language.

 

  • No special skills or language background are needed to be successful in a DLI program! It only requires patience, diligence, and a willingness to commit to the long-term benefits of DLI.

 

  • DLI programs provide many cognitive benefits for students – regardless of the language! Be open to any language track. Parents need not speak or understand the language their child is learning.