After the initial application stages, parents/legal guardians and students will be invited to meet with an admissions representative (in person or online) to discuss the program’s mission, framework, tuition, scholarships, admissions criteria, and admissions process. If you would like to schedule a conversation with a member of the staff or faculty before beginning an application, or if you have any question, please feel free to fill in the contact form or email our Director of Outreach, Kate Nachman, at email@example.com.
Applicants will submit all documents through the online application.
The application includes:
- Application forms and essay
- Copy of student’s birth certificate
- Copy of student’s and all/both parent/guardians’ passports (photo page)
- Official copy of high school transcripts for 8th and 9th grade, and as much of 10th grade as is available
- 2 confidential recommendation letters in approved format
- Health and insurance forms
- IEP or other learning accommodation paperwork as needed
- 100 USD non-refundable application fee
Candidates with completed applications will be evaluated in 3 areas.
Non-native English speakers must pass an English proficiency exam to ensure readiness to engage in a program where the primary language of instruction is English.
All students must take a math placement exam. This is not a proficiency or aptitude test, it is for placement purposes into the relevant math group within the program.
All applicants will participate in social/psychological aptitude evaluations/interviews to determine appropriate readiness for the international boarding school experience.
Admissions Decisions: When all documents are received, and applications are fully and properly completed, admissions decisions will be considered in 3 rounds.
Decisions are made with the likelihood of success of each student at the forefront of the process. Language proficiency, prior academic achievement, social and behavioral history will all be considered in the decision-making process.
Admissions Criteria: We are seeking capable, motivated students who are the right fit for our program, who share our core values and common goals, and who we believe can succeed at the school. We will accept those students who demonstrate the ability to both contribute to and gain from the international preparatory school experience. We will consider:
- The applicant’s affinity to the IB and the school’s mission and vision.
- The applicant’s previous academic performance and aptitude tests to determine a reasonable chance to succeed in the Diploma Program.
- Demonstrated interest and involvement in extracurricular activities. Previous community service is an advantage.
- Interviews with the admissions team and psychologist indicating that the student is caring, principled, and sufficiently open-minded to join the program.
- The admissions team’s impression that the applicant will be able to cope with the challenges of an international program and living in a boarding school (if applicable).
- Satisfactory proficiency in the English language – the school’s language of instruction and communication. A minimum grade of B1 according to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) or the equivalent will be required.
An admissions committee comprised of the Director of Admissions or other admissions professional, school educational counselor (psychologist), DP coordinator/head of school, and boarding school representative where relevant will review all applications and a representative of the committee will notify families, in writing, of their admissions status.
Accepted – The student meets admissions requirements and spaces are available. Parents/guardians will be notified that the student has been accepted and will be invited to deposit to hold their place for the fall.
Conditionally Accepted – The student is accepted provisionally, pending successful completion of a language or other pre-requisite in the summer preceding the 11th grade year. Parents/guardians will be notified and will be invited to consult on options to complete the pre-requisite as well as to deposit to hold their place for the fall.
Wait List – The student meets admissions requirements, but spaces are currently all held by other students. Parents/guardians of wait-listed students will be notified of the likelihood of spaces opening up and will be notified if a space becomes available.
Not Eligible – The student does not meet admissions eligibility requirements at this time. The decision is based on one or more of the admissions requirements. Parents/guardians will be notified that we are not able to offer a place to the student.
Placement meeting with the Enrollment team. Accepted students who enroll and deposit at MBHS International will have a meeting with representatives of the academic, boarding school, and inclusion teams together with the academic advisor to review the following:
- Choosing classes and levels (HL/SL) with reference to aptitude and academic aspirations
- Housing needs and options
- Accessibility and learning needs