- Pre-Kinder 2022
- Admission Policy
Criteria and Process
Kindergarten – 9th Grade
- Applicants from abroad
- Pre-Kinder 2022
- Admission Policy
- Pre-kindergarten Admission
Criteria and Process
- Kindergarten – 9th Grade
- Applicants from abroad
- Santiago College is a varied and multicultural school that admits students regardless of their creed, nationality or religion.
- Application to Santiago College is open to all interested parties.
- The application process ensures that the admitted student can benefit from the existing plans and programs and can use the school facilities adequately and without difficulties.
- Santiago College has always kept close ties with its community; consequently, priority is given to families that already have children in the school and also children of former students and school employees. Applicants are evaluated according to defined criteria for the different levels. Fathers, mothers and/or guardians are interviewed during the admission process.
Pre-kindergarten Admission Criteria and Process
Santiago College offers a total of 162 vacancies for Pre-Kindergarten, to be distributed among applicants participating in the regular admission process, belonging to both, school families and new families.
Pre-Kindergarten Admission Process Dates
- The application period for families with children enrolled in Santiago College will be in December of the year prior to the start of the regular admission process.
- Applications from new families will be received by the end of February-March, during 2-3 weeks.
- The call will be published at the school's website and in posters no later than January of the year in which the admission process is carried on.
Parental Interviews : April
Delivery of results: Results will be delivered in early May by email and published at the School, according to current regulation.
- Age required to enter Pre-Kindergarten: 4 years old on March 31 of the corresponding school year (of entry). The required age will be detailed at the time of the call for each admission process.
- Parents/Guardians must complete an online application for admission form, that will be available at the school’s web site www.scollege.cl only during the application period defined for this process.
- Parents/Guardians must attached digitally to the form the Birth Certificate of the child, if he/she is Chilean or the one that is delivered electronically by the “Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificación” or a copy of the child’s “Cédula de Identidad Extranjero” for foreign children (if this document is not available a copy of the child’s Passport or Birth Certificate).
- Both Parents/Guardians (if applicable) must sign the document “Declaration” in which they acknowledge having been informed , by the School, about the different stages and characteristics of the process. This document will be sent through Docusign platform a few days after the end of the application process. It is important to note that signing this document is a requirement to go ahead with the corresponding admission process.
Delivery of Information to New Families
During or in parallel with the evaluation process the school will summon parents/guardians to an online group briefing in which information on the admission process and also on the characteristics and seals of Santiago College will be provided.
The date and time as well as the platform and link required for the enter the online meeting assigned will be sent by email.
Parents/Guardians are responsible to attend the informative meetings. In order to ensure that parents are duly informed, if they are unable to attend they must communicate it in writing, via email, to the Admissions Office (email@example.com). The possibility of rescheduling will depend on the availability that exists by then. If we do not have an alternative date to offer, we will send by email the presentations and audiovisual material shared in the meetings.
The participation of the Parents/Guardians when requested during the admission process will be taken into consideration along with the parents interview.
- Parents/Guardians who have completed the online application process and have sent the document “Declaration” duly signed, will be contacted by the Admissions Office by email to the emails registered in the application form. The email will include the day and time of the online evaluation. The email will include the day and time of the online evaluation session and the link for the parents/guardians to connect to the online session with the applicant and the evaluation team.
- Along with this information we will send a Protocol that includes the material to be requested and other specifications in relation to the necessary preparation.
- The estimated time for the online evaluation is approximately 30 minutes.
- Through the evaluation we will observe the maturity and development achieved in the different areas, reached by each child at this point. This is not a diagnostic assessment and does not measure knowledge or skills.
- The different areas will be observed through a guideline that will deliver a score. The evaluation aims to determine whether the child is mature enough to enter Pre-Kinder. The child does not need to have special preparation.
- The applicant´s evaluation will correspond to the 60% of the admission process for applicants who continue until the end of the process.
Once the results of these evaluations have been attained, the scores obtained by the applicants will be revised. The review criteria is based on the scores established by the school to carry out this process.
Usually the number of eligible applicants is larger than the number of existing vacancies.
Parents/Guardians of the applicants who after the review, have not reached the necessary score to continue in this process will be notified by email before the end of the admission process.
Parents of applicants, that belong to new families, who after the review of scores continue in the process will be summoned to an online parent interview
The school establishes principles that seek to promote the integral development of students, to this end requires the commitment of all actors in the community, and in particular, of the parents/guardians. That is why the interview will observe the coherence between the expectations of the family and the educational project, as well as the understanding and adherence to the values of the school and diversity.
The parents interview and their participation in the admission process will be considered when assigning the vacancies, and will correspond to 40% of the result.
Families with children enrolled in Santiago College will not be interviewed unless only one of them is currently a school parent at the school and is presenting his/her new family. In this case both parents must participate in the parent interview.
Final Stage of the Process and Assignment of Vacancies
Once the parental interviews have been completed, the Admission Commission meets and reviews the information regarding the scores obtained by the applicants. corresponding to the evaluation of applicants that corresponds to the 60% of the final score. The gross score obtained by the child is transformed by applying a mathematical formula that will result in a standard score that will allow to sort and compare the scores within the applicants, regardless of their age. The Commission will revise, as well, the parent interview and participation on the process which equates the remaining 40%. The scores of new family applicants that complete the admission process will be sorted from higher to lowest scores.
Accordingly with our admission policy, priority will be given to siblings of Santiago College students (PK-12th Grade). They will not be compared with the rest of the applicants. Priority does not imply the admittance of the applicant must comply with the minimum entrance score established.
Within new families with similar results, priority will be given to alumni and staff children.
The balance in gender will be considered when assigning the spaces, an approximately 12% margin of difference will be admissible
Delivery of the Results
The date of delivery of the results will be informed to parents/guardians at the time of the call to the admission process, through the website of the school, posters and in the informative meeting for parents that will be held online during this process.
The results will be delivered by email at the end of the admission process, on the established date.
In the event that the admission process ends before the established delivery date, the results may be sent prior to the date. Once the results are communicated to parents, the list of applicants who are admitted will be published in accordance with current regulations.
The date and information regarding the registration procedure will be informed to the parents of children who are offered admission, either in the acceptance letter or by separate in a financial letter that will be sent by email.
Kindergarten – 9th Grade Admission Criteria
- Parents and guardians must fully complete the application form, which can be found in the Admission section of our website scollege.cl during the application period. It will also be available at the Admission Office of the School.
- Additionally, parents must submit the applicants’ documents listed below to the Admission Office, whether by mail or in original printed document. The parent will pay the application fee only if the applicant is called to continue with the admission process.
- Birth certificate.
- Transcripts of the last three years, if applicable.
- Applicant’s personality and behavior report issued by the school the applicant is currently attending.
- School report card for the first term of the current year in case the applicant comes from schools operating with the same school calendar.
Academic and language requirements for applicants
The minimum presentation average required is 5.8 (average of Language, English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science) or their equivalent in cases of international applications.
Knowledge of English language at bilingual school level for the grade level of application.
Knowledge of Spanish from 7th grade on and command of this language at bilingual school level from 8th grade on for all those applicants whose academic tongue is not Spanish.
General Admission Criteria
Santiago College is an open school that admits students from different creeds and nationalities. It is a bilingual English-Spanish school that offers most courses in English up to 8th grade and in Spanish from 9th grade on (except for the English course). It is also a member of the International Baccalaureate Organization, as it teaches its three academic programs: The Primary Years Program (PYP), the Middle Years Program (MYP) and the Diploma Program (DP).
Applicants must be knowledgeable in English at bilingual school level according to the grade level to which they are applying and must have knowledge of Spanish from 7th grade on.
It will only be possible to have access to the admission process if there are vacancies available. No incomplete or delayed application for admission will be taken into consideration.
Any student who wishes to reenter Santiago College after a period of absence and has approved the corresponding admission exams will have priority over other applicants.
Evaluations to which applicants will be submitted
Applicants will be evaluated in the courses of Language, English and Mathematics. The minimum performance expected to continue with the admission process is 80% of achievement in each area. If due to a difference in the curriculum with the school of origin, the applicant does not reach the average(s) established in the admission criteria, the school will review its particular situation and according to this analysis, will determine to continue with the corresponding admission process if it deems so.
Those students applying to 7th grade and whose academic language is not Spanish, will have to obtain a minimum percentage of 60% in their Spanish language examination in order to continue with the admission process.
Applicants in process
After having approved the admission examinations according to the above-mentioned requirements of the school, applicants will be called by our Counseling Department to evaluations measuring general cognitive aspects and personal interviews to inquire about the applicant’s social and emotional areas.
Parents and guardians of applicants complying with the admission criteria will be interviewed by the principal of the corresponding school cycle. The purpose of this meeting is to deliver to the applicant’s parents the necessary information on the school, such as the most relevant points within the educational project. Parents’ interviews will be valid for all applicants from the same family.
Applicants who become part of the Santiago College Community
To assign the vacancies amongst applicants who comply with the criteria for admission to Santiago College, the school will give priority to those applicants with brothers or sisters enrolled in Santiago College. Amongst new families, the children of former students of the school and the children of school employees will have priority – under similar conditions; for this purpose the information corresponding to all applicants participating in the admission process will also be considered. The balance in gender will be considered when assigning the spaces, approximately a 12% margin of difference will be admissible.
Parents and guardians of applicants who do not reach the required percentage to pass to the next evaluation phase will be notified by e-mail or by phone.
The final results of the admission process will be informed according to the current regulations on the date established in the convocation notice.
Applicants from abroad
As stated in our mission and reflected in our institutional values, our school is nurtured from cultural diversity. We receive applications from abroad, regardless of the applicant’s nationality and creed.
Applications from Chilean or foreign students who live abroad are received throughout the year.
When the admission form is not available in our website, the family must get in touch with the Admission Office at firstname.lastname@example.org - telephone 56-2-27338911.
It should be noted that a student’s admission will depend on the existence of a vacancy at the time of his/her arrival in Chile and the results the applicant obtains in his/her admission exams. The school cannot guarantee vacancies for applicants who arrive from abroad once the regular admission processes have ended.
The school does not take admission exams to applicants during the summer holidays (January and February).
Steps to follow:
- All application requirements described must be fulfilled according to the level the student is applying to.
- The school documents required may be copies of originals (without authentication) for the purposes of the application.
- The Admission Office must be contacted some weeks before arriving in Chile in order to inquire about the situation of vacancies.
Note: For applicants to First Grade up, it is recommendable that Chilean children or children of Chilean father or mother bring their child’s last school year report legalized by the Chilean Consulate of the country where the child studied before returning to Chile. Likewise, foreign applicants coming from countries with treaties or conventions with Chile (Andrés Bello Convention or bilateral conventions) must present school documents that have been duly legalized by the Chilean Consulate. These documents must be presented at the Ministry of Education of Chile.
Applicants must pay an application fee of CLP$ 70.000 (Seventy Thousand Pesos)
Parents or guardians of a student who is entering Santiago College are required to pay an entrance fee. This fee will be valid throughout the student’s academic life. Former students who are reentering the school will not be asked to pay again. The entrance fee is non-refundable.
The Entrance Fee Schedule is as Follows:
For the first child : UF 160
For the second child : UF 130
For the third child or more: UF 120
All students are required to pay a tuition fee of UF 10 each year.
The annual school fee for 2021 is UF 244,30 payable in 10 equal installments of UF 24,43 (March to December) it covers textbooks and stationery from PK up to 8th Grade and textbooks from 9th Grade on.
CLP$ 35.000 (Thirty Five Thousand Pesos).- per student per year
Amount of the Fee
One sustainer at 100% UF 3,4741 per student
Two sustainers at 100% UF 6,9480 per student
Two sustainers at 50% UF 3,4741 per student
Parents Association Fee:
UF 1,8 per family per year divided in two equal installments of UF 0,9. (payable in May and October)
Lunch is optional and is offered from grades 1 through 12. The daily cost for the school year 2021 is being revised and will be duly informed.
Requests for this service are handled by the Parents Transportation Office. Telephone: +562 2733 8919
*Comma indicates the decimal place and period is used to separate groups of thousands.
*The UF (Unidad de Fomento) is a monetary figure that varies according to the PCI index. Its daily value can be found online at www.sii.cl