Santiago College offers a total of 158 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 process for families with children enrolled in Santiago College will be held in December of the year prior to the start of the regular admission process.
- Applications from new families will be received in March (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.
Visit of the applicant and guardians: March
The visit of the applicant and his/her guardians to the school premises will be carried out only if the sanitary conditions allow it. This possibility is offered to new families.
Parental Interviews: March- April
Delivery of results: The date in which the Results will be delivered, will be published in the call published for the particular process. It is usually set for early May.
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 the online application for admission form, which will be available at the school’s website www.scollege.cl during the application dates scheduled for this process.
– Parents/Guardians must attach the child’s Birth Certificate electronically to the form, if the child is Chilean (delivered by the “Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificación” online). If the child has a foreign nationality, parents/guardians must present a digital copy of the “Cédula de Identidad Extranjero” (if this document is not available a copy of the child’s Passport or Birth Certificate).
– The guardian will be requested to pay an application fee, which will be informed in the call.
– Both Parents/Guardians (if applicable) must sign the document “Declaración” 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 the Docusign platform after the application process is over. 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
Prior to or during the evaluation period of the applicants, information on this process will be delivered in an informative meeting (if the sanitary conditions permits it) or through technological means. In case technology is used to deliver this information, the Headmistress will send parents/guardians an email that includes a welcome video along with a presentation in which information will be provided regarding the admission process and also about the characteristics of the school. The procedure to deliver the information will be determined according to the restrictions in effect during the process.
The admission process will be face-to-face (as long as the sanitary condition allows it) if not possible, they will be carried out online, according to the Covid Protocol. Both ways will be valid.
Face to Face Admission Process (Applicant)
- Parents/Guardians who have completed the online application process and have sent the document “Declaración” duly signed, will be contacted by the Admissions Office by email to the email addresses registered on the child’s application form.
- New family applicants and parents or guardians will be invited to join a group visit to the school. Although the attendance is free, parents will receive an electronic form attached to the email to confirm their attendance, for the date and time allotted for their visit.
- Applicants will be called for a maturity group evaluation that will be carried face-to-face. At first, each group will be formed by 16 children, for a social emotional observation while in a game instance. Afterwards, groups will be formed by 8 children, to observe them through an observation guide the achievement and maturity reached by each child in the different areas to be observed, which will include language, logical and verbal reasoning, and aspects of development.
- The estimated time for the face-to-face observation is approximately 50 minutes
- The evaluation is not a diagnostic or knowledge assessment of the applicant.
- The different areas will be observed through a guideline that will deliver a score. The evaluation aims to determine if the child is mature enough to enter Pre-Kindergarten. No special preparation is needed.
- The applicant´s evaluation will correspond to the 60% of the admission process for applicants that will continue until the end of the process
Online Process (Applicant)
- 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 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 the child will need for his/her online evaluation 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. The areas to be observed are; language, logical and verbal reasoning, and general aspects of development.
- This is not a diagnostic assessment and does not measure knowledge.
- 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
- 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 the 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, which can be held in person or on an online modality, instinctively.
The purpose of the interview is to know the applicants’ families and, at the same time, that they get to know better our educational program, beyond the material already offered through the informative meeting, if applicable, through email or published in our website, if it is not possible to offer a face-to-face meeting.
The school establishes principles aiming at promoting an integral development and for that purpose, it needs the commitment from all the members of the community, specially mothers/fathers and/or guardians. Therefore, during the interview that is meant for new families, it will be analyzed the consistency between the family’s expectations and the school’s mission, the educational program and the understanding and support for its principles.
The interview is scheduled by phone or email with the adults responsible for accompanying the child through his school life.
Parents’ interview and participation of the new families in the admission process, will be considered when assigning vacancies and it will correspond to the 40% of the result. The score obtained in the interview will be linked to a concept (grade) for the vacancies assignment. It can be held in person or in a remote mode, both options are valid.
Outstanding: 6,0 a 7,0
Good: 5,0 a 5,8
Satisfactory: 4,0 a 4,8
Unsatisfactory: 3,9 or less
Those families having children enrolled in the School won’t be interviewed, unless one of the parents is a parent/guardian of this new family. In this case, we will set a date for an interview with both parents (the new and old parent/guardian).
Parents of new families, whose children do not comply with the minimum educational achievement needed during the maturity assessment, would not be interviewed. Parents will be informed by email of the admission process result, the email will be sent prior to the date established to deliver the results.
Final Stage of the Process and Assignment of Vacancies
According to 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, it must comply with the minimum entrance score established.
Once the parental interviews have been completed, the Admission Commission meets and reviews the information regarding the scores obtained by the applicants. The evaluation of the applicant 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 review, as well, the parent interview which equates the remaining 40%. The scores of new family applicants that complete the admission process will be sorted from high to low scores.
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 for delivery of the results will be informed to parents/guardians in the call to the admission process, through the school’s website, posters and in the informative meeting for parents that will be held face-to-face if it is possible or through the information that will be sent to parents through email instead.
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, on the waiting list or not admitted will be published in accordance with current regulations.
The school will deliver a report of the children who are not admitted when Parents or Guardians request it in writing, this request must be submitted no later than the Friday after the established date for the delivery of results was set and will be delivered to parents. The school has set a maximum of 15 working days to deliver such a report.
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 separately in a financial letter that will be sent by email.