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.
- 1. 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.
- 2. 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.
- 3. 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).
- 4. 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
Prior to or during the evaluation period of the applicants, the Headmistress will send the parents/guardians an email that includes a welcome video to this process along with a presentation in which information will be provided regarding the admission process and also about the characteristics of the school.
- 1. 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.
- 2. 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.
- 3. The estimated time for the online evaluation is approximately 30 minutes.
- 4. 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.
- 5. 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.
- 6. 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 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 mail or published in our website.
The school establishes principles aiming at promoting an integral development and for that purpose, it is needed 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.
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. Each interview will last 45 minutes, which will be arranged beforehand with the responsible adults that will accompany the student along the school path.
- 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/guarding of this new family. In this case, we will be 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, won’t be interviewed.
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.