Enrolment Process

From October each year, we start collecting the names of families interested in registering their child/ren for the next academic year. Once siblings have been registered (around January), depending on what spaces are available we will either have a lottery for the remaining places or invite families directly to continue with the registration process. This normally happens at the beginning of March.

We currently offer Grades 1 to 6 (Year 2 to 7). Grade 7 (Year 8) will be added in the 2018-2019 school year.

The following process will be followed for all new applications invited to register:

A new application must be accompanied by the following before it will be considered:

  • Copy of the child’s most recent school report (if applicable)
  • Copy of the child’s birth certificate
  • Copy of the child’s passport (if available)
  • Three colour passport-sized photos of the child
  • Application Fee of 400 birr (non-refundable)
  1. Applicants meeting the criteria will be invited to the school for a Placement Assessment.
  2. Determining the Year placement of a student will be based on the Application Form, Placement Assessment, and recent student’s report cards. In most cases applicants will be informed at the Interview about whether they have been accepted and the suggested Year entry into RICE.
  3. Students requiring placement two or more years either below or above the Year recommended for their age will not usually be accepted. The table below provides a guide used to determine the appropriate age for any given Year.
  4. Successful applicants are normally admitted to RICE at the beginning of the school year. Students will only be accepted after this in exceptional circumstances.
  5. Successful applicants will be expected to pay a 10% non-refundable deposit once the placement assessment has been completed to secure a place in the school. Failure to pay the deposit will mean the child’s place may be offered to another child.
  6. For the purpose of maintaining quality education in the classroom, RICE limits class sizes respective to the physical space in a classroom. The maximum class size for any Year is 24 students per class.

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Placement Assessment

The purpose of the Placement Assessment is to allow RICE to better assess into which Year a child should be placed. It is not a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ test. The Leadership Team will use the information gained from the Placement Assessment to decide which Year is appropriate for that child. The class teacher will also use this information as a baseline assessment for the child, which will help the teacher to know how much progress the child has made over the first year. Several areas will be considered in the Placement Assessment including the child’s level of competency in English (both reading and writing), their mathematics skills and how they relate socially to others.

Enrolment Priority

Priority will be given first to siblings of existing students.