Admissions

San Juan del Sur Day School welcomes applicants from all nationalities, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We seek to attract motivated, creative and curious students who will take full advantage of all our school has to offer.

If you’re interested in joining the San Juan del Sur Day School community, our staff wants to meet you! Before submitting an application, please take some time to explore our site and review our school handbook which outlines all important policies, schedules, and our rates.

Once you feel knowledgeable about our policies and practices, follow the simple steps below to ensure a successful admissions process:

~Email Assistant Director, Sarah Fahey, to request a copy of the parent handbook and admissions forms: sarah@sanjuandelsurdayschool.com.  In your email, please include names and birth dates for all children applying to the school.  Please also note desired start date and length of time you intend to enroll

CHECKLIST FOR ADMISSION CONSIDERATION

  1. Application fee of $25USD paid via paypal to julie@sanjuandelsurdayschool.com
    (please use friends and family option and email us copy of receipt)
  1. Application forms which include general information regarding:
    1. family and applicant, 
    2. principal or counselor recommendation, and 
    3. teacher recommendation
  2. Copy of applicant’s transcripts or report cards from previous school.  If it is not in English or Spanish, please provide an official translation.
    To comply with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Education, all foreign school records (Official Transcripts) must be Apostilled by the emitting country.
  1. Copy of applicant’s birth certificate or passport
  2. Copy of parents’ passports or cedulas in case of Nicaraguan residency
  3. Background check/police report for all parents/guardians of child 
  4. Child’s health record (recent physical, vision and hearing check, immunization record)
  5. Copy of previous Independent Education Plans (IEP’s) if applicable and other recommendations from service providers (OT/PT, etc)
  6. Traslado if child previously attended a different school in Nicaragua
  7. If parents are divorced/not co-parenting/not relocating together, please provide a copy of a legal custody agreement, as well as proof of permission for the child to live abroad.

An interview with the division director is required (in person or online) so that teachers may evaluate the applicant. Assessments may be administered to determine the school’s ability to meet the needs of the child and to assess the student’s level of ability in English.  Entrance to grade level will be determined by a combination of birth date, application information, and teacher and director assessment of developmental appropriateness.   Please note that incomplete application forms will not be considered.

ADMISSIONS FAQ’s

Q: My child is healthy and has never been to a doctor.  Do I still need to submit a health record?

A: Yes, the school and Nicaragua’s Ministry of Education requires a health record.  If you do not have one, please request a physical from your local physician.   It should include results of a recent vision and hearing screening.

Q: My child has been homeschooled and does not have transcripts.  Can my child still apply?

A: Nicaragua’s Ministry of Education does not recognize homeschooling.  In order for your child to be considered for admission, you must submit transcripts from a registered educational institution.

Q: What is Apostille?

A: The Apostille is an official government issued certificate added to documents so they will be recognized when presented in another country.

Q:  Where do I get a background check and why is this required?

A: Because we ask that all parents volunteer at the school in some capacity during the school year, all parents must have a background check. Requirements to request a background check vary from one country to another.  If you are a Nicaraguan citizen or resident, you can request a police report in Rivas.  If you are moving internationally, please ask the local police station in your country of residence how to go about requesting a background check.  

Q: Can we schedule our child’s assessment if we haven’t submitted all admissions documents? 

A: The school requires a completed admissions packet before we can move to the second stage of admissions, which includes an interview and academic assessments.

Q: Can I pay the registration and new student fee before confirming enrollment?

A: These fees are non-refundable and do not guarantee enrollment.  

Q: Do you accept mid-year enrollment?

A: Our school year begins at the end of August/early September.  We highly encourage starting the school year with us then.  This is a time when teachers, staff, and students create ground rules, set expectations, and begin to establish relationships.  We can be flexible on an enrollment date when need be; however, we do fill classes on a first come, first served basis and once we reach our maximum number of students per grade, we do close admissions.