The criterion for acceptance into the school is the willingness to put in the effort to achieve full potential, not high “innate” ability. Placement into classes is determined by academic attainment, with age acting as a limiting factor. Students applying to enter Grade 1 and above must take diagnostic tests to determine placement.
Students who are found to be behind academically are rarely refused. Instead, they are offered one of several different solutions, depending on their academic needs. These may be:
Summer School: Although AIS–Al-Sulaimaniah does not offer a summer school, students who are below the academic standards may attend summer schools offered by a number of SABIS® Network schools in the region to make up for any academic gaps.
Special Lessons: A student found to be weak in one subject attends extra periods in that subject until the level of the class is reached.