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Admissions

Guidelines for students' admissions

GSO looks at each student as an individual with talents to discover and share. The more we get to know about the whole person, in addition to records of past academic performance and activities, the more we can understand a student’s strengths and concerns, needs and aspirations.

Choosing a new school and a new environment in which to live is both exciting and daunting. Our staff is dedicated to helping families and students throughout the admissions process. We are always ready to share our expectations but equally ready to hear what a future student will be able to bring to enrich the learning community.

Our most important requirement is that a student coming to our school becomes familiar with, and is open to, the school's Vision, Mission Statement and Educational Beliefs. Students should be interested in getting to know Italy, and should be able and willing to fully participate in all aspects of the programme: academic, co-curricular and service.

In accepting students, at Gentium Schola Opitergium we look for:

  • The applicant’s potential to benefit from the educational environment and programme;
  • The capability of the school to meet the educational needs of the applicant¹;
  • Sufficient ability in English to succeed in a college preparatory programme with English as the language of instruction (some EAL support can be provided in grade 9;
  • The personality and motivation to do one’s best, be actively engaged and to share one’s experience and talents with others;
  • Willingness to abide by essential agreements, confirmed by teachers and students each year, as well as by the Italian law;
  • Fulfillment of the school’s financial and medical requirements.

We admit qualified students of any gender, identity, race, national and ethnic origin and do not discriminate in any aspect of our educational policies, scholarship or financial planning, or in any other school-administered programme.

 

¹The school provides appropriate help with temporary challenges but is not equipped to offer the professional help and support needed for students with serious learning difficulties or a history of behavioural problems. For further information, please view the GSO Special Needs Policy.

 

Admissions Process for 2018:

Where possible, students interested in Gentium Schola Opitergium can make an appointment, visit us, and talk to the Admissions personnel.

For specific questions regarding the academic programme, please send an email to set up an appointment with the School Coordinator.

Admission during the school year is not ideal but if it is absolutely necessary, every effort will be made to welcome and support late entrants until the end of the first quarter.  

The applicant needs to submit the final reports of the previous two years and the most recent final or mid-term report available. This is to understand your academic profile. Once your documents are received, the Admissions Office will contact you. 

 

1.Download, fill out and sign the “Application for Student Admission Form.” Download the form here

When filling out the Application form, the applicant will be asked to respond in her/his own words to three of the following questions.

For Cambridge IGCSE applicants:

  • What would you say is your favorite subject to study? Why?
  • Would you say you like things perfect? How do you feel when things do not end up the way you wanted them to?
  • Who is your best friend? Why is this person so important to you?
  • What do you expect from us (your school)?
  • Why do you want to come to GSO?

For IB Diploma Programme applicants:

  • Do you care deeply about anything? Intellectual? Activities? Personal? How did this interest or passion start? What have you done with your interests or learned from them?
  • How do you deal with mistakes you make and what, if anything, do you learn from them?
  • Have you shared your interest with someone or with some group? What have you learned as a result?
  • What do you expect from your school? How do you best learn anything?
  • What will you bring to GSO - what can you contribute?

N.B. Getting to know what a student thinks or cares for is more important than perfect English.

2.Additional Documentation²:

  • Confirmation of the bank transfer of the € 250 (non-refundable) Application Fee (Bank details provided in the Application Form)
  • A copy of the student’s passport, including pages indicating the passport number, expiry date and place of issue (ID card for Italian and EU country nationals)
  • A confidential School Recommendation from your present teacher/school counsellor/Head to submit to us (a scanned, signed document on official school paper)
  • Feel free to add any supportive evidence of talents (e.g. Writing, Art/Sport/Activities References, Pictures, Creative Productions…)

Please send as attachments the Application form and the supporting documentation by email to the following address: admissions@gsoschool.com.

Note: We will only process the application after ALL of the above listed documents have been submitted and the Application Fee has been received! Submission of the Application documents and payment of the Application Fee do not constitute acceptance and enrolment.

² Our preference is for all documents to be submitted in English (the school’s language of instruction) or Italian or with a certified translation. The school will respond in writing in English or Italian.

After viewing your file, if you are considered a good fit for GSO, the Admissions Office will be in contact with you to arrange a Skype Interview with the IB Coordinator. During this call your background and motivation will be further assessed.  

Applications are assessed by the Admissions Committee before the final acceptance decision is made.

The decision of acceptance will be conveyed to the applicants within ten working days from the receipt of a complete file and interview comments (if undertaken).  

Accepted students will receive the following documents in their Acceptance Package, electronically and/or by courier or postal services:

  1. Acceptance Letter
  2. The Contract to be signed, including General Terms and Conditions 
  3. Tuition Invoice with request to pay the € (to be defined) Enrolment Fee
  4. Medical History Report
  5. Visa Information (when necessary)
  6. Rules and Regulations

An offer of a place at Gentium Schola Opitergium can only be confirmed once the school has received all the required documentation. The application and visa process, if required, can be a long task.  Where documents are missing, parents or guardians need to inform Admissions staff as to when they will become available.

Complete official school and medical records must be received by the school before the student can be admitted. Once the Admissions Office receives the completed and signed Acceptance Package, the following enrolment documentation will be sent electronically and/or by courier/postal services:

  • Student Life Handbook
  • Enrolment forms (Preliminary subject choice, preliminary preference of activities…to be returned to GSO)
  • Arrival information

In order to ensure proper placement, we may require placement tests in areas such as English, Mathematics and the Sciences.