Admission Policies & Guidelines


Admission policies and guidelines considered when accepting new students at the different levels at AECHS: Kindergarten (KG), Elementary, Middle, and Secondary:

Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-KG) Admissions Criteria

1. Age Requirement

· Applicants should be at least 1 year and three months old at the time of admission.

2. Developmental Milestone

· Applicants should be able to walk independently.

3. Inclusive Enrollment

· Non-Armenian applicants are welcome to join our Pre-KG program.

4. Admission Process

· An interview is a mandatory step in the admissions process for all applicants.


Kindergarten (KG) Admission Criteria

1. Age Requirements

· For entering KG1, ensure that students are three years old by January 31, according to Ministry of Education regulations.

· Clearly communicate the cutoff date for age eligibility.

2. Immunization Records

· Require submission of up-to-date immunization records to ensure the health and safety of all students.

3. Parental/Guardian Engagement

· Encourage parental involvement and assess the commitment of parents to support their child's early education.

4. Readiness Assessment

· The KG Head of Department conducts age-appropriate interviews and assessments to evaluate a child's readiness for KG, including basic cognitive and social skills.

· To consider a KG1 student ready for school, the child must have transitioned out of diapers.


Required Documents for both Pre-KG and KG Departments

· Personal civil extract

· Two passport photos

· Immunization Record and a completed AECHS medical form.

· A completed AECHS student application form


Elementary and Secondary Admission Criteria

1. Age and Grade Placement

· Verify that students meet the age and grade requirements for the Elementary and Secondary levels.

2. Academic Records

· Review previous academic records, if applicable, to gauge the student's academic background.

3. Entrance Exams

· Conduct entrance exams, to evaluate students' proficiency in core subjects such as Mathematics and language arts. Students are required to pass at least one of the subjects.

· Arabic, English, Math, and sciences (1 questionnaire that has 3 different parts including biology, physics, and chemistry)

· For Lower Elementary, the exam will include an oral and a basic written exam

· For Higher Elementary, there will be written exams in the following subjects: Arabic Language, English Language, and Mathematics

· For all Secondary grades, there will be written exams: Arabic Language, English Language, Mathematics, and Sciences (1 questionnaire that has 3 different parts including Biology, Physics, and Chemistry)

· Students applying to the Grade 7 will be exempted from the science entrance exam.

· Students applying to the Grade 12 will have an entrance exam according to the section they have chosen:

General Sciences: Arabic, English, Math, Physics

Life Science: Arabic, Biology, English, Math

Sociology and Economics:  Arabic, English, Math

4. Interviews

· Conduct interviews with students and parents to understand the student’s general personality attributes, interests, and family values.

5. Behavioral and Social Skills

· When further assessment is required, refer the student to the school counselor and/or psychologist for a one-on-one interview.

· Submit a certificate of conduct from the previous school.


Required Documents for Elementary and Secondary Departments

· Personal civil extract

· Two passport photos

· Equivalent letter for students coming from abroad

· Grades of the last two years certified by the previous school

· Certificate of success, certified by the Ministry of Education

· Certificate of conduct from the previous school

· Immunization Record and a completed AECHS medical form.

· A completed AECHS student application form



Steps Administrators Should Take Before Accepting a Student

1. Application Review

· Thoroughly review each student's application, ensuring that all required documents are provided.

2. Interview

· Conduct a one-on-one interview with parents in the presence of the student.

3. Selection Committee

· Establish a selection committee to collectively assess applications, interview results, and other relevant information (Principal, Academic Director, Head of Department, School Counselor).

4. Transparent Communication

· Clearly communicate the admission criteria and process to parents and applicants, fostering transparency in the selection process.

5. Orientation Programs

· Conduct orientation programs to familiarize accepted newly students and their families with the school's culture, policies, and expectations.

6. Waitlist Management

· Implement a fair and transparent waitlist management system in case the number of qualified applicants exceeds available spaces.

· Prioritize students with higher entrance exam results.

· Give priority to siblings of students currently enrolled at the school and the children of staff.

7. Buddy Program

· Have Homeroom teachers assign a buddy/classmate to accompany and guide all new students throughout the first week of school

· Have the “Buddy” help newcomers get familiarized with the school campus, and general rules and mostly provide a sense of support