Houston’s Premier PK3 – 12th Grade International Day School

Early Learning Campus

Application Requirements

Early Learning at The Awty International School includes students who will be between the ages of three and six by the start of the school year and corresponds to the following grade level designations:

American SystemFrench systembritish system
Ages 3-4Pre-Kindergarten 3 (PK3)*Petite Section (PS)*Nursery
Ages 4-5Pre-Kindergarten 4 (PK4)Moyenne Section (MS)Reception
Ages 5-6Kindergarten (K)Grande Section (GS)Year 1
Ages 6-71st Grade (1)Course Préparatoire (CP)Year 2

* PK3/PS applicants must turn three by October 31 of the school year of entry.

Dual Language Immersion

The Early Learning division offers a dual language immersion program. In PK3 through Kindergarten it is a 50/50 program in either English/French or English/Spanish with the language of instruction alternating daily.

In first grade, it is a 60/40 program with the core subjects delivered in either English, French or Spanish (60% of the instructional time), and the specialty classes (i.e. Music, Art, Physical Education, Technology, Second Language) taught in the immersion language accounting for 40% of the instructional time. Please indicate your language preference on the application form.

Openings

PK3/PS is the main point of entry to Awty with 60 places in the class.

PK4/MS openings are extremely limited and preference is given to children already affiliated with Awty.

K/GS openings are limited with new enrollment of about 15 to 20 students.

1/CP openings are limited with new enrollment of about 10 to 15 students.

Overseas Applicants

We understand that applying from an overseas location can be complicated. While we recommend visiting Awty and Houston during the application process, we will work with you to facilitate your application should you run into any obstacles meeting the application requirements.

How To Apply

Step 1: Tours & Information Sessions

Group tours will begin in September 19, 2017 for applicants to the 2018-2019 school year.

Information Sessions for applicants to PK3-K/PS-GS will be held on:

  • Thursday, September 7
  • Wednesday, September 27
  • Wednesday, October 18

An Information session for applicants to 1st Grade/CP will be held on:

  • Thursday, October 12

Please check back after September 1 for a link to the online calendar to register for a tour or information session.

Applicants for mid-year entry to the 2017 academic year, if you are traveling to Houston from overseas and would like to visit the school, please contact the admissions office directly to schedule an appointment.

Step 2: Online Application & Fee

(For entry to the 2017-2018 academic year, please call admissions before submitting an application.)

The application is available online only. First time applicants will need to create a new user account. Families already affiliated with Awty should use their existing My Backpack account.

Start Your Online Application

There is a $200 non-refundable fee payable online with submission of the application.

Please be prepared to upload a photograph of the applicant.

Step 3: Teacher Recommendation

If your child is enrolled in an early childhood program of any kind including daycare, please have his or her current teacher complete the Shared Teacher Recommendation for PK3/PS - Kinder/GS or the Shared Teacher Recommendation for 1st Grade/CP.

In an effort to move away from paper to electronic documents, please request where possible that the teacher complete, scan, and email the confidential form directly to admissions@awty.org; otherwise, provide the teacher with the form and a stamped envelope addressed to:

The Awty International School
Office of Admissions
7455 Awty School Lane
Houston, TX 77055

For applicants to the 2018-2019 school year, the teacher should wait until December to complete the form, but should submit to Awty no later than January 16, 2018. If your child does not attend any kind of formal program, please indicate this on your application.

Step 4: Group Observation Visit

All applicants to the Early Learning division are invited to Awty for a group visit. Awty teachers will meet your child in a classroom setting to get a sense of how he or she interacts with peers, adults, and the learning environment. No special preparation is required. Please visit the Admissions Calendar page for a list of dates. Please keep those dates available. We will email you in November with the date and time of your appointment.

Step 5: Parent Interview

We want to make sure we get to know you and your child as well as possible, and that all of your questions about Awty have been answered. A member of the admissions staff or Early Learning division will meet with you for about thirty minutes during business hours. This meeting is optional for parents with children already attending Awty. Once your application is processed, you will receive a link to our online calendar where you can schedule your appointment.

Step 6: Admissions Testing

Awty requires the results of the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, fourth edition (WPPSI-IV) for all Kindergarten and First Grade applicants. Locally, we recommend Collaborative Academic Testing Service (C.A.T.S.) You may register online by visiting their website at www.catstexas.com.

Overseas and out-of-state applicants may use any private licensed psychologist. Testing should be conducted in the child’s first language.

CONTACTS:

Telephone: 713-580-0579
Fax: 713-341-4404
Email: admissions@awty.org

SORAYA DIAZ TAMAYO
Director of Enrollment Outreach and Management

ERIKA BENAVENTE
Assistant Director of Admissions

DELPHINE TROGNEUX
Assistant Director of Admissions

LINDA DURST
Admissions Data and Office Manager

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