The Lower School includes children ages seven through 11 and corresponds to the following grade level designations:
|American system||french system||british system|
|Ages 7-8||2nd Grade||CE1||Year 3|
|Ages 8-9||3rd Grade||CE2||Year 4|
|Ages 9-10||4th Grade||CM1||Year 5|
|Ages 10-11||5th Grade||CM2||Year 6|
Dual Language Immersion
In 2nd and 3rd grade, the curriculum is delivered through a 60/40 dual language immersion model with the core subjects delivered in either English, French, or Spanish (60% of the instructional time), and the specialty classes, accounting for 40% of the instructional time, (i.e. Art, Physical Education, Technology, Second Language) taught in the immersion language.
In 4th through 5th grade, all students study a second language for five or six periods each week.
Please indicate your language preference on the application form.
Openings in the Lower School grades are limited and based on attrition. As an international school, we do expect some amount of mobility in our population, but we are not able to guarantee the number of places that will be available in any given grade.
We understand that applying from outside of the United States 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 for Mid-Year Entry
- Step 1: Online Application & Fee for Mid-Year Entry
- Step 2: Teacher Recommendation
- Step 3: Classroom Visit
- Step 4: Admissions Testing
(For mid-year entry to the 2018-2019 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.
There is a $200 non-refundable fee payable online with submission of the application.
Please be prepared to upload a photograph of the applicant.
Please have your child’s current teacher complete the Shared Teacher Recommendation form for Lower School.
In an effort to move away from paper to electronic documents, please request where possible that the teacher complete, scan, and send the confidential form directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants to Lower School grades must submit results of standardized admissions testing as outlined below. The testing requirement is waived for students attending a French accredited school and applying to CE1-CM2.
|2nd - 4th Grade:||WISC|
For the WISC 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 contract with a private licensed psychologist. Children should be tested in their first language.
For the ISEE, register here. Awty will administer the ISEE on campus on Saturday, January 12. Awty’s testing location code is 447771. Overseas applicants can register at an international location through Prometric.