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We are mindful that our new parents may well be in the process of relocating to another city, country or continent, therefore The British School Quito Admissions Process is designed to be as simple and flexible as possible to release the added burden for parents. Please see below our step by step guide.

STEP 1: First Visit

We look forward to welcoming you to BSQ. During your first visit, we will:

  • Introduce the school and provide a bespoke tour of the school
  • Discuss your child’s educational needs and suitability for our school and curriculum
  • Answer any specific questions you may have regarding the Admissions procedure, our curriculum, school routines and timetables, after school activities, transport, etc.
  • It is important to us that during this visit you acquire as much information about our school as possible to ensure you are making the right choice for your child.

STEP 2: Applying

When you decide to apply formally for a place for your child at The British School Quito, we will require a completed registration form and the following documents:

  • A completed registration form
  • Two passport photographs of the applicant
  • A colour copy of the applicant passports or Ecuadorian Cedula
  • A colour copy of the parents´passports or Ecuadorian Cedula
  • A reference from the previous school Principal (if not in Nursery)
  • The two most recent school reports (if not Nursery)
  • The student immunisation record
  • A Financial Declaration
  • All these documents can be scanned and uploaded or presented in hard copies. Any missing documents can be brought into school at your convenience.

STEP 3: Assessment and Interview

On receipt of the completed admissions forms and supporting documents, the Head of Section will assess the student’s suitability for our educational provision. If the student meets the requirements for testing, we will organise an interview with the Head of Section and an assessment. We test all students to assess their cognitive ability to ensure that our school is right for your child and your child will fulfill their potential at The British School Quito.

The assessment procedure is as follows:

1) Interview with the student - Head of Section, Counsellor

2) Interview with the parents - Head of Section/Admissions Coordinator, Director

3) Depending on their age, students will sit the following evaluations:

YearStudent evaluation
FS1 (Nursery)Internal evaluation by Psychologist, Teacher, Head of Section
FS2 (Reception)GL Assessment Reception Baseline, Internal evaluation by Psychologist
Year 1 GL Assessment 5-7 Reasoning using the NVR assessment at age level (age 6)
Year 2 GL Assessment 5-7 Reasoning using the NVR assessment at age level (age 7)
Year 3 upwardsGL Assessment CAT 4 and also NGRT
Years 10 & 11 GL Assessment CAT 4 and also NGRT, iGCSE exam papers in English, Maths, Spanish
Year 12 iGCSE and/or IB Diploma exam papers in English, Maths, Spanish, Sciences


The Admissions Committee will meet and discuss the results of the evaluations. The Admissions Committee can make the following recommendations to the Director:

  • Accept the student
  • Accept the student (with conditions - such as private tutoring in English, Maths; evaluation for a Special Educational Need, etc)
  • Re-evaluate the student at a future date (maximum three months after first evaluation, family to be given clear targets of what student must improve before re-evaluation)
  • Not accept the student as they would not benefit from an education at The British School Quito.

STEP 4: Results

Providing that there is a place available for your child, and that they meet the Admissions criteria, our Director will provide an official offer for your child. The admissions coordinator will contact the family of the applicant within 72 hours after the assessment and interview has taken place to advise them about the results of the evaluation process and the decision made regarding their admittance.

As an educational institution, our first priority is ensuring that a student accepted through our admissions process will benefit from our educational project and will be a positive member of our community. Therefore, the British School Quito reserves the right to deny admission to any child who does not meet the school’s admission requirements or when admission into the school is not considered to be in the best interests of the child.


In order to complete the registration form correctly, you will find below a year/grade placement chart. Bear mind that students who wish to enter the designated year must be the required age by August 31st of the year of entry.

British School System LevelBritish School System StageBritish School Year GroupAge of the studentsEquivalence to the Ecuadorian System Equivalence to the American System
Pre-SchoolFoundation stageNurseryFrom 3-4 years oldInicial 1Nursery
Pre-SchoolFoundation stageReception From 4 to 5 years old Inicial 2Pre-K
PrimaryKey Stage 1Year 1From 5 to 6 years old 1° de básica Kindergarten
PrimaryKey Stage 1Year 2 From 6 to 7 years old 2° de básica 1st. grade
PrimaryKey Stage 2Year 3From 7 to 8 years old3° de básica 2nd grade
PrimaryKey Stage 2Year 4From 8 to 9 years old4° de básica 3rd. grade
PrimaryKey Stage 2Year 5From 9 to 10 years old5° de básica 4th. grade
PrimaryKey Stage 2Year 6From 10 to 11 years old6° de básica 5th. grade
SecondaryKey Stage 3Year 7From 11 to 12 years old7° de básica 6th. grade
SecondaryKey Stage 3Year 8From 12 to 13 years old8° de básica 7th. grade
SecondaryKey Stage 3Year 9From 13 to 14 years old9° de básica 8th. grade
SecondaryiGCSEYear 10From 14 to 15 years old10° de básica9th. grade
SecondaryiGCSEYear 11From 15 to 16 years old1° de bachillerato 10th. grade
SecondaryInternational Baccaulareate Diploma ProgrammeYear 12From 16 to 17 years old2° de bachillerato 11th. grade
SecondaryInternational Baccaulareate Diploma ProgrammeYear 13From 17 to 18 years old3° de bachillerato 12th. grade
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