Let us guide you through joining our school

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: Enquiry | School Visit

We look forward to welcoming you to BSQ. During your virtual 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 step 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 below:

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

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.
Year / Grade Placement

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 SystemEquivalence to the American System


Foundation stage


From 3-4 years old

Inicial 1



Foundation stage


From 4 to 5 years old

Inicial 2



Key Stage 1

Year 1

From 5 to 6 years old

1° de básica



Key Stage 1

Year 2

From 6 to 7 years old

2° de básica

1st. grade


Key Stage 2

Year 3

From 7 to 8 years old

3° de básica

2nd grade


Key Stage 2

Year 4

From 8 to 9 years old

4° de básica

3rd. grade


Key Stage 2

Year 5

From 9 to 10 years old

5° de básica

4th. grade


Key Stage 2

Year 6

From 10 to 11 years old

6° de básica

5th. grade


Key Stage 3

Year 7

From 11 to 12 years old

7° de básica

6th. grade


Key Stage 3

Year 8

From 12 to 13 years old

8° de básica

7th. grade


Key Stage 3

Year 9

From 13 to 14 years old

9° de básica

8th. grade



Year 10

From 14 to 15 years old

10° de básica

9th. grade



Year 11

From 15 to 16 years old

1° de bachillerato

10th. grade


International Baccaulareate Diploma Programme

Year 12

From 16 to 17 years old

2° de bachillerato

11th. grade


International Baccaulareate Diploma Programme

Year 13

From 17 to 18 years old

3° de bachillerato

12th. grade

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.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to BSQ.