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Organisation of studies & admission policy

TEC offers 2 international programmes: 1) PYP (Primary Years Programme) 2) DP (Diploma Programme) Further information about IB programmes at TEC can be found in the menu on the left.

Tallinn English College Admission Policy 2018

1 GENERAL PROVISIONS

1.1 The TEC admission policy is established on the basis of the Basic Schools and Upper Secondary Schools Act, § 27 subsection 5 and of the Tallinn City Government Regulation No 132 “The conditions and policies for the designation of the municipal school based on the place of residence” of December 21, 2011.
1.2 The student admission policy regulates the admission of students to TEC.
1.3 The admission to TEC will take place on the basis of school readiness and creativity assessment tests (Forms 1-9 and Forms 11-12), and the results of admissions tests and academic achievements (Form 10).
1.4 The deadline for the registration for school readiness and creativity assessment tests (Forms 1-9 and Forms 11-12) and the time for the tests are confirmed by a directive of TEC Headmaster based on the regulations authorised by the Head of Tallinn Education Authority and other current legislation.
1.5 Students without prior registration or without photo identification document are prohibited from taking part in the school readiness and and creativity tests (Forms 1-9 and Forms 11-12) and admission tests (Form 10).
1.6 Registration for the school readiness and creativity assessment tests (Forms 1-9 and Forms 11-12) and admission tests (Form 10) occurs through the school website.
1.7 Students’ practical assignments completed during tests are preserved until the start of the new school year.
1.8 The discovery of intentional false information provided by the applicant of parent (guardian) results in the student’s exclusion or removal from the list of student candidates.

2 ADMISSION TO IB PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME (PYP) FORM 1
2.1 The children of Estonia’s foreign service staff, foreign diplomatic missions, consular posts, international organisations’ staff and specialists contractually working in Estonia are given priority admission for entry into TEC’s IB PYP Form 1. In case of vacant study places, students whose place of residence according to the population register is the city of Tallinn, may apply.
2.2 In order to register for the school readiness and creativity assessment test, the child’s parent (or guardian), shall submit the completed application through TEC’s webpage.
2.3 At least one of the parents shall attend the school readiness and creativity assessment test together with the child.
2.4 A point system is applied to assess the child’s school readiness and creativity.
2.5 The maximum point score of the school readiness and creativity assessment tests is 60 points, which are accumulated in the following way:
2.5.1 Retelling (maximum 8 points);
2.5.2 Reading (maximum 4 points);
2.5.3 Listening (maximum 3 points);
2.5.4 Discussion on topics connected to the understanding of the world (15 points);
2.5.5 Elementary writing ability (maximum 5 points);
2.5.6 Elementary numeracy and logical reasoning development level (maximum 10 points);
2.5.7 Aptitude for learning foreign languages (maximum 10 points);
2.5.8 Attention span and concentration development level, an aptitude for communication (maximum 5 points).
2.6 One parent has the right to attend the school readiness and creativity assessment interview, and after the results of the school readiness and creativity tests are publicised, to request information and explanations about the child’s results and examine the child’s work.
2.7 Based on the results of the school readiness and creativity assessment tests, the school shall prepare a separate ranking list for girls and boys with the aim of accepting an equal number of girls and boys, providing their school readiness and creativity assessment test results do not differ significantly.
2.8 The parent is informed of the decision regarding the child’s student candidate status by 22 June 4 p.m.
2.9 In order to enrol in Form 1, the parent (or guardian) of the student candidate shall submit a written application by June 27.
2.10 If a parent of the student candidate wants to forfeit the student place after the submission of the documents to the school, they shall notify the school of this in writing. TEC shall then remove the student candidate from the admission list.

3 ADMISSION TO IB DIPLOMA PROGRAMME (DP)

3.1 Admission to IB DP preparatory year (Form 10)
3.1.1 The first academic year of the IB Diploma Programme starts in Form 11 and is preceded by a preparatory year. The admission to TEC DP preparatory year will generally take place on the basis of the results of admission tests, interviews in English and academic achievements.
3.1.2 Admission tests take place as common examination together with Gustav Adolf Grammar School, Tallinn English College, School No 21 and Tallinn Science School.
3.1.3 The students who have successfully passed the admission tests (based on ranking lists) are invited to interviews conducted in English and Estonian.
3.1.4 The final results of the common examination are publicised on the school webpage within ten days of the final interviews.
3.1.5 The compilation of the student candidate list is based on the results of the admission tests, interview in English, academic achievements and the number of IB student places available.
3.1.5.1 Students with negative marks on their report cards cannot become TEC student candidates.
3.1.5.2 A student who has a negative final mark on their report card or a negative exam result shall be deleted from the TEC student candidate list.
3.1.6 On admitting new students to TEC, the following criteria are considered (proportion in the brackets):
3.1.6.1 results of the common examination (85%);
3.1.6.2 academic achievement in basic school (15%).
3.1.7 Documents for enrolling in the IB DP preparatory year shall be submitted after the basic school graduation until 25 June.
3.1.8 In order to enrol in TEC upper secondary school the successful student candidate (in case of restricted legal capacity their legal representative) shall submit the following documents:
3.1.8.1 a written application;
3.1.8.2 a certified copy of the entrant’s identification document (in its absence, a copy of the birth certificate);
3.1.8.3 if the application is submitted by the entrant’s legal representative, a certified copy of the representative’s identity document);
3.1.8.4 a certificate of the completion of basic education or its equivalent.
3.1.9 The decision regarding the admission of the student candidate is announced by 1 July.
3.2 Admission to IB DP (Forms 11 and/or 12)
3.2.1 Admission to upper secondary school Year 2 and Year 3 (G2/Form 11 and G3/Form 12) IB DP takes place in exceptional cases of the availability of vacant student places for students studying according to IBO or other equivalent curriculum in international schools based on the admission tests followed by an interview in interview in English.
3.2.2 Admission tests include tests in English, Mathematics and Academic Ability.
3.2.3 On admitting new students to TEC, the following criteria are considered:
3.2.3.1 results of the admission tests;
3.2.3.2 academic achievement in basic and upper secondary school;
3.2.3.3 the student’s interests and activeness;
3.2.3.4 the compatibility of the student’s subject choices with TEC IB curriculum.
3.2.4 Upon registration to the entrance tests, the student candidate shall submit an application, a certified copy of their report card and a letter of motivation.
3.2.5 The results of the entrance tests are publicised on the school web page and via e-mail within ten days of taking the tests.
3.2.6 The student candidates who have successfully passed the entrance tests, shall be interviewed in English.
3.2.7 In the interview, the student candidate’s verbal language skills, motivation, communication skills, scope, activity and accomplishments are assessed.
3.2.8 The decision regarding the student candidate’s admission is announced within ten days of the interview via e-mail.
3.2.9 Students with negative marks on their report cards cannot become TEC student candidates.
3.2.10 On admitting new students to TEC, the following criteria are considered (proportion in the brackets):
3.2.10.1 results of the admission tests (85%);
3.2.10.2 academic achievement in basic school and/or upper secondary school (15%).
3.2.11 In order to enrol in upper secondary school Year 2 and Year 3 IB DP the successful student candidate (in case of restricted legal capacity their legal representative) shall submit the following documents:
3.1.8.1 a written application;
3.1.8.2 a certified copy of the entrant’s identification document (in its absence, a copy of the birth certificate);
3.1.8.3 if the application is submitted by the entrant’s legal representative, a certified copy of the representative’s identity document).

4 AMENDING TEC ADMISSION POLICY

4.1 TEC Admission Policy is reviewed every academic year. Amendments to the Admission Policy have to be approved by TEC Board of Trustees.

Academic honesty

Authenticity and original authorship:

An authentic piece of work is one that is based on the student’s individual and original ideas with the ideas and work of others fully acknowledged. Therefore, all assignments, written or oral, completed by a student for assessment must wholly and authentically use that student’s own language and expression.

Academic dishonesty

Malpractice is a behaviour that results in, or may result in, the student or any other student gaining an unfair advantage in one or more assessment components.

Extended essay for IB DP students

Every IB Diploma candidate must submit an extended essay on a focused topic in one of the subjects of the IB curriculum – normally one of the student’s 6 chosen subjects for the IB Diploma. The essay must be supervised by a qualified teacher at the school.