Policy & Procedures

Applications for admission are accepted from all interested parties throughout the year. Students applying for admission must complete all procedures before being considered for admission. The school reserves the right to exclude students for academic or disciplinary reasons or to require special supplementary measures at parental expense. In selecting new students, the admissions committee places great importance on the applicant’s potential, indicated by testing, teacher recommendation and past performance in prior schools. Other qualities are given significant consideration as well. CGB is looking for well-rounded students of good character, whose families embrace the values and mission of CGB.

It is school policy that the representation of any one nationality within the student body should not exceed 50%. The admissions process must respect this proportionality. In all other considerations, all students are eligible for admission if it is believed the school can meet their particular needs and providing there is space available.

Students from Year 2 and above seeking admission to the school are required to present English and Mathematics tests, and an ELS test if English is not their first language. Students from Year 4 and above will also need to complete the CATs4, cognitive ability test. Children who are seeking entry into Nursery, Reception or Year 1 will also need to complete an admissions process. This will involve working with a member of the Educational Achievement Department. The process includes observation of fine and gross motor ability, visual perception, language and auditory skills. The results will be used to track progress made by the students during their time in the school. Parents and students will be invited to an interview with one of our psychologists.

Space Availability

Due to the international nature of our school, applications for admissions are accepted throughout the year. If at the time you apply our classes are full, your family will be set on a waiting list.
Every year an average of 20% of our families are transferred. Therefore, a significant number of spaces usually become available at the end of the year.
However, it is important to clarify that space availability must always be confirmed because spaces are held only once the Admission Process has been completed and matriculation has taken place.

Students with English as an Additional Language

It is the parents’ responsibility to provide additional language support, and to arrange for extra tuition where appropriate, for students whose level of proficiency in English limits their ability to access the curriculum. Such students may be placed on a conditional matriculation. Generally, students who are not minimally proficient in English as a second language will not be admitted in years 10, 11, 12 or 13. Students who are not proficient in English as a second language will be regularly assessed for progress at regular intervals. Continued enrolment requires the demonstration of consistent and significant progress in English language acquisition as determined by the school.

Special Educational Needs

Students with special physical, cognitive or emotional needs can be admitted if adequate provision can be made, and the student can be placed in the regular classroom. Students with learning difficulties may be admitted if it is believed that the Educational Achievement Department can successfully provide support, and that the student can be placed in the mainstream classroom.

An additional fee is charged for students entering the school with a Specific Educational Need. This applies to students who:

Support  Needed Fee Per Year
need a shadow at all times whilst they are in the school. US 1,000*
have an Individual Educational Plan. US 2,000*
attend more than two therapies outside of school. US 2,000*
Application to years 12 & 13 (IB Programme)

Students seeking admissions into Year 12,

a. Must be able to commence study before the October break due to the rigorous demands of the Programme and IBO regulations governing the suggested number of hours of study in all subjects.

b. Must have a basic, introductory level in Spanish to be admitted, as Spanish is one of the required subjects in CGB’s Diploma Programme.

c. Must demonstrate both written and oral fluency in English in order to ensure academic success.

Students seeking admissions into Year 13 will be considered only if,

a. They are transferring from the IB Diploma Programme in another school

b. CGB is able to match the six subjects that they have been studying in the same language of delivery.

c. The applicant is able to provide internal assessment work completed to date in all six subjects, evidence of Theory of Knowledge (TOK) hours and a CAS diary.

CGB will only consider accepting a student in to Year 13 if there is a perfect match of subjects from their current school with ours, and that the combination of subjects fits within our blocking system.

d. There is a recommendation from the previous IB Diploma Coordinator.


Age and analysis of previous schooling records provide the starting point for a discussion on placement. Additionally, the students’ particular needs, results of the admissions exams, the interview and other factors will also be considered.

Pupils who attain a satisfactory score in the English and Mathematics admissions tests shall be placed into the following year groups according to their ages, keeping in mind that the cut-off date is the 31st August.

Age U.K. Year USA Grade COLOMB. SYS
3-4 Nursery Preschool K3 Párvulos
4-5 Reception Preschool K4 PreKínder
5-6 Year 1 Kindergarden K5 Kínder
6-7 Year 2 Grade 1 Transición
7-8 Year 3 Grade 2 Primero
8-9 Year 4 Grade 3 Segundo
9-10 Year 5 Grade 4 Tercero
10-11 Year 6 Grade 5 Cuarto
11-12 Year 7 Grade 6 Quinto
12-13 Year 8 Grade 7 Sexto
13-14 Year 9 Grade 8 Séptimo
14-15 Year 10 Grade 9 Octavo
15-16 Year 11 Grade 10 Noveno
16-17 Year 12 Grade 11 Décimo
17-18 Year 13 Grade 12 Undécimo