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Application Process

Mzuzu International Academy accepts children with-out discrimination of sex, religion, race or nationality.

Admission to the School will be determined by the Headteacher, with the advice of the teaching staff, based on information obtained with respect to:

  • The potential of the applicant to benefit from the educational services available.
  • The capacity of the Academy to meet the educational needs of the applicant.

Applications for admission for the current school year will be considered in order of priority and date of application, as places become available.

Students are assigned to instructional groups primarily on the basis of age. However, factors such as previous records, measured aptitude and achievement, physical and emotional development and other relevant details are also considered. The final decision rests with the Headteacher.

A six-week trial period in the class, to which the student is assigned, is mandatory.

Entrance Age

A child may be accepted into a class if he or she is of age before 1st September. Class ages are as follows:

 

STUDENT RECORDS FROM OTHER SCHOOLS

The School requires student records in English or translated into English from the applicant's previous school before any student is accepted. These records include reports, transcripts, results of standardised tests and any reports by a counsellor or psychologist (a checklist is provided). The School reserves the right to contact the applicant's previous school prior to acceptance.

INTERVIEWS

Whenever possible, the applicant will be interviewed by the Headmaster prior to acceptance.

ENTRANCE TEST

A standardised entrance test in English and Maths is given to applicants.

The School reserves the right to deny admission or re-enrolment to any applicant if, in its opinion, there were reasons to believe that admission or re-enrolment would not be in the best interest of the applicant or the School.

The School also reserves the right to postpone admission if a class is full. In this case, the applicant is placed on a waiting list. The qualified applicants are then accepted in order of date of application, subject to the above priorities.

LATE ADMISSIONS

A student may be admitted to the School at any time during the school year (if places are available).

A) New Applicants

When the Enrolment Contract is signed by the applicant and sent by registered mail or given back to the School, and then is cancelled any time after the published deadline for notification of withdrawal for each term, the acceptance fee of MKw 10,000 - per student as well as the first term’s fees are due in their entirety. This rule applies throughout the calendar year.

When the Enrolment Contract is signed by the applicant and sent by registered mail or given back to the School, and then is subsequently cancelled before the published deadline for notification of withdrawal for each term, only the acceptance fee is due. If the tuition and other academic-related fees have been paid, they will be reimbursed by the School. This rule applies throughout the calendar year.

B) Enrolled Attending Students

Notice of a student’s withdrawal must be received by the School (Admissions Office) from the parent and/or legal guardian, in writing by registered letter by the deadlines given below. When a student has reached the age of majority, the letter should also be signed by the student. If the deadlines for notification of withdrawal are not adhered to, the following term’s fees become due in their entirety, even if the student does not attend. To avoid payment of the term’s fees for the term following the one during which the student’s departure takes place, the deadlines for notification of withdrawal must be adhered to :

  • To leave the School by the end of the Autumn Term (December), notification must be received by the School (Admissions Office) from the parent and/or legal guardian by 30 September
  • To leave the School by the end of the Winter Term (March), notification must be received by the School (Admissions Office) from the parent and/or legal guardian by 15 January
  • To leave the School by the end of the school year (June), notification must be received by the School (Admissions Office) from the parent and/or legal guardian by 31 March.

For instance, should the parent and/or legal guardian or student having reached majority fail to send notification early enough so that this notification is received by the School (Admissions Office) by 30 September, the said parent and/or legal guardian or student having reached majority will be liable for the winter term’s tuition and other academic-related fees.