Frequently Asked Questions
What are the School hours?
International Sharing School is open from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm with our EYP and PYP classes running from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm and our MYP and DP classes running from 8:30 am to 4:10 pm.
What are the students age range?
We accept students from 4-months to 18-years old at the time of admission.
My child doesn't speak English. Can he/she apply?
Yes. Although we recommend students have a good level of English, English fluency is not a mandatory prerequisite for admission. International Sharing School has developed an English Boosting Program to support students in improving their knowledge of English.
I'm not fluent in English. How can I communicate with the school?
As a multicultural community with many different nationalities, we are prepared to communicate with parents in English, Portuguese, Mandarin, Russian, German, French and Spanish. The school-parent communication via emails, online platforms, parent-teacher meetings and events are in English, but we are available to support non-English-fluent parents in a language they feel more comfortable.
Do you have any after school activities?
Yes, we have variety of after school activities such as Ballet, Chess, Contemporary Dance, Football, Horse Riding, Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Piano, Singing, Surf, Swimming, Taekwondo and Tennis.
Does do school provide a bus service?
The school provides home-school transportation from Lisbon, Oeiras, Cascais, Sintra, Amadora, Odivelas, Loures and nearby municipalities. Transportation is not included in the tuition fees and is subject to availability.
What are your class sizes?
We accept a maximum of 20 students per class, although this number can vary depending on the academic development of the group. Our Early Years Programme (EYP) and Primary Years Programme (PYP) classrooms having two teachers per class in addition to their subject specialists.
My child has learning difficulties. Can he/she apply?
Yes, we have a Special Education Needs (SEN) department with permanent full-time psychologists on-site to support students with special education needs. We prepare specific programs to cater for children with special education needs.
Do students wear uniforms?
Yes, students from all grade levels are required to wear a smart, yet casual uniform.
Does the school provide hot lunch?
Yes, we provide a healthy, balanced lunch for all students. Our meals are prepared by our nutritionist and ensure students eat the daily recommended nutrients they need to be at their best level. Our meals include lunch and two snacks per day, with a selection of 3 different menus everyday: Mediterranean menu, diet menu and vegetarian menu.
Can students enroll during the school year?
Yes, we have year-round enrolments up to Grade 10. Due to the academic requirements of the final year of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP), we can only accept students for Grade 10 and DP until to December.
What supplies do I need to bring to school?
We will supply all stationary supplies such as pens, pencils and school books, among others. Students from our Early Years Programme (EYP) are required to bring bedsheets to sleep and a change of clothes. Students from Grade 4 up to Grade 12 are required to bring their own laptop, while we provide laptops for students up to Grade 4. We recommend all students bring their personal water bottle.
Are parents involved with the school?
Yes, parents are a key asset of our community and bring valuable inputs. Parents representation is organized through our Parents and Teachers Group (PTG) and meet regularly with the school Board and Pedagogical Leadership Team to create joint activities and find areas to improve.
How many nationalities are there at the school?
We have students of over 40 different nationalities.
Does the school have a religious affiliation?
No, we are a non-discriminatory school with students from all different religions and beliefs.
About Our Programmes
Early Years Programme
It is important that your child feels nurtured and cared for in order to grow as a confident learner. In our Early Years Programme, students are introduced to ‘Inquiry’ through play. We aim to achieve a balance between cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development activities.
At this age, students typically develop at their own speed. We differentiate the way we approach each student and carefully focus on how your child learns the best. Younger students benefit from a clear structure and routine throughout the day, so the daily schedule is designed to encourage your child’s full potential.
Primary Years Programme
The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children aged 3 – 12 nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.
The PYP offers an inquiry-based, transdisciplinary curriculum framework that builds conceptual understanding. It is a student-centered approach to education for children aged 3-12. It reflects the best of educational research, thought leadership and experience derived from IB World Schools.
The PYP has evolved to become a world leader in future-focused education. The PYP is an example of best educational practice globally, responding to the challenges and opportunities facing young students in our rapidly changing world.
Middle Years Programme
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) is mainly for students aged 11-16. The MYP is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.
The MYP is a five-year programme, which can be implemented in a partnership between schools, or in several abbreviated (two, three or four year) formats. Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP) or Career-related Programme (CP).
DP students study six subjects (three at standard level and three at higher level) over two years and complete three additional requirements: the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), the extended essay and at least 150 hours of creativity, activity and service tasks (also known as CAS) outside of the classroom. Subjects include: – Language acquisition – Sciences – The arts – Mathematics – Individuals and societies – Studies in language and literature In addition to these requirements, students must earn a minimum of 24 points out of a possible 45 points on the final assessment which is externally marked and moderated by the IB, in order to receive an IB diploma.
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