When: Parents interested in enrolling their children are advised to contact the school in January of the preceding school year. We typically begin reviewing applications in mid-March for the following school year. We intend to distribute acceptance letters in April.

At the end of February, current students are asked to indicate if they are re-enrolling for the upcoming school year. The anticipated number of returning students will inform the number of new students we can accept for the upcoming school year. There are cases where students may continue to be accepted year-round, provided that admissions requirements are met and space is available. We recognize that waiting for a response from a school can be stressful - as such, if you have not heard from us by April, please do not hesitate to call or email our admissions office.

If your child is in the wait pool, please be aware that spaces become available for many reasons and it is difficult to predict the timing. We will resolve and admit students as vacancies open up in a timely manner.

Where: Application for Admission is done online via our Open Apply system here. Please note that the application will not be considered until all required information is provided and received, and until any applicable admissions fees have been met.

Consent: Parents are advised to read the Admission Packet which includes the tuition contract, with reference to relevant handbooks. Submitting an application constitutes acceptance of all stated Terms and Conditions.

How: Admissions decisions are based on the individual applicant's needs and qualifications, general availability of places and the school's efforts to enroll a well-balanced diverse class. The school reserves the right to deny admittance to students who do not fulfill the school requirements or to those whose admission assessments indicate learning needs for which the school does not have adequate resources.

English proficiency requirement: Given that the language of instruction is English, we use proficiency measures as a factor in determining admission and placement of all Middle School and High School applicants (grades 6-12). The school uses a standardized language proficiency test to assess the level of listening, speaking, reading and writing of applicants. When enrolling out of the country applicants who are not available to test and meet our deadlines, a proof of proficiency may be considered. There is no language proficiency prerequisite for admissions to either the Early Education Center (PK3-K) or the Elementary School (grades 1-5).

NON-DISCRIMINATION: NOVA International Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, national or ethnic identity, sexual orientation or religion.

2017-2018 TIMELINE
- February 27: re-enrolment forms sent to current families
- March 17: enrollment and tuition deadline for current families
- April 28: early admissions decisions deadline
- May 31: regular admissions decisions deadline
- Summer and school year: ongoing admissions, if seats are available, pending an admissions committee decision

Admission in all cases is contingent upon a determination by an Admissions committee that:
- The school will be able to meet the student’s academic needs;
- The school will be able to support the student’s social and emotional needs;
- The school will be able to meet any special physical and learning needs of the student.

B. GENERAL PLACEMENT The PK-8 age requirements are as of September 1st of the academic year and as follows:

NOVA Grade Level Age requirement Public school grade level Age requirement
PK3 In Sept. 2 years 5 months old    

In Sept. 4 years old

K In Sept. 5 years old Grade I In Sept. 5 years 8 months old
Grade 1 In Sept. 6 years old Grade II In Sept. 6 years 8 months old
Grade 2 In Sept. 7 years old Grade III In Sept. 7 years 8 months old
Grade 3 In Sept. 8 years old Grade IV In Sept. 8 years 8 months old
Grade 4 In Sept. 9 years old Grade V In Sept. 9 years 8 months old
Grade 5 In Sept. 10 years old Grade VI In Sept. 10 years 8 months old
Grade 6 In Sept. 11 years old Grade VII In Sept. 11 years 8 months old
Grade 7 In Sept. 12 years old Grade VIII In Sept. 12 years 8 months old
Grade 8 In Sept. 13 years old Grade IX In Sept. 13 years 8 months old


Elementary School: Placements are based on the date of birth and the educational experience of the child. There may be good reasons for placement outside these ranges, but it is the general policy of the school not to place any student in an age group that is significantly older or younger than their classmates.

Middle School and High School: Grade placements are based on receiving the official translation of previous school records and MAP/KELPA scores of the student at time of enrollment. Transfer student information is reviewed to see how programs and courses relate to those offered at NOVA.

Students coming from systems with different start and end dates of the school year are placed in a grade level on a case-by-case basis. Factors to consider are:

  • prior academic performance;

  • school recommendations;

  • assessment results/MAP scores;

  • age;

  • interview with the student;

Students should be no more than eighteen months older or younger than the average age for their grade and less than twenty years of age when they graduate.


An Admissions Committee comprised of division Admissions officers, division Principals, Manager and Head of School reviews completed applications (and financial aid information) in accordance with the admissions calendar. This Committee holds the final decision on acceptance. Any grievances arising from admissions / placement decisions will be referred to the school’s Advisory Board. The Head of School holds the final authority over admissions decisions.

In the event that there are more applicants than seats available at any grade level, students will be admitted according to the following priority system:

  1. Children currently attending NOVA who have indicated that they are returning by the applicable deadline (March 17)

  2. Children of the diplomatically accredited U.S. Citizen staff of the U.S. Embassy and its component agencies.

  3. Children of families who are paying regular tuition

  4. Children of diplomatic staff of all other foreign missions

  5. Children of families with non-resident status in Macedonia

  6. Siblings of current students and children of NOVA faculty, staff and alumni

  7. Others

The given categories reflect school support given to stakeholders who have helped the founding of the school, those who have historically and closely supported the school, and those who have limited school options available for their family members.

In order to maintain the international nature of NOVA, no mother tongue will be represented by more than 50% at the whole-school level. Students belonging to categories 1 through 4 are exempt from this guideline.