Driven by the mission of our family of international TASIS Schools, TASIS Dorado strives to inspire the pursuit of knowledge, love of wisdom, appreciation for beauty, and development of character. These values--coupled with artistic endeavor, physical activity, and service to others--combine to provide unparalleled educational opportunities.
TASIS Dorado seeks to attract motivated students who are able to meet the expectations of a quality, pre-school program leading to a Pre-Kinder experience in a demanding school such as TASIS Dorado. Building on the rich resources of our location in Puerto Rico and the capacity of young children to learn languages, our early childhood program is a two-way, dual immersion bilingual program. While some students have English as their first language, the majority come from homes in which Spanish is the primary language. All students are exposed to both languages in a structured, fun, and engaging way every day. Fully bilingual teachers are aware of all students’ language needs and students receive full support in their acquisition of both Spanish and English.
We expect all youngsters who attend our Pre-School program (PPK, PK and Kinder) to be fully toilet trained. The required age for admission to Pre-Pre-Kinder is three years old by July 31. The required age for admission to Pre-Kinder is four years old by July 31. The required age for admission to Kindergarten is five years old by July 31.
TASIS Dorado desires to attract average and above average ability students who are highly motivated to attend school and are able to meet high standards and expectations in their academic, extracurricular, and social endeavors. These students should demonstrate that they can adapt well to and learn in an environment with English as the primary language of instruction. Children applying to 1st Grade through 11th Grade are expected to have a working command of the English language upon admission in order to ensure that they can fully benefit from the educational program offered.
Students whose native language is not English and who are new to English as the language of instruction will spend the school day in the regular classroom immersed in the educational program. Teachers will be aware of their needs, and these students will receive special help in their transition stage.
Students whose native language is not Spanish will be enrolled in regular Spanish or Spanish as a Second Language classes during their studies at TASIS Dorado. Teachers are attentive to their needs and these students receive special help in their transition stage.
Those children who may need extra support and tutoring in English or Spanish beyond what the school can offer within the regular program will be referred to tutors who may be allowed to meet with the child during the school day if scheduling allows it or after school. Parents are responsible for these tutorial fees to help their youngsters achieve the readiness required to contribute to and fully benefit from our curriculum and school environment.
All candidates are given careful consideration in the admission process and any negative decisions are made regretfully, but with the best interest of the child and the school in mind. Reasons for either admission or non-acceptance of applicants are made upon consideration of many factors, including the results of psychometric evaluations, assessment of readiness, school records, and recommendations, as well as an assessment of whether the school has the appropriate educational programs to meet the needs of the youngster. The final decision on admission of a candidate is based on the collective experience and judgment of the school administrators.
All applicants are notified in writing of the decision of the Admissions Committee. Each applicant’s admission folder and its content are the property of TASIS Dorado and may not be copied.
Our school has limited facilities for students with special needs, but we do all that is reasonable to comply with the legal and ethical requirements to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities to which, with reasonable adjustments, the school can cater adequately.
TASIS Dorado does provide, through the principals and the guidance counselors, additional academic, behavioral and emotional support to help students reach their potential. The school recognizes the importance of including students, parents and guardians, classroom teachers, special services staff and administrators in a collaborative process for the delivery of special services to students with learning differences.
TASIS Dorado coordinates a range of support services for students of all grade levels, at an additional cost to the family. Areas of support offered include initial assessment, speech and language services, academic support, classroom guidance and individual counseling. TASIS Dorado does not, however, offer a full spectrum of special education programs. Admission and continuation in the School is contingent upon a match between the student’s and the family’s needs and the level of services available. For that reason, the admission and continuation in the School of any special needs student is determined on a case-by-case basis using multiple sources of information. Please be clear and specific about your child’s needs during the application process.
The School has limited facilities for students with special needs, but we do all that is reasonable to comply with legal and moral responsibilities in order to accommodate the needs of applicants who have disabilities that, with reasonable adjustments, the school can cater to adequately.
TASIS Dorado does provide, through the principal and guidance counselor, academic, behavioral, and emotional support some students may require to reach their potential. TASIS Dorado recognizes the importance of including students, parents and guardians, classroom teachers, special services staff and administrators in a collaborative process for the delivery of special services to students with learning differences.
TASIS Dorado coordinates a range of support services from Lower School through High School at an additional cost to the family. Areas of support offered include initial assessment, speech and language services, academic support, classroom guidance, and individual counseling.
TASIS Dorado does not offer a full continuum of special education programs. Admission and continuation in the School is contingent upon a match between the student’s and the family’s needs and the level of services available. For that reason, the admission and continuation in the School of any special needs student is determined on a case-by-case basis using multiple sources of information such as school records, evaluations and interviews with students, parents and teachers.
It is very important that parents of students who have received special services or who believe they may need support contact the Admissions Office as soon as possible. Speciﬁc information relating to a child in need of special services will be considered by the administrators and special services personnel who make determinations about admissions.
Applicants are notified promptly of the committee’s decision. Upon confirmation of acceptance, students will receive enrollment forms, school uniform specifications, and additional details.
Applications will be considered when the student file is complete with the following:
1. Completed PPK or PK-11th Grade application form (by creating a Veracross account) with a non-refundable application processing fee of $250 per student. Please note that a non-refundable enrollment fee will become payable upon acceptance of the applicant to confirm the place offered. The place is guaranteed once the payment has been made.
2. A complete official transcript of the applicant’s school record. Parents or guardians should request that an official transcript be sent directly to TASIS Dorado from each school attended in the last three years. For applicants for Kindergarten through 3rd Grade, parents or guardians may submit the originals of the applicant’s evaluations or grade report cards for all years in school. TASIS Dorado will copy these reports for the school’s files and return the originals.
3. A recent Psychometric Exam performed by a licensed psychologist who has been advised that the purpose of the exam is to aid in determining the applicant’s readiness for success in the TASIS Dorado educational program. The WPPSI-III or higher (English or Spanish) for PK and Kinder and appropriate WISC-IV (depending upon age) is required for admission to 1st through 11th Grade. Sub-scores, observations and recommendations should be included in the report, with any additional tests the psychologist may deem advisable. (Please be advised that candidates for PK must have reached their fourth birthday before the psychometric can be administered.)
4. A personal interview with the applicant and parent or guardian. Whenever possible, the applicant is invited to spend a day at TASIS Dorado to allow the youngster to learn about our school and for the school to observe and test the child in our educational setting.
5. Two letters of recommendation, from the current school’s principal and a homeroom teacher.
6. A copy of the applicant’s birth certificate.
7. A recent 2x2 photograph of the applicant.
TASIS Dorado does not discriminate in its admission policies for reasons of gender, religion, race or national origin.
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