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How To Apply

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in Maple Leaf International School. We give careful consideration and review every application, hoping to get to know each candidate for admission as both a student and an individual. While valuing and respecting your past achievements, we strive to understand your future potential, seriousness of purpose, and possible contribution to the Maple Leaf family and even the wider local and global community.

While admission to Maple Leaf International School occurs on an ongoing basis, our Admissions Team encourages students wishing to enter Grades 9 – 12 to begin the process in the last term of the preceding academic year for a September start, or for a late January admission begin the process in the first term of the current academic year. If you have any questions about any of our steps or entrance requirements, please email us at [email protected] We understand there may be certain unique circumstances that require our review and flexibility of time. We are happy to work with you as needed.

Grade Placement

Ages 4 -13

Students aged 4 to 13 are placed in the age appropriate grade where possible, provided that the results of their academic assessment indicate that they will be able to perform well with other students in the same grade. Report cards, and school referral forms are also considered in placement decisions.

The following chart is provided to compare Ontario/Maple Leaf grades to the local school system.

Grade Level at Maple Leaf Other local school systems
Junior Kindergarten – Age 4 by December 31 Kindergarten
Senior Kindergarten – Age 5 by December 31 Infant 1 / Prep 1
Grade 1 – Age 6 by December 31 Infant 2 / Prep 2
Grade 2 – Age 7 by December 31 Primary 1 / Standard 1
Grade 3 – Age 8 by December 31 Primary 2 / Standard 2
Grade 4 – Age 9 by December 31 Primary 3 / Standard 3
Grade 5 – Age 10 by December 31 SEA 4 / Primary 4 / Standard 4
Grade 6 – Age 11 by December 31 SEA 5 / Primary 5 / Standard 5
Grade 7 – Age 12 by December 31 Form 1
Grade 8 – Age 13 by December 31 Form 2

Ages 14 -18

Students aged 14 and up may be offered acceptance into any grade from 9 through 12. The grade placement decision for these students will be made based on Maple Leaf’s academic assessment, previous schools’ report cards, transcripts and school referrals. A student’s prior school results and transcripts will be evaluated and an ‘Equivalent Standing’ determined. This will then determine how many Ontario credits will be awarded as equivalent. A student requires a minimum of 30 Ontario credits to graduate.


Payment of the Registration and/or Assessment Fee can be made by online transfer or direct deposit to our TT or US account.

For TT payments: Republic Bank Ltd., Starlite Shopping Plaza, Diego Martin, Account # 4402 2463 4301. Type: Chequing account.

For US payments: Scotiabank Trinidad & Tobago Limited, Starlite Shopping Plaza, Diego Martin, Branch #74625, Account # 4000618. Type: Savings account.

Please request additional banking information from us for international funds transfers.

Please note we do not accept payment via credit/debit cards.

Enrollment Steps

A complete application consists of:

  • Registration Form
  • Registration Fee of TT$200 (non-refundable)
  • Student Referral Form For applicants Grades 1-12. To be completed by a teacher or administrator at the applicant’s present school.
  • Past school reports For applicants Grades 1-3
  • Past three years reports  For applicants Grades 4-8
  • Transcripts  For applicants Grades 9-12
  • Assessment & Evaluation Reports if applicable, eg. Psycho-Educational, Occupational Therapy, Language, Behavioural (Failure to disclose all such reports or information may negatively impact enrollment.)
  • Two passport sized photos of applicant
    (Photos can be submitted in hard copy or digital version. The digital photo must be taken of the child in a well lit area, eg. facing a window, against a plain, light coloured background.)
  • Copy of Passport and Birth Certificate
  • Copy of Immunization Record

Documents may be scanned and emailed to [email protected].

The assessment process is used to determine the likelihood of your child’s ability to be successful at Maple Leaf International School. This screening is very important, as the curriculum delivery and student assessment are quite different from the local Trinidadian system and other international programs.  We use a student’s most recent school reports in conjunction with our academic assessment to determine whether or not we can accept a child.

Junior and Senior Kindergarten, Ages 4 – 5
For students entering Kindergarten, the assessment requires an interview with one of our Kindergarten teachers. We will schedule a time for parents and students to meet with one of our kindergarten teachers virtually.

Grade 1 and 2, Ages 6 – 7
For students entering Grades 1 and 2, an assessment will be completed by the student and guided by one of our teachers who will assess your child’s reading, reading comprehension, writing skills and mathematics skills.

Grades 3 to 12
For students entering Grades 3 to 12, the assessment is completed online, using the Canadian Achievement Test version 5 (CAT5). The CAT 5 is a standardized test which ranks a student’s academic skills in Reading, Writing and Mathematics relative to other Canadian children the same age. A student does not need specific knowledge of Ontario or Canada. The length of the assessment is determined by the grade the student is entering.

Assessment Fee (non refundable):

Local Student TT$600.
Foreign Student TT$1000.

After the assessment is completed, the Admissions Team will conduct a thorough review of the child’s past school performance as well as their assessment result combined with the submitted documents i.e. report cards, transcripts and evaluation reports.

It is mandatory that ALL school reports as well as assessment and evaluation reports be disclosed and submitted. Failure to do so may negatively impact enrollment.

The parent(s) will be informed of the school’s decision and once the child is accepted, a Letter of Acceptance is offered. The signed Letter of Acceptance must be returned to the School, along with payment of Capital Fund (where applicable) and Tuition Fees. Full payment of fees and the return of a completed Annual Enrollment Agreement form secures the child’s space at Maple Leaf International School.

The Capital Fund is a one-time payment per family. The Capital Fund is not applicable for children entering Kindergarten.