Join the King's College School Panama Family


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Entry Requirements


Our admissions policy is to allocate the appropriate placement for the candidate, so that they may benefit fully from the education we offer.

We have extensive experience in welcoming students who transfer to our schools at all year groups. We aim to work closely with your child’s previous school to ensure a smooth transition, academically and pastorally, through our well-established student induction programme.

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Enrolment Process


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Submit an application form with an application fee of $150.

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Parents/Guardian and the student attend a first tour of the school with the Head of Admissions.

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Students complete a GL Cat-4 assessment, with the exception of Nursery and Reception students, who will meet with the Head of Early Years.

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Submit school reports from the student's current school and the documents related to the admission process.

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Offer letter sent to parent/ guardian.

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Pay the Admission or Entrance fee depending on the fee schedule chosen by the family.

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The procedure for admission to the school varies according to the age of the candidate:


Infant Department (age 2 to 5)

Students applying for entry to the Foundation Stage (Pre-Nursery and Reception) are required to come to the first visit with their parents and to bring past school reports (if applicable). Children applying for Nursery and Reception places are not required to have any prior knowledge of English.

Primary Department (age 7 to 11)

For entry into Year 1 and Year 2, students are assessed by the Head of Primary. For entry into Year 3, children will take tests in Non-Verbal Reasoning, Maths and Writing. Applicants for both year groups will be asked to provide past school reports. For admission at this age, applicants will be expected to know how to read and write in English.
New students applying for entry to the school for KS2 take entrance tests in Mathematics, Reading, Writing and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Parents will be asked to provide past school reports for the previous two academic years. For admission at this age, applicants will be expected to know how to read and write in English.

Secondary Department (age 11 to 16)

For entry to KS3, candidates take entrance examinations in Mathematics, Reading, Writing and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Parents will be asked to provide past school reports for the previous two academic years.
Students applying for entry to Year 10 take entrance examinations in Mathematics, Reading, Writing and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Parents will be asked to provide past school reports for the previous two academic years. Students applying for admission to Year 11 must have studied the first year of the (I)GCSE course (Year 10) in the British system the year prior to their entry to King’s College. The (I)GCSE examination boards in their current school must coincide with the examination boards used at King’s College. Students are also required to take entrance exams and a Non-Verbal Reasoning test.
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Checklist:


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  • Official Documentation (all applicants)
  • Online or paper application form (this will be provided by the Admissions Department)
  • A photocopy of the birth certificate and identity card or passport of the child
  • A photocopy of the identity document of both parents
  • A photocopy of the identity document of the account holder who will be accountable for school fees, if this is not the child’s parent
  • An official medical certificate indicating that the child has no infectious or contagious diseases
  • Two passport-sized photographs
  • End-of-year school reports for the last two years (where appropriate)
  • Letter of recommendation from the previous school and teacher
  • Letter of financial proof that previous school fees have been paid

Validating International Transcripts/Report Cards


The Panamanian Ministry of Education (MEDUCA), the legal entity that oversees academic institutions in Panama, requires that all students entering 2nd to 12th grade (Year 3 to Year 13 in the British system) from a school abroad, conduct a validation process. All transcripts/report cards issued outside of Panama must be apostilled in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or in an Embassy of the country that issued the transcript, to later be validated through MEDUCA. This procedure is a requirement to officially enrol the student in Panama into the correct grade level.

Please also note, that in cases where the documentation is issued in a language other than Spanish, the documents must be translated by an authorised public translator who will provide their official stamp/seal onto such translation.

Age & Course Guidelines


Age King’s College Class Spanish Education (LOMCE) US Education
2-3 Pre- Nursery    
3-4 Nursery 1º Ed. Infantil Pre School
4-5 Reception 2º Ed. Infantil Pre School
5-6 Year 1 3º Ed. Infantil Kindergartner
6-7 Year 2 1º Primaria     1st Grade
7-8 Year 3 2º Primaria     2nd Grade
8-9 Year 4 3º Primaria     3rd Grade
9-10 Year 5 4º Primaria     4th Grade
10-11 Year 6 5º Primaria     5th Grade 
11-12 Year 7 6º Primaria     6th Grade
12-13 Year 8 1º ESO     7th Grade
13-14 Year 9 2º ESO     8th Grade
14-15 Year 10 3º ESO     9th Grade
15-16 Year 11 4º ESO     10th Grade
16-17 Year 12 1º Bachillerato 11th Grade
17-18 Year 13 2º Bachillerato 12th Grade
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