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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? We’ve got the answers you need right here at your fingertips. Of course, we realize that nothing replaces the human touch, and we welcome you to contact a member of our office staff if you would like additional clarification or need to ask a question.

    What is your school calendar?

    School generally starts beginning or mid-August of each year. School usually ends mid-June of each year. Visit our academic calendar for details.
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    What are your school hours?

    Classes at ISP begin at 7:30 a.m. The school day ends at 11:30 a.m. for PK3 and 2:40 p.m. for the rest of the school. After-school activities generally run from 3:00–4:15 p.m. On Wednesdays, all students leave at noon; we do not serve lunch on early dismissal day.
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    Does my child have to join ISP on a specific date, such as the beginning of the school year?

    The start date for any student is always a case-by-case decision by the division principal. In theory, your child can begin school as soon as the admissions process is completed and a place has been offered. The Admissions Office will contact you with the specific starting date.

    For students pursuing an IB Diploma, if you are not already enrolled in IB courses transferable to ISP, it is not possible to start at ISP until after the beginning of October.
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    How is grade level placement determined?

    Grade level placement in PK3, PK4, and kindergarten is based on the cut-off date (first day of school). In grades 1–12, we determine placement based on previous educational experience and the age of the student. In some cases, a placement test may be given to accurately place a student. Please review our placement guide found on the Admissions Overview page.
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    Does ISP have a wait-pool list?

    Yes, when necessary. As with many international schools around the world, demand can fluctuate but is usually high. This means that at the time of application, our classes may be full. In these cases, we place students in a wait-pool list for their respective grade level. Please contact our Admissions Office at +507.293.3009 or via e-mail at should you have further queries.
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    What are your class sizes and teacher-to-student ratios?

    We are proud to offer small class sizes and teacher-to-student ratios that maximize our faculty’s ability to offer individualized attention. 
    • PK3 and PK4: 18 students to 1 teacher plus one instructional assistant
    • Kindergarten and 1st grade: 20 students to 1 teacher plus one instructional assistant
    • Grades 2–5: 22 students to 1 teacher plus a part-time instructional assistant per class
    • We base our student body population in grades 6 through 12 on the number of students we can accommodate according to building capacity and the amount of teachers available.
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    Do you require ISP students to wear uniforms?

    According to Panamanian law, all students in schools must wear uniforms. We offer the ISP uniform for sale at Galapagos, a local clothing chain. We also provide detailed information once your child is admitted to the school. The uniform consists of the following:
    • A polo-style shirt with the ISP school emblem
    • Navy blue shorts, pants, or a plaid skirt depending on age and gender
    • We require physical education (PE) uniforms at all age levels. This is a unisex uniform consisting of navy blue knit shorts and a gray ISP t-shirt. Elementary students wear their PE uniforms to school on the day they have PE class. Middle and high school students change into their PE uniforms before PE class in the locker room facilities provided.
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    What kind of shoes should my child wear?

    We require our students to wear all black, closed-toe, leather shoes or all black sneakers. For safety reasons, we require students to wear rubber-soled shoes during PE class. 
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    Do you have a lunch program?

    Yes! Our cafetorium, for grades 4—12 sells breakfast, snacks, and hot lunches. We also offer salads, sandwiches, and fresh fruit. We serve cafetorium meals á la carte. Students may purchase their meals with cash or ISP-Banco General (a well-reputed local bank) debit cards, which offer the convenience of online reloading.  

    Our elementary students in grades K–3 eat lunch in their own cafeteria. We offer a lunch program included in tuition for an additional charge.

    Visit our Cafeteria page for current menus.
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    Do you have transportation services?

    ISP contacts with four companies for transportation services. ISP students ride in air-conditioned buses outfitted with seat belts, GPS, and a bus monitor (a staff member providing assistance to ensure safety during transport). Students enjoy door-to-door service before school and immediately after school at 3:00 p.m. We also offer an after-school activity bus at 4:30 p.m., also offering door-to-door service.
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    Can parents use the facilities at ISP?

    Yes! Once your child is admitted to ISP, we will issue parents an ISP ID. This ID allows parents to use the pool and tennis courts on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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    Where do your students go after high school graduation?

    ISP graduates go on to attend some of the most prestigious universities throughout the world. Please view our school profile located on the High School Life page.
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    Why is school released at noon every Wednesday?

    At ISP, we believe that lifelong learning is critical for everyone. Our early release time on Wednesdays is devoted to professional development activities designed to continually improve our services to students and families. Education is not static, and our staff understands the importance of keeping up with the latest research regarding effective educational practices.
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