Wellspring Learning Community, hereafter referred to as Wellspring, aims to establish an inquiry-based learning environment in which students from diverse backgrounds are given every opportunity to realize their social, emotional and academic capacities and talents. Wellspring students will become confident, resourceful, creative, caring, responsible and thinking citizens prepared to use their education to contribute in meaningful ways toward improving society, both locally and internationally.
Wellspring serves the educational needs of both international and local children in the greater Beirut area, including the children of parents working for international organizations such as the United Nations, European Commission, NGOs and other multinational corporations.
Wellspring operates as a non-sectarian, non-religious institution. As such, Wellspring does not discriminate acceptance decisions on the basis of gender, race, nationality, or religious affiliation. All applicants who submit a complete application file and pay the application fee in a timely manner will be considered equally.
Admission is considered to students who demonstrate age appropriate abilities to meet the school’s standard grade level learning outcomes, and who are able to function emotional and physically with minimal support. Where significant learning or physical support to function within the school’s inclusive setting and to meet the academic requirements needed, applicants may be considered only if the school is able to cater for individual needs.
The admissions process starts with the presentation of a completed application form, teacher recommendations, report cards (depending on grade level), medical forms, copies of passports, photographs and the application fee. Once a file is complete, the applicant and parents will be invited to a personal interview with the head of school or principal while the applicant sits for placement exams. During the same interview, students will meet with two or more teacher interviewers who will assess the prospective student’s English literacy skills (verbal, reading, comprehension), Arabic literacy skills (for native speakers only), and basic Mathematics skills (including age appropriate computation, problem solving, reasoning, and analysis). The interview generally takes from one to three hours depending on grade level.
Parents will be notified within one week after the interview, whether or not their child will be accepted into Wellspring. If the child is to be accepted under certain conditions, parents will be notified accordingly to the needs of the school and the child before official acceptance.
Once acceptance into Wellspring has been offered, parents need to make the first payment within 10 days of the school’s official notification. If payment has not been received within the 10-day period, the child’s name will be moved to the waiting list.
The full admissions policy can be found here.