When: Parents interested in enrolling their children are advised to contact the school in January of the preceding school year. We typically begin reviewing applications by late-March for the following school year, for whom we intend to distribute acceptance letters in April.

Mid-March, current students are asked to indicate if they are re-enrolling for the upcoming school year. The anticipated number of returning students will inform the number of new students we can accept for the upcoming school year. There are cases where students may continue to be accepted year-round, provided that admissions requirements are met and space is available.

We recognize that waiting for a response from a school causes stress - as such, if you have made an inquiry but have not heard from us by April, please do not hesitate to call or email our admissions office.

If your child is in the wait pool, please be aware that spaces become available for many reasons and it is difficult to predict the timing. We are aware of the stress families experience when seeking the right school for their children so we will resolve and admit students as vacancies open up in the most timely manner.

Where: Application for Admission is done online via our Alma Start system here. Please note that the application will not be considered until all required information is provided and received, including payment of the admissions fee.

Consent: Parents are advised to carefully read all the admissions information shared with them including the tuition contract and relevant handbooks. Submitting an application constitutes acceptance of all stated Terms and Conditions.

How: Admissions decisions are based on the individual applicant's potential for growth in the context of our school vision, mission and beliefs, their needs, general availability of places, and the school's efforts to enroll a diverse student body. The school reserves the right to deny admittance to students who do not fulfill the school requirements, or to those whose assessments indicate a learning need for which the school does not presently have adequate resources.

English proficiency: The language of instruction is English, hence access to the curriculum and academic success is closely linked to the student’s English language proficiency. Whenever determined as appropriate by an administrator, the school may require applicants in grades 6-12 to sit for an English language proficiency test, in order to assess the levels of listening, speaking, reading and writing of a candidate. The assessment may be necessary prior to issuing an acceptance decision, and helpful in the placement of the student, as well as in assigning additional support. There is no language proficiency admissions prerequisite in the Early Education Center (PK3-K) or the Elementary School (grades 1-5), however, additional provisions of language support might be necessary.

Math proficiency: A quantitative reasoning assessment may be requested prior to enrollment, and helpful in the placement of the student.

NON-DISCRIMINATION: NOVA International School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, national or ethnic identity, sexual orientation or religion.

2022 - 2023 TIMELINE

- March 15: re-enrolment forms sent to current families

- March 25: enrollment deadline for current families  

- April - May: rolling admissions

- June: late admissions deadline 

- Summer and school year: pending availability.

- Financial Aid applications: decisions are made within a four-week period, after an admissions decision has been issued, and a completed Financial Aid application with all supporting documentation has been submitted.


Admission in all cases is contingent upon a determination by an Admissions committee that:

- The school will be able to meet the student’s academic needs;

- The school will be able to support the student’s social and emotional needs;

- The school will be able to meet any special physical and learning needs of the student.


The age requirements are as of September 1st, of the academic year and as follows:

NOVA IS Grade Level

Age requirement

Public school Grade level

Age requirement     

PK3                      In Sept. 2 years 5 months old*                                      

In Sept. 4 years old

K In Sept. 5 years old Grade 1 In Sept. 5 years 8 months old
Grade 1 In Sept. 6 years old Grade 2 In Sept. 6 years 8 months old
Grade 2 In Sept. 7 years old Grade 3 In Sept. 7 years 8 months old
Grade 3 In Sept. 8 years old Grade 4 In Sept. 8 years 8 months old
Grade 4 In Sept. 9 years old Grade 5 In Sept. 9 years 8 months old
Grade 5 In Sept. 10 years old Grade 6 In Sept. 10 years 8 months old
Grade 6 In Sept. 11 years old Grade 7 In Sept. 11 years 8 months old
Grade 7 In Sept. 12 years old Grade 8 In Sept. 12 years 8 months old
Grade 8 In Sept. 13 years old Grade 9 In Sept. 13 years 8 months old

*PK3 children are admitted only if they are able to socially interact by displaying age-appropriate independence, and if they have been potty trained

Elementary School:  Placements are based on the date of birth and the educational experience of the child. There may be good reasons for placement outside these ranges, but it is the general policy of the school not to place any student in an age group that is significantly older or younger than their classmates.

Secondary School: Grade placements are based on receiving an official translation of any previous school records, in conjunction with our school’s achievement and/or language proficiency examinations administered to the student at the time of enrollment. Transfer student information is carefully reviewed to see how programs and courses relate to those offered at Nova.

Systems with different start and end dates: Students are placed in a grade level on a case-by-case basis.

Factors included in all grade PK3- grade 12 placement decisions:  

  • age;

  • readiness or prior academic performance;

  • school recommendations;

  • achievement exam scores and language proficiency scores;

  • other assessments as deemed necessary, at the principal’s discretion;

  • interview with the student.

Students should be no more than eighteen months older or younger than the average age for their grade and less than twenty years of age when they graduate. 


An admissions committee comprised of division Admissions officers, division Principals, Manager and Director reviews completed applications and financial aid information, if applicable, in accordance with the admissions calendar. This committee holds the final decision on acceptance. Any grievances arising from admissions / placement decisions will be referred to the school’s Advisory Board. The Director holds the final authority over admissions decisions. 


In the event that there are more applicants than seats available at any grade level, students will be admitted according to the following priority system:

  1. Children currently attending NOVA who have indicated that they are returning by the applicable deadline 

  2. Children of employees of US Embassy and all related agencies

  3. Children of families who are servicing regular tuition  

  4. Children of employees of all other foreign diplomatic missions

  5. Children of families with non-resident status in N.Macedonia

  6. Siblings of current students and children of NOVA alumni

  7. Children of families with Macedonian citizenship 

These categories reflect the school’s support given by stakeholder groups who helped during the founding of the school, who have historically and closely supported the school, and those who have limited school options available for their family members.

In the event that there are no available seats in the given grade, the school can refer the case of the new applicant to the admissions committee, that can further refer the case to the school’s Advisory Board.


In order to maintain the international nature of Nova, we strive that no mother tongue other than English is represented by more than 50 % at the whole-school level. Students belonging to categories 1 through 4 are exempt from this guideline.