Any experience with the American School in London's admissions process??

(48 Posts)
JugglingFour Wed 20-Feb-13 12:23:24

I've been waiting tooth and nail to find out whether my kids have been accepted (or not) to ASL. Does anyone have any experience with the school and when parents are generally notified? My kids' applications were completed by the deadline of February 1st and I've been told "end of February" (today is February 20th). One of my kids was accepted to another school (ASL knows and I've asked for an extension to accept or decline and that school made a concession to do so) and the other three will be tested at the same school next week, but this means heading to London from Italy for the tests and interviews, which I would cancel if the kids get accepted to ASL.

I've had great exchanges with ASL, but now that it's crunch time, I've heard nothing in a while. The other school where the kids are applying has been wonderful and very accommodating (and has a strong sibling policy), which is also making me feel incredibly guilty that I'm putting them off as I await news...

outtolunchagain Wed 20-Feb-13 14:36:28

All sounds very stressful , it is half term here this week , assume ASL has UK holidays so that may account for it being quiet

JugglingFour Thu 21-Feb-13 05:46:37

Thanks outtolunchagain. I'm sure you're right. By the way, I totally messed up that expression, which should be "fighting tooth and nail" vs. "waiting"! I've been living in Italy too long!

skratta Thu 21-Feb-13 13:10:01

I think I found out for my DC on the 28th Feb, but that was eight years ago, for my DTs, and on the 27th for my DC3, that was five years ago. We've had to move since then, so haven't kept track (we moved to the area from Sweden, now in the USA).

JugglingFour Fri 22-Feb-13 07:54:49

Thanks Skratta and great memory! I figured end of February literally meant that. We're you happy with the school?

JugglingFour Fri 22-Feb-13 07:57:24

Sorry skratta, were you happy? iPad autocorrected my text!

skratta Fri 22-Feb-13 11:29:51

Yes, they were great, lovely teachers, great pastoral care, just generally great. I think each year they had about 250-300 new students coming in (a lot weren't starting in the first year) , most people didn't spend their whole school time there, a lot of my friends I met because of my DC being there were only staying for two to three years for work for instance, but that might change. We had financial aid help, and we only found out if we got the aid early May, I found out on the 4th of May, the other time I can't remember, possibly the 7th, although we'd already found out we'd been accepted. I think they might have changed that now?

Anyway, it was honestly amazing. They had great facilities, lovely teachers, loads of opportunities. They were very good with their creative side, and they had school plays, choir, art club. They were also very supportive, and new students were given buddies when they first joined, who were confident and spoke English well, regardless of which country they came from, who spoke their language originally (bit as i said, had good English skills) or ca,e from the same country, although they encouraged them and paired them up with other people, they made sure no one felt lost or confused or homesick. They also had an English as a second language help thing which was good. They had quite a lot of homework though, but tbh I found that was the same in most American schools, they get an extraordinary amount. They had after school stuff, but no breakfast club, again, this might have changed.

JugglingFour Fri 22-Feb-13 16:27:33

Skratta- just found out our daughter was accepted! 3 to go...

Am delighted to hear your account of the school so fingers crossed!!

JugglingFour Fri 22-Feb-13 16:30:34

Skratta- just found out our daughter was accepted! 3 to go...

Am delighted to hear your account of the school so fingers crossed!!

BTW, what does DC, DC3, DT mean?!

Tasmania Fri 22-Feb-13 16:52:30

DC = Dear Child
DC3 = Dear Child 3

Not sure about DT...

outtolunchagain Fri 22-Feb-13 22:07:01

DT= dear twin

Movetolondon Sat 23-Feb-13 16:30:25

We still haven't heard from ASL. Hoping they didn't send the acceptances on Friday and save the rejections till next week.

JugglingFour Mon 25-Feb-13 12:18:25

Thanks tasmania and outtolunchagain! Wish I could add some good news to the end of this thread, but found out Friday that 2/4 kids were accepted by ASL.

On to Plan B as we won't separate our kids into two different school systems- British and American- since our move to London is definite for an indefinite period of time, at least until the youngest graduates from high school.

inuite Tue 26-Feb-13 15:59:50

Hi Juggling four,

Sorry , dont mean to hijack your thread but just read that you are coming from an American school in Italy to London. Would that be St Stephen's in Rome, by any chance?
I have applied for a place for my DC for this Sept ( IB programme) and wanted some first hand experience/advice. Have tried previously on MN but with no success.
Would appreciate any info if it is relevant but full apologies if you are talking about Milan or elsewhere.
Many thanks

offtolondon Thu 28-Feb-13 16:59:50

We heard-BAD NEWS, wait pool-on Tuesday though others we know heard last Friday leaving us hanging over weekend and then some. Very stressful. I have no idea whether the wait pool is feasible and don't think I can't wait until the last minute so we move to plan B as well. Juggling Four, what grades are your children in? What other options are you considering? I agree--having your children in two different systems at two different places is crazy. I do want the school we choose to provide a sense of community for all of us.

offtolondon Thu 28-Feb-13 17:14:20

Move to London, have you heard yet? The waiting is so hard!

wc1dad Fri 21-Feb-14 18:01:29

Anyone receive admission decision news in 2014? We are on the edge of our seats waiting to hear about K1 for our son. Based on the experience above, it sounds like good news may be received today, wait pool next week.

Reports of results this year (2014) warmly appreciated!

londonmove2014 Sun 23-Feb-14 17:01:22

We have not heard from ASL for 2104. Our education "consultant" has no information at all.

pandith Tue 25-Feb-14 09:07:45

Anyone head any news from ASL admissions for 2014, we are on 25 Feb and just 4 days before end of month .. Appreciate a feedback. Thx

Londonexpat Tue 25-Feb-14 11:26:06

No news either. Spoke to the admissions office and they said they will have letters out 'shortly' - agony!

Knox2London Tue 25-Feb-14 11:56:41

The wait is excruciating! Do you know how the will contact us with a decision? I'm assuming it will be by email? We are still in the U.S.

pandith Tue 25-Feb-14 12:24:46

Knoxtolondon, You are right, it must be via email. BTW, Since you are moving from the US, I assume your Dc are from an american curriculum, did you ever consider the British schools?

And anyone who hears pls post, so we know offer letters are being rolled out.

Knox2London Tue 25-Feb-14 12:29:59

pandith, We have not considered the British schools since we are not moving over permanently (3-5 years). And my husband's company is paying for the schools. :-) My kids will be entering 1st, 6th, and 7th grades. We have also applied to Southbank. If they are not accepted to ASL, we will probably apply to at least 2 more schools.

pandith Tue 25-Feb-14 12:41:39

All the best!!!

londonmove2014 Tue 25-Feb-14 16:56:30

We have not heard yet either noon in the States. I applied children to 3rd and 7th grade. I am sure we will all get in some place! Right????
Will post when we hear anything.

Knox2London Tue 25-Feb-14 16:58:12

I just got the email. All 3 kids were accepted! I am over the moon! :-)

londonmove2014 Tue 25-Feb-14 17:04:59

we just heard. Both are in. Good luck to all and I hope that we meet at new parent meetings!

londonmove2014 Tue 25-Feb-14 17:12:46

is your 7th grader a girl or boy? I have a girl-
thinking they can email each other so they have one friend before entering.

Knox2London Tue 25-Feb-14 17:36:04

Londonmove, my 7th grader is a girl.:-) Great idea about emailing! She'd love that. Feel free to email me at!

Tatizne Tue 25-Feb-14 19:44:00

Hi Knox and Londonmove! We just heard - both of our girls, applying for 7th and 3rd, got it. And we'd love to email. We are already in London, so let me know if I can help with anything! Email is tatianaeichmann at

wc1dad Tue 25-Feb-14 20:49:42

Our son has been admitted to K1--we received the email notification at 4:45 PM GMT today. Congratulations, everyone!

CTtoLondon Tue 25-Feb-14 23:12:32

Found out today also that our 7th grade girl and 8th grade boy were accepted for Fall. We are super excited also!! We just moved over here last week and live within walking distance. August can't come soon enough. smile

CTtoLondon Tue 25-Feb-14 23:13:34

Tatizne just saw you are already here in London. Are your girls currently in a different school right now?

tryingtogetin2 Tue 25-Feb-14 23:38:29

I'm still awaiting news from ASL. Is there anyone who didn't get an email today besides me? I have kids applying to 2nd and 5th grades.
Trying to stay hopeful...maybe tomorrow. Fingers crossed and congrats to all who have been accepted!

pandith Wed 26-Feb-14 09:46:34

Still waiting...Anyone heard any admission news today?

Londonexpat Wed 26-Feb-14 09:56:57

Apparently they are still sending out e-mails. Very nerve wracking.

Dxbtolondon Wed 26-Feb-14 09:59:50

Unfortunately, we received regret from ASL on Feb 21st. So we are going with our second choice ACS in Cobham.. Good Luck to all waiting and wish you receive good news at the earliest.

pandith Wed 26-Feb-14 10:11:34

Seriously stressful, Londonexpat, have you had a chance to have a word with them. Is it true that they send acceptances first and rejections later?

DXbtolondon am sorry to hear, wish you all the best . can you pls let me know how far is ACS cobham to get into the city? Have you heard good things about them?

Londonexpat Wed 26-Feb-14 10:15:40

Spoke to them yesterday and they said they were dealing with so many applications that they could not get all the e-mails out at once. No idea what their process is, but they said that not hearing yet does not mean anything.

pandith Wed 26-Feb-14 10:28:20

Thank you for the info.. All the best to all,,,

tryingtogetin2 Wed 26-Feb-14 14:03:17

Still no word. Anyone hear anything today?

tryingtogetin2 Wed 26-Feb-14 14:05:13


Do you know what the application deadlines are for ACS Cobham?

Dxbtolondon Thu 27-Feb-14 04:35:49

Hi padith. ACS Cobham is 20 miles south to central London and it is about half an hour away. I have heard many good things about the school. Facilities are as good as ASL and the expat community is very diverse. Many friends in Dubai recommended the school. That is the reason why I submit applications to ASL and ACS at the same time.

Hi tryingtogetin2
Though they did not specify any deadline for admissions, they suggested to apply till the end of March. We filed the application, submit two teachers recommendation and student questionnaire within 2 weeks of application submission, we received the acceptance. Registrar was extremely friendly and was in touch through the process. Upon paying our seat reservation fees, official acceptance letter is received and immediately after we have been contacted by the housing officer to suggest good areas to live in close to the school community as well as nearby attractions. And immediately after, IT team has sent our access codes to the parental portal for us to familiarize ourselves to the curriculum and the ACS community..

Overall, I had a pleasant experience with ACS. But that was not the case with ASL unfortunately. No communication from their side, I had to follow up constantly with regards to application submission, payment, etc.

pandith Thu 27-Feb-14 08:30:32

The wait is finally over, DC has been accepted at ASL.
Such a weight lifted off my shoulder.. All the best,
Hope u hear good news at the earliest.

UKschoolsearch Thu 27-Feb-14 21:43:27

Hi gang- I have been on the sidelines of your blog. Congratulations to all of you who got in. My child just got waitlisted at ASL via email. I am very bummmed- but need to put in place a Plan B. Does anyone have any info on Southbank? I have a middle schooler and we want to live in the city. It seems like Southbank is a good alternative. Is it also hard to get admittance? Any other ideas? Moving has it's own stress- but the most important piece is this one, and I can't seem to dig up much info. Thanks, in advance, for any thoughts!

tryingtogetin2 Fri 28-Feb-14 14:38:47

Received good news on Wednesday that both my children were accepted! I have a 2nd grade girl and 5th grade boy entering in the Fall. Anyone else have kids the same grades??

Thank goodness for this site! It's been a very difficult wait. See you all this Fall!

pandith Sat 01-Mar-14 07:05:45

Hi tryingtogetin2,

Yes my son got into grade 5 too, we should get them connected. Are you moving in the fall or are you already in london?

will be nice for the boys to be in touch

Mackaness Tue 04-Mar-14 22:35:45

My 7th grader was just wait pooled at ASL. Can anyone suggest an alternative school in addition to Southbank. I would be eternally grateful since we move from California to Central London in June. I am getting a bit worried.

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