Admissions Policies

  • Eligibility
    • Students must hold a current passport from a country other than the Republic of China, The People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, or Macau.
      • Hong Kong/Macau residents may qualify if they have residency status in Hong Kong or Macau and provide proof of legal working status in Taiwan.
    • Students must be five years old by September 1* of the year that they wish to begin kindergarten. The Principal may deny enrollment if it is determined by standardized testing that sufficient maturity is lacking for the students who meet the age criterion.
    • Children must be six years old by September 1* of the year they wish to enter first grade, and have been promoted from a kindergarten recognized by Morrison Academy.
    • Students must meet eligibility requirements for language ability, special needs and residency as outlined below.

    *Starting Fall 2016

  • Grade Placement

    Students are ordinarily placed into the appropriate grade indicated by their school records.

    When a student’s previous academic progress is questionable, or a student is transferring from another system of education and placement level may be unclear, school records, chronological age, evidence of maturity and standardized placement and/or achievement test scores are considered in deciding grade placement.

    In cases of high achievement, students normally will not be placed ahead of their age appropriate grade.

    Grade placement for English Language Learners and Special Needs students are outlined below.

  • Admission Priorities

    Each application for admission to the school will be considered on an individual basis.

    Applicants who fulfill the requirements specified in the admissions policies outlined on this page will be admitted according to the following admission priorities:

    First Priority – Children of missionaries (as defined by Policy #1613)

    Second Priority – Children of Christian workers (as defined by Policy #1614)

    Third Priority – All other children. The following factors will be given consideration:

    • The applicant’s parents demonstrate an alignment with Morrison Academy’s Core Values Statement.
    • Morrison is able to meet the educational needs of the applicant.
    • The applicant has the potential for making a positive contribution to a Christian environment.
    • The applicant has brothers or sisters currently enrolled in Morrison Academy.
    • The applicant’s parent(s) attended Morrison Academy.
    • The applicant used to attend Morrison Academy.

  • English Language Learners

    Proficiency in English is essential for academic success at Morrison Academy.
    All students transferring from a non-English speaking school will be tested before admittance and placement. Testing requirements for other students are determined by the admissions office.

    • Students who are determined to be an English Language Learner (ELL) may be admitted if there is a reasonable probability that they will be performing at their appropriate age/grade level within three years of admittance.
    • Students in grades 6-12 whose English ability is more than one grade level below average will be ineligible for admittance. These applicants may test again after 6 months if space is available.
    • Each applicant has only three chances to pass admissions tests.

    The principal will determine eligibility for admission for ELL students based on: the ability of the school to provide qualified personnel and appropriate resources beyond the year of admittance, the school’s potential for helping the family meet their educational goals for the student, enrollment limits for ELL students, and the educational dynamics of the grade for which the student is applying.

    In most cases, ELL students will be placed no lower than one grade below grade level as determined by chronological age. The principal will make final decision regarding grade placement, considering the following factors: age, maturation, academic ability and past school performance.

    If the home language of the student is neither Chinese nor a Germanic or Romance-based language, admission will be conditional for the first year. In order to avoid language confusion and develop a solid foundation in academic English, these applicants must agree to not engage in any Mandarin language study until they have successfully exited Morrison Academy’s ELL program.

    Parents will be notified if admittance is contingent upon participation in the ELL program and will be notified of the cost of these services.

  • Students with Special Needs

    Special needs students are those students who require special educational accommodations and curricular modifications, as defined in an Individualized Education Plan or 504 Plan, and/or support services such as individualized or small group instruction provided in a resource room and/or inclusion support in the regular classroom in order to function at an age or grade appropriate level.

    Morrison Academy does not knowingly admit non-missionary students who have special needs. Any student with profound special needs is ineligible for admission.

    Morrison Academy requires full disclosure of past evaluations and medical reports for students who have been tested for and/or diagnosed with learning differences or disabilities.

    If, during the admissions process the tester or principal suspect that a student may have special needs, parents may be asked to have the student screened by a qualified educational psychologist at their own expense.
    The principal, when possible, will consult with appropriate staff members regarding grade placement of special needs students. The principal will make the final decision regarding grade placement after appropriate testing and consultation. The major factors in determining grade placement are age, maturation, academic ability, and past school performance. In most cases, special needs students will be placed no lower than one grade below his/her expected grade level, as determined by chronological age.

    An evaluation of continuing enrollment will be made annually for those students who are receiving direct services to determine if the school can continue to meet their educational needs.

  • Residence

    During the school calendar year, students enrolled at Morrison Academy must live with a parent, guardian, or an adult designated by a parent or guardian. Any designated adult must be approved by the school principal. Failure to abide by this regulation will result in the student’s termination of enrollment from Morrison Academy. For all students not living with their parents, a form must be submitted by the parent to the principal designating a legal guardian for the student.

3/9/2011