School Calendar




Welcome to The Overseas School of Colombo

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Phil Joslin
Head of School






Students must be at least three years of age on or before 31 August of the academic year of entrance for admission to the Pre-School.

Admission is granted to a student when it has been determined that the school has a vacancy and an appropriate programme to meet his/her individual needs. The final determination of grade placement will be made by the Head of School.

This placement will reflect the student’s previous educational experience, age, maturity, linguistic proficiency and academic needs. In certain circumstances students will be placed in a lower grade level to meet their educational needs.

In the Preschool, the school aims for a target of 15 students with a teacher and assistant teacher in each class. This number may increase to 20 at the discretion of the Head of School after consultation with the Primary Principal.

From Kindergarten through to Grade 12, the school aims for a target of 20 students. This number may increase to 24 at the discretion of the Head of School in consultation with the relevant Principal.

English is the teaching medium in the school and there is an expectation that students have, or will acquire, a satisfactory standard of English. The school maintains an EAL support programme. However, it should be stressed that non-English speaking students should gain maximum exposure to the language and if a student does not have a satisfactory standard of English at the time of application, the Head of School may refuse admission if there is no appropriate programme to cater for the student’s needs.

OSC does not undertake to provide for all specialized educational needs such as severe learning difficulties or job-specific vocational training. Mild to moderate special educational needs may be provided for from Pre-School to Grade 8 depending on the level of service required. In the Secondary School (Grades 9-12), the courses are essentially college-preparatory and with a demanding academic emphasis. Support for students with learning disabilities at this level is very limited.