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English is the language of instruction and engagement at Carlsbad International School.

Students who are not native speakers of English are encouraged to apply and are accepted with varying levels of proficiency.

However, mature students have to demonstrate a minimum level of English proficiency to be invited to study in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). For these applicants, we require either an on-campus interview or results from one of our approved English language tests:

  • PTE Academic: Overall score 53

  • IELTS: Band 6 to 6.5

  • TOEFL (IBT) 79

We strongly recommend applicants prepare before taking an English language test. Free and paid for exam preparation resources for the PTE Academic are available here.

CIS offers support classes in English as an Additional Language (EAL) for an additional fee for those who need it, prior to or in combination with their studies leading up to the IBDP.