Acacia International School Uganda Admission Requirements



Acacia International School is among the few IGCSE schools in Uganda.

If you are a prospective parent coming to Kampala or just checking out schools in your neighborhood, a very warm welcome to you.  This page has most of the information you will need for admissions, some frequently asked questions and the application forms.

Acacia is selective in its admissions and the Admission Committees decisions are based on the criteria listed below.    Short listed students will be asked to take the admission test before a final decision is made.    No preference is giving for early applications and the school does not maintain a long term waiting list.


Criteria for admissions. 

Acacia aims to be an open and welcoming Christian international school, and views each child as a unique person made in God’s image.  In our admissions and school operations we do not discriminate on the basis of national or ethnic origin, faith tradition, gender, age, race, color or disability.  Our teachers, however, are Christians.

  • We prioritize families that are likely to support learning from home and participate in the life of the school. Each family writes a “parent essay” as part of admissions process.
  • We prioritize students who are likely to benefit from and contribute to an academically rich and rigorous environment.  The admission test and interview is weighed along with report cards from previous schools.
  • We prioritize siblings to try to keep families together.
  • We prioritize Affiliate Member missionary families who serve in full-time ministry. Read more about Affiliate Membership here.

Please note, the school almost always places students in with their age group.  Read more about grade placement here.


Admission Steps

  1. Visit.  If you are living in Uganda you’ll probably want to visit first.  Please set up an appointment by emailing [email protected]).
  2. Apply. Submit the application forms in person or by email ([email protected]).  A complete application includes:
  3. Test.  Short-listed applicants take the admissions tested.  For overseas students standardized tests and report cards are used for admissions decisions, and they will be tested after they are in Uganda.
  4. Decision.  The Admissions Committee will consider completed applications and after making a decision they will communicate to parents within two weeks and usually sooner.  For the normal August intake, admission decisions are made in April.  Mid-year applications are considered when they are submitted.
  5. Confirmation. After receiving a letter of admission, parents need to pay the Admissions Fee within two weeks to reserved a space.



Application deadline

For the August intake completed application are due by the 31st of March.   Short-listed students will take an admissions test during the first two weeks in April.  The Admissions Committee will make a decision by the end of April.

For mid-year transfers the Admissions Committee will usually meet and review completed applications within two weeks.

The school does not maintain a long-term waiting list or hold applications from one admissions period to the next. If your application is unsuccessful and you wish to apply for admission for the following school year, you are welcome to submit a new application in March the following year.