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Admissions at Acacia

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 given 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, religion or faith background, gender, age, race, color or disability.  Our teachers, however, are Christians. 

All admissions decisions are made by an Admissions Committee.  The criteria have been set by the school board and include the following priorities.

  • 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 the 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 are 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 that the school almost always places students with their age group.  Read more about grade placement here.


Admission Steps

A visit.  If you are living in Uganda you'll probably want to visit first.  Please set up an appointment by emailing

An application. Complete using this online link, or by submitting the application forms in person or by email to: (

A complete application includes the following:


An Admissions test.  Short-listed applicants take an English and Math admissions test. This costs $50 and this fee is payable before the assessment.  

English language learners in the Six to Twelfth Grades are required to take the Duolingo English Test which combines an English proficiency test with a brief video interview.  This is an external online test and costs an additional $49. 

An Admissions 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 August intake, completed applications are due in March, admission decisions are made in April. Mid-year applications are considered when they are submitted.

Confirmation. After receiving a letter of admission, parents must pay the Admissions Fee within two weeks to reserve a space.

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

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