How does the ECA selection process work?
The ECA selection process is computer generated. With over 5000 ECA requests this is the most efficient and fair way for the ECA programme to work.
The system DOES NOT work on a first come, first served basis! If you sign up on the first day of the ECA programme going live on-line or the last day it does not matter - no priority is given to those that sign up early.
The computer looks at preferences to enable all students to be successful in getting 1 or more ECA's of their choice. The computer scans all first preferences and depending on vacancies allocates placements accordingly. It then considers second and subsequent preferences and continues to allocate places. For the more popular ECA's it is important that you choose this ECA as your first choice (although there is still no guarantee you will automatically be given the ECA). For a less popular ECA or an ECA with unlimited numbers there is no need to put this down as one of the first preferences (even though it may be your child's favourite activity!) as they are more likely to be successful.
Phase II of the ECA process enables parents/students to sign up to activities that still have vacancies. This allows you to choose an alternative activity if you have not been successful in your earlier choices and/or if you did not sign up before the deadline.
If you have any queries in regard to how the ECA selection process works please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Genevieve Ahl on ext 250.
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Home Language is offered during the ECA programme for students wishing to pursue their Native Language. These sessions are organised and delivered through outside providers who contact all families who have registered with their respective embassies. Students are not able to sign up for these course online but if the provider has not contacted you directly details can be obtained from the Sports and Activities Office on ext 250.