Admissions Criteria and Guidelines

School Capacity and Class Size

Admissions will be granted according to class size limits that ensure that standards of excellence will be maintained.

Academic Standards

Students will be admitted only when their previous records and/or screening indicate a high likelihood that they can successfully complete grade level requirements in grades K-8 or, in grades 9-12, the requirements for the AIS High School Diploma. Additionally, students may pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or the AIS Austrian Matura equivalency program. Admission decisions are made upon review of transcripts, other records, placement tests and, when possible, an interview. Applicants with below average grades or the equivalent for students coming from non-graded instructional institutions may be considered ineligible for admission.


A child must be four (4) years old by September 1st of the year entering Pre-Kindergarten, five (5) years old by September 1st of the year entering Kindergarten, or six (6) years old by September 1st of the year entering first grade.

Living Arrangements

Throughout their attendance at AIS, all students must live with their parent(s) or AIS approved guardian(s), who must furnish evidence of guardianship and power of attorney. Otherwise, the student will be required to withdraw. Students must be legally authorized to reside and attend school in Austria during their period of enrollment at AIS. Proof thereof may be requested by AIS at any time. If proof is not provided, the student may be asked to withdraw.

English Fluency

In the Elementary School, the number of students requiring additional English language support is limited to 20% of each grade level 1-5 and 30% of PK and K.

EAL courses are offered for students entering the Middle School: one program for beginning EAL and one for intermediate English speakers. Beginning EAL students may be admitted through grade six. EAL admission for Middle School is limited to a maximum of 20% of the grade level and is contingent upon the availability of places in the EAL program sequence.

All entering High School students not having English as their native language must, at a minimum, complete the IB English B Higher Level program by graduation. Applicants to the high school may be required to take an English proficiency test during the application process to establish the applicant’s fluency in writing, reading and speaking English and will not be eligible for admission unless found to be sufficiently fluent or considered capable of meeting requirements.

Special Learning Needs

The American International School · Vienna welcomes students with mild to moderate learning difficulties who are able to work toward the successful completion of AIS academic requirements. Services and programs for these students will be provided within the limits and capacity of the school's resources and personnel.

Part-time students

Part-time students may be enrolled in AIS when their attendance is mutually beneficial to both the student and AIS. All conditions for entrance for full-time students apply.

Reserved Spaces

As part of the contractual agreement between AIS and its teaching staff, the right of admission is granted to children of faculty whose needs can be met by the available services.

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Child Safeguarding at AIS Vienna
In line with international CEESA school standards, AIS Vienna maintains strong child protection policies and procedures and our school strives to provide a safe and secure environment for all students. Read more about child protection at AIS Vienna in our Family Handbook.


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