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 U.S. High School Diploma. Additionally, students may pursue the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Admission decisions are made upon review of transcripts, other records, placement tests and, when possible, an interview. Applicants with below satisfactory grades or the equivalent for students coming from non-graded instructional institutions may be considered ineligible for admission.

Age

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

Students must be on track to graduate before they reach their 20th birthday.

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 who don't yet speak English or are still mastering English fluency is limited to 20% of each grade level 1-5 and 30% of PK and KG. Specialist English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers offer small group "pull-out" classes and "push-in" support in the mainstream classroom.

The Middle School EAL program is limited to approximately 20% of students in grades 6-8; EAL classes are restricted to 12 students. Each grade-level 6-8 offers an intermediate / advanced EAL Core Class (EAL 2). Students in Grades 6-8 are required to demonstrate intermediate or advanced EAL skills based on an admissions screening. A specialist EAL teacher offers small group "pull-out" classes and "push-in" support in the mainstream classroom.

High School applicants must demonstrate advanced proficiency in English. 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. The High School does not offer EAL support.

Learning Support

AIS Vienna is a college preparatory program that accepts and serves students with a diversity of mild and moderate learning differences who can be successful within our mainstream classrooms with support.

To inquire whether a student with documented learning needs is eligible to receive AIS learning support services, please email the following documents (if available) to admissions@ais.at before starting your application:
  • Most recent report card
  • Most recent IEP, ILP or other accommodations plan
  • Most recent psychological-educational evaluation

Additional documentation may be requested by our team of support specialists.

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.