As guided by the Mission of the School, The American International School of Bucharest (AISB) engages learners in a rigorous and balanced international education, prepares them to realize their full potential, and inspires them to be successful and responsible global citizens. The AISB is a diverse and challenging learning environment for students aged 2–19, who can benefit from an international, English language education.
Subject to the conditions below, admission is non-discriminatory and open to all students without regard to race, sex, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin. Admission and continued enrollment in AISB are determined by the school Director based on the recommendation of the Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle and High School Principals.
When making their recommendations, the Principals take into account the following criteria:
- The potential of the applicant to benefit from AISB’s educational program, which is based on the International Baccalaureate – PYP, MYP, DP Curricula;
- The ability of the School to meet the educational needs of the applicant;
- The ability of the applicant to meet the academic, attendance and behavioral expectations of the School;
- Fulfillment of the School’s financial and medical requirements.
In order to maintain the quality of education and our diverse, international character, the School will ensure a multi-cultural and international composition of its student body and faculty. The proportion of any nationality of students will be no more than 30% of any one grade level. The School reserves the right to determine nationality based on the following parameters:
- Citizenship as provided in the passport (dual passport holders or those with multiple nationalities must identify this fact on the application forms;
- Nationality of parents;
- Mother-tongue of both parents and child;
- Duration and language of instruction at prior schools;
- Residency status in Romania.
As of May 2, 2017, there are no more places at AISB for students of Romanian nationality, as the nationality cap included in the admissions policy has been reached in all grades. All applicants will automatically be placed on a waiting list.
For any questions, please contact the Admissions Manager, Ms. Catalina Gardescu at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0721301345. Thank you!
For students who meet School admissions requirements, exceptions to the ‘nationality’ rule may be made by the school Director in the following circumstances:
- Scholarship students;
- Siblings of current AISB students;
- Former AISB students who left AISB to study outside of Romania and have returned; and
- Students who have spent at least three years in an international or English language school outside Romania.
When it is not possible to accommodate all qualified applicants, the following admissions priorities will apply:
- Returning students who are currently enrolled
- Children of U.S. Government employees;
- Siblings of currently enrolled students;
- Children of any diplomatic missions operating in Romania;
- Other qualified applicants from any nationality students transferring from an international or English medium school;
- Native English speakers (verified by school based assessments)
A waiting pool of applications will be created if a class is full. AISB will draw from this pool based on these priority guidelines and on a review of all applications to determine those students we feel can best benefit from an AISB education.
Verification of age (passport or certified birth certificate) is required for all students entering AISB. Subsequent promotion or non-promotion is the sole determination of the AISB Director in consultation with the section Principal. The following guidelines are used in determining grade placement.
- Early Childhood ages 2 to 4
Student must be 2 to 4 years old on or before September 1st;
Student must be 5 years old on or before September 1st;
Student must be 6 years old on or before September 1st: a student who meets the Grade 1 age requirement but has had no previous schooling may be placed in Kindergarten. Any student who has been homeschooled after KG will be tested to determine placement. It is possible that, following testing, the student will be placed in the grade below / above their age appropriate level.
- Grades 2-12
Students are placed in the grade compatible with their age or successful completion of the preceding grade.
- Grades 6-12
Grade placement is determined by evaluating a combination of the following: previous school records, teacher/counselor recommendations and information from parents. The School understands that in certain, special, circumstances, teacher/counselor recommendations may not be available. In these instances, a meeting with the section Principal / Director is required prior to the admission recommendation being made. Diagnostic tests are given in grades 6-12 in the following subject areas to help determine admission/placement:
- English, Math, and French/Spanish. (See information below regarding English language proficiency required for admission to AISB.);
- All non-native English speakers will undergo an English as an Additional Language evaluation after the admission has been confirmed;
- Students arriving after the December / January break will be assessed for admission according to the next highest school year’s level;
Students entering High School must be in a position to complete a college preparatory academic program and earn the IB and/or AISB diploma(s). For entry into the IB Diploma program in Grade 11 students must demonstrate an advanced proficiency in writing ability and mathematics.
English Language Proficiency
For students in Early Childhood 2 to 4, Kindergarten, and Grades 1 through 5, English proficiency is preferred but not required for admission. Upon admission however, assessment of the student’s English language proficiency will be completed and programs prescribed as necessary. All non-native English speaking students applying for Grades 6-12 will be assessed for their English proficiency. Depending on the assessment results, a student may be required to enroll in one or more of the School’s EAL courses and/or placed in a different grade than the one for which they applied.