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Enrollment Policy

Our Vision:

The American International School of Bucharest aspires to be a creative, courageous and compassionate community of learners. 

Our Mission:

AISB engages learners in a rigorous and balanced international education that inspires them to get the best of themselves and others, ethical in their actions and open minded in their thinking about the world.

AISB is a diverse and challenging learning environment for students aged 2 to 19. 

Admission is non-discriminatory and open to all students without regard to race, sex, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin. 

We invite applications from students who can benefit from an international, IB, English language education.

Admission and continued enrollment in AISB are determined by the school Director based on the recommendation of the Early Learning, Elementary and Secondary School Principals.

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When making their recommendations, the Principals consider the following criteria:

    • The potential of the applicant to benefit from AISB’s educational program, that 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 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.  

To decide on the de facto nationality of the student the school leadership will assess the following:

    • citizenship of applicant AND of parents as provided in the passport (dual passport holders must present both); 
    • native language of applicant;
    • language spoken with parents;
    • the system of education and language of previous school(s). 

For example, if an applicant is a holder of two passports – Romanian and German – but has lived in Romania, has Romanian parents, speaks Romanian to them and has been educated in Romanian, in Romanian schools, that student will be regarded as a Romanian student.

This rule applies to all nationalities that reach 30% per class at the moment of application.

For students who meet school admissions requirements, exceptions to this rule may be made by the school Director, when deemed necessary, in the following circumstances.

    1. Scholarship students;
    2. Siblings of current and former AISB students;
    3. Former AISB students who left AISB to study outside of Romania and have returned; and
    4. Students who have spent at least their last 3 years in an international or English language school outside of Romania.
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Whenever it is not possible to accommodate all qualified applicants, the following admission priorities will apply:

    1. Returning students who are currently enrolled and children of U.S. Government employees;
    2. Siblings of currently enrolled students;
    3. Native English speakers and former AISB students;
    4. Children of any diplomatic missions operating in Romania; and

5. Other qualified applicants from any nationality – additional priority within this group will be given to students transferring from: An international school with English as the language of instruction, or another IB school.

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.

Entrance Age

EC2: 

for students who are 2 on or before September 1st.

EC3: 

for students who are 3 on or before September 1st.

EC4: 

for students who are 4 on or before September 1st.

KG: 

for students who are 5 on or before September 1st.

Grade 1: 

for students who are 6 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 1 to 5: 

students are placed in the grade compatible with their age. 

Exceptions may be made at the Principal’s discretion and based on previous schooling experience.

Grades 6-12: 

determined by evaluating a combination of 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.

Grade Placement Equivalents

*Entrance age on or before 1st of September of the current school year, for example, to be eligible for enrollment in EC2, in 2020/2021 academic year, the student MUST be 2 years old before 1 September 2020.

AISB follows a school calendar of August through June and the placement of the student is based on age in Early Learning and Elementary School. Previous school experience and age will be considered for placement in Secondary.

Students coming from a different school calendar, for example March to February, will be placed in the same grade they are transferring from in February. This will result in a year and a half attendance in the grade they are in at the time of transfer.

For example, students transferring in February from the Korean education system, after completing grade 6, will be placed in grade 6 at AISB to also complete the year here in June.

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.

Native English speakers applying to grades 6 – 12 will be evaluated in Math and a foreign language (French or Spanish) for proper placement.

Diagnostic tests are given in grades 6 – 12 in the following subject areas to help determine admission/placement: 

    • English 
    • Math
    • French/Spanish 

All non-native English speakers who are admitted in grades 1 – 5 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.

It is expected that students entering Grades 9 – 12 will undertake the full IB Diploma Program. Students should be no more than one year older or younger than the average age for their grade and cannot be older than 19 when they graduate. 

For entry into the IB Diploma program in Grade 11, students must demonstrate an advanced proficiency in writing ability and mathematics.

Subsequent promotion or non-promotion is the sole determination of the AISB Director in consultation with the section Principal.

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Tuition and Fees

EC2

Half Day

7,440 €

Full Day

10,620 €

EC3

Full Day

15,250 €

EC4

Full Day

15,250 €

KG

Full Day

20,090 €

1-5

Full Day

20,090 €

6-8

Full Day

20,260 €

9|10

Full Day

21,640 €

11|12

Full Day

21,660 €

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Online Application

To complete an application for admission at AISB, please follow these steps:

1. Fill out our Online Inquiry Form by clicking the button below:

2. Check your email address for the next step in the application process.

3. Fill out and submit our Online Application Form;

4. Check if you have received confirmation that the Admissions Office has received the application for your child; please let us know if you have any questions about the process or required documentation. If you cannot find the confirmation email in your inbox, please also check your Spam folder.

If you encounter problems or have questions about applying online, please email Rucsandra Obretin in the AISB Admissions Office, or call: +40 212 044 368.

Please note: 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 email Rucsandra Obretin, or call her directly: +40 212 044 368

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Scholarship Program

Scholarships have been filled for the 2022-23 school year.

Please check back in December/January for school year 2023-24.

The objective of the AISB Scholarship Program is to provide qualified students of any nationality who are unable to afford to attend AISB due to financial limitations full access to a challenging international education.

Availability

AISB offers scholarships to students entering the 9th grade. Recipients of AISB scholarships are students who have proven financial need, strong academic ability, involvement in community activities and who display ethical behavior. Since the program’s inception in 1999, we have been able to provide scholarships for over 50 students.

Program Guidelines

All scholarship students are expected to participate in the International Baccalaureate Program which culminates with the internationally recognized IB Diploma upon successful completion of the degree program in the 12th grade. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a rigorous, pre-university course of study that meets the needs of highly motivated secondary school students and incorporates the best educational practices from around the world. 

The guidelines followed by the scholarship committee in awarding scholarships to AISB are as follows:

    • Scholarships are awarded to students based on financial need, their demonstrated academic abilities, and on their community involvement and ethical behavior.
    • Scholarships are awarded only upon full disclosure of all family resources as requested by the Scholarship Committee. Such information remains confidential.
    • Financial need is evaluated annually using a uniform methodology and awards are adjusted if necessary. Scholarship recipients must complete a short financial application each year in order to renew their scholarship standing.
    • Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis without regard to sex, race, sexual orientation, religion or national/ethnic origin.
    • The school will continue to fund a student in grade 9 through graduation provided he or she continues to perform at an acceptable social and academic level (6 average or above in all subjects), unless she/he no longer demonstrates need.
    • The school expects exemplary behavior and performance from its scholarship students, as it does from all its students.
    • Scholarships are reserved for students entering grade 9 with strong English skills as indicated by grades and writing samples.
    • The maximum number of scholarships available is determined by the Director in consultation with the Scholarship Committee.
    • Only students who are not currently enrolled at AISB, or who have not previously been enrolled at AISB, are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

Administration of Scholarships

The Scholarship Committee at AISB is composed of the Director, member(s) of the Faculty, the Secondary School Principal, the Manager of Admissions & Public Relations, and the Business Manager.

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Frequently Asked Questions