The American International School of Budapest is an independent, coeducational nonprofit day school, which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students (3 to 18 year olds) of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1973. The school year comprises 2 semesters for middle and high schools extending from August 22 to January 22, and from January 23 to June 15. The elementary school has 3 trimesters from August 22 to November 18, November 21 to March 9 and March 12 to June 15.
Organization: The Board has 11 voting members, and 3 non-voting members.
Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that in U.S. private schools. In addition, the International Baccalaureate program is offered to students in grades 11 and 12. Instruction is in English. German, French, and Spanish are taught as world languages in grades 4-12. Music, art, computer, and physical education are offered at all grade levels. Hungarian culture studies are introduced through class work, projects, field trips and/or speakers at all grade levels. A variety of extracurricular activities are available. English-as-an-Additional-Language is provided to those students not fluent in English. The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by the Council of International Schools.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 107 full-time and 9 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 859 (Early Childhood: 93; Elementary grades 1-5: 284; Middle School, grades 6-8: 199; and High School, grades 9-12: 258).
Facilities: Today, AISB operates four divisions in the Nagykovacsi campus. In the fall of 2009, a brand new Elementary School facility was built at the Nagykovacsi campus uniting the entire school community on one state-of-the-art campus. The two facilities, linked by a bridge, provide a high quality educational environment for students aged 3-18. The first building houses students from grades 6-12 and has 51 classrooms, a library, a cafeteria, 4 computer rooms, double-sized gymnasium, auxiliary gymnasium, 25-meter indoor swimming pool, performing and visual arts facilities and 350-theater. Within the grounds are tennis courts, outside basketball courts and beautiful playing fields. The second building, AISB’s new Elementary School, houses students PK3 – grade 5. The building is very definitely “age-appropriate”. The classroom cluster concept and the Early Years Center help create a small, cozy and inviting environment that is so important for young children. They then move to specialized rooms elsewhere in the building for music, art, drama, technology, and PE. Throughout the school there is flexible use of IT to support out technology integration programs. All buildings’ design features include efficient energy use, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality and increased use of natural light. The NES building aesthetically merges with the current ‘award-winning’ NK building, thus giving a value-added setting for our educational programs.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, the School’s income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK3: $9,100; PK: $11,800: Kdg.-grade 5: $17,200; grades 6-8: $18,800; grades 9-10: $20,000; and grades 11-12: $20,500. Additional fees are a non-refundable registration fee of $700 payable on first enrollment in the School, and a building fund fee of $2,750 per year. These fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)