The American International School of Bucharest (AISB) is an international, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from early childhood (two to five-year-old) through grade 12 for students of any nationality. The school was founded in 1962. The school year comprises two semesters extending from late August through mid-June.
Organization: The school is governed by a nine-member, self-perpetuating board of directors. The Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) of the U.S. Embassy serves as chairperson. If the DCM is unable or unwilling to serve as board chair, then the Ambassador of the United States to Romania will appoint another senior level diplomatic officer from the American Embassy to be the AISB Board Chair.
Curriculum: The school provides an international curriculum in English, suited to meet the needs of the international student community in Bucharest. The school offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in grades 11-12, the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) in grades 6-10, and the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) in grades EC2-5. Specialists in art, drama, cinematography, physical education, music (band/choir), design, computers, Spanish, and French serve students at various grade levels. AISB is not able to provide support services for students who require services beyond reasonable accommodation, which include significant classroom monitoring, modification of general curriculum, intensive one-to-one support within the regular classroom, and/or frequent, ongoing pull-out support from SEN specialist teachers as per the admissions policy and SEN identification practices. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS) and is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) to offer the IB Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programs.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 177 full-time and 24 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 958.
Facilities: The school is located on a 10-hectare (28-acre) site north of the city center and opened its doors in the 2001-2002 school year to children in early childhood (three to four years old) through grade 12. The facility includes spacious classrooms, three library/media centers, three sports centers/gymnasiums, music and art rooms, science and computer laboratories, a performing arts theater, a cafeteria, and many outdoor sports facilities. In August 2017, a new Early Learning Center – a purpose-built facility for two to five year-old children – was opened. In August 2019, the secondary school building was extended to accommodate an increased number of students.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, the school’s income comes primarily from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: EC2: full-day €10,310 and half-day € 7,220; EC3-4: €14,810; K-grade 5: €19,500; grades 6-8: €19,670; grades 9-10: €21,010; and grades 11–12: €21,030. The school also charges a one-time application fee of €200, which must be submitted with the application, and a one-time registration fee of €800 for grades EC2 to EC4, both nonrefundable. The registration fee for K-12 is €3,000 for the first child, €1,500 for the second child, and €750 for the third child; it does not apply to the fourth child.
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.