School Contact Information

  • Tel: +36-26-556-000

  • E-mail: info@aisb.hu | Website: www.aisb.hu 

  • This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. For more information, contact A/OPR/OS (overseasschools@state.gov / +1-202-261-8200) or the school directly.

    The Regional Education Officer for this post is Mary Russman.

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The American International School of Budapest is an independent, coeducational, nonprofit day school, which offers an educational program from multiage 3 through grade 12 for students (three to 18-year-olds) of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1973.

Organization: The board of trustees has 11 voting members, three are elected and eight are appointed.

Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that in U.S. private schools. In addition, students have the option to pursue the Innovation Diploma or the International Baccalaureate Diploma in high school. Instruction is in English. World languages are taught from grade 2-12 and include French, German, and Spanish. Music, art, technology, and physical education are offered at all grade levels. Hungarian culture is studied through classwork, projects, field trips, and/or speakers at all grade levels. A rich variety of extracurricular activities are available. English as an Additional Language is provided to students who are still developing their academic English language ability. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by the Council of International Schools. The curriculum at AISB emphasizes critical thinking skills and creativity through an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. Our curriculum is developed using an Understanding by Design framework and organized around Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings. From Early Childhood to High School, our teachers employ engaging, research-based instructional methodologies.

Faculty: In the 2023-2024 school year, AISB has 260 total staff including 127 teachers, 44 of whom are U.S. citizens, 10 host-country nationals, and 73 third-country nationals. Our faculty represent a number of nationalities, including USA, Canadian, Colombian, French, UK, Hungarian, Australian, New Zealand, French, Brazilian, Belgian,, German, Irish, Romanian, South African, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Venezuelan. All teaching faculty have degrees and maintain a teaching credential, 78% of faculty have advanced degrees including seven doctorates.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year, enrollment was 976 (elementary  (MA3-Grade 5)– 401, middle (Grades 6-8)– 233, high (grades 9-12) – 340). Of the total, 207 were U.S. citizens, 195 were host-country nationals, and 547 were third-country nationals. 

Facilities: AISB operates three divisions on one 40-acre rural campus in Nagykovácsi (on the outskirts of Budapest). Whilst settled in amongst an expansive national park, the campus is close to the leafy residential suburbs of Budapest and within easy reach of central Budapest’s business, commerce and tourist districts. The school has two main buildings linked by a bridge, which provide a high-quality educational environment for students aged three to 18. The first building houses students from grades 6 to 12 and is complete with more than 50 classrooms, a library, a cafeteria, a design technology suite, a double-sized gymnasium, an auxiliary gymnasium, a 25-meter indoor swimming pool, performing and visual arts facilities, and a 350-seat theater. Within the grounds are tennis courts, outside basketball courts, soccer fields, running track and beautiful playing fields. The second building houses students MA3 to grade 5. The building is very “age-appropriate.” The classroom cluster concept and the early years center help create the small, cozy, and inviting environment that is important for young children. Students 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 the technology integration programs. The design features of the buildings include efficient energy use, solar panels, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and increased use of natural light. The purpose-built campus has often been referred to as “the most beautiful school campus in the world.”

Finances: Annual tuition + building fee rates are as follows: Multiage (age 3-4) $16,700; K-grade 5: $25,700; grades 6-8: $27,650; grades 9-10: $29,000; and grades 11-12: $29,700. Additional fees are a non-refundable application fee of $650 (not applicable for US Embassy affiliated families) and non-refundable registration fee of $1,000 payable on first enrollment in the school. (All fees are payable in U.S. dollars.)

Special Needs: Review the Special Needs Profile for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information. Information and statistics are current as of September 2023 and provided by the school.

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