Admissions Policy

Welcome to The American International School in Cyprus

The American International School (AISC) provides a high quality Kindergarten to Grade 12 educational program offering both the American College Preparatory and the International Baccalaureate Diplomas. AISC inspires students to become enthusiastic life-long learners who value integrity, cultural diversity, and the pursuit of excellence. Using an American and International curriculum, our qualified professionals work with the school community to prepare students to be creative, critical thinkers and socially responsible world citizens.

We know that choosing the best school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make. For over 25 years, AISC has been providing high quality educational experiences to local and international families. AISC is fully committed to providing its families with a high standard admissions process so we may all make the best and most appropriate decisions for your child.

STATEMENT ON NON-DISCRIMINTATION: The American International School in Cyprus accepts students regardless of race, nationality, gender or religion.

AISC serves children whose parents work in Embassies, other areas of the diplomatic corps, international corporations, private businesses, The United Nations, as well as local families who desire an American/international educational program for their children.

Applications for admission are accepted throughout the year. We have open enrollment policies to support families who transfer to AISC from schools around the world. AISC accepts all students who meet the admission requirements as outlined in this document provided there is availability in the grade they are applying for.

English Language Requirements

  • The School accepts students with no previous experience in English from Grades KG3 to Grade 5, provided they have met grade level expectations in their native tongue. Elementary students who are new to English, are required to enroll in the English Language Learners (ELL) program that takes place during the school day. Assessments for the ELL program take place in August/September of each year. All families are referred to the AISC Language Policy and the AISC Tuition Fee Schedule for the additional costs that apply for this program.

  • Non-native English speaking students applying for a Grade 6 through 12 position are required to take an English Language Learner (ELL) Placement Assessment to determine fluency levels in oral language, reading, writing and listening domains prior to enrollment. All families are referred to the AISC Language Policy and the Tuition Fee Schedule for the additional costs that apply for this program.

Age and Grade Policies for Placement

Kindergarten (KG3/KG4/KG5)

  • Students must be 3 years of age on or before September 1st of the current school year for a KG3 placement (Only a few positions are available for KG3, and priorities will be given to families with siblings). Must be toilet trained.
  • Students must be 4 years of age on or before December 1st of the current school year for a KG4 placement. Must be toilet trained.
  • Students must be 5 years of age on or before December 1st of the current school year for a KG5 placement. Must be toilet trained.

Elementary (Grades 1-5)

  • Grade 1 Placement: Students must be 6 years of age on or before December 1st of the current school year and have at least one year of pre-school experience.
  • Students for other grade levels are placed in grade that most nearly approach the chronological age for the student taking into account the previous academic history.
  • Students transferring from a British-based system who have attended reception and are about to begin Year 1 and are 5 years old by December 1st of the current school year of enrollment will be placed in KG5. Year 2 students who are 6 years old by December 1st of the current school year of enrollment will be placed in Grade 1.
  • Students who follow a January to December school year will be enrolled in the grade level they last completed. In all decisions, the student’s likelihood of success will be a key factor.

Middle and High School (Grades 6-12)

  • Students applying for admission to the High School program must demonstrate the potential to graduate from High School before they reach twenty (20) years of age.
  • All applicants applying for Grades 6 to 12 must complete a school-designed and curriculum-based math and writing assessment as part of the application process for admission and/or placement decisions. The purpose of the assessment is to help us determine math levels and evaluate writing skills prior to enrollment. Applicants for Grades 9 or 10 must have sufficient math skills to pass an Algebra I course.
Policy on Administering Assessments to Determine Grade Placements

Elementary School students are not formally assessed prior to admission unless their application indicates that further screening is required. Further screening may be required if a) a child has not had any previous schooling experience; b) a child has been home-schooled; c) a learning disability or difficulty is present; d) a child does not speak English and AISC needs to assess his/her level of English proficiency (see the AISC Language Policy) prior to enrolment. Further screening will be conducted by the Literacy Coordinator or appointed teacher in the Elementary school.

Middle and High School applicants are assessed using curriculum-based assessments to determine math levels and to evaluate written skills. Applicants who are non-native English speakers must take an on-site English Language Learner (ELL) Assessment (see the AISC Language Policy).

Learning Support Services

AISC has a Learning Support program and the primary goal of the Learning Support Services Department is to provide additional assistance to students who are in need of academic support. This may include support for students with mild-moderate learning disabilities, as well as support and programs for students whose native language is not English. The Learning Support Services Department also monitors student progress and ensures that qualifying students receive the necessary accommodations/modifications in their classroom settings. This involves regular communications and on-going collaboration with subject and classroom teachers. It is the policy of the School to meet students' needs also through 1:1 tutorials or inclusionary support with the Learning Support teacher. In the case where a specific need has not been previously identified, the school will review the situation. Please refer to the Tuition Fee Schedule for the additional cost to these services.

English Language Learners (ELL)

Students in need of English Language Learning (ELL) support are identified by the testing and screening that takes place at the time of admissions. Results of the assessment will determine the amount of ELL support. Emphasis is placed on learning English in context through differentiated instruction. Beginning and intermediate ELL students will receive both a resource-based and inclusion-based program. Resource-based support involves one-to-one or small group instruction occurring outside the main classroom. Inclusion-based support involves one-to-one or small group instruction occurring inside the main classroom setting.

The AISC Language Policy communicates our school’s beliefs, language program and pedagogy and practice for how languages are valued, taught, acquired and encouraged across our school learning community. Our Language Policy shapes our admissions policies and teaching practices and provides a framework for how our school supports our internationally-minded community of learners, our school’s guiding statements and the IB Learner Profile.

With more than 40 nationalities and 30 mother tongue languages across the AISC community, our school strives to inspire students to be culturally aware and to demonstrate a respect for multilingualism and diverse ways of thinking. Many of our students are constructing knowledge in a language that is not their mother tongue. We feel it is important to have a language policy because it keeps everyone focused on the priority of promoting inter- cultural understanding. A Language Policy reminds our community that we have a great appreciation for students who learn and communicate in more than one language. At AISC, we strive to guarantee equal access to our English curriculum, encourage and support mother-tongue development and offer as many additional languages as possible for all learners and community members. As part of the admissions procedures, parents are asked to read the School’s Language Policy (http://www.aisc.ac.cy/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/AISC-Admissions-Policy_August-2016.pdf).

Students with Learning Difficulties/Disabilities

All students attending AISC must be able to attend the mainstream classroom. Students who require additional learning provisions to access the curriculum successfully will be provided with a range of relevant Learning Support (LS) interventions. AISC may ask to read and retain a copy of the child’s psycho-educational evaluation (not older than 3 years old), IEPs or any other reports if a student has been diagnosed with a mild learning disability.

In order to determine whether AISC can meet a student’s individual learning needs, the child’s needs will be carefully considered by the expertise and resources within the school. This means that students with additional learning needs are accepted into the school on a case-by-case basis. Additional external support or specialist resources may be considered necessary in order for the school to make appropriate provision for the student.
Disclosure Clause

Please be advised that any placement at AISC is conditional (a) upon the continued correctness of the information given and on the basis that no pertinent information was withheld and (b) upon our assessment of the applicant’s ability to perform satisfactorily in the grade level and/or program assigned.

All information provided must be accurate and all educational, psychological, physical and medical information pertinent to the education of the student at AISC is disclosed. Any change in the information provided will be promptly provided to AISC. The acceptance and placement is at all times conditional upon the correctness of all information given and that acceptance and placement may be revoked in case any information given is or becomes incorrect or in any case any pertinent information is not disclosed.

Length of Admissions

Students can only be admitted to the school if they intend to attend for a minimum of one semester.

Waiting Lists

The School operates a year round rolling admissions policy based on the following limits to class sizes:

Grade                   Class Size

KG3/4                   15

KG5                       22

Grades 1 – 5        24

Grades 9 – 12     24

Class sizes are small, with a faculty/student ratio of 1:7. Specialist teachers provide differentiated 1:1 instruction for students new to English, or those with learning difficulties. Teacher Assistants are placed in KG4, KG5, and Grade 1.

Once a grade level has filled to its capacity, qualified applicants are placed on a waiting list, as of the date of completing all application requirements, including payment of the €500 registration fee.

Once full capacity has been reached, two additional places in each class will be available to students who meet both the School’s standards and the following criteria:

  • Dependent children of US Embassy personnel and other diplomatic missions

  • Students who are currently enrolled or already have siblings enrolled to other grades level

The Admissions Policy can also be found in the AISC Family Handbook.

Policy on Statement of Tuition Agreement

AISC reserves the right to refuse to admit an applicant if at least one half of tuition is not paid prior to the first day of the semester, or to suspend an applicant from attendance if at least one half of tuition is not paid within five school days after registration is approved. Upon receipt of the application fee, placement is not guaranteed and will be made provisional, pending all documentation and assessment results, and final signature by the Director. No tuition will be refunded for any reason (including, but not limited to, expulsion, suspension and early withdrawal), unless the school has been notified in writing by either the sponsor or parent prior to the start of any semester that the student will not be in attendance. Tuition is not transferable. Parents must sign the Statement of Tuition Agreement indicating the tuition fee schedule, including all extra or supplemental fees (if necessary), have been reviewed and understood.

Tuition Fees

The Annual Tuition Fee Schedule is published on the School’s website, or can be available to you by request to the Admission’s Office.