The American International School - Riyadh (AIS-R) is an independent, non-profit, coeducational school offering an enriched American curriculum with an international perspective for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. AIS-R was founded in 1963, and now begins its 53rd year of excellence in education on a beautiful, new purpose-built campus in North Riyadh. AIS-R is accredited by both the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS), and is International Baccalaureate (IB) authorized. The academic year is from August to June with 176 instructional days.
AIS-R's curriculum is modeled on the US State Department Standards (AERO), Common Core State Standards and selected National Association Standards. The School also offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Grades 11 and 12 and an English Language Learners (ELL) program to qualifying students in Grades 1 to 8. Instructional objectives are clearly defined, but academic expectations are flexible enough to support and challenge individual students. Instruction in all subject areas encourages students to think creatively, reason critically, and communicate effectively. AIS-R does not have a Special Needs Program.
AIS-R's enrollment is more than 1650 students with a total of 58 nationalities - 30% from the US, 15% host-country nationals, 15% from Canada, 7% from Korea and 33% from other countries.
As AIS-R has grown so too has demand for available seats. To better support families and their efforts to make AIS-R their school of choice, it is highly recommended that interested families review our admissions page and online application to become familiar with the process and requirements for admission.
For the Class of 2016, AIS-R had 104 graduates accepted into 418 higher level institutions across the United States, Canada, Britain, the Middle East and elsewhere. Some of the top-ranked universities and colleges matriculated to this year include:
- Princeton University
- Yale University
- Duke University
- Northwestern University
- Brown University
- University of Notre Dame
- University of California - Berkeley
- University of Toronto
- University of British Columbia
- McGill University
- University of Alberta
- University College London
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Manchester
- King’s College London
Student areas of interest and study encompassed the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, fine arts, theater, architecture, international relations, economics, law, entrepreneurship, hotel management, and computer science. And, with more than $2,600,000 USD in scholarships awarded, we know that an education from AIS-R is recognized as one of the best in the world.