Frequently Asked Questions
1. When does AIS-R accept applications? Does AIS-R accept students during the school year?
AIS-R has rolling admissions and thus students may enter AIS-R at any time during the year. Students applying to AIS-R after the first six weeks of school must demonstrate that they have been enrolled elsewhere during the current academic year. Students coming to AIS-R after the first semester from a school on a southern hemisphere calendar (i.e. where the school year ends in November, December or March) may only apply to the same grade level they have just finished. Please select the following link for more information about our admissions process:
2. What are the 2017-2018 tuition and fees at AIS-R?
Each year the AIS-R Board of Trustees sets the tuition and fees for the following academic year (note there are annual increases due to inflation and other costs associated with running a non-profit, private, independent school). Select the link to access AIS-R’s 2017-2018 Tuition and Fee Schedule:
3. What are the tuition and fees like at other non-profit American and regional International Schools?
|School||Average Tuition||New Student Fees||Total Tuition and Fees|
|American School of Paris||SAR 138,210||SAR 58,122||SAR 196,332|
|American International School - Dhaka||SAR 100,289||SAR 58,633||SAR 158,922|
|American Embassy School- New Delhi *||SAR 96,747||SAR 58,129||SAR 154,876|
|International School of London||SAR 144,513||SAR 0||SAR 144,513|
|International School of Beijing||SAR 123,835||SAR 17,390||SAR 141,225|
|International School of Brussels *||SAR 130,151||SAR 8,425||SAR 138,576|
|Cairo American College||SAR 86,277||SAR 48,561||SAR 134,838|
|American International School of Johannesburg||SAR 93,302||SAR 38,454||SAR 131,756|
|Seoul Foreign School||SAR 109,280||SAR 19,187||SAR 128,467|
|American International School of Muscat||SAR 81,555||SAR 39,213||SAR 120,768|
|American School of Dubai *||SAR 83,714||SAR 35,719
|American School in Japan *||SAR 81,934||SAR 34,433||SAR 116,367|
|Frankfurt International School||SAR 88,052||SAR 23,830||SAR 111,882|
|MiSK School of Riyadh *||SAR 109,167||SAR 0||SAR 109,167|
|American International School- Riyadh||SAR 80,477||SAR 27,214||SAR 108,191|
|American Community School Amman||SAR 67,109||SAR 37,487||SAR 104,596|
|International School Manila||SAR 67,109||SAR 37,487||SAR 99,255|
|American International School Vienna||SAR 71,985||SAR 22,705||SAR 94,690|
|American School of Doha||SAR 63,317||SAR 19,468||SAR 82,785|
|American Community School - Beirut||SAR 61,606||SAR 18,572||SAR 780,178|
|American Community School of Abu Dhabi *||SAR 66,516||SAR 306||SAR 66,822|
|All School Averages||SAR 92,916||SAR 28,186||SAR 121,126|
* Schools who have not yet provided their online 2017-18 Tuition and Fees
Note: Above numbers are averages based on online information and may be subject to change/currency is in Saudi Riyal
4. When and how are tuition and fees set for the following year?
Each year the AIS-R Board Finance Committee carefully considers the budget for the following year based on the current and projected enrollment, program and facility requirements, and faculty and staff needs. From January to March, the Board committee researches, drafts and submits a proposed annual budget to the entire Board for approval, which is based upon specific tuition-generated revenues to cover the required expenses of the proposed budget. This process includes an extensive analysis of comparative international American schools, both in the NESA region and beyond. By March, the entire Board meets to consider carefully the proposed budget and fee proposals, and a decision is reached and shared with the AIS-R community by the end of each academic year.
5. What is the Seat Deposit and how does it guarantee or reserve a seat?
Each spring AIS-R students who wish to return the following year are required to pay a seat deposit in order to guarantee their seats. This deposit is not an additional fee as it is credited toward the next semester’s tuition payment. The seat deposit is vitally important as it allows AIS-R to understand seat availability for the following year. Students newly admitted each spring and summer for the following year also pay this non-refundable deposit, along with the Capital and Registration Fees, within two working days of their admittance in order to guarantee their seats. As with returning students, the seat deposit will be credited toward the first tuition installment. Please note that since the seat deposit is part of the seat guarantee, as outlined in Tuition and Fees, it is non-refundable should the student decide not to attend AIS-R.
It should be noted, however, that new and returning student seat guarantees will be forfeited if the first tuition payment is not made by the first day of school. For the 2017-2018 school year, this due date is Monday, September 11, 2017. Students who do not pay the first installment of tuition by this date will lose their seats in addition to all previously paid fees, which are non-refundable. In such instances, students must reapply at the Admissions Office for seat availability.
If a family is not able to begin school immediately, AIS-R will only hold a seat guarantee for any admitted student when full payment of tuition is made. This seat payment is non-refundable as noted in the 2017-2018 Tuition and Fees.
6. Does AIS-R offer a sibling discount?
AIS-R tuition costs are determined per child and division and not per family. Thus, in an effort to keep tuition as low as possible, AIS-R does not offer sibling discounts. If it did, this loss in revenue from discounts would need to be made up by increasing regular tuition for all students.
7. Does AIS-R charge an application fee?
Completed AIS-R applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable payment of SAR 3000, which covers the application and assessment fee.
The Application Fee applies to all grade levels, and families submitting multiple applications must include the fee for each application submitted.
Pleases note that the application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable, and is only valid for the submission of one application and for the year the application is submitted. Students who are reapplying to AIS-R must include the payment of the application fee each time they apply.
8. What does the AIS-R Assessment include?
The entrance assessment evaluates grade readiness for applicants. It is age appropriate. PreK applicants will meet with the Early Childhood personnel for an interview style assessment which will last approximately 30 minutes. KG1 and KG2 students are assessed using Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning (DIAL). This interview assessment will last approximately 1 hour. Grade 1 to 8 students are assessed using Measure of Academic Progress (MAP), while Grade 9 to 12 students are assessed using Stanford 10. Both these assessments are an untimed computer generated progress assessment. The assessments include sections on reading comprehension, language usage and mathematics. Once completed the computerized assessment the student will be asked to provide us with a writing sample from a writing prompt provided. A counselor interview is required for Grade 1 through 5 applicants. For English Language Learners they will be interviewed by an ELL teacher to identify the level of English proficiency.
9. What if I miss my assessment time?
Following a confirmation of assessment, and in an attempt to support the many applicants who apply to AIS-R and patiently wait for assessment openings, an added rescheduling fee of SR 750 will be issued for any scheduled assessment applicant who neglects to inform AIS-R Admissions within two working days that they require rescheduling.
10. What is the ‘Wait Pool’?
AIS-R has adopted the Wait Pool system for 2016-17. Approved applicants are placed in the “Wait Pool” when they have completed their assessment. When a seat becomes available, the Admissions Committee will review all candidates in the Wait Pool to consider each one in context of one another for placement, according to but not limited to, the following factors: North American passport holders that have a verifiable requirement to an American Education; in good academic and behavioral standing as evidenced by prior records, attendance, teacher confidential reference, and AIS-R admissions assessment results (when applicable); gender; English Language proficiency; and, having an AIS-R sibling.
11. What does ‘acceptance to Wait Pool’, ‘notification of seat availability’ and ‘admittance’ mean?
Acceptance to Wait Pool: Following successful completion of an entrance assessment, the approved applicant will be notified through email that their application has now been placed in our Wait Pool. Notification of seat availability: When a seat becomes vacant, a notification letter and tuition and fees invoice is sent stating that the applicant has been removed from the Wait Pool and is being offered a seat in the respective grade level. Applicants are given 2 working days to accept and finalize the tuition and fee payments through the Finance Office. If tuition and fees have not been paid within the 2 working days, the selected applicant will be placed back into the Wait Pool and a new applicant is selected. Please note that an applicant may stay in the Wait Pool for one complete academic year, after which they must reapply. Admittance means: Once the tuition invoice has been paid in full, a written confirmation of “admittance” is emailed to the family confirming the first day of class for their child.
12. What is required to attest a High School Diploma at the Saudi Ministry of Education?
In order for AIS-R to assist with the attestation of a High School Diploma by the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia the following documentation must be provided:
- All original final academic report cards from grade 9 to grade 12
- The Original Diploma
- Passport Copy
- Residency Permit Copy (Iqama)
13. What are the requirements when attesting ES records, MS transcripts and HS transcripts (prior to graduation year) at the Saudi Ministry of Education?
In order for AIS-R to assist with the attestation of records by the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia, the following documentation must be provided (Note: Refer to Ordering Documents for fee structure):
- All original final academic report cards from Grade 1 to current year
- Passport Copy
- Residency Permit Copy (Iqama)
Please note: The Ministry of Education will not attest PreK, KG1 and KG2 documents.
14. If an applicant has dual citizenship, which passport must be used during AIS-R's application process?
The applicant must use the passport that the Residence Permit (Iqama) has been issued under. Please note that any applicant holding a Saudi passport must apply using their Saudi passport. Also note that as of Grade 1 (Grades 1 to 12) all Saudi applicants must obtain the Ministry of Education (MoE) approval letter to attend AIS-R. Students in PreK to KG2 do not require an MoE Letter. However, in order for them to continue to Grade 1 an MoE letter is required.
15. What is a “Capital Fee” and what is it used for?
The Capital Fee is a non-refundable, one-time fee that is applied to each newly admitted student (including siblings), which is used to continuously meet campus maintenance and technology needs. All other admitted students - including new and re-enrolling students, are required to pay this fee, as well as the Registration Fee and Seat Deposit, within two working days of acceptance in order to obtain their seat guarantee. Students may not enter classes before payment of all fees, including tuition. Please note that this fee also applies to all re-enrolling students, regardless of the time they have been away from AS-R.
16. Why is the Capital Fee higher in the High School?
The Capital Fee increases in the High School because of the additional costs associated with facilities, science labs, activities and technology required at the higher grade levels. The High School and IB Diploma Programs, for example, require that AIS-R provide science labs with specialized equipment and technology that is not required at the Elementary and Middle School levels.
17. What is the Registration Fee and what is it used for?
The Registration Fee is a non-refundable, one-time fee that is applied to each newly admitted student that is used to cover the costs related to adding and maintaining new students in AIS-R’s systems, such as Skyward, Moodle, Destiny and our ID Card system for students, parents and drivers. This fee also covers costs associated with withdrawals, including college matriculation, graduation, transcripts and college counseling. Newly admitted students are required to pay this fee, as well as the Capital Fee and Seat Deposit, within two working days of admittance in order to obtain their seat guarantee.
18. What if I attended AIS-R previously?
Students who wish to return to AIS-R are invited to undergo a re-admissions process but should note that all new student fees will still apply, with the exception of a reduction of the Registration Fee if the student has been away from AIS-R for less than a year (i.e. has not missed two or more consecutive semesters). In such cases where a student has only been away for one semester, there will be a 50% reduction of the Registration Fee.
19. When are fees due for students who enter AIS-R during the school year?
As described above, the non-refundable Seat Deposit, Registration Fee and Capital Fee are due within two working days of being admitted to AIS-R. The first installment of tuition is due prior to the student’s first day of attendance. A student may not attend classes until all fees and the first tuition installment have been paid. Please note the following tuition fee table for students entering during the school year.
Quarter Entering AIS-R
Tuition Fees To Be Paid
20. Does AIS-R offer discounted tuition for some nationalities?
AIS-R does not offer discounted tuition or fees to any nationalities. All nationalities pay the same tuition and fees based upon the grade level they are entering.
21. What are the class sizes at AIS-R?
Recommended Class Size*
*As per policy, AIS-R does not “cap” classes. However, the above table represents class size guidelines. AIS-R reserves the right to slightly increase a class size in exceptional circumstances.
22. What are the nationalities of AIS-R students?
AIS-R has a recorded 60 different nationalities represented by its student body. Among its students, approximately 35% are American, 12% Saudi Arabian, and 12% Canadian. The other remainder countries represented by higher student numbers include: Australians, British, Egyptians, Germans, Indians, Jordanians, Lebanese, Pakistani, South Africans, South Koreans and Spanish to name a few.
23. What are the nationalities of AIS-R teachers?
80% of our teachers are American or Canadian, with the remainder hailing from Australia, Europe, New Zealander and United Kingdom.
24. Where is AIS-R located?
Al Bustan Village, North Riyadh off of Exit 5. Please contact the school for more information about AIS-R (HERE).
25. Does AIS-R provide school bus transportation?
AIS-R does not offer bus transportation. Parents are responsible for providing transportation for their children. To ensure student safety, compound buses or private vehicles are only permitted to enter the campus parking area upon presentation of a valid AIS-R identity card or vehicle sticker.
26. What are AIS-R's school hours?
Administrative offices are open from 8:10 AM to 4:30 PM Sunday through Thursday.
Pre-K and KG I students attend school Sunday through Thursday from 8:30am - 1:15pm.
KG-II – Grade 12 students attend school Sunday through Thursday from 8:30am - 3:30pm.
After School Activities run from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM Sunday through Thursday (except Tuesdays) in the Elementary and Middle Schools. In the High School, however, some rehearsals, games and practices may run until 6:00 PM, and occasionally take place on weekends.
|Grades:||First Bell||School Starts||School Ends|
|PreK and KG1||8:20am||8:30am||1:15pm|
|KG2 to Grade 5||8:20am||8:30am||3:30pm|
|Grade 6 to Grade 12||8:25am||8:30am||3:30pm|
Morning Arrival (all grades):
Midday Pick-up (Pre-K and KG-I):
After-school Activity Pick-Up:
27. What is the start date and end date at AIS-R?
The first day of classes for the 2017-2018 school year is September 11, 2017. You will find that the AIS-R calendar consists of a similar number of instructional days as private US schools and other American International Schools worldwide, but the calendar is extended to accommodate the required local holidays as well as some of the major US holidays. The last day of school for the 2017-2018 school year is scheduled for Thursday, June 14, 2018.
28. Do AIS-R students wear school uniforms?
AIS-R does not require students to wear school uniforms but does have a student “dress code.” AIS-R believes that students need to feel comfortable and confident at school in order to do their best. Accordingly, students should dress with modesty and decorum in order to avoid making other students feel uncomfortable, and in keeping with the traditions and customs of our host country. Please see the student-parent handbooks for specific guidelines regarding dress code and required Physical Education Uniforms (sport clothes) for KG2 to Grade 12.
29. Does AIS-R have a lunch program?
All students in KG2 through Grade 5 eat lunch in the Elementary Dining Hall, where they are supervised by teachers and support staff. While all KG2 students bring their own lunch to school each day, students in Grades 1 – 5 can either bring their own lunch or purchase a healthy hot lunch and drink from the Elementary Dining Hall.
Middle & High School
Students are welcome to purchase their lunch at our Middle/High School Dining Hall. A diverse and healthy menu is available that includes a hot lunch, a selection of Arabic and Western foods, a salad bar, and a variety of beverages from provided vendors.
Students who do not wish to purchase their food at school are welcome to bring their own snacks and lunches from home.
Note: Though AIS-R makes every attempt to support students with food allergies, it is the responsibility of the parent(s) to inform AIS-R during the application process of such conditions prior to a student attending classes.
30. What amount of homework should AIS-R students expect?
Homework (HW) is not mandatory. HW targets a child’s independent level and is therefore differentiated. At no time will all children be completing the same HW, at the same time, in the same way (unless evidenced by a pre-assessment or formative assessment). Differentiation includes: amount, time, type, competence, efficiency, choice, and personally relevant. When assigned, the student(s) is given feedback on his/her HW performance. HW is formative and does not factor into a child’s Report Card. When assigned, HW is communicated with the respective parents/families (i.e. email, blog post, assignment notebook) and will not exceed 30-minutes for Grades 1 to 3 and 45-minutes Grades 4 to 5.
In Middle School, students begin to build reflective capacity for their learning. They are taught in class to reflect on what was taught and to ask questions about what they learned, where they are in terms of understanding, what they need to reinforce and how they can improve their learning as they move forward. Upon reflection in class, students decide what they need to do in order to strengthen their learning and use homework as the opportunity to practice those needs. Therefore, it is very difficult to give an estimate about how much homework is given at the middle school level. It will depend on the needs of each individual student.
Home study is an essential part of every student’s educational program and vital in order to earn satisfactory grades. Assignments have specific deadlines and all work assigned is expected to be completed. Students at the high school level should expect between two and three hours of homework each night, possibly four (4) or more if they are in DP Courses. General purposes of homework include:
- Practicing a skill introduced in class
- Determining a student’s level of understanding
- Completing work started in class
- Consolidating learning by bringing concepts together
- Reviewing past material to help understand current and future concepts
- It is the student’s responsibility to complete the work assigned. Students who do not complete their homework will be assigned to SSC Work Completion on the day they fail to submit their work.
31. What type of curriculum does AIS-R offer?
AIS-R provides an enriched American curriculum with an international perspective for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. AIS-R 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. All students take English, Science, Mathematics and Social Studies each year. In addition, elementary students receive instruction in Counseling, Physical Education, STEM, Music, Art, Kingdom History and Geography, Islamic Culture and Arabic Language. Middle and High School students may take electives including Technology, STEM, World Languages (Arabic, Spanish, French), and Fine and Performing Arts.
Instructional objectives are clearly defined in all areas, and learning activities are developed to both support and challenge individual student needs. Instruction in all areas encourages students to think creatively, reason critically, and communicate effectively. Technology, utilizing our campus-wide wireless internet access, is taught and integrated throughout our program. Both academically and socially, AIS-R prepares its students to meet the challenges of a university education and of the future world of work. In conjunction with academics, AIS-R guides and supports students in becoming responsible, productive and ethical global citizens through the AIS-R EAGLE Honor Code: E-Ethical, A-Adaptable, G-Global, L-Learning, and E-Environmental.
32. Does AIS-R offer extra-curricular activities?
Yes, AIS-R students have the opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of activities through the “After School Activities” (ASA) program. Students may enroll in activities in many areas such as athletics, computers, music, fine arts, and many other teacher-developed activities. In addition, there are a wide variety of clubs that offer service opportunities and develop leadership skills. Each division has its own Student Council. The Middle School has a Model United Nations and a National Junior Honor Society club, in addition to many more. The High School has a wide variety of clubs including Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Aspiring Doctors club and many more. AIS-R also boasts a rich fine and performing arts program with choir, band, orchestra, student written and directed performances, all-school plays, grade level assembly performances and art shows. And finally, AIS-R has an extensive athletics program, participating in SAIKAC, ISSL-R and MEUC tournaments, giving students a myriad of opportunities to travel and play sports.
33. What are the technology requirements at home?
An important component of AIS-R’s learning program are our online learning platforms, Blogs (ES) and Moodle, which teachers use to extend learning environment beyond the classroom. Student access to Blogs and Moodle at home is essential for students to check and complete homework assignments, receive teacher feedback, and learn what they missed in their classes after absences. Parents can also use Blogs and Moodle to check assignments and learn what is being taught in their children’s classes.
- Internet access (minimum 2MB connection recommended)
- Chrome (recommended), Firefox or a similar Internet Browser
- A PDF reader (Adobe Reader or Apple Preview)
Note: You can also find out more on our 1:World program by navigating to our 1:World Handbook.
34. What are some of the facilities that AIS-R has to offer?
AIS-R's campus is a colorful and inviting place for children to learn, socialize and play. Our campus is a home away from home for our students and the entire community. We take great pride in our campus which includes some of the following facilities:
- 120 classrooms
- 12 science laboratories
- 3 computer laboratories
- 7 Chromebook carts with 25 laptops each
- 3 STEM Classrooms
- Eagle News Network
- Virtual Learning Lab
- 2 vibrant Learning Commons with a combined collection of over 40,000 volumes in ES/MS/HS; including a collection of over 23,000 volumes for the ES classroom libraries
- Dedicated Early Childhood Education Activity Center
- 700+ seat performing arts theater, Performing Arts Center including rooms for Music and theater instruction (Band, Orchestra, Choir and General Music)
- 2 MS/HS Art Rooms, 2 ES Art Rooms, 1 Drama Room, 2 ES Music Rooms, 1 Band Room, 1 Choir Room, 1 String’s Room and Blackbox Room
- 2 Dining Halls (one for ES and one for MS/HS) with a full service kitchen
- 2 nursing stations with 2 full-time nurses (one for ES and one for MS/HS)
- Art Gallery - student displays
- Purpose-built outdoor play areas
- Shaded areas and fountains for reading and relaxation
- Indoor and outdoor basketball courts
- 2 air-conditioned gymnasiums (one for ES and one for MS/HS) with courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton, and Physical Education classes
- Weight room including cardiovascular and strength training equipment
- Gymnastics/Dance room
- 4 tennis courts
- Sports fields for soccer, softball and a 400 meter running track with high jump, pole vault, and shot put circle
The Eagle’s Nest (school run store for supplies and keepsakes)
35. Where do AIS-R students go to college or university?
With academic results that exceed national averages, AIS-R students are accepted into some of the best universities in the world, including universities in the United States, Canada, Australia, Asia, the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East.
36. How does AIS-R help my child successfully enter college or university?
There are three full-time college counselors in the high school who work closely with students throughout the college application process. They assist students and families in selecting appropriate schools to apply to, they monitor the application process to ensure that students meet deadlines and provide all necessary materials, and they write recommendations for students to send with their applications. In addition, the High School Counseling Office holds informational evenings for parents and students to provide important guidance relating to standardized testing, college applications, and college preparedness.
37. How are my child’s teachers selected?
Elementary School (Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5)
AIS-R Counselors work together with Principals and current teachers to create balanced classrooms. Students are placed into class groups based on their learning personalities, gender, former teacher recommendations, individual strengths and diversity of the class. Counselors and Principals make the final decisions regarding classroom assignments in order to create the best learning environment for all children.
Middle and High School (Grades 6 -12)
All AIS-R Middle and High School students will have a different teacher assigned for each subject. Placement is based on level, schedule and availability. Please note that some classes do fill up at the beginning of the year and may not be available to students joining later in the year.
38. What world languages are offered at AIS-R?
Elementary School: Students take Arabic in KG2 – Grade 5.
Middle and High School: Students may choose from Spanish, French, or Arabic (Grade 6 students must take Arabic).
Note: All Saudi National Students are required to take Islamic Studies once per week. This Requirement is mandated by the Ministry of Education.
39. Does AIS-R administer standardized tests?
AIS-R administers the NWEA MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test to measure instructional growth and to inform classroom instruction. Students in Grades 1-9 take the MAP Reading, Language Usage and Math tests in the fall and spring. Students in Grades 1-5 also take the MAP Reading test in the Winter. The PSAT, SAT I & II, and IB DP Diploma exams are also administered in the High School.
40. Where is the online application form?
AIS-R online application process information and requirements can be found at the following: AIS-R Online Application Process
41. Does AIS-R support Remote Testing for students moving to another school? What is the fee?
Student Remote Testing Fee (for AIS-R students only): To cover proctor fees, AIS-R requires a nonrefundable Remote Testing Fee of 750 SAR for each remote test administered by AIS-R personnel. This fee must be paid prior to the remote testing date. The fee for courier transportation is 100 SAR per couriered envelop. If a student misses the scheduled remote testing appointment, an additional 750 SAR cost is assessed and must be paid prior to appointment rescheduling.
42. Does AIS-R offer an ELL (English Language Learner) program?
An English Language Learners (ELL) program is offered to qualifying students in Grades 1 to 8.