General Contact

Email: info@aisr.org
Phone: +966 (0)11 459 7500

Admissions Office

Email: admissions@aisr.org
Phone: +966 (0)11 459 7500 ext. 305/306

Human Resources Office

Email: join_us@aisr.org
Phone: +966 (0)11 459 7500 ext. 308

Mailing Address:

American International School - Riyadh, P.O. Box 990, Riyadh, 11421 KSA

Admissions Process and Information

Welcome to the American International School - Riyadh, also known as AIS-R!

AIS-R’s rolling application process allows applicants throughout the current school year to apply at anytime. The application process for the following year begins February 1.

During the school year, the Admissions Office is open from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM from Sunday through Wednesday, and 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM on Thursdays. From June 2, 2019 through July 29, 2019, the Admissions Office will be open from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Please fill in this form if you would like to schedule a school visit. AIS-R has rolling admissions and accepts students throughout the school year.

We look forward to welcoming you to our learning community.

Admissions Office Contact Information:
(0)11-459-7500, ext 305 or 306
admissions@aisr.org
Sundae Witkowski
Director of Admissions

Application Requirements

Applicants may click here to complete our Online Application, and click here for Application Fee information. Required documentation (as listed below) must be completed and submitted before a student can be considered for admissions testing and AIS-R’s applicant wait pool:

  1. Student’s passport photo page
  2. Student’s second passport photo page (if applicable)
  3. Each parent’s passport photo page
  4. All records from previous schools attended to include:
    1. Contact information for last school attended, including teacher name, email address, phone number, and school email address (AIS-R will contact the current school in order to obtain a Confidential Teacher Reference. The Confidential Teacher Reference must be completed and on file before a student can be considered for admissions testing and AIS-R’s applicant wait pool.)
    2. Previous 2 year’s final report cards
    3. Current year-to-date report card in English
    4. School profile with an explanation of the grading scale
    5. Standardized test records, if requesting an entrance test exemption (required for applicants in Grades 2-12 not residing in Saudi Arabia)
    6. If applicable: Special Education/IEP/504 records, including psychological test results
  5. Student and sponsoring parent’s iqama (if not available upon application, please forward a copy to admissions@aisr.org when issued)
  6. Immunization Record
  7. A company letter acknowledging sponsorship/employment
  8. Non-refundable Application Fee
  9. If a student is a Saudi National:
    1. Family Book
    2. Ministry of Education (MoE) approval letter

Once an application is entirely complete and the Application Fee has been submitted, the applicant's file is reviewed by the AIS-R Admissions Office. A file will not be approved for testing if the child’s school application or records are incomplete, and/or prior records indicate a significant concern. At which time, the applicant will be notified by the AIS-R Admissions Office.

Considerations For Admission

The school makes every effort to accept qualified students. This decision is subject to academic entrance requirements, as well as enrollment and class size limitations established by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees reserves the right to limit student enrollment and deny an application if it does not align with school Admissions policy.

AIS-R teachers differentiate their instruction and support individual student needs to the best of their ability however, AIS-R does not provide a Special Needs Program for students with significant learning needs nor does it provide a gifted and talented program for gifted students. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, taking all available information into careful consideration.

AIS-R is NOT an allergen-free (nut, milk, wheat, fish, etc.) campus, we cannot guarantee that food prepared in our Dining Halls or food brought to school by students is nut/allergen free. Additionally, the learning environments support the natural curiosity of our AIS-R Eagles and therefore incorporates natural elements such as plants, soil/sand, flowers, and fruits/vegetables as well as the care for several live animals of different species to include but not limited to birds, lizards, and small mammals (guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, etc.). Should a child be allergic in such conditions, accommodations may be possible within our program parameters, but cannot be guaranteed. Modifications to the program such as removal and/or relocation of an animal(s)/natural elements (during student attendance) cannot be accommodated.

For PreK and Kindergarten Students only:
All students attending AIS-R must be fully toilet trained. In our efforts to uphold our child protection policies and to keep our learning environment clean and healthy, independent toilet training is a “non-negotiable” for all students.

Admissions Testing

Determination for Remote, On-site or Exemption of Testing:

For all students applying for acceptance into PreK, Grade 1, or Gr. 2, AIS-R admissions testing must be conducted on-site. For students applying for acceptance into Grade 3 to Grade 12, AIS-R admissions testing will be either conducted on-site, at a remote location, or a student may be exempt.

ON-SITE TESTING

  • Prek-Gr.1 applicants complete an assessment and interview with the counselor and/or EY Coordinator. Students who qualify for English Language Learning, will be assessed by the English Language Learning Specialist.
  • Gr.2-Gr.5 applicants complete an online assessment, writing assessment, and interview with the AIS-R elementary school counselor. Students who qualify for English Language Learning, will be assessed by the Support Service Specialist.
  • Gr.6-Gr.12 applicants complete an online assessment, writing assessment, and World Language placement test in the Assessment Lab (3-4 hours). Students in Grades 6-7 who qualify for English Language Learning, will be assessed by the English Language Learning (ELL) Specialist.
  • Note: Parents are permitted to leave campus while their child is testing. Parents are also permitted to remain on campus in the Parent Lounge. AIS-R is a closed campus.

REMOTE TESTING REQUIREMENTS

Applicants for grades 3 to 12 who do not presently reside in Riyadh may be eligible for remote assessment. AIS-R is unable to provide remote testing for the following students as the application requirements include an onsite interview with our assessment personnel. The students below MUST have an on-site assessment for acceptance into:

  • Pre-Kindergarten
  • Kindergarten 1
  • Kindergarten 2
  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • ELL students (potential)

For remote testing consideration, the following conditions apply:

  • The child is applying for Grade 3 or above
    • A Grade 2 applicant may be eligible for remote testing pending the approval of the Director of Admissions and the ES Principal dependent upon prior school records/reports, standardized testing results, and the confidential teacher reference form. A file must have all required documentation prior to approval of remote testing (see “Application Requirements” above).

  • The parent has sent a completed application, all required documents and official copies of the most recent academic reports going back at least two years
  • Scores of a completed, formalized, proctored, standardized test within one year (e.g., MAP, SSAT, Stanford or PSAT, ITBS, CAT, etc.);
  • The student’s most recent school is fully accredited (i.e. an American accrediting agency or CIS) where the language of instruction is English. If the language of instruction is not English, the student may be required to enroll in the English Language Learning (ELL) program at an additional cost;
  • The student’s reports do not include any grade below “C” (or equivalent) nor any significant behavioral, academic/learning, attendance, and/or social-emotional concerns;
  • A completed Confidential Teacher Reference Form submitted from current school (AIS-R will send reference form directly to the school);
  • Complete and sign the Parent Tuition and Fees Agreement (HERE) and AIS-R Eagle Parent Agreement (HERE);

NOTE: A student who has requested remote testing and has been approved for remote testing may still be required to assess On-Site. In such cases, the family will be notified and an On-Site appointment will be scheduled. Elementary School Students approved and accepted by Remote Testing is rare due to the validity of remote testing scores against prior school records.

EXEMPTION REQUIREMENTS

For exemption from Admissions testing, the following conditions must be met:

  • The child is currently in Grade 2 or above and is applying for Gr. 3 and above

    • A child currently in Gr. 1 applying for Gr. 2 may be eligible for exemption pending the approval of the Director of Admissions and the ES Principal dependent upon prior school records/reports, standardized testing results, and the confidential teacher reference form. A file must have all required documentation prior to approval of remote testing (see “Application Requirements” above).

  • The parent has sent a completed application, all required documents and official copies of the most recent academic reports going back at least two years
  • Scores of a completed, formalized, proctored, standardized test within one year (e.g., MAP, SSAT, Stanford or PSAT, ITBS, CAT, etc.);
  • The student’s most recent school is fully accredited (i.e. an American accrediting agency or CIS) where the language of instruction is English. If the language of instruction is not English, the student may be required to enroll in the English Language Learning (ELL) program at an additional cost;
  • The student’s reports do not include any grade below “C” (or equivalent) nor any significant behavioral, academic/learning, attendance, and/or social-emotional concerns;
  • A completed Confidential Teacher Reference Form submitted from current school (AIS-R will send reference form directly to the school);
  • Complete and sign the Parent Tuition and Fees Agreement (HERE) and AIS-R Eagle Parent Agreement (HERE);

The principal will either give permission in writing for the assessment to be exempt (based on the above factors) or require an on-site assessment if one or more of the conditions above have not been met.

Final Application Review

After an applicant has been either exempt from testing or completed testing (either onsite or remote), the student’s application is reviewed by the divisional principal to determine acceptance, denial, or conditional placement.

Please note that an admissions assessment does not guarantee that a seat is available, nor that a child will be admitted, as availability of seats is contingent on withdrawal of current students. If a grade level is at capacity, we will maintain a wait pool for accepted applicants. The wait pool is maintained for the applying school year (August-June) only. Applicants interested in the next school year will have to update the required documentation and re-apply.

Students will not be admitted to a class until the tuition invoice has been paid in full and the child/family has officially been sent the “admittance” letter. If tuition is not paid in full within two business days, the acceptance will be nullified, the application moves back into the wait pool, and the next wait pool applicant is selected.

After Acceptance Before Starting School

Please note that the following MUST be completed by the Parent through the Admissions Office before a student begins school:

  1. Student and Parent AIS-R ID issued (IDs are obtained at the Admissions Office);
  2. Cashless system payment (as required; minimum SR 200 - the 5% VAT will be deducted from this payment);
  3. A meeting with a HS counselor for scheduling;
  4. Signed AIS-R Eagle Parent Agreement (HERE)
  5. Signed AIS-R Parent Tuition and Fees Agreement (HERE)
  6. Completed AIS-R Family Contact Information (HERE)
  7. Signed Healthy Environment Policy (HERE)
  8. Vehicle, driver, and nanny registration (HERE)
  9. Signed Technology Responsible Use Agreement Grade 3 - 12 Applicants (HERE)

Grade Placement

AIS-R uses the following age guidelines for admissions:

Age

Grade Placement

Age

Grade Placement

3 Year Old

Pre-Kindergarten

11 Year Old

Grade 6

4 Year Old

Kindergarten 1

12 Year Old

Grade 7

5 Year Old

Kindergarten 2

13 Year Old

Grade 8

6 Year Old

Grade 1

14 Year Old

Grade 9

7 Year Old

Grade 2

15 Year Old

Grade 10

8 Year Old

Grade 3

16 Year Old

Grade 11

9 Year Old

Grade 4

17 Year Old

Grade 12

10 Year Old

Grade 5

AIS-R determines grade level placement for each student based on his or her age, previous schooling, academic level, and/or social-emotional development in adherence with Board Policy. The minimum age for application, acceptance and admission to Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten 1 or 2, and Grade 1 must be reached before the first day of October in the school year as per Board Policy. New students will be accepted and then admitted only after verification of the age has been received in the form of either a birth certificate or passport. Students entering Grade 2 and above may be permitted to do so even if they do not meet the age requirements as long as they have successfully completed the previous grade level at an accredited school. Enrollment may be denied if the student's age significantly exceeds the normal average age for his or her grade placement. All requirements for graduation from AIS-R must be completed before a student's 20th birthday. AIS-R reserves the right to reassign students to another grade level.

English Language Proficiency

Students' English language ability is assessed as part of the admissions process. Those accepted to the Wait Pool or admitted whose English language proficiency is still developing will be placed in an English Language Learners (ELL) support program on the basis of AIS-R policies and the availability of space. There is an additional fee for this program.

Elementary School:
Students are tested for but do not require a minimum level of English language proficiency from Grades 1 through the beginning of Grade 4. Following this, a limited language proficiency is expected by mid-year in Grade 4. Starting in Grade 5, and up to Grade 7, students will only be accepted if they test at the intermediate level of English language proficiency. ELL students who wish to join Grade 5 midway through the year may be denied if it is determined that there is not enough time remaining in the year to adequately prepare him/her for Grade 6. Students will be placed on the basis of AIS-R placement procedures and space availability. ELL students may be denied admission if it is determined that the ratio of ELL students to fluent English speaking students is too high and detrimental to the educational process of most students in the class.

Middle School:
AIS-R may admit students in Grades 6 and 7 with limited ability in English depending upon past academic performance, results of an English language proficiency test, a writing sample, and the availability of space in the appropriate grade level and/or English Language Learners (ELL) program. AIS-R accepts students in Grade 8 if the student tests at the early-advanced level for ELL. However, ELL students who wish to join Grade 8 midway through the year may be denied if it is determined that there is not enough time remaining in the year to prepare him/her for Grade 9. The AIS-R Middle School ELL program is academically challenging. To be successful in the program, a student must demonstrate at least average (“C” or equivalent) academic results from previous schools and have no behavior concerns and/or special needs. Emphasis is placed on core subjects, especially previous language results, both in first and second languages. The administration develops criteria for entrance into, progression through, and exiting from the ELL program that will ensure a smooth transition into the mainstream academic program.

High School:
ELL students are required to have English grade-level fluency in order to be admitted to the High School, as there is no additional ELL support in Grades 9 to 12.

Mid-Year Enrollment

Students may enter AIS-R at any time during the year, however students coming to AIS-R after the first semester from a southern hemisphere school (i.e. where the school year ends in November, December or March) may only apply to the same grade level they have just finished. In general, they should not advance to the next grade level because they would be missing the first half of that academic year. This would be particularly problematic in Grades 9-12, as students would be short credits and would not graduate on time - noting that the Ministry of Education requires that all students complete graduate credits prior to reaching their 20th birthday.

Course Requests for Grades 9-12

New students are not guaranteed their first choice of courses. Course choices are subject to the limitations of the master schedule, class sizes, and number of sections offered at a particular grade level.

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The American International School-Riyadh
P.O. Box 990 Riyadh 11421 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
+966 (0)11 459 7500
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