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CurriculumsIB and American
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 16 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: 55,502 lei
to: 118,619 lei
Address: 196 Pipera Boulevard Voluntari, Ilfov County 077190, Romania
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

Romanian - 30%

Ratio of local students to international students

30% local to 70% international

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English


Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Spanish, Mother Tongue classes

Max. number of students per class

10 to 20 depending on grade level

Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

Bring Your Own Device from grade 5

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)


Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?


External examinations or assessments available


Results in these examinations

We are frequently above IB world average

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes, from grade 1

Approximate hours of homework given

From 10 min in grade 1 to 2 to 3 hours in grade 12

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes - for all levels

Learning support offered

AISB recognizes that children learn in different ways, different rates, and believes that all students can learn. Learning Support at AISB provides individualized support to students with suspected, identified and/or diagnosed needs. Support follows the Response to Intervention (RTI) approach beginning in the general education classroom and progressing to more highly individualized support. Support is provided through multiple avenues including, but not limited to 1:1 and small group inclusion support, 1:1 and small group pull-out support, team teaching, collaborative planning, teacher training and parent support. Learning Support Teachers will work with and support students within the school community in line with the first tier of RTI which requires differentiation by all faculty for all students within the school. Should a student not respond to the initial wave of support, parents will be notified and formal support documents will be created collaboratively. Ongoing support is then provided for the student and regular updates provided to parents. Support can be initiated at the request of teachers or parents provided valid evidence is provided which reflects the student’s areas needs.

Administrators notify and consult with the SEN Coordinator within the relevant section of school for any applicant who might require Learning Support services before making a final decision about admissions.

AISB will not deny entry to students requiring learning support or with diagnosed needs unless the required support is unavailable within Romania. Parents whose children require specialised support or therapy services such as Speech and Language Therapy or Occupational Therapy should be aware that such services are extremely limited within Romania for non-Romanian speakers and AISB can provide very limited support in these areas.

Any educational, social-emotional, physical, sensory, or medical needs must be fully disclosed in detail during the admission application process. All academic or psychological reports and/or any additional academic support the applicant is receiving or has received in the past (e.g. achievement or diagnostic assessments, psycho-educational evaluations, IEP, tutoring) must be disclosed at the time of application for admission. Failure to do so will delay the admission process, and may result in a revocation of an offer of admission, or the withdrawal of the student from AISB.

Either at the time of the application process or after successful registration, students with academic and/or behavioral needs may be required by administration to have further cognitive, achievement, and/or developmental evaluations to support the student’s educational program. Assessments may be administered by Learning Support or by an independent, qualified Educational Psychologist as approved by the school. The cost of testing, reporting, and translating, where appropriate, is the responsibility of the family.

AISB reserves the right to contact previous school administrators and/or teachers to gather additional information needed to inform the student’s application.

At AISB, student needs are defined according to the following level of services:

Tier 1: A whole-school instructional delivery model. Students receive differentiated instruction provided by their regular classroom teachers.
Tier 2: In addition to tier 1 supports, students receive short-term, goal and research-driven interventions that are articulated, documented, and reported for parent communication
Tier 3: In addition to tier 1 supports, students will have at a minimum not responded to at least one cycle of tier 2 intervention. With a non-response, the intensity of the intervention will have to be increased. Generally, structures (eg time or student to teacher ratio), assessment methods (eg more formative or more detailed diagnostic), or instructional methods (eg more opportunities to respond, more guided practice, more direct instruction, etc) are the areas where intensity is increased.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

The School does not have a ‘Gifted and Talented’ program per se; the IB programs in and of themselves are designed to extend the learning of all students, particularly those with advanced skills or aptitudes in certain areas of the curriculum.

Student access to education psychologist


Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

For grades 6 - 12 - English, Math and Modern Language testing

Waiting list


Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Registration is year-round, provided places are available

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time

08:00 AM

School finish time

15:00 / 14:00

Supervised care before/after school

Yes generally - not during pandemic

School bus service available

Yes - externalised service

School provided lunches

Yes - not included in tuition

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes - vegan, halal

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

At AISB, we believe that activities outside of school play an important role in the development of our students. The Co-Curricular Program provides a wide variety of activities suited to our student’s interests and abilities, above and beyond the regular school day. This program is designed for the benefit and well being of all of our students, as well as to build a sense of school community and school spirit. The diverse range of activities that we offer gives our students opportunities to become risk takers, and to develop new skills and passions beyond the academic timetable. Furthermore, our after school program provides students with occasions to socialize with each other and make new friends.

Sports activities included

Physical Education

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes - we are part of the Central and Eastern European Schools Association

Facilities at the school

Libraries (3), Theater, Music quarters (3), Design & Innovation Center, Science labs (several), Art labs

Sports facilities at the school

Four soccer pitches, one multi purpose court, 3 gyms

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

AISB was founded in 1962 by the US Embassy to serve the educational needs of the American and international expatriate community. As the school has grown, many local Romanian families have become part of the school community together with expatriate families from government, business, and social welfare organizations.

AISB has a population of approximately 950 students from 60 nationalities attending the Early Years program at age 2 through Grade 12. Romanians comprise approximately 30% of the student population, North Americans 14%, and Turkish, Israeli and Germans approximately 4% each. The balance are from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, and South and Central America.

Teaching approach of the school

Academics at AISB cover three divisions, namely Early Learning, Primary School, and Secondary School. The Early Learning caters for students aged 2 to 5 in EC2 to Kindergarten. The Primary School welcomes students aged 6-11 in Grades 1 through 5, and the Secondary School includes students between Grades 6 to 12 who are 11-19 years old.

All school sections follow the International Baccalaureate programs of instruction: the Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma Programs, making AISB an IB World school, the first of its kind in Romania.

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