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Austin International School

Private | PK-5 | 185 students

We are best known for globally-minded academics.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $165,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,000.

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Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Our two children have been at AIS for 4 years and we couldn't be happier with their experience there. It is a wonderful international and diverse community, speaking both of the teachers and the students/families. What I would like to rave about most is the amazing collection of brilliant, creative and devoted teachers. Christophe seems to be able to handpick the most talented from France, Spain and the US to join this school. They all work carefully together to achieve a synergistic curriculum so that your child's day is not a disjointed jumble of three languages, but each building on the other. And amazingly, when the reading starts, it takes off in three languages. Most importantly, my children are happy and thriving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Austin International School is a trilingual program with French, English, and Spanish as the languages of instruction. The school will soon be adding a middle school, which we find exciting. Our son has been attending since preschool, and we plan on enrolling our daughter next year. The school has way exceeded our expectations. The teachers are fantastic and competent, and the school has great retention of the teachers, some of whom have been there since the school opened. We feel like we are part of a family. I am personally attracted by the school's diversity and international makeup of its student body. I have been pleased at the growth of my son during the time he has been there. He has responded well to being immersed in the different languages. I am so happy with my experience and that of my son that I am motivated to keep my children in the school as long as they are able to be there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2014

As a long time parent as AIS, I can tell you first hand that AIS has made many improvements over the past several years. The school is certified by NAEYC and the French Ministry of Education, and I understand that AIS is pursuing accreditation from the National Association of Independent Schools. The curriculum is strong -- not only do students receive rigorous math, science, and humanities instruction, but they are doing it in a tri-lingual immersion setting. The teachers are all certified and the vast majority have 4 year degrees. The tuition is reasonable for Austin private school standards. I am very pleased with the progress that both my children have made over the past several years of attending AIS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

Our girl has been in this school for few months now and the atmosphere, the engagement and the accountability of the staff are far better than any standard. The school is welcoming native speakers or foreign students as they all get the benefits of being in an international environment. Excellence, professionalism, helping our kids to perform as we all dream when it is about giving them the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

We joined AIS last august coming from another immersion school. We were surprised by the academic level here and at first my sons were struggling because af the level of expectations. But teachers worked with us and were realy great at bringing my sons to a level of excellence that was evidently missing at the other school. Christophe, the school head is fantastic ! Very approachable and truly dedicated to the school. He helped us a lot to fit in and to making us feel part of the community. When considering international education, AIS is a no-brainer. Just look at their alumnis... Their 5th graders go to the best middle school every year such as St Stephens. That is always a good sign, when you see the end-results... AIS defintively delivers !!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2014

Our daughter is in her second year at AIS and we love the school, teachers & the parent community. The after school activities are also excellent which allow our child to receive some wonderful and varied experiences without running all over town. Piano, gymnastics, sport ball, tennis, cooking classes, yoga, etc. We love AIS and will be sending our son there as soon as he turns 3 years old!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2013

Austin International School is the only private school of its kind in Austin. The academic standards are really high and we love the fact that our child has been completely immersed in a trilingual curriculum since the age of 3. Most importantly our child loves the school and his teachers. He is so proud to read to us in three languages (he just started 1st grade) and he is already talking about the graduation trip abroad in 5th grade! Honestly if you want to broaden your child's perspectives while giving him/her the best education, look no further.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

I'm glad to have my 3 children at AIS I can see they are happy because they feel loved and care, the staff is great, the teachers are committed and enthusiastic, and the school community is awesome. Besides they are speaking english, spanish and french!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

This is Austin's international school, a place where children come from many backgrounds to grow and thrive in a tri-lingual curriculum and dynamic multicultural learning environment. Parents, teachers, staff and the board work collaboratively to make it the best independent school in our city for students ages 3 through fifth grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

The collaborative environment of our school attracts passionate teachers from all around the world who bring unique international perspectives and instruct in their native languages. As part of our innovative approach, each class of students is taught by a team of three teachers sharing insights and collaborating on the growth of each individual student. Multiple teachers draw from their international backgrounds to expand the range of teaching tactics utilized in the classroom to provide more valuable direction and meet the needs of a diverse student body. This innovative approach provides the flexibility, open mindedness and adaptability to better serve the needs of your child.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 9, 2013

My husband and I placed our kids at AIS this year, and are pretty disappointed with the lack of academic challenge. Sure, learning two new languages at once is challenging, but academics should not be neglected as a result. Despite this school's status as a private school, there is huge resistance to challenging or even remotely stimulating kids who may be advanced academically to the peers in their class year. Heaven forbid your child is ready to learn spelling, multi-digit addition or subtraction or multiplication before it comes up in the year level curriculum. You'll be doing that yourself at home. And, please, don't bother with the summer program. We were shocked to find it no better than a day care. We were also surprised to find that so many events at the school are designed for the adults (parents and administrators) rather than the kids (who end up getting shunted to "child care" - usually watching a video - during these events. After-school programs are really great at AIS with a lot of variety, but we wish the school day had a lot of academic creativity and interest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2012

My husband and I enrolled our daughter at AIS because we wanted a secular school that would proactively prepare her for her role in a multicultural world. Neither of us spoke French or Spanish, but that didn't matter. Our daughter is now in 2nd Grade at AIS, and her fluency in both languages is impressive. Perhaps more impressive, given the language immersion format, are her skills in reading, writing, and comprehending English. We are thrilled with her progress and with the level of dedication from teachers and staff. Things aren't always perfect, of course, but perfection is an impossible goal when each parent has such different expectations for their child. Most important for me, personally, has been AIS's commitment to continuous improvement. The new Head of School is one such improvement; there have been many positive changes under his direction. And the gorgeous new campus, located near the Domain, is a vast improvement over old facility. Still, a nice campus means nothing without a superb staff and curriculum. AIS has all of that, which is why we keep returning. They teach children to be autonomous thinkers and responsible, global citizens who celebrate diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2012

I've been a parent at AIS for 5 years, and a member of the Board of Directors for 3. AIS is still a young school and has been through many changes in the past few years. We brought in a new Head of School in 2010, who has made many improvements to the academic programs, including bringing in more qualified teachers (some turnover is unavoidable because some teachers are in the US on limited visas). We recently moved into a beautiful, spacious new building. AIS is a very unique school, combining French and American academics with French, English, and Spanish languages. Academic expectations are high, but also appropriate for children's ages. Humanities and arts are just as important as science and math. Most importantly, students are taught how to think and problem solve, not just memorize to pass tests. Fifth grade students travel to a sister school in France each year, a very valuable experience. The parent community is very involved and parents know each other well. My children entered with no knowledge of French or Spanish, but now speak, read, and write like natives. They've come to know children from all over the world. We've been very happy with AIS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2011

This is school is ok. If you want soem languages then I guess your money can be worth it; otherwise it has a lots of floss, and both my hsuband and I work in education and are educators. There are plenty of little things we are not ahppy with, especially the way the school si run.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2011

What is the current status of teacher qualifications as of now (Sept. 2011). What is done/has been done to ensure an improved and continually improving academic level?


Posted February 24, 2011

We couldn't be happier about AIS. My wife and I both work in education -- she is a middle school teacher with two masters degrees (Curriculum and Instruction and Library Sciences) and I have a JD and currently getting my master of C&I. We completely agree with the path of this school, its multi-cultural identity, and the progress our daughter has made there. Our daughter's teachers are very responsive and attentive to our child, and very accessible to us. We have been very pleased with the updates/reports they issue and progress we've seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

Give me a break...."very involved and supportive parent community" If they could get over themselves, maybe! I have never before been involved in such a competitive environment. An entirely new parent organization last year, due to high turnover! I can't say that parent involvement is a positive that I would list for Austin International School. Yes, involved, but in a negative way! Too much conflict!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

overrated! Don't waste your money! Most of the teachers are not qualified to teach in the US, let alone Texas. The turnover is high, and most of them are only qualified to teach in France. I pulled my daughter out after learning how unqualified the teachers really are. One of the Spanish teachers just recently became certified, she has been teaching there for years! Two years ago they hired another teacher from Spain, she of course didn't last long, her experience was with teaching adults, not our children! Right now they have a French teacher that is two years away from receiving a degree. I don't know about you, but I believe my child deserves an education from qualified professionals, this is not dress rehearsal! My daughter will never get a second chance at her elementary education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2010

My daughter loves AIS. I'm impressed with her academic and social acheivements while attending AIS. She is learning and is a happy student. I would highly recommend this school! The school is expanding to middle school and my daughter will have the opportunity to grow with AIS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2010

My child has benefitted greatly from being a student at AIS. Because of the small class size, teachers are able to closely monitor the progress of the students. My child has learned a lot (in 3 languages) not only in the classroom but also by experiencing different cultures firsthand through schoolwide activities such as the international week and science fair. The academic program is very challenging under which my child thrives. Leadership and management at the school is very strong and I am pleased with the new head of school's vision for AIS. The AIS parent community is very involved and supportive.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 31%
Two or more races 27% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Hispanic 5% 51%
Black 1% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
French
Spanish
Tagalog
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • French
  • Spanish, English
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:15 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Christophe Bonnet
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (512) 219-5201

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • French
  • Spanish, English
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Alumni Club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Chess club
  • Cooking club
  • Drama club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • AIS has 33 members within its faculty and staff and 185 students. It's ratios are 1/7 for preschool (PS/MS), 1/15 in kindergarten (GS) and first grade, and 1/20 for second and up (CE and CM). AIS families and staff also contain a great deal of diversity, with many families being multinational and multilingual. Moreover, located in a global-minded Austin, AIS is different than its counterpart schools in other cities, where more than half of its students are American.
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Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$10000 - $12000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
St. Stephen's Episcopal School
Ace Academy
Murchison Middle School
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4001 Adelphi Lane
Austin, TX 78727
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Phone: (512) 331-7806

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