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PK-5
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Austin, TX
Students enrolled: 199
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4001 Adelphi Lane
Austin, TX 78727

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(512) 331-7806
(512) 219-5201
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December 03, 2014
Nous avons mis nos enfants dans cette cole afin qu ils poursuivent le fran ais et qu ils soient aid s dans l apprentissage de l anglais. Malheureusement cela a t de la peu pr niveau anglais, ESL ( ENGLISH SECOND LANGUAGE) au compte goutte par des professeurs un peu p,erdu car aucun dipl me pour cette enseignement, les professeurs d anglais m me avec la meilleures volont s ne savent pas quoi faire avec les enfants fran ais, n ayant pas d'aide de l administration pour les guider. Des tas de promesses tr s rarement tenues ou pas du tout, et les raisons avanc es fausses. Les fran ais sont tr s peu consid r s car tr s peu nombreux donc aucun int r ts financiers pour l cole. Ayant d cid une nouvelle fois de supprimer le peu t aide apport nos enfants, sans nous conserter auparavant, nous avons demand un rendez vous, l administrations n a pas voulu nous recevoir "trop occup e". Nous avons imm diatement enlev nos enfants de cette cole et les avons mis dans une cole am ricaine. Au bout d une journ e nos enfants avaient retrouv le sourire, nous avions fait le bon choix.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2014
This school has an amazing staff and an even more incredible faculty. The parent community is also very warm, friendly, and engaged. The school's administration does a fabulous job of finding, recruiting, and retaining teaching talent from literally all over the world. The school brings languages, cultures, and ideas from around the globe into my son's classroom everyday. Teachers are always available, and more importantly, eager to engage with parents regarding their students. The facilities have been upgraded, with more to come, to create a modern learning environment commensurate with the needs of today's students. Austin International School is truly a world-class learning institution. I could not be happier that my son attends AIS. He speaks three languages, thrives in Math and Science, and has improved in the singular area where he was not excelling last year, in less than a few months into this Fall. More importantly, he loves it there. My two younger son's will attend AIS as well.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2014
Austin International School = Tri-lingual immersion, internationally minded school philosophy, stimulating parent community, and kids that love school. We have 2 girls at AIS, the eldest in her 6th year. We enrolled for the tri-lingual native speaker language education and are getting so much more. Our children have the advantage of learning, thinking, and speaking in three languages. The integrated curriculum ensures they aren t simply repeating the same work in each language, but learning about related aspects in all subjects leveraging their language skills. Children are educated in concepts and learn to think, not taught to memorize facts to pass tests. My children LOVE going to school. We are a community of kids, parents, and teachers with diverse backgrounds and while my husband and I speak English, our girls communicate seamlessly with native speakers of other languages and cultural backgrounds. I know I m giving my children the irreplaceable gift of having a global perspective and ability to think and communicate in multiple languages. The best part is they don t even know it s unique because for the kids at AIS this is all just a normal day!

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2014
My daughter attended AIS for two years, starting from the age of three years to almost five years. Then we moved to a french speaking country for two years, where my daughter continued going to a french language school. Had it not been for AIS, my daughter would not have succeeded, especially linguistically, as she has thus far and as she did in Europe. My son attended preschool abroad and learned quite a bit; he continues to do very well at AIS and has not lost his French comprehension or communication skills . He does well in Spanish, in addition to speaking English. His teachers are excellent, as well as those of my daughter's. She, too, has learned to read English at a very rapid rate, which was not something she had been studying in Europe. Personally, I think the addition and subtraction calculations that she is doing now are pretty amazing. All this I contribute to the excellent quality and positive reinforcement of the teachers and administrative staff at Austin International School. I would definitely recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2014
This school reaches for the image of global communication and global leadership however that could be farther from the truth. Although the staff is amazing and very international the administration is horrible. They use many fear tactics to make sure their already abiding staff meets all of their expectations. They harass their staff for taking sick days and not making it to all school events. They threaten their employees with expectations that are unachievable and do not take into consideration the expectations of their own daily lives. Student learning is not the center of the school. However, making sure the staff conforms definitely is. Amongst the administration there is no knowledge of how students learn or what best practices teachers should be using. Their is no desire to improve student learning or to hold students accountable. There are no common expectations in the hallways, cafeteria or recess. Students often bang their hands on the table shouting: "we want pizza". I am teacher who has 7 years experience and who has worked in three different schools. I have a masters degree and I speak two different languages. I would not put my child in this school.

- submitted by a teacher
November 03, 2014
Austin International School is a wonderful school if you are looking for a tri-lingual education with a dedicated multi cultural staff. We love the small size of the school which gives us the opportunity to forge relationships with parents and feel like a community. Diversity and culture are very important to education, and we feel like AIS offers this more that any other school in the Austin area. As you come and go on campus, you hear Spanish, French and English regularly being spoken amongst staff, parents and children. The staff and administration are very communicative with parents and there are numerous opportunities to be involved in the school life in and outside of the classroom. In addition, we feel very informed about our child's progress throughout the year and have been able to get additional feedback and advice from the staff when requested. The director, Christophe, is a superb leader in the vision of the school and is in touch with parents and students on a daily basis. Our child is in his second year at AIS and loves going to school everyday. He is excited about school and is very fond of all his teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2014
Our son has been at Austin International School for two years now and we are delighted with the school, the staff and his progress in all areas, especially languages! Our son also loves the place and the teachers and is looking forward to school every day! We thought that three languages could be confusing for a small child but it hasn t been, he s surprising us daily with his evolution in languages that we don t even speak at home! Highly recommend the school to anyone, no matter what the child s background is.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2014
The subjects are taught in French and augmented in English and Spanish. The teachers understand the children's levels and give them extra work to keep them challenged and engaged. This in turn adds a lot of enthusiasm in them where they love coming to school. A variety of after school activities like chess, LEGO, tennis and cooking are taught in different languages providing enrichment and fun outside of school life. We are very happy with the school and what it offers.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2014
We really love AIS and are native English speakers with only a little Spanish and French speaking exposure. We are amazed by how well our daughter speaks both languages in just 2 years! She is in kindergarten (her 3rd year at the school) and is showing great confidence by correcting our pronunciation & learning to read. The after school program offerings are also really wonderful & varied which allow us to extend her school day without driving around town. Her favorite after school classes this year include Tiny Chefs cooking class, chess, piano & art. We look forward to next year when our son will be able to start AIS at age 3! Additionally, we love the parent community which is diverse, talented & engaging. One of our daughter's best friend's family is from Spain & are engineers / own a winery in Spain. They have taught us so much about the Spanish culture! And other parents are successful entrepreneurs & professionals of all types who truly believe & live by example the school's motto of "expanding minds, broadening perspectives". As they get older, we also really look forward to traveling abroad with our personal little translators & families we've met at the AIS!

- submitted by a parent
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
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
September 04, 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
April 07, 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
February 05, 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
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
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
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
September 09, 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
January 09, 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
September 09, 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
September 08, 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
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
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?

- submitted by a community member
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
November 02, 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
November 02, 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
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
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
May 21, 2010
This school is a joke, don't waist your money. One of the most expensive private schools in Austin, largely not one of the best. They said they would provide a special English program for my daughter but did not even taught her the ABC. Some teachers don't even correct homework. They bill daycare even though she doesn't go to daycare. They leave children speaking and playing in classrooms while the teacher does who knows what at his desk, not paying attention to kids. Now my daughter is left alone with a computer to learn English... What a disappointment and a waste of time for my daughter! Definitely not a great school!

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November 05, 2009
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no rating July 28, 2009
I am writing this comment as a school administrator. Since 2004, Austin International School has progressed through significant changes and is quite a different place from the earlier years. Since 2004, new management, including a new executive director and board members, has been installed. The school is now fully accredited by the French Ministry of Education, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and will be accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in 2010. In spring of 2009, the school entered into a partnership with the Spanish Ministry of Education to share teaching resources and school support, and to refer qualified Spanish teachers to AIS. The enrollment has increased to about 145 students. The staff has increased in quanitity and quality, and continues to draw talented native-speaking teachers from France, England, America, Mexico, and more. Curriculum has advanced in keeping with these changes.

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April 22, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2008
This will be the second year for my daughter, who will start 1st grade next year. She had four teachers this past year; two french, one spanish and one english. Some teachers are better than others, but we have been happy with most. Besides the language immersion, we also chose this school because it is secular, and diverse ethnically and culturally. Our daughter LOVES her school.

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April 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2008
I currently have 2 children in the program, this being our 3rd year to attend. The family community here is tremendous - diverse, not pretentious, friendly, willing to help the school in any way possible. This school is going through a lot of growing pains right now, and in my opinion is causing the quality of education and level of control to faulter somewhat. The mutli-lingual program at the pre-school/kinder level is wonderful. The emphasis is more heavy French than I would prefer into the older grades. The staff is very culturally diverse. I have noticed that they sometimes have issues controlling their classrooms. Overall you can't beat the full language immersion program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 29, 2008
I can back up everything said by the last person to post - we've been at AIS for 3 1/2 years and it has been the perfect atmosphere for our little girl. We are so impressed with how well she speaks French and Spanish, with a great accent - she's reading easily in all three languages (with English), only three weeks after her 6th birthday. She started at 2 1/2 and within a month she had adjusted to hearing 3 languages daily. (Now she's shocked that everyone doesn't speak more than one language!) We love the diversity of the families, whose backgrounds span the globe. It's an unpretentious, friendly school that focuses on learning instead of 'fancy trappings, which is nice. Our current director has been there since we arrived - he's stellar and works closely with the parents. The school is growing quickly!

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2007
This is our 3rd year at this school (now called Austin International School) and we love it. Our daughter (now in 1st grade) is reading in 3 languages (Spanish, French & English). Classes are generally small (8-15 students). There is great parent involvement, and I think the school offers great after school options for working parents. The community is very diverse (ethnically, culturally, religiously, and financially), which is very hard to find in a private school--and we love that about it. There are students from many other countries, as well as teachers from all over the world. The school is still only about 6 years old so its still a work in progress and the facilities are nothing special, but every year is better than the one before. Be aware that languages are taught through immersion, so children who speak only English need to enroll by Kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2004
I am doing this review as a teacher at the school. I think that although the school is undergoing a lot of changes right now, the children are very happy and continue to learn in a positive environment. The curriculum is advanced in all levels from pre-kindergarten to second grade and most of the children are above their grade level. We have lots of parent involvement and support throughout the school in a wide variety of activities, which include parent volunteers during lunchtime and for field trips. The school is still fairly new, only in it's third year and still trying to make. So far they are with the enormous amount of help and support from parents, teachers, and the community to keep the school running.

- submitted by a teacher
April 01, 2004
The school is experiencing a lot of problems. The administration has changed twice in the two years in which my son has been enrolled. The turn-over rate for teachers is high, as well. While the French program is good, the English curriculum is still weak. Parent involvement is limited and communications concerning the curricula and student concerns are poor. The school does not accomodate working parents well. Meetings are often scheduled during the work day and are announced with little opportunity to reschedule other commitments. The school is badly in need of structure and consistency. Once the school becomes more established, it will probably be a great place to enroll your children, though.

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February 23, 2004
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AIS has 33 members within its faculty and staff and 199 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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Austin International School
4001 Adelphi Lane, Austin, TX  78727
(512) 331-7806
Last modified Austin International School is a Private school that serves grades PK-5
Austin International School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top