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The American International School of Bucharest is an independent, international, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1962. The school year comprises 4 quarters extending from late August through mid June.
Organization: The School is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors. The Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy serves as chairman. The School is incorporated in the State of Delaware as a non-profit organization.
Curriculum: The School provides a U.S.-based curriculum in English suited to meet the needs of the international student community in Bucharest. The School offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) in grades 6-10, and the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) in grades K-5. Specialists in art, physical education, music, computers, and French serve students at various grade levels. The School is currently unable to assist students with major learning disabilities or the physically challenged. The School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the European Council of International Schools.
Faculty: There are 44 full-time and 11 part-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 19 U.S. citizens and 36 third-country nationals.
Enrollment: Enrollment at the opening of the 2000-2001 school year was 387 (PK-grade 12). Of the total, 89 were U.S. citizens, 64 are host-country nationals, and 234 are third-country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, 39 are dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees and 50 of other private U.S. citizens.
Facilities: Currently, the School has 3 campuses located within 1-1/2 kilometers of each other. The Dorobantilor campus is located in downtown Bucharest in a 19th century palace, which has been renovated to include 22 classrooms. The Costinescu campus, located in a converted residence, has 15 classrooms. Both campuses have large play areas and basketball/volleyball courts; the one at Dorobantilor is covered by an air-dome for the winter months. The Laptari campus, opened in 1997, is equipped with a playground, art and music rooms, and a PE area and houses the preschool through grade 2. A facility for PreK-12 is under construction and is scheduled to open in the 2001-2002 school year.
Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, the School's income is derived from regular day school tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK-3-4 (half day): $6,180; PK-4 (full day): $8,385; Kdg-grade 8: $13,425 (returning students) and $14,425 (new students); and grades 9-12: $14,365 (returning students) and $15,365 (new students). The total includes a non-refundable capital fee for the new campus project. There is also a one-time application fee of $150 which must be submitted with the application. The School offers no fee discounts. These fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs, and the like.