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American International School of Budapest Mr. John K. Johnson, Director
American International School of Budapest
P.O. Box 53
Budapest 1525, Hungary
Tel: 36-26-556-000
Fax: 36-26-556-003
E-mail: johnson@nk.aisb.hu


The American International School of Budapest is an independent, coeducational not-for-profit day school, which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1973. The school year comprises 3 semesters extending from August 28 to November 16, from November 23 to March 14, and from March 16 to June 15.

Organization: The board is composed of an Honorary Chair, 2 non-voting members, and 11 voting members.

Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that in U.S. private schools. In addition, the International Baccalaureate program is offered to students in grades 11 and 12. Instruction is in English. German and French are taught as foreign languages in grades 4-12. Laboratory sciences, music, art, and physical education are offered at all grade levels. Hungarian Studies is taught in elementary grades. A variety of extracurricular activities are available. English-as-a-Second-Language is required of those students not fluent in English. The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by the European Council of International Schools.

Faculty: There are 93 full-time and 9 part-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 55 U.S. citizens, 8 host-country nationals, and 30 third-country nationals.

Enrollment: Enrollment at the opening of the 2000-2001 school year was 655 (PK: 21; Kdg.-grade 4: 270; grades 5-8: 209; and grades 9-12: 155). Of the total, 135 were U.S. citizens; 58 were dependents of host-country nationals; and 462 were third-country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, 38 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees, 53 of U.S. business and foundation employees, and 44 of other private U.S. citizens.

Facilities: The School operates on two campuses. The Buda campus (PK-grade 2) facility has 24 classrooms, an indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium, a theater, a dining room, a computer laboratory, a tennis court, and 3 playgrounds. The new facility for grades 3-12, opened in August 2000, located on 10 hectares of land in Nagykovacsi, just outside Budapest. The Upper Elementary, Middle and High Schools will be in separate sections of the 16,000 square meter building, which is designed to accommodate more than 600 students with a core facility for 700 students. In addition to 45 classrooms, the facility includes a library, a cafeteria, 3 computer rooms, a double-sized gymnasium, a 25-meter swimming pool, an auxiliary gymnasium, a 350 seat theater, a black box theater, two soccer fields, a rubberized track, a baseball diamond, two outdoor basketball courts, 4 tennis courts, and an elementary playground area, weight training room, two music rooms and a drama room.

Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, the annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $7,350; Kdg.-grade 5: $10,900; grades 6-8: $12,200; grades 9-11: $12,900; and grade 12: $13,150. Additional fees are a non-refundable registration fee of $250 payable on first enrollment in the School and a building fund fee of $2,750 per year. 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 with A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs, and the like.