Frequently Asked Questions

When should I submit my application?

We have a rolling admissions process. Students are accepted on a space available basis throughout the school year.

How many students attend AISA?

We have more than 1400 students attending AISA.

Where do the teachers come from?

Most of our teachers are from North America. We have a few from the UK. Our Arabic-language teachers are from the Middle East.

Is my child required to take an entrance exam?

Yes, students from Grades 1-12 are tested in English and Math.KG1 and KG2 applicants will be invited to playdates to learn more about our school and meet our early years’ teachers. 

Should my child be fluent in English to attend AISA?

The English Language Learning Program (ELL) at AISA supports students in grades K1 - 5. Those who are new to the language attend classes of formal instruction with a qualified ELL instructor. Students with basic English structures are supported by the ELL teacher in small groups within the classroom. Our program gives students an opportunity to learn English in a supportive environment to meet their social and academic needs. As AISA is an international school, new English language learners are welcomed at all points during the school year.

Students entering Grades 6-12 must be able to demonstrate at least intermediate proficiency in English.

My child has specific learning support needs. Do you accept students with special needs?

The learning support specialists at AISA assist students in grades K1-5 in reaching their academic goals through individual or small group support in and out of the classroom. The specialists closely collaborate with class teachers to help provide differentiated instruction for students who may be exhibiting difficulties in meeting classroom expectations. The learning support specialists also partner with parents to develop strategies and to provide support.

The counselor at AISA support students in grades K1-5 and addresses behavioral and emotional concerns that affect learning by meeting with students one on one or in a small group setting. The counselor also conducts parent groups and workshops, and meets with parents one on one to provide support and strategies.

How does AISA help with the transition of new students?

Since we welcome many new families every year, the administration, faculty, parents and students at AISA put a lot of effort into helping families become a part of our community. 

What are the school hours?

For KG1:
The school day begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 1:10 p.m.


For KG2-G12:
The school day begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. 

Do you offer a lunch program?

AISA’s canteen is open during the school day. Students from Grades 1-12 are welcome to purchase food from the cafeteria or to bring their own lunch. Cash is the only form of payment accepted. Kindergarten students must bring their own lunch.

Is there a school uniform?

Yes. School uniforms are also sold on campus Sundays to Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Parents should purchase uniforms before the first day of school.

What languages are offered at AISA?

Arabic for native and non-native Arabic speakers is mandatory in Elementary school. French is offered in Middle school and Spanish is offered in High School.

What after school activities do you offer?

AISA offers a wide range of extracurricular activities and clubs. Students can participate in sports, drama, music and arts, science clubs, Model United Nations or join different charity groups.  Every division offers age appropriate clubs, sports and after school activities. 

Is transportation provided?

AISA provides bus service for students requiring transportation. To arrange for bus service, please complete a transportation form and present it to the Accounts office for settlement.

Is parental involvement welcome at AISA?

Yes. The AISA Parents’ Committee is an important part of the school. It provides parent volunteers to help with school activities, supports new families and helps coordinate social, cultural and academic events within the school.  It also offers a stage for communication among parents and the school administration.

What are the procedures for withdrawing a student from the school?

To withdraw from AISA, an official withdrawal form needs to be completed and returned to the administrative assistant of the relevant division.

What are the School Bank Account details to do the Funds Transfer ?

American International School in Abu Dhabi

Union National Bank

Salam Street branch,

Abu Dhabi – UAE

SWIFT: UNBEAEAA

Account Number: 012156800776

IBAN Number: AE640450000012156800776

  • American International School in Abu Dhabi
  • PO Box 5992, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • +971 2 444 4333
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