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?

In AISA elementary, learning support for 700 students is provided by 3 specialist teachers. They can offer limited support for students with mild learning needs. Limited counseling services are available.

In AISA secondary support is also limited and allows students with mild needs to be serviced. There are 2 counselors who offer support in college preparation and personal counseling.

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 . French is offered in Middle and High School and Spanish is offered in the IB Diploma Program.

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.

In case of any Query related to Transportation Please contact our Transport Coordinator Mr. Jay Kumar (

Is parental involvement welcome at AISA?

Yes. The AISA Parents’ Group 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 channel 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 ?

Beneficiary Name: American International School
Bank Name: Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
Branch Address: Commercial Banking Sector, Abu Dhabi – UAE
Account Number: 11749439920002
IBAN Number: AE960030011749439920002

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