Frequently Asked Questions
1. When does AIS-R accept student applications? Does AIS-R accept applications during the school year?
AIS-R has rolling admissions which allows students to enter AIS-R at any time during the year. Students applying to AIS-R after the first six weeks of school must demonstrate that they have been enrolled elsewhere during the current academic year. Students coming to AIS-R after the first semester from a school on a southern hemisphere calendar (i.e. where the school year ends in November, December or March) may only apply to the same grade level they have just finished. Please select the following link for more information about our admissions process:
2. What are the 2017-2018 tuition and fees at AIS-R?
Each year the AIS-R Board of Trustees sets the tuition and fees for the following academic year (note that there are annual increases due to inflation and other costs associated with running a non-profit, private, independent school) and AIS-R Tuition and Fees are exclusive of VAT (if levied on the educational sector in KSA in January 2018). Select the link to access AIS-R’s 2017-2018 Tuition and Fees Schedule:
3. What are the tuition and fees published at other non-profit American and regional International Schools?
|School||Average Tuition||New Student Fees||Total Tuition and Fees|
|American School of Paris (**)||SAR 138,210||SAR 58,122||SAR 196,332|
International School of Brussels (**)
American International School - Dhaka
|International School of London (**)||SAR 144,513||SAR 0||SAR 144,513|
|International School of Beijing (**)||SAR 123,835||SAR 17,390||SAR 141,225|
Cairo American College
American International School of Johannesburg
Seoul Foreign School
American School of Dubai
|American International School of Muscat||SAR 81,555||SAR 39,213||SAR 120,768|
|American School in Japan||SAR 85,508||SAR 34,887||SAR 120,395|
|Frankfurt International School (**)||SAR 88,052||SAR 23,830||SAR 111,882|
|MiSK School of Riyadh||SAR 109,167||SAR 0||SAR 109,167|
|American International School- Riyadh||SAR 80,477||SAR 27,214||SAR 107,691|
|American Community School Amman||SAR 67,109||SAR 37,487||SAR 104,596|
|International School Manila||SAR 75,039||SAR 26,050||SAR 101,089|
|American International School Vienna||SAR 71,985||SAR 22,705||SAR 94,690|
|American School of Doha||SAR 62,141||SAR 18,842||SAR 80,983|
|American Community School - Beirut||SAR 61,606||SAR 18,572||SAR 80,178|
|American Community School of Abu Dhabi||SAR 68,405||SAR 306||SAR 68,711|
|All School Averages||SAR 94,438||SAR 26,717||SAR 121,156|
** Includes Supplied Busing w/ Tuition (Averages)
Note: Above numbers are averages based on online information and may be subject to change / currency is in Saudi SAR
4. When and how are tuition and fees set for the following year?
Each year the AIS-R Board Finance Committee carefully considers the budget for the following year based on the current and projected enrollment, program and facility requirements, and faculty and staff needs. From January to March, the Board committee researches, drafts and submits a proposed annual budget to the Board for approval, which is based upon specific tuition-generated revenues to cover the required expenses of the proposed budget. This process includes an extensive analysis of comparative international American schools, both in the NESA region and beyond. By March, the Board meets to consider carefully the proposed budget and fee proposals, and a decision is reached and shared with the AIS-R community prior to the end of each academic year.
5. What is the Seat Deposit and how does it guarantee or reserve a seat?
Each spring AIS-R students who wish to return the following year are required to pay a seat deposit in order to guarantee their seats. This deposit is not an additional fee as it is credited toward the next semester’s tuition payment. The seat deposit is vitally important as it allows AIS-R to understand seat availability for the following year. Students newly admitted each spring and summer for the following year also pay this non-refundable deposit, along with the Capital and Registration Fees, within two working days of their admittance in order to guarantee their seats. As with returning students, the seat deposit will be credited toward the first tuition installment. Since the seat deposit is part of the seat guarantee, as outlined in Tuition and Fees, it is non-refundable should the student decide not to attend AIS-R.
It should be noted that new and returning student seat guarantees will be forfeited if the first tuition payment is not made by the first day of school. For the 2018-2019 school year, this due date is Monday, August 27, 2018. Students who do not pay the first tuition installment by this date will lose their seats in addition to all previously paid fees, which are non-refundable. In such instances, students must reapply for seat availability.
If a family is not able to begin school immediately, AIS-R will only hold a seat guarantee for any admitted student when full payment of semester tuition and fees are made. This seat payment is non-refundable as outlined in the 2017-2018 Tuition and Fees.
6. What is the VAT and how does it affect my school payments?
As of January 1, 2018, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia implemented a Value Added Tax (VAT) rate of 5% to all tuitions and educational supplements. This is not an added AIS-R cost but rather a government mandated surcharge.
7. Does AIS-R offer a sibling discount?
AIS-R tuition costs are determined per child and division and not per family. Thus, in an effort to keep tuition as low as possible, AIS-R does not offer sibling discounts. If it did, this loss in revenue from discounts would need to be made up by increasing regular tuition for all students.
8. Does AIS-R charge an application fee?
Completed AIS-R applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable application payment, which covers the application and assessment fee. The Application Fee applies to all grade levels, and families submitting multiple applications must include the fee for each application submitted.
Pleases note that the application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable, and is only valid for the submission of one application and for the year the application is submitted. Students who are reapplying to AIS-R must include the payment of the application fee each time they apply.
|Application Fee||Non-Saudi Applicant||Saudi Applicant|
|2017-2018||SAR 3150 (includes 5% VAT)||SAR 3000 (0% VAT)|
|2018-2019||SAR 3360 (includes 5% VAT)||SAR 3200 (0% VAT)|
Note: Saudi Applicants must be able to provide AIS-R with the applicant National Identification number located on the family book.
9. What does the AIS-R Assessment include?
The entrance assessment evaluates grade readiness and is age appropriate. PreK applicants will meet with the Early Childhood personnel for an interview style assessment which will last approximately 30 minutes. KG1 and KG2 students are assessed using Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning (DIAL). This interview assessment will last approximately 1 hour. Grade 1 to 8 students are assessed using Measure of Academic Progress (MAP), while Grade 9 to 12 students are assessed using Stanford 10. Both of these assessments are an untimed computer generated progress assessment. The assessments include sections on reading comprehension, language usage and mathematics. After completing the computerized assessment, students will be asked to complete a writing sample from a written prompt provided by the school. A counselor interview is required for Grade 1 through 5 applicants. English Language Learners will be interviewed by an ELL teacher to identify the level of English proficiency.
10. What if I miss my assessment time?
Following a confirmation of assessment, and in an attempt to support the many applicants who apply to AIS-R and patiently wait for assessment openings, an added rescheduling fee of 787.50 SAR (includes 5% VAT) for Non-Saudi applicants and 750 SAR (0% VAT) for Saudi applicants will be issued for any scheduled assessment applicant who neglects to inform AIS-R Admissions within two working days that they require rescheduling.
11. What is the ‘Wait Pool’?
Approved applicants are placed in the “Wait Pool” when they have completed their assessment. When a seat becomes available, the Admissions Committee will review all candidates in the Wait Pool to consider each one in context of one another for placement, according to but not limited to, the following factors: North American passport holders that have a verifiable requirement to an American Education; in good academic and behavioral standing as evidenced by prior records, attendance, teacher confidential reference, and AIS-R admissions assessment results (when applicable); gender; English Language proficiency; and, having an AIS-R sibling.
12. What does ‘acceptance to Wait Pool’, ‘notification of seat availability’ and ‘admittance’ mean?
Acceptance to Wait Pool: Following successful completion of an entrance assessment, the approved applicant will be notified through email that their application has been placed in our Wait Pool.
Notification of seat availability: When a seat becomes vacant, a notification letter and tuition and fees invoice is sent stating that the applicant has been removed from the Wait Pool and is being offered a seat in the respective grade level. Applicants are given 2 working days to accept and finalize the tuition and fees payments through the Finance Office. If tuition and fees have not been paid within the 2 working days, the selected applicant will be placed back into the Wait Pool and a new applicant is selected. Please note that an applicant may stay in the Wait Pool for one complete academic year, after which they must reapply.
Admittance means: Once the tuition invoice has been paid in full, a written confirmation of “admittance” is emailed to the family confirming the first day of class for their child.
13. What is required to attest a High School Diploma at the Saudi Ministry of Education?
In order for AIS-R to assist with the attestation of a High School Diploma by the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia the following documentation must be provided:
- All original final academic report cards from grade 9 to grade 12
- The Original Diploma
- Passport Copy
- Residency Permit Copy (Iqama)
14. What are the requirements when attesting ES records, MS transcripts and HS transcripts (prior to graduation year) at the Saudi Ministry of Education?
In order for AIS-R to assist with the attestation of records by the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia, the following documentation must be provided (Note: Refer to Ordering Documents for fee structure):
- All original final academic report cards from Grade 1 to current year
- Passport Copy
- Residency Permit Copy (Iqama)
Please note: The Ministry of Education will not attest PreK documents.
15. If an applicant has dual citizenship, which passport must be used during AIS-R's application process?
The applicant must use the passport that the Residence Permit (Iqama) has been issued under. Please note that any applicant holding a Saudi passport must apply using their Saudi passport. Also note that as of Grade 1 (Grades 1 to 12) all Saudi applicants must obtain the Ministry of Education (MoE) approval letter to attend AIS-R. Students in PreK to KG2 do not require an MoE Letter. However, in order for them to continue to Grade 1 an MoE letter is required.
16. What is a “Capital Fee” and what is it used for?
The Capital Fee is a non-refundable, one-time fee that is applied to each newly admitted student (including siblings), which is used to continuously meet campus maintenance and technology needs. All other admitted students - including new and re-enrolling students, are required to pay this fee, as well as the Registration Fee and Seat Deposit, within two working days of acceptance in order to obtain their seat guarantee. Students may not enter classes before payment of all fees, including tuition. Please note that this fee also applies to all re-enrolling students, regardless of the time they have been away from AIS-R.
17. Why is the Capital Fee higher in the High School?
The Capital Fee increases in the High School because of the additional costs associated with facilities, science labs, activities and technology required at the higher grade levels. The High School and IB Diploma Programs, for example, require that AIS-R provide science labs with specialized equipment and technology that is not required at the Elementary and Middle School levels.
18. What is the Registration Fee and what is it used for?
The Registration Fee is a non-refundable, one-time fee that is applied to each newly admitted student that is used to cover the costs related to adding and maintaining new students in AIS-R’s systems, such as Skyward, Moodle, Destiny and our ID Card system for students, parents and drivers. This fee also covers costs associated with withdrawals, including college matriculation, graduation, transcripts and college counseling. Newly admitted students are required to pay this fee, as well as the Capital Fee and Seat Deposit, within two working days of admittance in order to obtain their seat guarantee.
19. What if I attended AIS-R previously?
Students who wish to return to AIS-R are invited to undergo a re-admissions process but should note that all new student fees will still apply, with the exception of a reduction of the Registration Fee if the student has been away from AIS-R for less than a year (i.e. has not missed two or more consecutive semesters). In such cases where a student has only been away for one semester, there will be a 50% reduction of the Registration Fee.
20. When are fees due for students who enter AIS-R during the school year?
The non-refundable Seat Deposit, Registration Fee and Capital Fee are due within two working days of being admitted to AIS-R. The first installment of tuition is due prior to the student’s first day of attendance. A student may not attend classes until all fees and the first tuition installment have been paid. Please note the following tuition fee table for students entering during the school year.
Quarter Entering AIS-R
Tuition Fees To Be Paid
21. Does AIS-R offer discounted tuition for some nationalities?
AIS-R does not offer discounted tuition or fees to any nationalities. All nationalities pay the same tuition and fees based upon the grade level they are entering.
22. What are the class sizes at AIS-R?
Recommended Class Size*
*As per policy, AIS-R does not “cap” classes. However, the above table represents class size guidelines. AIS-R reserves the right to increase a class size in exceptional circumstances.
23. What are the nationalities of AIS-R students?
AIS-R has more than 55 different nationalities represented by its student body. Among its students, approximately 35% are American, 12% Saudi Arabian, and 12% Canadian. Other countries represented by higher student numbers include: Australians, British, Egyptians, Germans, Indians, Jordanians, Lebanese, Pakistani, South Africans, South Koreans and Spanish to name a few.
24. What are the nationalities of AIS-R teachers?
80% of our teachers are American or Canadian, with the remainder coming from Australia, Europe, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
25. Where is AIS-R located?
Al Bustan Village, North Riyadh off of Exit 5. Please contact the school for more information about AIS-R (HERE).
26. Does AIS-R provide school bus transportation?
AIS-R does not offer bus transportation. Parents are responsible for providing transportation for their children. To ensure student safety, compound buses or private vehicles are only permitted to enter the campus parking area upon presentation of a valid AIS-R identity card.
27. What are AIS-R's school hours?
Administrative offices are open from 8:10 AM to 4:30 PM Sunday through Thursday. For school timings for students please contact our admissions office.
28. What is the start date and end date at AIS-R?
The first day of classes for the 2018-2019 school year is Monday, August 27, 2018. You will find that the AIS-R calendar consists of a similar number of instructional days as private US schools and other American International Schools worldwide, but the calendar is extended to accommodate the required local holidays as well as some of the major US holidays. The last day of school for the 2018-2019 school year is scheduled for Thursday, May 30, 2019.
29. Do AIS-R students wear school uniforms?
AIS-R does not require students to wear school uniforms but does have a student “dress code.” AIS-R believes that students need to feel comfortable and confident at school in order to do their best. Accordingly, students should dress with modesty and decorum in order to avoid making other students feel uncomfortable, and in keeping with the traditions and customs of our host country. Please see the Student-Parent Handbooks for specific guidelines regarding dress code and required Wellness, Health and Fitness Uniforms (sport clothes) for KG2 to Grade 12.
All students in KG2 to Grade 5 eat lunch in the Elementary Dining Hall, where they are supervised by teachers and support staff. While all KG2 students bring their own lunch to school each day, students in Grades 1 to 5 can either bring their own lunch or purchase a healthy hot lunch and drink from the Elementary Dining Hall.
Middle & High School
Students are welcome to purchase their lunch at our Middle/High School Dining Hall. A diverse and healthy menu is available that includes a hot lunch, a selection of Arabic and Western foods, a salad bar, and a variety of beverages from provided vendors.
Students who do not wish to purchase their food at school are welcome to bring their own snacks and lunches from home.
Note: Though AIS-R makes every attempt to support students with food allergies, it is the responsibility of the parent(s) to inform AIS-R during the application process of such conditions prior to a student attending classes.
31. What amount of homework should AIS-R students expect?
Please refer to the divisional Handbooks.
32. What type of curriculum does AIS-R offer?
AIS-R provides an enriched American curriculum with an international perspective for students in Pre-K to Grade 12. AIS-R curriculum is modeled on the US State Department Standards (AERO), Common Core State Standards and selected National Association Standards. The School also offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Grades 11 and 12. All students take English, Science, Mathematics and Social Studies each year. In addition, elementary students receive instruction in Counseling, Wellness, Health and Fitness, STEM, Music, Fine and Performing Arts, Kingdom History and Geography, Islamic Culture and Arabic Language. Middle and High School students may take electives including Technology, STEM, World Languages (Arabic, Spanish, French), and Fine and Performing Arts.
Instructional objectives are clearly defined in all areas, and learning activities are developed to both support and challenge individual student needs. Instruction in all areas encourages students to think creatively, reason critically, and communicate effectively. Technology, utilizing our campus-wide wireless internet access, is taught and integrated throughout our program. Both academically and socially, AIS-R prepares its students to meet the challenges of a university education. In conjunction with academics, AIS-R guides and supports students in becoming responsible, productive and ethical global citizens through the AIS-R EAGLE Honor Code: E-Ethical, A-Adaptable, G-Global, L-Learning, and E-Environmental.
33. Does AIS-R offer extra-curricular activities?
AIS-R students have the opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of activities through the “After School Activities” (ASA) program. Students may enroll in activities in a variety of subjects such as athletics, computers, music, fine and performing arts, etc. In addition, there are a wide variety of clubs that offer service opportunities and develop leadership skills including Student Councils, Model United Nation clubs, and our Athletic Council to name a few. AIS-R also boasts a fine and performing arts program with choir, band, orchestra, and student written and directed performances. Finally, AIS-R has an extensive athletics program, participating in SAIKAC, ISSL-R and MEUC tournaments, giving students a myriad of opportunities to travel and play sports.
34. What are the online learning requirements for students at home?
An important component of AIS-R’s learning program is our blended learning platforms. AIS-R utilizes several blended learning platforms to extend learning beyond the classroom. Our main communication and collaboration platforms are Blogs/SeeSaw/Google (ES) and Moodle/Google (MS/HS). Student access to these services at home is essential for students to continue to work on assignments, to collaborate with peers and teachers, and learn what they missed in classes after absences. Parents can also access Blogs, SeeSaw and Moodle to stay informed about all the great learning that is happening in their children’s classes.
Families are required to have internet access at home so that students may access learning resources outside of regular school hours and during scheduled Virtual Learning days. All students beginning in grade 3 are required to participate in AIS-R’s BYOD 1:World program.
Note: You can also find out more on our 1:World program by navigating to our 1:World Handbook.
35. What are some of the facilities that AIS-R has to offer?
AIS-R's campus is a colorful and inviting place for children to learn, socialize and play. Our facilities include:
- 120 classrooms
- 12 science laboratories
- 3 computer laboratories
- 4 laptop carts with 25 Chromebooks each
- 4 STEM Classrooms
- Eagle News Network
- 2 Learning Commons with a combined collection of almost 40,000 volumes in ES/MS/HS; including a collection of over 35,000 volumes for the ES/MS classroom libraries
- Dedicated Early Childhood Education Activity Center
- 700+ seat performing arts theater, Performing Arts Center including rooms for Music and theater instruction (Band, Orchestra, Choir and General Music)
- 2 MS/HS Art Rooms, 2 ES Art Rooms, 1 Drama Room, 1 ES Music Room, 1 ES Performing Arts Room, 1 Band Room, 1 Choir Room, 1 String’s Room, and a Blackbox Room
- 2 Dining Halls (one for ES and one for MS/HS) with a full service kitchen
- 2 nursing stations with 2 full-time nurses (one for ES and one for MS/HS)
- Art Gallery - student displays
- Purpose-built outdoor play areas
- Shaded areas and fountains for reading and relaxation
- Eagle Eco Center
- Indoor and outdoor basketball courts
- 2 air-conditioned gymnasiums (one for ES and one for MS/HS) with courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton, and Wellness, Health and Fitness classes
- Weight room including cardiovascular and strength training equipment
- Gymnastics/Dance room
- 4 tennis courts
- Sports fields for soccer, softball and a 400 meter running track with high jump, pole vault, and shot put circle
- The Eagle’s Nest (school run store for supplies and keepsakes)
36. Where do AIS-R students go to college or university?
With academic results that exceed national averages, AIS-R students are accepted into some of the finest universities in the world, including universities in the United States, Canada, Australia, Asia, the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East.
37. How does AIS-R help my child successfully enter college or university?
There are two full-time college counselors for Grades 11 - 12, supported by one Grade 9 - 10 counselor advisor, who work closely with students throughout the college application process. They assist students and families in selecting appropriate schools to apply to, they monitor the application process to ensure that students meet deadlines and provide all necessary materials, and they write recommendations for students to send with their applications. In addition, the High School Counseling Office holds informational evenings for parents and students to provide important guidance relating to standardized testing, college applications, and college preparedness.
38. How are my child’s teachers selected?
Elementary School (Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5)
AIS-R Counselors work together with Principals and current teachers to create balanced classrooms. Students are placed into class groups based on their learning personalities, gender, former teacher recommendations, individual strengths and diversity of the class. Counselors and Principals make the final decisions regarding classroom assignments in order to create the best learning environment for all children.
Middle and High School (Grades 6 to12)
All AIS-R Middle and High School students will have a different teacher assigned for each subject. Placement is based on level, schedule and availability. Please note that some classes do fill up at the beginning of the year and may not be available to students joining later in the year.
39. What world languages are offered at AIS-R?
Elementary School: Students take Arabic in KG2 to Grade 5.
Middle School: Students take Arabic in Grade 6 to 8 and may register in French as an additional language pending approval of the schedule.
High School: Students may choose from Spanish, French, or Arabic.
Note: All Saudi National Students are required to take Islamic Studies once per week. This requirement is mandated by the Ministry of Education.
40. Does AIS-R administer standardized tests?
AIS-R administers the NWEA MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test to measure instructional growth and to inform classroom instruction. Students in Grades 1 to 9 take the MAP Reading, Language Usage and Math tests in the fall and spring. Students in Grades 1 to 5 also take the MAP Reading test in the Winter. The PSAT, SAT I & II, and IB DP Diploma exams are also administered in the High School.
41. Where is the online application form?
AIS-R online application process information and requirements can be found at the following: AIS-R Online Application Process
42. Does AIS-R support Remote Testing for students moving to another school? What is the fee?
For AIS-R students only: To cover proctor fees, AIS-R requires a nonrefundable Remote Testing Fee of 787.50 SAR (includes 5% VAT) for each remote test administered by AIS-R personnel. This fee must be paid prior to the remote testing date. The fee for courier transportation is 95 SAR (includes 5% VAT) per couriered envelop. If a student misses the scheduled remote testing appointment, an additional 787.50 SAR (includes 5% VAT) cost is assessed and must be paid prior to appointment rescheduling.
43. Does AIS-R offer an ELL (English Language Learner) program?
An English Language Learners (ELL) program is offered to qualifying students in Grades 1 to 8.