Discover Germany, Issue 56, November 2017

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Discover Germany  |  Special Theme  |  Education – The Austrian Way

AIS Vienna campus.

Unleashing young minds within a safe environment The American International School Vienna (AIS) ignites student power by focusing on individual abilities and talents, fostering them in a way that helps them rise to the surface and blossom.

methods so that students can reach their full potential within the various areas – be it science, sport or visual and performing arts.

attention and parents are frequently contacted with updates on their child’s progress. Parents are encouraged to keep in close communication with teachers and the teachers themselves meet frequently to discuss the needs of individual students as well as to plan course content so that the curriculum is accessible for each student and the transitions are as smooth as possible.

A good example of how AIS Vienna works is the special focus on the “sensitive” grade six, seven and eight. As those years present a time of significant physical, emotional, and social changes for young adolescents, the programme is designed to help students to be successful throughout this period of adjustment.

As for extracurricular activities, there is a regular afternoon programme offered for elementary pupils. Both middle and high school students are encouraged to form their own activities and clubs. The manifold activities and clubs include coding and game design, Romanian children’s relief, and musical and creative writing.

Class sizes are small enough so that students are able to receive individualised

AIS sports activities include soccer, volleyball (HS), cross country, and tennis as

TEXT: CORNELIA BRELOWSKI  I  PHOTOS: AIS VIENNA

Set within the historical surroundings and significant cultural context of Vienna, AIS is the oldest English language school offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) in Austria. It forms a unique combination of family atmosphere and an ambitious educational programme, supported by extensive experience in academic achievement. School programmes are designed to aim at the creative and emotional growth of individual students, as well as developing their leading qualities. The school recognises individual learning processes and strives to include a variety of teaching 38  |  Issue 56  |  November 2017