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Admissions FAQs

You may have many questions as you begin to think about applying to AAS. We can help you at any time through the process. Below are some common questions prospective parents and students ask us.

Does AAS accept students only at the beginning of the academic year?

No. AAS accepts students throughout the whole school year, provided there is appropriate space available in these grade levels.

Is there a deadline for application?

There is no deadline for applications. However, please bear in mind that the system for application acceptance is “first come, first served”. Therefore, if you know that you want your child to start school at the beginning of the academic year (August), we strongly suggest that you submit a completed application before March 1.

How long does it take before I know if my child's application has been approved?

For entry during the school year, the admission review process takes about ten days, provided all the application documents are in place and no further assessment of an applicant is needed. This process may take longer during the busiest application period. 

New applications are either approved, rejected, or continued for further review. Please note that an approved application does not guarantee admission for the child.

Does my child need to be fluent in English to attend AAS?

You will find the relevant information on our English as an Additional Language (EAL) page.

Does AAS accept students with special learning needs?

AAS has resources to accommodate a managed number of students with learning needs that require additional support. Currently, we are unable to serve students with intensive needs. If a student applicant has specific learning needs, parents must provide all pertinent records, including individual educational plans, related services (occupational therapy, speech therapy, tutoring, etc.), educational psychologist assessments, and other relevant assessments as part of the application package. Our Student Support Team will review the application package and determine whether AAS has the resources to effectively meet the learning needs of the student applicant.

 

How is AAS accredited?

AAS is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and an associate member of The Council of British International Schools (COBIS). Please view our Accreditation and Membership page for more information.

What degree do graduates earn from AAS?

The majority of AAS graduates are awarded the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) and are offered acceptances in colleges and universities in countries all over the world. Please refer to our brief School Profile for our graduates’ university acceptances.

All AAS graduates work to earn the AAS Diploma, accredited by the Council of International Schools, which is compatible with the US and UK Educational systems.

How long is the school day?

The regular school day at AAS starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m., except for Wednesday when classes end at 3:00 p.m.

Elementary can stay for after school activities for one hour after classes end.

Middle and High School students can stay for afternoon sports practices until 5:30 p.m.

Are parents encouraged to be involved with the school?

All AAS parents are invited to join the AAS Parent Teacher Organization and support students’ social events. Parents are welcomed to volunteer in classes and should contact their child's teacher for more information on these opportunities.

How do children get to and from school?

AAS offers a school bus service to and from home. Some parents prefer to take their children to and from school by car.

What are your class sizes?

Approximate class sizes are:

Pre-Kindergarten: one class with 18 students

Kindergarten:  two classes with 18 students each

Grade 1 to 12: 20 students per class

Every class in Elementary school (Kindergarten to Grade 5) has one homeroom teacher and a teacher assistant. In Preschool, we have one homeroom teacher and two assistants.

What are the demographic guidelines?

AAS has students from more than 45 nationalities. Our school developed as an international school in Bulgaria and is widely regarded as the international school of choice in the region. We aim to be 67% international students and 33% Bulgarian students. This balance allows for an enriched international experience where our international students gain a greater appreciation and understanding of Bulgaria. Likewise, our students from Bulgaria gain a greater international perspective.