Families arriving in a new country sometimes find it difficult to integrate and build up a new circle of friends and acquaintances. For these reasons, many international schools have a strong emphasis on promoting a sense of community, where newcomers from different countries can meet and share experiences. Families are encouraged to participate in different activities so both parents and children can make and build new friendships.
Classes are predominantly taught in English. For those whose first language is not English and need help with it, international schools offer additional English lessons. Typically, second and/or third languages are introduced through Middle School.
Most international schools offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities, and it is common for students to participate in arts, music or sports activities as part of their weekly routine. These schools often offer modern sports facilities, performance halls and innovation spaces for children to grow and develop their skills in different areas. Their goal is to provide a stimulating environment, encouraging students to pursue their passions and adopt healthy habits.
No school can guarantee your child will make it to a top university. Obviously, every child is different and has a unique set of talents and aspirations. However, international schools tend to provide children with the necessary foundation to become successful university students.
Some international schools offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) in their curriculum, a challenging program which aims to prepare students for success at university and beyond. The IB diploma is the best known international qualification for admission to universities around the world.
As for IB programmes in Austria, students at The American International School · Vienna have achieved the highest IB results in Vienna in recent years.