Admissions

Overview

Thank you for considering the American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ). We recognize that choice of school is one of the most important aspects of moving internationally and we will endeavor to make the process as seamless as possible. AISJ educates children from over 100 different nationalities and we are used to accommodating the diverse needs of expatriate families. We embrace and value diversity.  As an international school, we understand that a relocation does not always coincide with the beginning of the academic year or semester and we are happy to welcome you at any stage throughout the year. We do not have an entry test; however, we do ask those students who are from non-English speaking backgrounds and are applying for grades 9 -12, to sit an English proficiency test.

An important requirement to keep in mind during the relocation process is the strict South African Visa process, all students at AISJ must hold a valid Study Visa or a DIRCO Visa.  We are happy to assist you with the required letter during the application process (provided the application has been submitted and application fee has been paid).

It is wonderful to witness our lively and engaged community in action and to see our inspired learners demonstrate how they are connected, creative and courageous. Campus tours are encouraged, we take great pride in the positive impact our learning environment and educational facilities have on our students’ learning and well-being. Our leading infrastructure supports extensive opportunities for the pursuit of academics; the arts; athletics and service. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with our office to schedule an appointment for a tour or to learn more about our school. Our email address is admissions@aisj-jhb.com


Tuition & Fees

The application fee of R 4000.00 will be invoiced automatically when you submit an application.  If you do not wish to be invoiced, please do not submit your application.  You can save your application and go back to as many times as you like prior to submission.  However, once you submit you are indicating that you are making a full application and you understand that you’ll be invoiced the fee of R 4000.00.

Rand Payments

Beneficiary: The American International School

Bank: First National Bank 

Branch: Fourways Mall

Branch Code: 251655

Account No: 50460096628

Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ635

 Tuition Schedule for the 2019 - 2020 school year - New Students

Tuition Schedule for the 2019 - 2020 school year - Returning Students

 

US$ Payments

Beneficiary: The American International School

Beneficiary Address: Plot 160, Scorpion Trail, Diepsloot, Johannesburg, 2021

Phone Number: 011 464 1505

Account Type: Customer Foreign Currency (CFC)

Account No.: 0235423

Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ

Beneficiary Bank: First Rand Bank Limited

Beneficiary Bank Address: No 4 First Place, 1st Floor, Bankcity, Corner Simmonds & Pritchard St., Johannesburg, 2001

US Correspondent Bank: JP Morgan Chase, New York

ACH Routing Code: 251305

Swift Code: CHASUS33

How to Apply

Welcome to the AISJ Admissions process. We trust this process will be easy to follow and that your admissions experience will be a pleasant one.

Please read the information below before commencing the process. Our online forms capturing system is PowerSchool Enrollment; you will need to create an account to complete your application. Should you experience any technical problems, please contact us at admissions@aisj-jhb.com.

Before starting the process, we suggest that you collect the documentation listed in Step 1 below and save it on your desktop for ease of access. The PowerSchool Enrollment system does allow you to save your application should you need to revert to it at a later stage. You may also require a Study Visa letter which you are welcome

to request from us. We will need you to submit a complete application in order for us to generate a letter for you.

To apply, please complete the steps below

Step 1: 
  • Gather the following necessary documents in digital format and have them ready to upload when prompted:
  • Passport copy or birth certificate of each student applying
  • Head and shoulders or passport photo of both parents and each student applying
  • School reports/ grade level reports/ transcripts (you may need to request these from your current school or previous schools)
  • Any other evaluations (speech and language or education psychologist reports) if applicable.
  • Please have vaccination records or have the AISJ Medical Vaccination form completed by a medical practitioner
  • Please send this Confidential Report link to your child’s current teacher/school /counselor.

We appreciate the school’s time in completing this form for us as it is an integral piece of application.

We will only accept confidential forms for High School applicants that have been completed by the Principal, Dean or Counselor.

Step 2: Create an account with PowerSchool Enrollment.
Step 3: Complete the online application form on PowerSchool Enrollment after logging in - uploading necessary documentation
Step 4: Pay the application fee invoice this will automatically be sent to you once you submit your application - do not submit an application unless you understand that you will be invoiced.
Step 5: Please follow up with your child’s current school regarding the confidential form. We appreciate receiving the form in a timely matter as without the form, we cannot submit your child’s paperwork to be reviewed.
Step 6:  Log into PowerSchool Enrollment using your username and password/login details to follow the admissions tracker. When we have received and verified your documentation we will update the status of the received documents.
Step 7: Application will be sent for review -  you will then be informed on decisions and part 2 of the admissions process – which includes the completion of the medical and invoicing information.

 

Process

AISJ is an inclusive, diverse, non-discriminatory international school. All interested students are encouraged to apply. The admission process is guided by AISJ’s core beliefs, school parameters and mission statement. AISJ views students as individuals and evaluates their ability to succeed in the classroom and AISJ’s capacity to support and enable them to reach their fullest potential.

A review panel of appropriate staff members from each division is responsible for making an admissions recommendation; however, final admissions decisions are made by the School Director. It should be noted that in making a decision the review panel is informed by a set of factors or criteria which address the diverse characteristics and capacity of the particular grade for which a student is applying. These factors would include in no particular order: 

  • Gender
  • Citizenship
  • Language proficiency
  • Parent’s employer
  • Learning differences
  • Current schooling situation
  • Family links with the school
  • Date the application is complete

Students entering high school are expected to be able to meet graduation requirements. In cases where a student (Pre-K-12) may need additional support, a review panel will evaluate the student’s needs and AISJ’s capacity to offer accommodations within the guidelines of it’s Learning Support services.

Info Hub

The Admissions Office

The Admissions Office is responsible for coordinating the initial inquiries from families for both the Johannesburg and Pretoria campuses.  The office, in addition to direct inquiries from individuals, also maintains contact with relocation agents, the mobility sections of NGOs, corporate entities, and government organizations.   All inquiries will be responded to within seventy-two (72) hours.

The office acts as a conduit between the applicants and the school and will organize the necessary documentation that will guide the admissions review panel.  All final admissions decisions are made by the School Director. 

Eligibility for Admissions

In line with AISJ’s mission statement and philosophy, a student will be eligible for admission to AISJ as long as the school has the capacity to support them in the classroom and enable a student to reach his/her fullest potential.

Continued enrollment is based on the student’s academic and behavioral performance, as well as AISJ’s capacity to meet the student’s needs.

New and returning students will only be accepted into the high school on the premise that the student will graduate prior to the student’s twentieth birthday.

Any student who has previously graduated from the equivalent of high school in another learning institution will not be considered for enrollment at AISJ.

Students may only join AISJ for the second year of the International Baccalaureate (IB) if the first year of the IB has been completed elsewhere and the course selections are closely aligned.

AISJ accepts new students into grade 12 only under special circumstances as determined by the High School Principal.  In such cases, students must attend grade 12 for the entire academic year.

ELIGIBILITY FOR ENROLMENT AT JOHANNESBURG CAMPUS AND PRETORIA CAMPUS  

For Elementary School and Middle School, the campus where you enrol is determined strictly by where you reside. The Johannesburg Campus offers Elementary School, Middle School and High School. The Pretoria Campus offers Elementary School and Middle School. All Elementary and Middle School students residing in the Pretoria area must enrol at the Pretoria Campus, even if they have a sibling who will attend the High School in Johannesburg. All Elementary and Middle School students residing in the Johannesburg area must enrol at the Johannesburg Campus. All High School students will enrol at the Johannesburg campus.

The school transport options correspond to the campus enrolment as outlined above. We offer the following bussing options:

  1. Johannesburg to Johannesburg Campus (for Elementary School, Middle School and High School)
  2. Pretoria to Pretoria Campus (for Elementary School and Middle School)
  3. Pretoria to Johannesburg Campus (for High School students only)

Availability of Places

In recent years AISJ has experienced considerable demand for admissions and has reached its enrollment capacity in some grades.  Students who meet the admissions criteria, but for whom a place is not yet available, will be placed in a waiting pool. When a place becomes available they will be considered for the vacancy along with others in the waiting pool in accordance with Board approved criteria.

Admissions Process

AISJ receives a multitude of inquiries throughout the year from across the world.  Inquiries will be answered in order of receipt and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as the decision is made to send a child to AISJ. 

For applicants located in or planning to visit Johannesburg, AISJ welcomes the opportunity to present a tour of its stunning campuses in Johannesburg and Pretoria.  An appointment may be made with the Admissions Office.

Enrolment Forms

Please refer to the " How to Apply" tab

Application Fee

The application fee of R 4000.00 will be invoiced automatically when you submit an application.  If you do not wish to be invoiced, please do not submit your application.  You can save your application and go back to as many times as you like prior to submission.  However, once you submit you are indicating that you are making a full application and you understand that you’ll be invoiced the fee of R 4000.00

Review of Student Profile

Each completed file is carefully reviewed by the Admissions Office and the Admissions Review Panel.

Once the documents have been submitted, AISJ will make a decision regarding admission and/or status as soon as possible but always within a ten school day period. At times this may be extended if the Principal requires further documentation to support the application.

Grade Placement

Students joining AISJ’s Lower Elementary School are placed according to age.  The cut- off date is August 31st of the year of school entry; pre-kindergarten students must turn four (4) years on or before August 31st, kindergarten students must turn five (5) by that date and grade one turn 6 before the 31st of August.

 Students applying for grade 2 must turn 7 before the 31st of August and so on through to grade five. Applicants will be placed by age but their previous academic history may be considered by the Principal at the time of application.

 Students applying for grades six through twelve are generally placed in accordance with the previous academic grade level.

 Those students arriving from countries which follow a January to December or March to April academic calendar are generally expected to continue in the same grade level to align with the AISJ Northern hemisphere calendar. Exceptions will only be considered with significant supporting evidence such as age and academic results.

Admissions Assessment

Where possible, the admissions decision is made based on the paperwork submitted by you, however, in some circumstances, AISJ may not be able to give you an immediate answer without a face to face assessment.  Circumstances necessitating a specific assessment may include:

New students joining pre-kindergarten and kindergarten (at the Johannesburg campus) are assessed prior to placement.  Unless the student is already located in Johannesburg, the assessment will take place just before school commences.

If documentary or other evidence suggests that a student may have an undiagnosed learning need or will require English Language support, an assessment may be requested to ensure AISJ possesses the capacity to appropriately support the student.

Evaluation of a student’s academic achievement or social or emotional needs, to ensure that AISJ has the capacity for the student to reach their potential.

Communication of Admissions Decision

Each completed file is carefully reviewed by the Admissions Office and the Admissions Review Panel. Once the documents have been submitted, AISJ will make a decision regarding admission and/or status as soon as possible but always within a 10 school day period. At times this may be extended if the Principal requires further documentation to support the application.

If a child is offered a place at AISJ, the decision to accept the offer must be given within 48 hours, otherwise the offer will be retracted.

All offers of a place will be confirmed by AISJ in writing via email.

Study Permit

Students who do not hold a South African passport or birth certificate must obtain a study permit in order to attend AISJ; students may only commence school once proof of the study permit application has been received. The only exceptions are in the case of diplomatic or embassy affiliated passport holders. A study permit can be obtained from the South African Department of Home Affairs. Once an offer for admission has been made and accepted, AISJ will prepare a letter, in standard format, for submission to Home Affairs. Please note that due to faculty and senior administrator holidays, at certain times of the year it is not possible to issue the letter necessary for the study permit. Applicants are advised to take this into account when making an application. In these circumstances it is recommended that you take advice from your immigration consultant or department.

Compliance with AISJ Immuization Policy

All students must submit records to demonstrate that necessary vaccinations have been received.  Should the school nurse recommend that additional immunizations are required the family will be informed accordingly.  A student is expected to be immunization compliant by the start of school.

Provision of School Transport

AISJ provides a door-to-door bus service within a stipulated area and where it is possible to access a student’s home.  At the start of each semester, the admissions and transport offices will coordinate busing for new students.  At least forty-eight (48) hours advance notice must be given in order to utilize the bus service.

Supplies

All information regarding supplies will be circulated prior to school starting.  In essence students attending pre-kindergarten to grade 5 require a back pack, water bottle, snacks and lunch (or money for lunch) and a hat.  In addition middle and high school students will be asked to provide basic stationery items.

Timing of Arrival

AISJ accepts applications from new students throughout the year.

As many AISJ families are expatriates, it is understood that the timing of arrival in Johannesburg can be delayed. It is appreciated that such circumstance may be beyond the control of the family; however, due to increasing demand for places, AISJ will not always be able to hold a place for the student.

For those students who are scheduled to arrive after the commencement of the academic year, the following table applies.  In addition, for students who leave prior to the completion of the academic year, provision has been made in respect of tuition fees. 

Late entry

Early departure

14 Aug – 27 Nov

2 Dec – 13 Dec

6 Jan – 14 March

24 March – 6 June

100% due

75% due

60% due

30% due

14 Aug – 11 Sep

12 Sep – 13 Dec

6 Jan – 7 Feb

10 Feb – 6 June

30% due

60% due

75% due

100% due 

 

The majority of AISJ students commence school at the beginning of the academic year in August.  A new student orientation will be held a few days prior to school opening.  The same will occur for those students joining at the start of the second semester in January.  Should a student arrive outside of these two main times, AISJ will work with the family to clarify the timing of arrival, transport requirements and actual start date.

Orientation

The majority of AISJ students commence school at the beginning of the academic year in August. A new student orientation will be held a few days prior to school opening.  The same will occur for those students joining at the start of the second semester in January. Should a student arrive outside of these two main times, AISJ will work with the family to clarify the timing of arrival, transport requirements and actual start date.

Financial Considerations

AISJ’s Tuition Schedule is readily available on the AISJ website and both soft and hard copies are available from the Admissions Office.

A student may only commence classes if satisfactory arrangements have been made for the payment of all tuition and transport fees prior to the start of school.  The Capital Fee is non-refundable.  Please refer to the published Tuition Schedule for further details.

Thank you for considering AISJ for your child’s education.  Our Admissions Office is open throughout the year. 

If you require further assistance please contact Pamela Gutmann, Enrolment Manager at admissions@aisj-jhb.com

Resources

FAQs

School hours & holidays

Pre-Kindergarten: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 7:40 am to 1:00 pm

Kindergarten to Grade 12: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 7:40 am to 2:50 pm

All students - Wednesday: 7:40 am to 1:30 pm 

Student Attendance Calendar available here.

World Languages on offer

All students studying in kindergarten to Grade 5 take Spanish as the second language. From grade 6 and above, students have the option of Spanish or French.

Students studying the IB in Grades 11 and 12 may have the option of studying their native language.

Does my child have to study an African language?

No. At this time, AISJ does not offer any of the South African national languages other than English

Do AISJ students wear a uniform?

We have a casual dress policy; students wear comfortable appropriate clothing.

Where do most AISJ students live?

AISJ families live in a wide spread area covering Fourways, Dainfern and Sandton suburbs in addition to the central Pretoria and East Pretoria. In simple terms, the majority of families live in Fourways / Dainfern or Waterkloof and surrounds.

What are the main nationalities represented at AISJ?

Students represent over 107 nationalities; up to 25% are American with Dutch, South African, British, Korean, Indian and Swedish also well represented

Do you have long waiting lists for places?

Not usually, however as Johannesburg continues to define its position as a leading regional center, and AISJ continues to develop as the predominant international school, waiting lists are becoming more of a norm. That said, a waiting list would be comprised of several rather than hundreds of students. Due to the transient nature of AISJ families there is always a strong chance that a place will become available but obviously, it is not guaranteed.

How soon do I need to register my child?

As soon as you know you are relocating to Johannesburg! We will not accept applications more than 18 months in advance.

In what circumstances is the application fee refunded?

None, the application fee covers the cost of the application process regardless of the outcome of the application.

What is the capital fee?

Such a fee is standard in most international schools and separates the cost of the actual teaching from the cost of the larger construction and refurbishment projects. As such the capital fee funds all significant expenses such as buildings and capital assets.

Will AISJ negotiate tuition fees?

No. Under no circumstances will AISJ negotiate the published tuition schedule.

What activities are available after school?

The list is endless! Key sports for older students are soccer, volleyball and basketball, swimming. Other activities include stock market investors club, yearbook, photography, hiking, equestrian, theatre, astronomy, art and literature magazine, SCUBA, yoga and more. Elementary school students can participate in golf, tennis, karate, cooking, swimming, hip-hop, ballet, debating, SpeedStacks, service learning, knitting, creative writing, art and more.

Do you have student boarding at AISJ?

AISJ does not offer boarding, the majority of our students are day scholars. We have a small boarding house, which is only available to those students attending AISJ on an SSP scholarship. 

What type of food is available for my child?

Our healthy cafeteria offers a range of meals including a hot meal, sandwiches and rolls, sushi, fruit and salad.

The hot meal / set menu costs R45.00 for MS & HS students and adults. The middle and high school students have access to other items priced individually.

The hot meal / set menu costs R40.00 for ES students.

How do UK years compare to US Grades?

Both systems have 13 years of education.

UK system starts with Year 1 and concludes at Year 13 = 13 years of Schooling.

US System starts with Kindergarten and concludes at Grade 12  Kindergarten + 12 Grades = 13 years of schooling.

 


US School Grades Compared to UK School Years

Age

 U.K. Year

 U.K. 
 Key Stage

 U.S. Level

 3 to 4 years

 Nursery

 Early Years

 Pre-School

 4 to 5 years

 Reception

 Early Years

 Pre-Kindergarten

 5 to 6 years

 Year 1 - Infants School   (Primary)

 Key Stage 1

 Kindergarten – Elementary   School

 6 to 7 years

 Year 2

 Key Stage 1

 1st Grade - Elementary School

 7 to 8 years

 Year 3 - Junior School   (Primary)

 Key Stage 2

 2nd Grade

 8 to 9 years

 Year 4

 Key Stage 2

 3rd Grade

 9 to 10 years

 Year 5

 Key Stage 2

 4th Grade

 10 to 11 years

 Year 6

 Key Stage 2

 5th Grade

 11 to 12 years

 Year 7 - Secondary School

 Key Stage 3

 6th Grade - Middle School

 12 to 13 years

 Year 8

 Key Stage 3

 7th Grade

 13 to 14 years

 Year 9

 Key Stage 3

 8th Grade

 14 to 15 years

 Year 10

 Key Stage 4

 9th Grade (Freshman) 
 - High School

 15 to 16 years

 Year 11

 Key Stage 4

 10th Grade (Sophomore)

 16 to 17 years

 Year 12 (6th Form)

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 11th Grade (Junior)

 17 to 18 years

 Year 13 (6th Form)

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 12th Grade (Senior)