Admissions

Founder's Note

Dear Parents,

Welcome! We sincerely appreciate your interest in AIS.

AIS will be celebrating its 25th anniversary next year and during these years, we have remained committed to our original mission – to inspire a passion for lifelong learning, foster social and emotional sensitivity, and develop a student’s imaginative mind.

At AIS, we believe that the most important objective of a school education is to help children prepare for the future. We are living in a world that is changing rapidly. To prepare our students for a world that is changing at a never-before-seen rate, the essence of what we call ‘education’ needs to continuously keep evolving. As a school community, we have been asking ourselves several questions over the last one year:

  • What should learning in the 21st century look like?
  • What really is the role of the teacher in a world where information is available at the click of a button?
  • What is the best way to engage students in the classroom?

Pondering over these questions, we have realised that classrooms today need to mirror the outside world to make learning real and pragmatic. Acting on this realisation, we are in the process of implementing a comprehensive technology program at the school with a goal to make learning more engaging and deeply personalised.

Please visit the following pages for more information about the admissions process – important dates , eligibility criteria, admissions FAQs.

If you have any questions about our program or process, email our admissions team at admission@aischool.net .

I look forward to meeting you and interacting with you in person.

Wishing you and your child all the success in the world!

Warmly,
Gorsi

Curriculum Choices

Flexibility in curriculum choices allows our students to pursue the college of their choice. Up to grade 10, all students follow a common curriculum. From Grades 1 to 5, we follow the IB-PYP, for Grades 6 and 7, we follow the Cambridge checkpoint-based curriculum, and for Grades 8 to 10, we follow the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum. Grades 11 and 12 students have the option to choose from IBDP, Cambridge AS & A Levels, and the Gujarat State Board HSC.

Primary Years

AIS is a recognised IB World School, and follows the IB-PYP program from Grades 1 to 5. The program focuses on helping students become problem solvers and inquirers by letting them take ownership of their learning. The program strives to help every student think independently and come up with their own answers.

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Cambridge Lower Secondary at AIS

Cambridge Lower Secondary provides a strong foundation for students at the beginning of their middle schooling before progressing through the Cambridge IGCSE Program in an age appropriate way. It provides broad and balanced study across a wide range of subjects, using learner-centred and inquiry-based approaches to learning.

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Cambridge IGCSE

The IGCSE program by Cambridge  is the world’s most popular international qualification for 13 to 16 year olds. The program is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide and offers a flexible combination of subject choices. AIS students have the option to choose from more than 10 subject choices.

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Important Dates

For students and parents interested in applying for admission to Ahmedabad International School for the academic year 2025-26, the following dates are important.

Please note our admissions process has changed. Click here for our updated admissions process.

Grades Forms will be available from
Online application form for admissions to Grades 1 to 8 and Grade 11 – IBDP / AS level 5th September, 2024
Application form for admission to Grade 11 – GHSEB (all streams) Post declaration of Grade 10 results

Eligibility Criteria

Students applying for admission to Ahmedabad International School for the academic year 2025-26 must meet the following eligibility criteria:

Grade Level / Program to which you are applying Eligibility Criteria
Grade 1 Student must be born on or before May 31, 2019
Grades 2 to 8 Student must have completed the previous grade
Grade 11 – AS & A Levels (Cambridge) , IBDP Student must have completed a recognized secondary board examination

Fee Structure for Academic Year 24-25

Please select a grade to view the fees for the Academic Year 24-25

The fee structure for the academic year 24-25 for Grade 1 is as follows:

Annual fees for the core academic program:

  • Tuition Fee – INR 1,26,700
  • Term Fee – INR 10,560
  • Admission Fee – INR 0

Annual fees for other services:

  • Enrichment program fees – INR 1,48,500 + applicable taxes
  • Fee for the food services – INR 35,500
  • Fee for transport services – The fees for transport services is dependent on the distance of your pick-up and drop-off point from the school. The annual fee for the transport services for year 24-25 will be as follows:
Distance of the pick-up / drop-off point Annual fees
0 km – 1 km 18,500
1 km – 2 km 24,500
2 km – 4 km 30,500
4 km – 6 km 36,500
6 km – 8 km 42,500
8 km – 12 km 48,500
12 km – Above 54,500

Please note:

  1. The school’s fee matter for the academic year 24-25 is pending with the Fee Regulation Committee. The above-mentioned tuition fee is provisional and the school will abide by all guidelines issued by the fee regulation committee and other competent authorities.
  2. The tuition fee is payable in 4 equal installments through the course of the year while the term fee is paid in 2 installments.
  3. The Enrichment Program offered by AIS is designed to focus on holistic and age-appropriate development of children. The enrichment program fee is to be paid in 4 equal installments along with the tuition fee.
  4. We provide 2 healthy and nutritious meals (breakfast and lunch) as a part of our food service. The fee for food service is to be paid in 2 equal installments.
  5. As part of our transport services, students are provided pick-up and drop-off from more than 100 different locations in Ahmedabad. The fee for the transport services is to be paid in 2 equal installments. 

FAQs

Teachers at an international school use standards and best practices from all around the world. An international school is a microcosm of the global community, with students and faculty members from different parts of the world. International schools emphasize language learning, intercultural awareness, and holistic education. They teach values of tolerance, understanding, and open-mindedness. They have rigorous academic programs that prepare students for success at university in India or abroad. AIS offers its students options to choose between Indian as well as International boards.

Click here to know about the curriculum choices that AIS offers

The academic year for all classes begins in the month of June.

We maintain a student:teacher ratio of 10:1 for a highly personalised approach

Yes, we offer two wholesome meals - breakfast and lunch - as a part of our food service. The food menu is purely vegetarian and we offer jain options too. Our food is freshly cooked everyday.

Students of primary years are taught English, Math, Hindi, Gujarati, Science and Social Studies.
The subjects are taught in a transdisciplinary way to avoid fragmented approach. Six Transdisciplinary Themes provide the framework for exploration and construction of knowledge. Teachers and students are guided by these Transdisciplinary Themes—as they design units of inquiry for exploration and study. Through this process, students develop an understanding of important concepts, acquire essential skills and knowledge, develop particular attitudes and learn to take socially responsible action.

The languages are taught in school and no prior knowledge is required

Yes, students can switch boards. The school supports the students to ensure a smooth transition.

We offer a choice between French and Spanish to Grades 1 to 8 as a part of our Enrichment Program offering.

The IB is more about an ethos of an educational style - the three higher-level subjects are demanding, and are aimed at taking the student to a deeper level of knowledge. The A-levels place more emphasis on individual subject knowledge. A levels has four to five subjects studied in depth, whereas the IBDP has six subjects, and also has a compulsory core programme comprising of Theory of Knowledge, an Extended Essay and an evaluation of a student’s CAS (Creativity, Action and Service).

CBSE & ICSE/GSEB syllabus is approached in a theoretical manner. In IB more focus is laid on practical application of concepts in the form of projects.
The IB curriculum equips students with the tools needed to succeed in higher education, such as self-confidence, preparedness, research skills, organizational skills and being actively engaged in self learning.

Recipients of the internationally recognized programs, enjoy a high rate of acceptance at leading universities abroad.

Grades 1 to 8, and 11 (IBDP and CAIE)

Online application forms for admission to Grades 1 to 8, and 11 (IBDP and AS & A Levels) for the academic year 25-26 will be available after 5th September 2024. For any questions regarding admissions or to get notified when the admissions open, please fill out this form.

Application Process

The admissions process is as below:

  1. Parents fill up the online application form and pay an application fee of Rs. 1,000/-. This application fee is non-refundable. Parents will receive a call from our admissions team to confirm their application.
  2. The parents and the child together are invited for an in-person interaction at school with our admissions counsellor. This in-person interaction is an opportunity for the school and the parents to get to know each other better. As a part of this in-person interaction, you will also get to take a school tour and ask any questions that you may have.
  3. The admissions decision is communicated and parents email the required documents and deposit the fee within 5 working days to confirm admission.

Note:

  1. If the parents are unable to attend the in-person interaction due to being based in another city or country at the time of application, they can write an email to admission@aischool.net to request for a virtual interaction between them and the admissions counsellor.
  2. Submission of application form is not a guarantee of admission to the school.
  3. Admission decisions at AIS are based solely on personal interaction with parents.
  4. Please visit the eligibility criteria page to determine whether your child is eligible for admission at AIS.

Grade 11 - GHSEB (All streams - Science, Commerce, Arts)

We thank you for your interest in Ahmedabad International School. Application Forms for admission to Grade 11 – GHSEB – are issued after the GSEB – Grade 10 results are declared.

For Grade 11 – GHSEB (All streams) – the admission process will be conducted as per rules laid down by the Gujarat Education Board.

International Applicants

All students not carrying an Indian passport are considered as International applicants.

International Applicants may preferably apply one year in advance so as to adhere to our admission timelines. For any questions regarding our application process, please email us at admission@aischool.net.

Documents to be submitted

Although international applicants need to follow the same admission procedure, you may need to submit a few more documents before finalizing your application. The documents are:

  • Proof of immigration status. In most cases, obtain a valid student authorization and photocopy of passport
  • An attested copy of the student’s birth certificate
  • A copy of student’s passport information page
  • Recommendation letter from the previous school for overseas students
  • An official copy of the student’s scholastic record

Following documents need to be submitted to confirm the Admission.

  • Admission Acceptance Form duly signed by both parents
  • Admission Fee
  • The candidate should submit the official school transcript of the grade they are studying in
  • Candidates should also produce their passed and promoted certificate / school transcript / report card of the previous grade on the school letter head with the official sign and seal of the school.
  • Original School leaving certificate / Transfer Certificate (Specimen Copy).

Applicants furnishing false or misleading information will be subjected to rejection or dismissal without refund.

Admissions Enquiry

Please email your admission related queries to admission@aischool.net .

Program Introduction

The High School Program at AIS focuses on future-readiness and helping students put their best foot forward for the next stage of their life. Students can choose to pursue the IB Diploma Programme, Cambridge AS & A levels program, or the Gujarat State Board HSC program. Students have the option to choose from a wide range of subject offerings allowing them to apply for the college of their choice.

AIS is also a certified test centre for College Board AP exams and all AP exams are conducted within the school premises itself.

Learn more about our IBDP offering.
Learn more about the AS & A Levels offering.
Learn more about the GHSEB offering.

IB Diploma Programme

The Diploma Programme offered by the IB is an assessed program for students aged 16 to 19. The Programme, respected by universities across the globe, focuses on developing students who:

  • have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
  • flourish intellectually, emotionally, and ethically
  • study at least 2 languages
  • excel in traditional academic subjects
  • explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course

The DP curriculum is made of the DP Core and the six subject groups.

Made up of the three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenges them to apply their knowledge and skills. The three core elements are:

  • Theory of knowledge (TOK): in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
  • The Extended Essay (EE): which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
  • Creativity, activity, service (CAS): in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.

The six subject groups are:

  • Studies in language and literature
  • Language acquisition
  • Individuals and societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The arts

Choosing subjects in the diploma program

Students choose courses from the above mentioned 6 subject subject groups. Students may opt to study an additional sciences, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts.

Students take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level.

Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level. Standard level subjects take up 150 teaching hours. Higher level comprises 240 teaching hours.

Subject choices offered at AIS

Group 1 Language A1

  • English A: Literature

Group 2 Second language (students select any one)

  • Hindi B
  • French AB initio
  • French B

Group 3 Individuals & Societies

  • Business and Management
  • Economics
  • Environmental systems and societies

Group 4 Experimental Sciences

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Environmental systems and societies

Group 5 Mathematics

  • Maths

Group 6 The Arts

  • Visual Arts

Note:

  • The core requirements – Theory of knowledge (TOK), Creativity, activity, service (CAS) and Extended Essay (EE) – are compulsory.
  • Groups 1, 2, and 5 are compulsory.
  • Students select any three subjects from Group 3 and 4, minimum one from each group is compulsory.

Programme Assessment

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IBDP General Rules

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IBDP curriculum

IB Diploma Programme students study six courses at higher level or standard level. Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6, or the student may choose another subject from groups 1 to 5.

In addition the programme has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.

The extended essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.

Theory of knowledge is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).

Creativity, action, service requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.

Programme Model

The curriculum is modelled by a hexagon with six academic areas surrounding the three core requirements.

IBDP Curriculum

Program outline

Over the course of the two-year programme, students

  • Study six subjects chosen from the six subject groups
  • Complete an extended essay
  • Follow a theory of knowledge course (TOK)
  • Participate in creativity, action, service (CAS).
  • Three of the six subjects are studied at higher level (courses representing 240 teaching hours)
  • The remaining three subjects are studied at standard level (courses representing 150 teaching hours).
  • Subjects, other than languages, may be taught and examined in English, French, Spanish

Theory of knowledge

The theory of knowledge (TOK) requirement is central to the educational philosophy of the Diploma Programme.

It offers students and their teachers the opportunity to

  • Reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and on areas of knowledge
  • Consider the role and nature of knowledge in their own culture, in the cultures of others and in the wider world.
  • Be aware of themselves as thinkers, encouraging them to become more acquainted with the complexity of knowledge
  • Recognize the need to act responsibly in an increasingly interconnected but uncertain world.

As a thoughtful and purposeful inquiry into different ways of knowing, and into different kinds of knowledge, TOK is composed almost entirely of questions. The most central of these is “How do we know?”

It is a stated aim of TOK that students should become aware of the interpretative nature of knowledge, including personal ideological biases, regardless of whether, ultimately, these biases are retained, revised or rejected.

TOK also has an important role to play in providing coherence for the student as it transcends and links academic subject areas, thus demonstrating the ways in which they can apply their knowledge with greater awareness and credibility.

Extended Essay

The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, culminating in a 4,000-word paper. As a required component, it provides:

  • Practical preparation for the kinds of undergraduate research required at tertiary level
  • An opportunity for students to engage in an in-depth study of a topic of interest within a chosen subject.

Emphasis is placed on the research process

  • Formulating an appropriate research question
  • Engaging in a personal exploration of the topic
  • Communicating ideas
  • Developing an argument.

Participation in this process develops the capacity to

  • Analyse
  • Synthesize, and
  • Evaluate knowledge.

At AIS, the students are supported throughout the process with advice and guidance from a supervisor (usually a teacher at the school).

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)

The CAS requirement is a fundamental part of the programme and takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship, providing a refreshing counterbalance to academic studies.

  • Creativity is interpreted broadly to include a wide range of arts activities as well as the creativity students demonstrate in designing and implementing service projects.
  • Action can include not only participation in individual and team sports but also taking part in expeditions and in local or international projects.
  • Service encompasses a host of community and social service activities. Some examples include helping children with special needs, visiting hospitals and working with refugees or homeless people.

Students are expected to be involved in CAS activities for the equivalent of at least three hours each week during the two years of the programme.

A system of self-evaluation encourages students to reflect on the benefits of CAS participation to themselves and to others, and to evaluate the understanding and insights acquired.

Cambridge AS & A Levels

Thousands of learners across the world gain places at leading universities in UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia every year with Cambridge International AS & A Levels. The syllabi aim to develop a deep understanding of subjects and independent thinking skills. They are part of the Cambridge Advanced stage. Some US universities give up to a year’s credit to students who have completed the AS & A levels.

Cambridge International AS & A Level develops learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills in:

  • In-depth subject content
  • Independent thinking
  • Applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as familiar situations
  • Handling and evaluating different types of information source
  • Thinking logically and presenting ordered and coherent arguments
  • Making judgements, recommendations and decisions
  • Presenting reasoned explanations, understanding implications and communicating them logically and clearly
  • Working and communicating in English

Subjects Offered

Students find Cambridge International AS and A Levels very flexible. We, at AIS, offer the following subjects:

  • English Language
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Art and Design

Assessment

We offer 2 assessment options for students choosing to study the AS & A levels program.

Option 1

Take all A Level exams in the same examination session, usually at the end of the second year of study.

Option 2

Take a ‘staged’ assessment route – take the Cambridge International AS Level in one examination session and complete the final Cambridge International A Level at a subsequent session. The staged assessment route is not possible in all subjects. The outcomes awarded for Cambridge International AS Level language syllabuses cannot be carried forward to Cambridge International A Level.

Cambridge International AS and A Level examination sessions are held once a year in the month of March.

Cambridge International AS and A Levels use a wide range of assessment processes and techniques to supplement formal written examinations – orals, practicals, projects and coursework of differing types are all used in various subjects where they are the most effective and appropriate means of measuring attainment.

GHSEB

AIS is recognised by the Gujarat Higher Secondary Education Board to implement its HSC program. Students at AIS have option to choose from all 3 streams – Commerce, Science, and Arts. Students appear for board exams at the completion of Grade 12.

The curriculum and assessment followed by the school is as per the regulations laid down by the GHSEB from time to time.

Technology

At AIS, technology is not a tool, it is an environment. We believe that technology, if used in the right way, can transform the school experience. We embrace technology with enthusiasm always bearing in mind that technology can never replace human relationships or experiential, in-person learning.

Technology Infrastructure

We are revamping our technology infrastructure to provide our students easy access to the best in class education and creativity tools. A high speed internet connection, iPads for each student in grades 5-7, laptops for students in grade 8 and above, Macbooks for all teachers, are some of the features of our technology program. We are also setting up a Makerspace and a virtual reality lab to open up more avenues of learning for our students.

Technology for Personalised Learning

Each child is unique, therefore their education should also be. We are creating technology to personalise the learning experience for our students based on their needs and interests. Through our technology platform, students can learn in their own time, at their own pace, and in the space of their preference. Through targeted insights, our teachers are able to customise their lesson plans to cater to the needs of each individual student.

Learning and Creativity Tools

Platforms such as Khan Academy, Coursera, and Lynda.com help our students access educational content across subject areas while other apps such as Nova Elements and World History help them learn in more interesting ways. While Kahoot and Google Apps for Education help increase classroom engagement, creativity tools such as Scratch, Hopscotch, Swifty, and Figure allow students to pursue their interests in music, design, and coding.

Technology for Efficiency and Transparency

Astute use of technology helps our teachers streamline logistical tasks, enabling them to spend more time quality time with students. Our AIS Parent app, provides parents a view into their child’s classroom experience. Parents get regular updates about their child’s growth and their individual work, and also receive class-wide and school-wide announcements.

Primary

Grade Timings
Grade I-V 8:30 am – 03:30 pm

Cambridge

Grade Timings
Grade VI-X 7:10 am – 02:05 pm
AS & A Levels 7:10 am – 12:35 pm

GSEB

Grade Timings
Grades XI and XII 7:10 am – 12:35 pm

IBDP

Grade Timings
Grades XI and XII 7:10 am – 02:05 pm