Jennifer Heider-Kasberger is from Seattle, Washington and has been at AIS-Salzburg since 2008. She is known for developing close bonds with students — evident in the many photos of her hugging students at award ceremonies — and delivering heartfelt speeches to students at the end of the school year. Her colleagues also really appreciate the tasty brownies she leaves out at the front office!

Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich cities in Europe with its baroque architecture and beautiful skyline dominated by the Fortress of Hohensalzburg.

As our students claim in this video, for a city of just over 150,000, Salzburg has a big-city feel to it. Probably the biggest case in point is the sole fact that Salzburg is home to FC Red Bull Salzburg, which compete in the UEFA Champions League. Salzburg also has a professional hockey team, which also competes in the Champions League for hockey. The city has countless designer shops and restaurants predominantly on two famous shopping streets, the Getreidegasse and Linzergasse. Students also enjoy two shopping malls totalling over 150 shops featuring many retailer chains.

Surrounded by mountains, Salzburg provides a number of options for students with a flair for the outdoors. Whether it is a day hike with an overnight stay at the top of the Untersberg, a quick one hour drive to the Austrian postcard city of Hallstatt for a salt mine tour or a ski day at one of 60+ ski hills in the nearby Alps, there is plenty to do for the outdoor enthusiast. This video was taken in late February 2020 and only shows a glimpse of what Salzburg and the surrounding region have to offer. We hope you enjoy it.

Dorm Parents are often adults who have raised their own children through the university level and know the trials and difficulties of adolescence first-hand or have been with the school for numerous years starting at the resident assistant level.

After raising her own children for 22 years, Valerie Schubert signed on as a Dorm Parent at AIS-Salzburg in 2008 and remained in the position until her recent retirement in 2018. That is when her sister, Claire Murphy took over, bringing with her over 30 years of experience in child care. It is our pleasure to introduce to you the school “moms”, both past and present in this video interview.

Vida Long has been teaching since 2010 and on the AIS-Salzburg teaching faculty since 2014. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest of the United States, Vida is primarily an English teacher and is also utilized for her fluent German skills as a German 1 instructor. Vida is best known for her ability to teach our senior students the necessary skills to write a college-level paper.

Today, Thursday, May 21st, as we say goodbye virtually in a Zoom call to our 2020 graduation class, there will likely be more emotions than usual given that five of them have been at AIS-Salzburg since junior high, coupled with the fact and we will not have the opportunity to send them off to the real world with our traditional commencement ceremony held annually at the beautiful Kavalierhaus Klessheim.

In addition to the Zoom call, the graduating class will be receiving a private 15-minute “send-off” video full of parting advice and best wishes from teachers and staff, both past and present. Many graduates also shared videos of their best memories and what they will miss about the school. 


Below are some quotes from the videos.

It has been my honor, my privilage and my great pleasure to share this part of your journey with you. 

– Mrs. Kasberger

Try to emulate people you want to be like and you will really develop who you want to be as a person in the future. 

– Mr. Lichty

This school has been around for over 40 years. We have gone through a Gulf War, a second Gulf War, we went through a financial crisis, and now we have gone through the Corona crisis. I am so proud of you. Congratulations to all of you.

– Mr. Agardy

My wish for you, is that you are brave and strong and true. And that you will fill the world with love your whole life through.

– Miss Cerone

I will miss having fun with my friends, playing sports with my friends, and just having all these different nationalities all at once.

– Nicol Csery 2014 – 2020

I love my teachers, I love my friends, I love my classmates. This year was the most impactful for me. I had the most heartfelt friendships. 

– Madeline Tyson 2014 – 2020

I really made a non-biological family at AISS and leaving both the school and the faculty members feels like leaving the nest to explore how to apply the knowledge they gave me to my future.

– Hellen Petrovskaya 2014 – 2020

I am going to miss my teachers, some of them who have been my teachers for five years.  They helped me a lot, with my english, confidence and character. 

– Mark Kotkovskiy 2014 – 2020

I am going to miss my classmates and my friends I made over the four years. It is going to be difficult without this AIS athmosphere. 

– Danila Sevtsov 2015 – 2020

The way we were close to the teachers and how the students got to know each other in a relatively short time transformed the community at school into a second family for me. I will miss that. 

– Desard Sijoni 2017 – 2020

Class of 2020 Tribute Video

In the absence of a traditional AIS-Salzburg graduation, we made this tribute video to the Class of 2020 along with a private video with advice and best wishes from teachers and resident staff. We are so proud of them for making it through this difficult senior year!


Assignment: Statistics are a great way to lie to people or, more ethically, they’re a great way to convince people that you’re correct.  Therefore it is important to understand a bit about statistics so that you’re not so easily led astray by unethical actors.

Students visited the website to discover 3 sets of spuriously correlated data. They pasted screenshots of the data into a google doc, then used the data to argue some sort of (probably ridiculous) point.

Submitted by: Clara S.

As can clearly be seen in the below (top left), the divorce rate in the state of North Carolina and the per capita consumption of whole milk in the US are very closely related. The only logical option in order to save more marriages in this state is by banning all whole milk, leaving only options with a fat percentage of below 3.5%. This will help many struggling couples and will reach larger overall happiness in the country.

The data above (top right) proves that the US government has been training doctors in order to store more Uranium. Considering the growing numbers of the resource that are being stored correlating with the larger numbers of doctors, it is clear that they are being used for transportation of the Uranium. It is time the people wake up from the brainwashing methods of the country and say: NO! I will no longer be a doctor that carries your Uranium, do it yourself.

In recent years there has been a new found correlation between the numbers of deaths of females who slipped or tripped in New York to the number of visitors to SeaWorld Florida (bottom graph). SeaWorld Florida has been under fire for years now for the way the treat and showcase animals, but with this new information the aquarium has gone a step too far. In order to save innocent citizens from slipping to their death, SeaWorld in Florida specifically, needs to be closed. There is no other way around it. 

German 1

Assignment: In the “Das Monster” assignment, students learned words for body parts.

Submitted by: Marat V.

Grade 10 Literature

Assignment: Students used the video of the poem “The Type” by Sarah Kay for inspiration to write and recite their own poems.

Submissions: Zach P., Luca S., Georgijs M., Patrick B., Rejan S.

Italian Elective

Assignment: Students first viewed this “Who am I?” video by Mrs. Lardschneider-McLean and then reported back in Italian with their findings. 

Submitted by: Carolina H.

H, Carolina copy

Assignment: Students followed the baking instructions in this video. 


Submitted by: Haru O.

Our resident staff consists of dorm parents and resident assistants, the later acting as a sort-of big brother or sister to the students, supervising and supporting them during study as well as leading them on activities. All resident staff members have a university degree from a North American, U.K. or Western European university in which English was the language of instruction and have experience supervising adolescents in a dormitory setting.

In this interview, Sam Barry describes the many facets of her role as a Resident Assistant and the enjoyment that comes with it.

This year we have 17 more seniors that we will be sending off to the real world. Some have been at our school for 6 years and others recently joined for their senior year. In total, our Graduation Class of 2020 represents 11 different nations.

Danila S., Valedictorian – Russia

I have been accepted to multiple universities, like Fordham, NYU in Shanghai, CUNY, TCNJ, NYIT, University of Amsterdam and others. I am planning to attend the University of Amsterdam where I will study Economics and Business Economics.

Julia M., Salutatorian – U.S.A/Germany

I am taking a gap year and the universities I intend to apply to currently do not accept referrals. I am guessing I will end up in Sweden but who knows!

Nicol C., ECIS Award Winner – Austria/Russia/Colombia

I plan to study communication and I am applying to the universities in Vienna and Salzburg. However, I don’t know for sure yet where I will go because in Austria you need to first finish your diploma before applying.

Marina B. – Bulgaria/Belgium

Starting in fall of 2020 I will be studying Public Relations and Media at the University of Arts London.

Eliza D. – Bulgaria

I have been accepted to NHL Stenden University which is the only university that I applied to since it is the only place where I am certain I can grow as an individual and contribute to the global community. I truly believe studying in this university will help me achieve my goal, which is to have a successful career in International Hospitality Management. 

Laetitia F. – Austria

I plan to study medicine because it has been always my dream to become a surgeon and help save lives. I have not been accepted to any universities yet because the entry tests are in June. However, I have applied to PMU in Salzburg.

Javier G. – Mexico

I’ve committed to the Panamerican University of Guadalajara Mexico to study Business Administration because it’s the career path that I find most interesting.

Nadia H. – Austria/Poland

I plan to study creative business and media management because I would like to work in the marketing field in the future. I am still waiting for a reply from a university, but I am particularly awaiting for NHL Stenden University to reply.

Tijana I. – Serbia

I will be studying International Business at Webster University in Vienna but I have also been accepted to the Birkbeck University of London, Greenwich University and Metropolitan University.

Yoan I. – Bulgaria

So far I have been accepted to four universities in the UK. I have committed to Oxford Brookes University and Birmingham City University is my back up choice. I plan to study Business and Management because I am interested in managing a company, preferably something in the Marine industry.

Grace J. – U.S.A.

I’m not sure what I want to study in college, which is why I’m going to take a gap year. I plan to work and make money and think about college. Hopefully, the time will help me make the right decision about where I want to study and what I want to study. 

Mark K. – Ukraine

I have been accepted to EU Business School Geneva where I plan to study finance since I like to work with numbers and find it very interesting.

Elena P. – Russia

I’ve been accepted to Fordham University, Seattle University, University of San Fransisco, UMass Amherst, and Skidmore College and I have committed to Fordham University.  I plan to major in International Studies because growing up in an international school with more than 15 different nationalities represented made me interested in global, international interactions. I am also minoring in Creative Writing because it has always been a passion of mine since I discovered it in my first year at AIS-Salzburg. 

Emmanouil S. – Greece

I was accepted to Business School Geneva, American University of Switzerland, and Globe Business College Munich. I plan to study Business Administration because I love dealing with economics.

Noa S. – Germany

My plan after AIS-Salzburg is to study international business management, with the hope to eventually get a position as a sales director in the automobile industry. I am in contact with three universities at the moment, of which two are in Germany and one in the Netherlands.

Desard S. – Albania

I am still waiting for responses from the Universities I have applied to. I am unsure yet what I want to study and it is unlikely I will decide in the near future. I will probably try architecture for a year and see how I like it.

Madeline T. – U.S.A.

I have been accepted to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs where I will major in Psychology and Biology with the plan to become a Neuropsychologist.

The administration, teaching faculty and staff of the American International School – Salzburg are more than pleased to announce the winners of our highest honors to members of the graduating class of 2020.

The Valedictorian of the AIS-Salzburg Class of 2020 is Mr. Danila Sevtsov.

The Salutatorian of the AIS-Salzburg Class of 2020 is Ms. Julia Mestdagh.

The winner of the European Council of International Schools Award for International Understanding is Ms. Nicol Csery.

We would like to extend our deepest regard for the hard work and outstanding achievements of these outstanding members of the graduating class!

A student at our school since grade 7, Madeline has been an active member of our school community since day one. She has served on the student council, frequently volunteered to help in the dorms and classrooms, and has played on both the girls’ volleyball or basketball teams for the majority of her time at AIS-Salzburg. In her senior year, she was named Team Captain of both the volleyball and basketball teams. In this interview, Madeline talks about her experience over her six years at AIS-Salzburg. We wish her the best of luck and will miss her greatly!

What year or years did you attend AIS-Salzburg at what grade levels? 

I studied at AIS-Salzburg for one school year, 2017-2018, for my Senior Year

What is your fondest memory or memories of attending AIS-Salzburg?

I think the trip to Vienna was one of the coolest memories I have from that year.

What did you enjoy about going to such a small high school? 

You get to know almost all the community on a deeper level, both students and staff. This was in particular nice for me because I was only at AIS-Salzburg for one year, meaning that creating stronger connections was easier in a small school than in a large one.

In the academic sense, the attention one gets from the teachers is really something that is only possible in a school of such size – should someone feel behind in one subject, that person could get extra help; as well as someone wanting to know more on a subject can always ask the teacher and they are so open to support you in any way they can!

Where are you currently studying and what are you studying?

I am currently a student at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), studying my 4th Semester of Engineering Science. It is a mixture of several engineering and science disciplines, in which for your last two semesters you choose what you want to focus on. My focus area is Applied, Theoretical and Engineering Physics and minor in Economics and Business.

What are your academic and career goals?

Academically, I would like to graduate within the top of my class and reduce the mixture of focus areas I am really passionate about, so I can better concentrate on these.

Having a strong background in many engineering and science disciplines, I would like to eventually found my own tech company, most likely sound-related, as I am also really into music. In the meantime, I would love to get the experience of working at CERN or some other globally-recognized lab in order to work with people from all over the world in something that is science-based.

What are the major differences between college life and life at AIS-Salzburg?

Going to University abroad comes with a lot of benefits, including more flexible time schedules, more freedom in the decisions that you take, whether you want to travel for the weekend with friends, whether you want to take the day off, whether to go to classes or not (in my case we don’t have attendance requirements), etc. This can be a great advantage for people who know how to effectively take responsibility for their decisions, but it can also be a huge disadvantage for people that do not know how to do this. In my case, it is a huge advantage, since I have developed good time-management habits.

These effective time-managing skills and responsibilities come, to some extent, from the year I spent in Salzburg. Having more liberty on choosing between what you want and what you need to do comes with some responsibility, and AIS-Salzburg foments this in all years.

In what ways did your time at AIS-Salzburg prepare you for university academics? 

Although I had a good math and science level before coming to AIS-Salzburg, I think my Senior Year did give me a boost in these areas in the sense that it gave me a different perspective, which then enabled me to excel at university-level math and science.

In what ways did your time at AIS-Salzburg prepare you for life in general?

I had never been away from home, family, and friends for more than a month or so. It took some time for me to get used to this new life-style; it got me out of my comfort zone. After living a year abroad, studying at a university in a foreign language was similar in many ways and thus adapting to this new situation, meeting new people, and getting used to a new culture was rather easy compared to what it would have been without the international experience AIS-Salzburg provided me with.

Do you have any advice for students at AIS-Salzburg?

Get the most out of this international experience. AIS-Salzburg gives you the chance to live something many of us will have to experience at some point in our lives – living, communicating, and working with people from all over the world. At first, it might seem like a trivial thing to say, but as the world becomes more and more connected, knowing how to work out cultural differences and, most importantly, understanding these, may prove to be of greater use than one might think of.

During the Fall Excursion each year, all juniors (those enrolled in the 11th grade) are required to participate in the Junior Community Service Trip which will engage them in service work under the auspices of the Habitat for Humanity Organization. In 2019 our Junior class traveled to Romania to build a house.

The 11th grade precalculus class has been working on a cumulative graphing assignment that tasks them with re-creating an image using the graphs of different types of functions. The 2-week long project allowed students to apply hard-earned knowledge of parent functions and their transformations in a creative and artistic manner. All of the graphs have been entered into the Desmos Math Art Contest

The photo gallery below shows the original images they were attempting to re-create with the graphs. The video at the bottom shows the final graphs without the image in the background.

Students reflected on the assignment afterwards:

It was hard for me to get started because I couldn’t really see which functions I had to use for certain lines, and I was overwhelmed with the volume of work that seemed necessary to create the image. In the end though, I overcame these problems, and learned that the more I did, the easier it got, to the point where I could pretty much do it automatically, without having to pay much attention.”

Anna K.

With this project, we were able to study functions in more detail, their transformations, subtleties, and movements along the coordinate plane, with varying values to make functions fit the picture. In order to use as few functions as possible, we had to carefully select the desired type of function and try to capture as much of the image as possible with it.

Valeriya S.

By a guest writer and AIS-Salzburg colleague of Mr. Burns

Standing an impressive 2m tall and hailing from the wild west coast of Canada, Mr. Burns is a fundamental part of AIS-Salzburg and a consummate sportsman. 

Mr. Burns started at AIS-Salzburg in 2004 as a math teacher and coach and is now in his 16th year at the school. Currently, he is the Athletic Director, the much-loved coach and mentor to the Lady Lions basketball and volleyball teams and the AIS social-media-master, responsible for content and our growing social media presence. Mr. Burns has coached the Lady Lions to several award-winning seasons, most notably three-straight DVAC varsity girls volleyball championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015.  

Every year, everyone looks forward in eager anticipation to Mr. Burns’s presentation at our Trimester Awards Ceremonies where he shows his genuine enthusiasm and passion for what he does. The video below is a flashback to the 2016 winter award ceremony where Mr. Burns got emotional when giving a speech about a mysterious person who he was recognizing for years of hard work and dedication. Everyone was trying to figure out which long-serving player of his was receiving the trophy, when Mr. Burns surprised everyone with the actual recipient…..

Mr. Burns presents himself an award

Whether he is playing on the local baseball team with his son, the local hockey team with his daughter, or coaching the Lady Lions volleyball or basketball teams, he brings enthusiasm, expertise and fun to every sport he engages in.

Highlights from our first week of the transition to online classes during the Coronavirus quarantine.

During which years did you teach at AIS-Salzburg?

I taught full time from 1986 on, with a break of several years in the late 80’s & early 90’s while I had my two daughters. I returned in 1992 and stayed until I retired in June 2017.

What was your role at the school?

My role was that of a German language and literature teacher and also English assistance, mainly grammar and reading.

Where are you from originally?  

I am originally from Austria. I grew up in Linz and studied at the university in Salzburg.

What did you enjoy most about teaching?

I always enjoyed the connection with students from all over the world and their curiosity about learning a foreign language. I also enjoyed teaching small groups. This way I got to know them really well and could do a lot of individual teaching.

Are there any students who you continue to stay in touch with?

I am in touch with many students from many years ago and also some that will graduate this year, e.g. Nici, Maddie, and Helen among several others.

Why would you recommend AIS-Salzburg to prospective students?

I would recommend AIS to all students that want to study in small groups with very dedicated teachers in a wonderful environment.

What do you miss the most about working at AIS-Salzburg?

I miss the close contact with all my students, I miss the literature and language discussions, and I definitely miss my colleagues who have become friends along the way.  

What is your fondest memory from your days at AIS-Salzburg?

My fondest memories are getting all the wonderful remarks and notes from the students at the end of each school year, expressing their appreciation and love.

Ms. Reiter, you made a difference in many students’ lives and are truly missed by all!

Not only is this video super 😎, but it is endearing to hear how excited Mr. Lichty gets about his math! Of all the great things going on with the first day of online classes, this is our favorite!

In preparation for the commencement of our online instruction on March 30th, all of our students have received this Google slideshow introducing them to how the Virtual Classroom will take place and what our expectations are. The second part of this video showcases how our students will be continuing on with their Physical Education from home.

Sa-Eun Park attended Salzburg International Private School (now AIS-Salzburg) starting in 1993 and graduating in 1998. She went on to obtain a master’s degree in International Development from the American University in Washington, DC. She has since worked in Microfinance, managing economic development projects in developing countries and now works for herself as a consultant in the same field.

This past weekend was a painful for AIS-Salzburg Lions Basketball as it was the weekend our 30th Annual Basketball Jamboree was scheduled to take place. However, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and subsequent school losing, the tournament was cancelled.

We had 12 teams that signed up for the event, 6 on the girls’ side and 6 on the boys’ side. Unfortunately, we will have to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the tournament in 2021. Until then, here are some clips from last year’s tournament.

Due to the increasing threat and rapid spread of the Coronavirus in neighboring Italy and Bavaria, the AIS-Salzburg administration has decided to preemptively address this issue by moving our Spring Break forward in the school calendar to March 14th to 29th.  With the increasing likelihood of further border controls and flight suspensions or cancellations, the decision to act early was made to avoid a situation that would affect near quarantine conditions on our campus.

In an assembly after school on Monday, March 9th, all five-day and full-boarding students were encouraged to depart the school within 72 hours and by Friday, March 13th at the latest. Boarding students who depart at any time between Tuesday and the end of the week will be excused from classes and the work will be sent to them.  Day students will remain in classes throughout this week.

This Spring Break period has an open end.  Return flights or travel back to Salzburg should not be booked at this time. Should the situation not improve dramatically by March 30th, all AIS-Salzburg course instruction will move online and the students should remain at home for the time being.  Preparations for online instruction are already underway.
Any questions regarding this or related matters should be directed towards the school’s Office Manager, Ms. Felicia Gundringer.

Student Spotlight: Nici C.

Nici is currently a senior at our school and will be graduating in 2020. She has attended AIS-Salzburg since 2014 beginning in the 7th grade.

The purpose of this experiment was to investigate Archimedes’ Principle for an object that is denser than water. Archimedes’ Principle states that an object floating or fully immersed in a fluid is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object. The buoyant force on an object immersed in a liquid can also be determined by weighing an object in air and then in water. The apparent loss of weight of the object is equal to the buoyant force of the water. With this information, the students were able to determine the mass density of the different objects and of the fluids.

What year or years did you attend AIS-Salzburg and at what grade levels? 

My father enrolled me in the Summer English Language program of 2002. I was still too young to attend even Junior High. In 2003, I did another summer language course and consequently began my studies in AIS-Salzburg as a boarding student. In May 2009, I graduated after six years at the Moosstrasse 106.

What is your fondest memory of attending AIS-Salzburg?

The people. All the memories I have at the school are associated first and foremost with the many people I met and made friends with. The diversity that AIS-Salzburg provides, is a rare opportunity to expand your horizons, from a young age, and be able to learn many other values from the different cultures.

Boris in the middle, orange jacket

Have you remained in contact with any former AIS-Salzburg classmates?

Yes, I have done so. Although distances are great, we can be thankful we live in the Information Age, and communicating has never been easier.

What have you done academically since graduating from AIS-Salzburg? 

After AIS, I attended the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. That did not go as planned, but I am glad I learned how to live up north. Next up, Vienna. In the Hauptuni, I did my Bachelors in Politics. After I ended my time in Vienna, I returned to Bulgaria to do my Masters, in Political Security. Through 2018-2019, I managed to complete my Masters, and now I am doing a doctor’s degree, again in Politics – Astropolitics.

What aspects of your education at AIS-Salzburg best assisted you in further academics and/or professionally?

The well-rounded curriculum, the study organization (study hall and etc.) are just a few simple aspects that one never suspects how much, later in life, it prepares him to deal with other institution such as a university.

Are there any personal accomplishments since graduating that you want to share?

I do not know how much of an accomplishment it is, but I have been published twice by different publishing houses, for my work about Astropolitics (link).

Are there particular AIS-Salzburg moments or memories that have stayed with you over the years?

This is a very hard question. Too many memories indeed for the time spent. But, the football tournaments abroad, the ski trips, the yearly trips to different locations in Europe. Those are just some of the many that really stick out in my head. 

Do you have any advice for students at AIS-Salzburg or applicants to the school?

Enjoy your time. Enjoy your time at the school with your schoolmates. Do not hurry to grow up and get out. There are too many things that enter life once you graduate. So enjoy your youth, enjoy your friends, and enjoy life.

The task of this year’s basketball season was a daunting one. With only two players that have ever played organized basketball before, a roster of twenty three students, and ages ranging from thirteen to seventeen, it was clear things would not be easy. We had a lot to work on.

The will to win was always there, however. The competitive nature of our students was never in question. Whether it was a scrimmage in practice or actual games the desire to win was unrelenting. The boys competed! That’s for sure! It didn’t matter what the score was or who was winning, during games they left everything on the court and never gave up. I will always be grateful for their undauntable spirit. 

It was exceedingly impressive how quickly most of the students took to the idea of the organized game. After only a month of practicing, twice a week, we were learning offensive plays, a full court press, and a press break. One of the best moments of our season was when all three of these advanced techniques were executed in the fourth quarter of our final game of the DVAC Budapest Tournament.

After a back-and-forth event we were down going into the fourth quarter. We finally executed our full court press superbly and were able to generate enough turnovers to get back into the game. With about a minute left the opposing team fouled our best scorer at the rim. He would get two shots.

He missed the first…. ugh!

..but made the second to give us a one point lead with about forty seconds left. Then came a few silly fouls, by our Lions, in the final seconds. Fortunately, the opposing players missed all their free throws and we were able to hang on and win a very competitive game against the Danube International school of Vienna.

For me, as a coach, I have never been more impressed with a team’s development. That first day of practice was pure chaos. I honestly wasn’t sure this group would ever learn to play organized ball but all my expectations were greatly exceeded.

The proudest moment of the season for me personally came at the end of a game in Gmunden (see video). We were matched up against a team that was clearly out of our league. They were bigger, more organized, and more skilled. We were outmatched on every facet. By the fourth quarter, the score was not close and a comeback was clearly not in the works.

Despite all these things working against us I watched this small group of young men grow and learn more about how to play the game of basketball than they had all season. During the fourth quarter we played the BIBA U17 developmental team pretty much even. It was the first time I saw us compete in what I would call actual, organized basketball. It was beautiful and amazing to watch!

As a result of everything we’ve been through and everything we’ve learned this season, every member of the team has grown and matured. It has been an immense pleasure to be at the helm of this ship. We fought together, we laughed together, we won together, and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

How do we get open? MOVE WITHOUT THE BALL!

How do we score? PASS THE BALL!

How do we win? AS A TEAM!

Lions on 3!


Until our next competition,


~Coach Nick

1.What year or years did you attend AIS-Salzburg and at what grade levels?

I attended AIS-Salzburg in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010. I was in 7th and 8th grade.

2. What is your fondest memory of attending AIS-Salzburg?

There are many. Playing sports, going to basketball tournaments and trips, spending time with my friends. I loved all the weekend activities. I loved living together with so many people and having my friends with me all the time. I loved being in such an international environment. I loved that there were always so many fun and interesting things to do and I never ever felt bored. I formed some of the best friendships at AIS-Salzburg. And I learned some of the most valuable lessons in my life.

3. Have you remained in contact with any former AIS-Salzburg classmates?

Yes, with many. I speak to my former roommate very often. She now lives in New York, and I live in Belgrade. Every time I go back to Bulgaria (which is where I am from) I go out with the other Bulgarian girls who attended AIS-Salzburg. I also speak on a monthly basis with a few other friends that I made in AIS-Salzburg. They are from all around the world, so it’s really cool to hear them and to see what’s going on in their lives.

4. What have you done academically since AIS-Salzburg?

After AIS-Salzburg I studied in Thessaloniki, Greece for two years. Then I studied in Glendale, California. Then I attended the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. I majored in Vocal Performance. I also got a few international certifications that allow me to be a vocal coach. And I got certifications to be a Latin dance teacher.

5. What aspects of your education at AIS-Salzburg best assisted you in further academics and/or professionally?

One of the things that assisted me the most was becoming a fluent English speaker. That allowed me to study all around the world, to communicate freely and effortlessly, and to feel confident. As a singer, I travel a lot and I have a lot of live performances in different countries, so speaking English well has helped me tremendously. I write songs in English as well.

Playing sports and being on the basketball team helped me learn to be disciplined, driven and it taught me to be a team player. But the thing that assisted me the most was being surrounded by so many people from different countries. That taught me to be open-minded and accepting of others. And being in a different country taught me to be communicative, independent, flexible and it taught me to adapt to new environments fast.

6. Are there any personal accomplishments since graduating that you want to share?

Yes. The academic accomplishments which I mentioned above are also personal accomplishments because I really, really love what I do. I feel very proud that I am a singer. I love my job, it doesn’t feel like a job at all. I have performed on a lot of big concerts and those are accomplishments for me. Also recently I started eating plant-based and I train on a daily basis and I am in my best physical shape so far, so that is a big personal accomplishment. I learned to speak Spanish. In general, I feel more grounded, confident and happy. Every year keeps on getting better and better and I like who I become more and more so I guess that’s a personal accomplishment 😀 And the biggest one is that I am currently working on a music album. I have written all the songs on it and they are all in English. I am very excited to share that with the world.

7. Are there particular AIS-Salzburg moments or memories that have stayed with you over the years?

Yes! Some of the best moments were at the basketball tournaments. I loved traveling with all my friends (teammates), and working towards a common goal and going through this rainbow of emotions during and after the games.

I loved going snowboarding. I have some of the best memories on the ski trips. I also fell in love for the first time at AIS-Salzburg, so I have some very beautiful emotional, romantic and unforgettable moments with that person.

And I actually have one bad memory, but that memory changed my life in the best possible way after. My first year at AIS-Salzburg I got caught drinking alcohol 😀 I was super young, and I don’t even know why I did it since I didn’t even like it. I was just trying to be cool. I felt so embarrassed and scared that it actually did something to me and I completely stopped doing stupid things. I started focusing on becoming the best person I can be and it turned me into a very disciplined, focused, organized, healthy and hard-working person.

8. Do you have any advice for students at AIS-Salzburg or applicants to the school?

My advice is to not be so stressed out about the future and what will come next. Everything will turn out great, just trust the process, enjoy the journey and everything will happen like it’s supposed to. I learned that there are no mistakes and that every situation comes in our lives to teach us a valuable lesson and to transform us into better people.

Be kind, because karma always comes back haha 😀 Just try to be a good person, help others when they need help. Don’t put on yourself unrealistic and huge goals, because when you don’t achieve them, you don’t feel good about yourself. Start with small things, make small changes and work on them on a daily basis. And just be honest and open with people. Say how you feel. Don’t be afraid of what people will think of you, just speak your truth, be authentic. We are all going through the same inner struggles, difficulties, thoughts and fears and being honest and open about it will make you feel better and it will help you connect with others more.

You can follow Pam and her singing career on Instagram @pamelameganapsi. Below is a clip of her performing in February 2020.

The House system at AIS-Salzburg was first introduced this year as a rewards system for our students. It is a way to encourage, recognize and reward positive and overall good behavior in our dormitories. The house scores are compiled of each house member’s study hall grades, healthy lifestyle points and involvement in our school’s community (member of student council, member of a sports team, etc.). 

At each midterm, the house scores are evaluated, and the house with the highest score receives the following privileges for the remaining part of the trimester: a one-hour curfew extension on Fridays and the ability to keep his or her laptop on Sunday evenings.

The House Competitions, which take place at the end of each trimester, are an opportunity for house members to work together in order to win the House Cup Trophy. The house that wins these competitions receives bragging rights, a pizza party, a 50-point head start at the beginning of the next trimester and the privileges of a one-hour curfew extension on Fridays and the ability to keep his or her laptop on Sunday evenings for the first three weeks of the following trimester. 

The House System, as well as House Competitions, were introduced primarily as a rewards system for our students and provide an additional sense of community within our boarding school. 

Winter House Competitions

For our Winter Trimester House competitions, our theme was Brain Power. Students needed to work together to solve different riddles and puzzles. Our first house competition consisted of three different puzzles and riddles: a month riddle, the Einstein riddle and two sudokus. Together, each house had 60 minutes to correctly complete as many of the puzzles and riddles as possible. 

Our second house competition was a Classic Trivia, which focused on information from all subjects taught here at AIS-Salzburg. Similar to any trivia, each house needed to work together to correctly answer each question. 

Our third house competition was an Escape Room, which was handcrafted by one of our female resident assistants Sam. The theme of our escape room was Time Travel. Each house needed to solve different puzzles in order to travel from the 15th century to the 21st century. Once they successfully solved all of the puzzles in the various centuries, they were able to escape the vortex and return home to AIS Salzburg. 

The Lady Lions are preparing for two major events in the coming weeks, the first being the Danube Valley Athletic Conference Championship in Vienna on March 7th, the second, the 30th Annual Jamboree Invitational Basketball Tournament hosted by AIS-Salzburg.

With only two returning players this year, the Lions have dropped down to the junior varsity level and have officially entered a “rebuilding phase” with 10 of the 12 girls on the team playing basketball for the first time. Thus far the Lions have competed in 6 games and hold a record of 1-5, with one of those losses being a recent heartbreaker in overtime after leading the entire game against local rivals, St. Gilgen.

“We are consistently improving and more importantly, I have a group of girls that are eager to learn and are willing to work hard for me. I can’t ask for any more than that,” said coach Burns shortly after practice this Wednesday.

The Lions host the local BBU club team on Friday, February 28th in their final warm-up match before the DVAC Championships March 7th. The following week, the Lions are one of six teams that will be competing in Jamboree held at Universitäts- und Landessportzentrum Salzburg.

During a recent visit by a professional film company that was at our school to shoot a winter-themed short movie, we were able to snap some “making of” footage as a sneak preview in this 1-minute long video. 

Mr. Agardy, who has been teaching at AIS-Salzburg since 1986 and a recent post on our Facebook page featuring him has produced 28 comments and counting. Here are just a few:

“A fantastic person and a great teacher. I had world history, U.S. history and European history with him. I loved every class.”

Monika Anderson Cubellina Lajhner

“Mr. Agardy is a wonderful teacher. I still have a passion for European History after his class in 1990!”

Marianna Zielinski Pink

“Great Teacher! I always enjoyed his class and still enjoy European history today.”

Laura Jurgens

Please enjoy this video interview with Mr. Agardy as he speaks about his role at the school, what he enjoys most about teaching and finishes off with some insight into why graduates of AIS-Salzburg benefit from the AP Program at the school.

The 2019 Fall excursion saw AIS-Salzburg students enjoy an action-packed trip to Berlin from October 23rd-27th.

Over the course of their stay, students and staff made stops at key sights such as the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Dom, Berlin TV Tower, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Brandenburg Gate. Students also visited Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin Zoo, Sony Center and a variety of museums such as the Pergamon Museum, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Neues Museum, German Museum of Technology and the Jewish Museum Berlin.

Each year our junior class (11th grade) participates in a service trip in partnership with Habitat for Humanity where together they collaborate on the construction (or restoration) of a home for a family in need. This year students returned to Romania and to build a new home and also played in some fun games with children from the local school (see slideshow).

1. What year or years did you attend AIS-Salzburg and at what grade levels?

I started at AIS as a sophomore in 2012 and graduated in 2015.

2. What is your fondest memory of attending AIS-Salzburg?

German literature class with Mrs. Reiter.

3. Have you remained in contact with any former AIS-Salzburg classmates?

Unfortunately, I have only stayed in contact with some classmates through social media as we are spread all over the world now.

4. What have you done since graduating from AIS-Salzburg?

I started studying Law in Salzburg in 2015, did my mandatory military service in
2016, and earned one of the 300 Sports Military spots available from around 40.000 conscripts. Since my golfing career has been so intense since 2016, I have had to pause my Law studies, and I am now employed by the Military as an „athlete“, meaning I am employedto practice and compete in tournaments.

5. What aspects of your education at AIS-Salzburg assisted you in the success that your further academic and professional achievements represent?

I believe there is no specific aspect of education that helped me but rather the self-discipline I have learned over the years that I have attended AIS-Salzburg.

6. Are there particular moments or memories that have stayed with you over the years which are related with your enrollment at AIS-Salzburg?

Spending a week in Romania at the Habitat for Humanity site. It´s was great to help people in need, spending some time with my classmates and seeing what a positive impact we can have on the world.

7. Do you have any advice for students at AIS-Salzburg or applicants to the school?

My advice for AIS students is to make themselves a plan of what they want to get
done, set themselves a fairly strict time limit and stick to that time limit. You need to use your time efficiently, otherwise, you will not have lots of time to spend on things you enjoy more than studying. Especially when you are a senior.

The administration and staff of AIS-Salzburg have announced the destinations for the Fall and Winter Excursions, 2019-2020. From October 23rd to 27th, all students are invited to join us on a five-day trip to Berlin. The exciting and interesting German capital contains a wide range of sites and events in which we will participate. Staying in the city center, we will enjoy a professional, guided city tour, view the city from the TV Tower, visit the Museumsinsel, take in the Jewish Museum and the Holocaust Memorial, as well as enjoy free time for shopping and enjoying this vibrant, youthful European city. Students in the 11th grade will be participating in our annual Community Service Trip to Romania to help build affordable housing for the less fortunate. In February (13-16), the school will be traveling to Vienna to see the important and interesting sites of Austria’s historic capital city. The Wiener Hofburg, Schloss Schoenbrunn, Museumsquartier and many other interesting and exciting locations will be included in the itinerary. We look forward to your participation!

For the third year in a row, the sun came out for our annual AIS-Salzburg Sports Day, a day of fun and athletic competition at the beautiful RIF Sportzentrum Olympic training centre.

Here are the results along with numerous beautiful photos and video.

1st place: Team Renegades

Leaders – Max & Colin

2nd place: Team England

Leaders – Mr. Harwood & Tim

3rd place: Team Canada

Leaders – Mr. Burns and Mr. Lichty

4th place: Team McLean

Leaders – Cassandra, Mr. McLean, Sam

5th place: Team Awesome

Leaders – Ms Long & Michael

6th place: Team Suttmann

Leaders – Mr. L Suttmann & Mr. J Suttmann

What year or years did you attend AIS-Salzburg and at what grade levels?

I attended AIS-Salzburg from 1996 – 2000, 9th grade through 12th grade

What is your fondest memory of attending AIS-Salzburg?

Going downtown with friends after classes for cafe’s, dinners, shopping, practicing German and simply hanging out. It’s such a beautiful city to explore and live in.

Have you remained in contact with any former AIS-Salzburg classmates?

I’ve made some of the strongest life-long friendship at AIS, and really happy to have kept in touch with so many people around the world. I’ve been to many weddings of former classmates, and even one classmate was the best man at my own wedding in 2014 🙂

What have you done since graduating from AIS-Salzburg?

I studied Chemistry in University, received my PhD in 2011 and MBA in 2016. I now work for BASF in Charlotte, North Carolina working marketing and sales. I am married 5 years and have a 1 year old son.

What aspects of your education at AIS-Salzburg assisted you in the success that your further academic and professional achievements represent?

AIS exposed me to so many new learnings and perspectives that I continue to use every day in my life. It was in chemistry class with Mr. Lenzini that I first fell in love with renewable energy and pursued further studies in university. And living in a diverse school, having to making friends with classmates, RC’s and teachers from 30 different countries and languages from around the world taught me perspective, diversity, and how to work with different people. This is a core strength I bring while working for a very large global company

Are there particular moments or memories that have stayed with you over the years which are related with your enrollment at AIS-Salzburg?

Too many to count! Fun school excursions like hiking in Corsica to exploring Venice, Italy or Normandy, France. Krampus runs and Christmas markets in December, spring formals and dances, local festivals, table tennis in the student lounge and basketball in the back lot. Wednesdays at RIF, Movie nights, cooking with the kitchen staff, and seeing my family at graduation and how proud they were of me. I have a 1 year old son now and hope one day I can share with him some of my fun experiences and adventures of growing up in Salzburg.

Do you have any advice for students at AIS-Salzburg or applicants to the school?

Know that as a student at AIS-Salzburg, you have been given an opportunity that few in the world will ever know or understand, and the memories and experiences you form during your time at AIS make you unique, special, and stand out from the crowd in the best way. Take advantage of these moments, cherish them, and use them to build upon your life. It will become a strength for you in your personal life and professional career.

On May 23rd, 2019 the senior class of the American International School-Salzburg were awarded their diplomas and sent on their way to a successful university career.

Traditionally held at the Kavalierhaus at Klessheim Palace, the AIS-Salzburg Commencement Exercises 2019 were blessed once again by nice spring weather, outstanding speeches, and a large audience of friends and family members. Excellent speeches were delivered by Salutatorian Oleksandra G., ECIS award-winner Katharina H.and class Valedictorian Sofya G.

We wish all members of the Class of 2019 great success in their future endeavors!

As the final exam week approaches, AIS-Salzburg annually holds a year-end award ceremony to recognize their students and student-athletes for their accomplishments over the course of the school year. This event is also used to announce the ECIS Award recipient as well as the Salutatorian and Valedictorian.

This past Thursday, a large number of students were recognized by their individual teachers for their performance in the classroom and by resident staff for their efforts in dorm life. Below are the major awards that were handed out.

Male Boarder of the Year: Rodrigo P.
Female Boarder of the Year: Maddie T.
Male Athlete of the Year: Fiodor S.
Female Athlete of the Year: Renate G.
Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Andi H.
Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Sofya G.
ECIS Award for International Understanding: Katharina H.
Salutatorian: Oleksandra G.
Valedictorian: Sofya G.

What year or years did you attend AIS-Salzburg at what grade levels?


I was a day student in my Sophomore, Freshman and Senior years – graduating in 2005!


What is your fondest memory of attending AIS-Salzburg?


The weekly winter ski trips and holidays to Venice and Verona just to name a few of the great memories.


Have you remained in contact with any former AIS-Salzburg classmates?


Lots through social media but I have only seen a couple of them in person since graduating. Unfortunately, we are all living on different continents!


What have you done since graduating from AIS-Salzburg?


I went on to the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, to study Biochemistry and then on to the University of Cambridge, England, to do a PhD in Bone Metabolism which involved lots of travel to West Africa. Since my PhD I have received a series of Fellowships to continue my research and to teach at the University of Cambridge and have slotted in a marriage and have produced couple of babies!


What aspects of your education at AIS-Salzburg assisted you in the success that your further academic and professional achievements represent?


AIS-Salzburg focusses on an education as a whole rather than just passing exams. The small class sizes, the international student body, the amazing school trips all of these helped to prepare me for university and for life in general.


Are there particular moments or memories that have stayed with you over the years which are related with your enrolment at AIS-Salzburg?


One of my fondest memories was a volleyball trip to Lausanne, Switzerland to take part in a tournament. There was such excitement travelling across countries by train and overnighting in another international school. I think we lost spectacularly but this was incidental!


Do you have any advice for students at AIS-Salzburg or applicants to the school?


AIS-Salzburg is brimming with the opportunity to learn and explore new things. Take advantage of it! You’ll never know when those compulsory ballroom dancing lessons will come in handy!

For inquiries or applications to AIS-Salzburg, click here.

The 2019, 29th Annual, AIS-Salzburg Boys & Girls Basketball Jamboree was another success despite our teams falling short of their Jamboree goals.

Given the lack of practical experience, our boys team were the heavy underdogs going into the event. Despite their disadvantage, the boys fought hard and did not give up throughout the tournament, finishing in last place.

Our girls team had higher expectations going into the tournament, with the starting lineup having a combined 18 years of experience playing the game, all at AIS-Salzburg. Unfortunately, the girls were not able to re-gain their form which helped them bring home second place at the DVAC Varsity Girls Basketball Tournament a month earlier. Playing with only 6 players, the girls looked fatigued in the semi-final against a scrappy QSI-Bratislava team whom they narrowly beat the day before.

Congratulations the Townshend International School who in their first Jamboree managed to win the boys championship. Also congratulations to the British International School of Bratislava who won their first ever girls side of Jamboree!

Below are the PDF results and the tournament program which you can flip through.

Jamboree Results 2019

Jamboree 2019 program

A number of our students attended the production of Hamlet at the Landestheater this past trimester. Seniors had read the play in class and juniors were invited to come along to get familiar with the play in preparation for next year. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening out. Though for some understanding the play in German was difficult, we were fascinated with the modernization and had a good time afterwards discussing the directorial and acting decisions. We love that we live in a place where we can go to watch world-class professional theater!

What year or years did you attend AIS-Salzburg and at what grade levels?


I attended AIS-Salzburg from 2014 to 2017 (wow it seems like such a long time ago), from year 10 to year 12.


What is your fondest memory of attending AIS-Salzburg?


So many; I think I have a lot of fond memories connected with certain people or situations, and they all tie into one pleasant association with the place in general.


Have you remained in contact with any former AIS-Salzburg classmates?


It’s a fact that you can’t stay in contact with all your classmates, even with those who you thought you would (your paths diverge, and that is normal). However, it always makes me happy when I get a chance to talk to my classmates, even if by that I mean replying to each other’s Instagram stories, and it makes me even happier when I get a chance to see them. And, most importantly, my close friends from AIS-Salzburg are still my close friends who I can always rely on despite not seeing some of them since graduation.


What have you done since graduating from AIS-Salzburg?


I am currently finishing my second year at the University of Glasgow. Throughout that time, I have done some volunteer work in Spain, Glasgow and back home, in Latvia, including some volunteering in museums and galleries (my degree is History of Art and Digital Media & Information Studies so that’s exactly the experience I’m looking for). I have been also writing for the magazines, interning as a Social Media and Marketing Coordinator at a social enterprise, and being involved in many clubs and societies including surfing club, ski and snowboard club, art-appreciation society, boxing club, dancing club, etc. (honestly so many, I just wanted and want to do everything – that’s what the school taught me). I have been travelling a lot, meeting a lot of interesting people, and making friends with people from all over the world. And enjoying all of that.


What aspects of your education at AIS-Salzburg assisted you in the success that your further academic and professional achievements represent?


I think the most important thing that AIS-Salzburg taught me and assisted me in is getting out there, being curious, and not being afraid to leave my comfort zone. Moving into the international community for the first time, it helped me become globally and culturally aware, which is an essential graduate attribute in our modern world. It taught me diligence (study halls do have a positive effect), and despite finding myself lazy at times, I am constantly doing something or being somewhere just because that’s the regime I got used to, and the regime I actually prefer. Regarding academics, my research and writing skills which I have to use a lot at university have definitely been largely shaped owing to the AIS-Salzburg, and the same applies to all aspects of learning, including working in teams, presenting, staying organized, and managing time.

Are there particular moments or memories that have stayed with you over the years which are related with your enrollment at AIS-Salzburg?


Walking down the memory lane, there are many memories which stayed with me over the time: going on school and ski trips, trying to catch the first bus to town after classes end to enjoy some “freedom”, driving to RIF on Wednesday mornings while listening to music (because, to be fair, I was still sleeping and didn’t really feel like talking to anyone), having breakfast with my classmates, getting restricted once (both memorable and educating), exploring the city and nearby places, being in a basketball team, living with my roommate, doing group projects, having conversations with teachers about all kinds of things which interested me and which they could give me answers about, and sitting on the stairs with other students right before each study hall and talking about random things. This is what I remember the most. Also, I often walked back to school on Friday and Saturday nights rather than taking a bus, and the walk through the castle and past the lake is something I still have a very clear vision of.


Do you have any advice for students at AIS-Salzburg or applicants to the school?


They say your university years are the best years of your life. As much as I agree with that statement and as much as I love being a university student, I quite often find myself thinking back to my high school years. I think sometimes I’m even being a bit annoying when I start talking about Salzburg to my new friends. That’s why the most important advice I would give is to enjoy it; you will never be able to live through that experience again. And enjoy every aspect of it, because then, all of a sudden, you realize that you are now an adult responsible for feeding yourself, doing your laundry, taking yourself to the hospital if needed and arranging all kind of appointments, and responsible for yourself in general. Also, try yourself if many different clubs that the school offers; it will be easier for you when you graduate to navigate through university if you already know what kind of things you enjoy. And make close connections with teachers, that is, be friends with them – there will be no such opportunity after high school, and it’s a tremendous support that you can get from them!

The winter excursion this year was to Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol, and a city in the Alps that’s is best known for it’s winter sports. Students enjoy two and a half days of skiing along with other winter activities such as tobogganing and ice skating.


Students of the AIS-Salzburg Concert Club signed up for the club to take advantage of some of the many high-quality concerts that occur annually in Salzburg. On February 7th it was the Korngold Violin Concert with headliner Arabella Steinbacher as shown in the Youtube video below from 2014.

Although the boys and girls basketball teams are halfway through their 2018-19 season, the majority of their games are yet to be played with the Danube Valley Athletic Conference Champions and Jamboree still to come in March.

Girls basketball

So far the girls are 1-4 on the season but could easily be 3-2 after suffering an overtime loss and a one-point loss at the DVAC Festival in Bratislava February 2nd. The Lady Lions played three games at the festival, all without their point guard and team captain, Teddy T, opening the door for other girls to step up and take more of a leadership role. The absence of their captain forced the Lions to play more as a team with Renate G. stepping up her game on her birthday weekend to lead the Lions on the scoreboard behind her best performance as a basketball player in her three seasons in the sport (22 points in 3 games).

The girls got their first win of the season against the visiting Augsburg International School who made the trip down to Salzburg on February 9th. The Lions heavily controlled the play for the first half of the game but failed to convert on most of their shots, opening the door for Augsburg to make a comeback in the second half. Despite a comfortable lead of 14-4 in this low-scoring affair, the comeback is exactly what Augsburg did, stepping up their physical game and utilizing their size to outplay the Lions under the boards while the Lions continued to miss on their opportunities. With the Lions up 21-18 with 2 minutes left, Augsburg threw up a two-handed brick (photo right) from three-point range that banked in off the glass, tying the game to the Lion’s disbelief. With the Lions on their heels and the momentum clearly on their opponent’s side, Teddy T. broke loose with less than 20 seconds left to score a layup and seal the first victory for the Lions on the season.

Fall Awards 2018-19

Distinguished Student

The following non-seniors, by successfully fulfilling the academic, community service, and disciplinary qualifications as outlined in the Parent/Student Handbook, are awarded Distinguished Student status:

Marina B.
Kliment B.
Evaristo C.
Viktoriia C.
Dimana D.
Nikol G.
Eleonora G.
Andi H.
Ian H.
Yana K.
Elena P.
Danila S.
Salina S.
Desard S.
Rejan S.
Madeline T.
Oleksandr V.

Senior Scholar

The following Seniors, by successfully fulfilling the academic, community service, and disciplinary qualifications as outlined in the Parent/Student Handbook, are awarded Senior Scholar status:

Sara E.
Sofya G.
Oleksandra G.
Katharina H.

High Honors
All A’s and no more than one B

Kliment B.
Evaristo C.
Dimana D.
Sofya G.
Nikol G.
Eleonora G.
Andi H.
Ian H.
Emmalee J.
Elena P.
Danila S.
Salina S.

Honor Roll
All A’s and B’s

Viktoriia C.
Oleksandra G.
Katharina H.
Rodrigo P.
Desard S.

Honorable Mention
All A’s and B’s and no more than on C

Marina B.
Liam B.
Jorge F.
Dany G.
Yana K.
Trofim K.
Arseni K.
Rejan S.
Madeline T.
Taras V.
Oleksandr V.
Arina Y.

Soccer Awards

Coach’s Award – Evaristo C.

Volleyball Awards

Impact Player Award – Stela S.
Rookie of the Year – Eliza D.
Coach’s Award – Madeline T.
Most Valuable Player – Teodora T.

On Wednesday, October 24th, AIS-Salzburg students in grades 8-10 and 12 along with a handful of staff members arrived in Venice, Italy while grade 11 students were off to Romania to build a house as a part of the Habitat for Humanity Program. You can read more about the trip to Romania here.

Sightseeing in Venice included the following:

  • Basilica San Marco and St Mark’s Campanile
  • Burano (Island known for lacework, colourful houses, and the bussola cookie)
  • Murano (Island known for its glass making) watched glass being blown and went to the glass museum
  • Isola di San Michele (cemetery)
  • LaBiennale (architecture)
  • Nicolis Museum
  • Slideshow

    Each year our junior class (11th grade) participates in a service trip in partnership with Habitat for Humanity where together they collaborate on the construction (or restoration) of a home for a family in need. This year students returned to Romania and to build a new home, and three junior students volunteered to include their daily diary essay of their experience in this blog post. You can read of their experience below the slideshow.


    Daily Diary by Marina B. and Eliza D.
    Banev RomaniaR eflection

    Dikova Romania Reflection


    The girls volleyball team has parted ways with outgoing starters from the last school year, Vanessa C., Emilie B., and Maria M., all of whom brought years of volleyball experience.

    This year will see a mix of rebuilding while also pursuing the DVAC varsity girls championship with returning seniors Stela S. and Teddy T. leading the team. Both girls have been with the AIS-Salzburg volleyball program since joining the school in grade 8 and bring a lot of experience backed by booming serves to the forefront of the Lions’ attack. Maddie T. and Marina B. have also been with the team a long time and are both slotted in to be regular starters and a big net presence for the Lions. Sonia G. returns for her second season of volleyball and brings court awareness and consistency on the service line to the team.

    New comers Emmalee J., Elli S., Dunja N., Renate G., and Eliza D. fill out the roster with Emmalee stepping up in a major role as setter. All girls have shown a knack for volleyball and will be contributing to the success of the team.

    September 27th – @ Bavarian International School

    The Lady Lions got off to a slow start losing the first match against the host BIS Lions 21-25. Missed serves played a major role in the defeat but communication was surprisingly good for the first matchup of the season. The Lions rallied to win sets two and three 25-20 and 25-22. Coach Burns took advantage of the lead to get some new players into the game in the fourth set. Finding chemistry with new teammates is always a challenge and this proved to be a challenge in this set as the Lions lost 17-25. In the fifth and final set the Lions’ starters returned to the floor but the two BIS big servers saved their best for last and got their team off to an early 9-1 lead which was too big of a hole to overcome for the Lions in the shorter set to 15. The Lions eventually fell 6-15.
    Despite the loss, the Lions made huge gains in their chemistry as a team, which is typically a big disadvantage as a small boarding school playing against larger day schools.

    October 6th – DVAC Varsity Girls Volleyball Festival Budapest

    The Lady Lions were off to Budapest with only one prep game in their pocket, but coach Burns was confident they could hang with the DVAC elite in this mid-season roundup.

    The Lions were up against a consistent powerhouse in recent years, BIS Budapest, in the first game of the tournament. The Lions came out very flat in the first set, obviously still waking up and recovering from the long journey the day before. A combination of missed serves and two giant blockers/attackers on the other team led to a rough start for the Lions which saw them lose 11-25. The Lions also lost Emmallee J., one of two setters in their two-setter system, to an ankle sprain late in the set. With Emmallee sidelined, players had to play out of position since they were not yet prepared for a one-setter system. Despite a good effort in this regard, the Lions fell 16-25.

    Immediately after the first match, the Lions were up against the rumored festival favorite, the host AIS-Budapest Blazers. During the pre-game warm-up it was quite obvious the Lions would have their paws full with the Blazers who had at least three girls who moved about the court with high level prowess. The Lions did not back down, however, as they came together as a team, despite some playing out of position, calling the ball consistently while getting their serves in. This nailbiter was tied at 23-23 before the Blazers managed to win the final two points, handing the Lions their third straight set loss on the day.

    In the second set of the best-of-three, the Lions looked tired after leaving it all on the court in the first set of these back-to-back tough match-ups. The Lions serves started to miss and the frustration started to set in, causing the Lions to make uncharacteristically easy mistakes on free balls. The Lions fell 6-25.

    In the third and final match after a much needed two-hour break, the Lions were up against a weaker opponent in comparison to the last two teams. The new goal was to get one win on the day. However, the British International School of Bratislava had other plans and showed their defensive resilience, returning everything the Lions threw at them. Missed serves again left the Lions always playing catch-up, which they were never able to do in a 14-25 loss to a team they knew they should beat. The second set the Lions dug deep and managed to regain that chemistry they found against the Blazers in the first set. It was a back-and-forth battle with the Lions finding more consistency on the service line. However as the set drew close to the end with the Lions in the lead, the stubborn BISB squad kept the pressure on. The day of playing out of position started to boil over as frustrations came to a head and the Lions saw their lead slip away to a 25-27 loss.

    On the plus-side, Emmalee only suffered a mild sprain and will be back in action soon. The Lions showed signs so far this year that they can play great together. Coach Burns is optimistic that with some practice and back in their normal positions, they can make a run at the championship on November 17th.

    October 19th – Home game against Augsburg International School

    The girls volleyball team was without Stela for this matchup which opened the door for more playing time for some less experienced girls. The Lions got off to a quick start and worked well as a team, winning the first set 25-18. In the second set, Augsburg pushed back as the Lions faltered on the service line, losing 25-16. Augsburg continued to rally as the Lions fell out of sink, losing the third set 25-11. In the fourth set the Lions rallied but fell short 27-25 in a nailbiter. The teams played a fifth set for fun but the Lions didn’t have any push left after leaving everything on the court in the fourth set, losing again by a score of 25-15.

    November 17th – DVAC Varsity Girls Tournament

    The Lady Lions wrapped up their season last weekend finishing 4th of 6 teams at the DVAC year-end tournament.

    AISS defeated the two Bratislava teams while losing a nail-biter to ICS-Budapest. ICS Vienna and BIS Budapest proved to be too strong, defeating the Lions handily in their match-ups. The Lions were without their second setter, Emmalee J, and had to resort to a less familiar one-setter system causing the Lions to struggle to find their groove.

    Eliza D. and Marina B. were the most consistent on the service line while Stela S. went on a 12 point serving streak, against Bratislava, with only a few serves that made their way back over the net. Both Eliza and Maddie T. had some big blocks while Teddy T. was a force on the court all tournament and was the sole setter throughout all five games. Dunja N. and Sonia G. both were both consistent off of the bench and beginner Renate G. toughed out a saw some action as well despite recovering from a finger injury.

    Considering the Lions featured 3 beginners and one second year player, they faired well at the varsity level and are proud of their 4th place finish.

    After weeks of practice, the boys soccer team travelled to the Bavarian International School for their first game. Being the first full field, 11 v 11 match for the squad, a lot of learning was done in preparation for the second game.

    A week later, the American International School – Salzburg, faced off against St. Gilgen International School at RIF Sportszentrum. Being the first home match, the team was excited, and it showed. Scoring goals early and often, the American International School – Salzburg enjoyed a comfortable 12-2 win. Moving forward, the team plays at home against Augsburg on October 19. This will be a great test for a young and inexperienced team.

    On October 19th the boys had their first home game as they hosted Augsburg International School. Post game both teams were heard saying that this was the most exciting game they have been apart of, including the opposing team’s coach. The boys walked away with the win in a 3-2 nail biter.

    The boys wrap up their season with a re-match in St. Gilgen on November 14th.

    The AP exam scores for 2018 have just been released, and we are proud to announce that the majority of our students were very successful. Of a total of 70 examinations that were taken, 58 were passed, amounting to a passing rate of 83%. The average score for all AP exams taken this year is 3.66. Finally, as in every single previous year students at the American International School in Salzburg performed far better than global levels. 78% of students at AIS Salzburg had a score of 3 or better, compared to just 60% of students at the global level. (See College Board’s Five-Year School Summary)

    Below is a comparison by subject with percentages of examinations passed at the American International School in Salzburg compared to the percentages of exams passed worldwide.

    Subject AIS-Salzburg Worldwide
    Biology 67% 62%
    Calculus AB 100% 58%
    English Literature 64% 47%
    European History 100% 57%
    German 100% 69%
    Italian 100% 68%
    Human Geography 59% 54%
    Spanish 100% 88%

    *from College Board AP Score Distributions 2018

    Students took AP Exams in May 2018 after completing challenging college-level courses at high schools around the world. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on student performance on AP exams.

    Thirteen students at the American International School in Salzburg have earned the distinction of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Exams.

    Five students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Roman G., Alejandro M., Sonia R., Alfiya V., and Isabella W..

    Three students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Kostiantyn I., Aleksandra K., and Carlos M.

    Five students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing 3 or more AP exams with grades of 3 or higher. These students are Samuel D., Alisa K., Ana M, Nikita S, and Maxim Z.

    About 23% of the more than 2.5 million high school students in over 20,000 secondary schools worldwide who took AP exams performed at a sufficiently high level to merit the recognition of AP Scholar. At the American International School in Salzburg, 81% of all students eligible were named AP Scholar.

    Congratulations to all AP Scholars on their excellent results!

    Each year our junior class (11th grade) participates in a service trip during the fall excursion period. This year, our students traveled again to Poland to work with Habitat for Humanity to help restore a home for a family in need. The students were also able to visit a local school to meet fellow students while also enjoying a campfire wiener roast.