The American International School-Salzburg is an international, college-preparatory boarding school for students in grades 7 through 12 located in one of the most beautiful and culturally-rich cities in Western Europe. Founded in 1976, AIS-Salzburg has been preparing outstanding international students for success at university and beyond by offering a rigorous academic program, a rich and varied social and cultural activities program, small class sizes and a 3-to-1 student-to-staff ratio. Our school is designed to remain small with a student body of around 100 students at full capacity, thus enhancing individual guidance and instruction and establishing a familiar atmosphere where every student feels cared for personally.

Message from the Headmaster

American International School in Salzburg. Foto: Andreas Kolarik, 26.09.14
To those of us who have the great fortune to live and work in this unique and lovely school, the honor of offering you this overview of our beautiful location, our academic and social programs, and our talented and dedicated students and staff, is a challenging proposition to say the least. Only those who have had the opportunity to experience life and learning in this unforgettable and timeless city can truly understand what an international education in a boarding school can provide and how it can equip a student not only for the challenges of university but bring out hidden talents and further an understanding of our world which is truly global and universal.

Living and attending school abroad will challenge your beliefs, excite your senses, and broaden your mind like nothing else. For the thousands of students who have attended AIS-Salzburg over the years, I am absolutely certain that the events they experienced here, the diversity of the students with whom they studied, and the remarkable dedication of their teachers left a mark upon them which they continue to carry today. It is the mark of wisdom, discernment, and fairness which can only come through experiencing life and studying abroad. I hope that you, too, have an interest in experiencing a challenging educational opportunity abroad. There is much to say about AIS-Salzburg because it encompasses all of life: learning; living; travelling and sharing experiences together; and preparing for the future ahead. It‘s a lot to think about, but as every student in our school knows, life was never more interesting or challenging than while enrolled at AIS-Salzburg. – Paul McLean, Headmaster

Since the establishment of the American International School-Salzburg in 1976, thousands of young people from all over the world have combined a challenging and rigorous academic program with the chance to live and study in Salzburg, Austria. While living abroad can be an education in its own right, the American International School-Salzburg offers a very solid, college-preparatory program which leads to the awarding of an American high school diploma with AP credentials.

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The curricular program of the school is maintained and regularly evaluated by the school’s administration, teaching faculty, and resident-care staff. It complies fully with AP-program guidelines and our policies, teaching materials, and approach to teaching remain consistent with most accredited independent schools in the United States and worldwide. The language of instruction at our school is English and most of the teaching faculty and resident-care staff members are US citizens and native English speakers. Given our historical and educational orientation, it should not be surprising that our students participate in a program which will provide excellent preparation for entrance to universities and colleges worldwide.

Amerikanische Schule - Moosstraße  Foto: Kolarik AndreasStudents interested in studying abroad upon graduation from AIS-Salzburg are also served by our curricular program and Advanced Placement® examinations. Graduates of AIS-Salzburg meet the requirements of and gain entrance to colleges and universities in Great Britain, continental Europe, the Far East, and all over the world. The key to equivalency with local school diplomas lies with the Advanced Placement® program of examinations which students may take each spring. The American high-school diploma plus a number of Advanced Placement® examinations with appropriate scores can open the doors to nearly any university program anywhere in the world.

What does distinguish the school from other American independent boarding schools is the fact that our students and setting are quite international. Given this, the school takes pains to provide appropriate English assistance programming for students whose English requires improvement before enrollment in the regular academic curriculum. Several levels of English assistance coursework are offered throughout the school year which require the students’ participation in a number of English courses including grammar and composition, reading and vocabulary, and speech and pronunciation. Although a student may be enrolled in the English Assistance program, they still participate in a full load of credit-bearing classes and move toward the school’s diploma at the end of the 12th grade year.

AIS-Salzburg Statement of Mission

The American International School-Salzburg is a boarding and day school committed to the college-preparatory education of qualified and conscientious young men and women. The academic and boarding programs nurture the students’ intellectual growth and creativity, as well as their social, physical, and personal development. The school community is guided by and dependent upon self-discipline, mutual respect, integrity, care, and compassion. The school empowers students to succeed in further studies, to exercise informed judgment, and to become active and responsible members of society.

AIS-Salzburg Beliefs

Security and Respect
We believe in the necessity of providing students with a safe and secure environment where they may live and work to fulfill their greatest potential, secure in the knowledge that they will receive respect and encouragement from all members of the school community.

Responsibility and Character
We believe that a school community thrives on responsible behavior and functions best when each member strives to become an individual of character guided by integrity, honesty, self-control, self-discipline, kindness, and compassion.

Diversity and Cultural Breadth
We believe that our unique international setting and diverse school community provides a fertile environment for learning, growth and cultural understanding.

Attention and Guidance
We believe that students learn best in an environment with a low staff-student ratio which optimizes individual attention and guidance.

Balance and Wholeness
We believe in the necessity of providing an educational program which focuses upon students’ intellectual abilities and creativity as well as their emotional, physical, and ethical development.

Discernment and Evaluation
We believe that students should be able to engage in the critical evaluation and meaningful debate of theories and opinions and be able to discern between faulty and logical argumentation.

Involvement and Commitment
We believe that students should commit themselves to the betterment of the society, in which they live, and thus we strive to direct students’ interest and attention to the responsibilities required of world citizens.

AIS-Salzburg Profile of Graduates

Graduates of the American International School-Salzburg will demonstrate the following competencies:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Graduates who…
-have intellectual capabilities, knowledge, and abilities which have been developed to a level that will serve them well in their continuing studies at university and beyond.
-value knowledge and wisdom and the lifelong acquisition of the same.
-can overcome obstacles and challenges through resourceful, creative and critical thinking and the utilization of resources.
-have been acquainted and are familiar—at some essential level—with human knowledge gains in the social sciences, humanities, languages, natural sciences, and mathematics and understands that these areas of human understanding continue to grow and develop.
-approach the study of new knowledge with interest, curiosity, care, discipline, and integrity.
can effectively balance and manage academic and personal demands.
-are able to engage in critical evaluation and meaningful debate of theories and opinions and is able to discern between faulty and logical argumentation.

Communication and Language Skills

Graduates who…
-can communicate effectively, reasonably, and clearly in both written and spoken English.
-can engage in meaningful verbal or written debate, discussion and evaluation on a wide variety of topics with circumspection.
-have knowledge of at least two foreign languages other than their native tongues and have thereby gained valuable insights into other cultures through the study of foreign languages and multicultural interaction.

Community Awareness and Involvement

Graduates who…
-understand their civic responsibilities and commit themselves to the betterment of society.
-are actively involved and offer their talents to the improvement of their community.
-are able to effectively integrate themselves into an international community.

Personal Qualities

Graduates who…
-demonstrate honesty, integrity, self-respect, self-discipline, kindness, and compassion.
-make wise health choices, are emotionally stable, and value physical exercise.
-respect and appreciate cultural diversity.
-value human rights and are ethical in their interactions with others.

Our Setting

Situated near the base of the majestic Untersberg, the American International School Salzburg is just minutes away from the heart of Salzburg. With its spectacular architecture, beautiful mountainous scenery, and storybook altstadt, Salzburg offers a cultural experience like no other. The birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the filming of The Sound of Music, and the beautiful Christkindlmarkts all help to combine in making Salzburg one of the most visited cities in the world. With our school set in Salzburg, our students have countless opportunities to gain worldly experience and the chance to explore the region through our rich program. With classical concert nights, the alpine sports club, an extensive list of weekend activities, as well as numerous other events, students will be able to experience what millions of travelers come to see right in their own backyard.

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Past Graduates

Since 1976, AIS-Salzburg has awarded diplomas to over 900 young men and women who have gained acceptance to institutions of higher learning worldwide, including:

American University of Paris
Baylor University
Boston University
Brown University
California Institute of Technology
Chicago Institute of Art
Colgate University
Cornell University
Dartmouth University
Duke University
Florida International University
Fordham University
George Washington University
Georgia Southern University
German National Universities
Harvard University
Hofstra University
London School of Economics
Marymount Manhattan College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McGill University
New York University
Pomona College
Rutgers University
State College of Florida
SUNY Stoneybrook
University of Illinois
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts
University of Miami
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Carleton University
McGill University
Notre Dame University
Northwestern University
Oxford University
Puget Sound University
Queens University
University of British Columbia
University of Victoria
Bournemouth University
Coventry University
Kings College London
Kingston University
Leeds University
Queen Mary University
Queens College (Canada)
Regent’s College
Stanford University
Suffolk University
Syracuse University
United States Naval Academy
University of Aberdeen
Universities of Austria (Salzburg, Vienna, Innsbruck)
University of Birmingham
University of East London
University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
University of Manchester
University of North Carolina
University of Western Ontario
University of Westminster
University of Wisconsin
University of Vermont
Vanderbilt University
Warwick University (UK)
York University

AIS-Salzburg Data Protection Policy

I. Introduction

This Data Protection Policy describes how personal data must be collected, handled and stored to meet the data protection standards established by the European Union (EU) Regulation 2016/679 with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data. This regulation is referred to as the GDPR.
This policy is to provide a general framework whereby an adequate level of protection of personal data of students, parents and legal guardian of students, employees, and contractual partners of AIS-Salzburg is ensured in its processing.

This policy provides guidelines to ensure that AIS-Salzburg:
1. complies with the EU data protection laws (GDPR);
2. protects the rights of employees, students and parents and other contractual partners;
3. is transparent about how it stores and processes individuals’ personal data:
4. adequate safeguards are in place to protect itself and others whose personal data is processed from risks such as
breaches of confidentiality, reputational damage and appropriate choice us data usage.
To these ends, the actions of all staff who have access to any type of personal data must comply with this policy.

II. Types of Client Data Collected at AIS-Salzburg

Client/Student data include but are not limited to:

1. Client’s contact details (i.e., name, surname, business or residential address, telephone number, e-mail address) for
marketing purposes.
2. Student exam and other academic results, date of birth, evaluations results, grade, pictures, and movies, social/
behavioral commentary and health/medical data.
3. All client data that has been obtained by the client in the course of discussing or performing professional
educational services and data obtained from any sources that are necessary for the performance of professional educational services and consequently for invoicing purposes as per the requirements of the applicable laws, including financial data, personal identification numbers, etc.
4. All client data obtained from a client in the course of provision of professional educational services.
This information is required in carrying out the duties of the school and its educational mission. Examples of personal data collected (not exhaustive):
a. name and surname
b. full name of family members
c. address (home/residence)
d. profession/job title
e. training/diplomas/studies
f. date and place of birth
g. citizenship
h. passport/identity documents
i. birth certificate data
j. health data
k. telephone/fax
l. e-mail address
m. image
n. gender
o. physical data
p. habits, preferences, behavior
q. economic and financial situation
r. family status
s. military status
t. civil status data
u. bank data
v. voice
w. signature
x. academic background, evaluations, results, and details of experience
y. CCTV images and recordings of staff, personnel, students, and visitors to the school

III. Data Processing Requirements and Purposes

The principles of lawfulness, fairness, and transparency are fundamental to all data collection and processing at AIS- Salzburg. There must be a legitimate, defensible basis for which the processing of all personal data occurs, including consent from the data subject and clear necessity for compliance with legal obligations to which the school must adhere. All data collection processing and its purpose must also be clearly explained in understandable communication with the clients of AIS-Salzburg.

The processing of personal data must comply with all applicable laws and in conformity with the following principles:
1. Processed fairly, lawfully and in a transparent manner;
2. Processed only for limited, specified and lawful purposes;
3. Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to purposes;
4. Accurate and kept up-to-date;
5. Not kept longer than necessary;
6. Processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security, including protection against unauthorizes or unlawful
processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organizational
7. Disclosed only if required by the data subject, applicable law or regulation;
8. Transferred only to countries with adequate protection or to entities offering adequate protection.
AIS-Salzburg will collect personal data for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not process the data further than for the purpose, for which it was collected. AIS-Salzburg can process personal data only if one of the following circumstances is met:
1. With the explicit and unambiguous consent of the individual to whom the data relate;
2. Where necessary, to execute a contractual relationship
3. When necessary, to protect the legitimate interests and rights of the individuals;
4. Where necessary, for the purposes of the legitimate interests of AIS-Salzburg without prejudicing the rights,
freedoms or legitimate interests of the persons to whom the data relates;
5. Where necessary to fulfill applicable laws.

AIS-Salzburg will process only data that is adequate, relevant, limited to and necessary for the purposes of professional education in a boarding setting.
AIS-Salzburg is obliged to ensure that all personal data is accurate and up-tp-date where required.
AIS-Salzburg will not retain personal data for a longer period than what is necessary for the purposes for which it was collected and processed.
AIS-Salzburg will only transfer personal data outside the European Economic Area where there are appropriate safeguards in place, such as the right contractual framework.
Data subjects rights will be adhered to by AIS-Salzburg. All data subjects have the right to access a copy of the personal data we hold on them.
Both AIS-Salzburg as well as any data processor authorized by AIS-Salzburg, shall keep the confidentiality of the personal data, under the requirements of the law, will not disclose, publish or otherwise reveal any information relating to personal data and operations performed without an appropriate legal basis allowing them to do so. Data processors authorized by AIS-Salzburg shall disclose personal data only with AIS-Salzburg authorization, unless a legal obligation imposes data processors to act otherwise.
In case of loss or leakage of personal data or suspicions of potential loss or leakage of personal data to unauthorized persons, AIS-Salzburg shall inform the competent authorities and the relevant persons accordingly.
AIS-Salzburg will maintain data security by protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the personal data. Confidentiality will be maintained by limiting access only to those authorized to access it. Integrity will be protected by ensuring that the personal data is accurate and suitable for the purposes for which it was collected and processed. Personal data will be made available to authorized users if they require it for authorized purposes.

IV. Sensitive Data Processing

AIS-Salzburg prohibits the collection or processing of data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, physical or mental health data, trade-union membership, and the processing of data concerning health or sex life, unless:
1. The individual has given explicit consent of he processing thereof.
2. Processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person where the data subject is physically or legally incapable of giving consent.
3. Processing of personal data relates to data which are manifestly made public by the data subject.
4. Processing is necessary for preventative medicine, for the assessment of the appropriateness of participation in
educational programming, for medical diagnosis, for the provision of health or social care or treatment or the management of health or social care systems and services on the basis of the European Union or member state law or pursuant to contract with a health professional.

V. Individual Notification

AIS-Salzburg will inform individuals of this data protection policy with notice concerning:
1. the purposes for which their personal data are processed.
2. other relevant information: the nature and categories of the processed personal data, the categories of third parties
to which the personal data are disclosed and how and when individuals can exercise their rights.

VI. Consent

The consent of the client is defined by the GDPR as ‘freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of the data subject’s wishes by which he or she, by a statement or by a clear affirmative action, signifies agreement to the processing of personal data relating to him or her.’ AIS-Salzburg will keep records of valid consent throughout the enrollment period of any client.

VII. Withdrawal of Consent

Data subjects have the right to withdraw his or her consent at any time. AIS-Salzburg accepts a written statement signed by the data subject which specify the exercise of the right of withdrawal of the consent. It should be forwarded to [email protected] or by mail using the school’s street address: Moosstrasse 106, 5020 Salzburg, Austria.

VII. Data Use

1. When working with personal data, authorized employees of AIS-Salzburg will ensure that the screens of their personal computers are always locked when left unattended.
2. Personal data will not be shared informally and never sent by e-mail.
3. Data will be encrypted before being sent electronically.
4. Authorized employees will not save copies of personal data on their own computers; they will only access and
update the central copy (PowerSchool).
5. Personal data will not be disclosed to unauthorized persons, either within AIS-Salzburg or externally.
6. Data will be regularly reviewed and updated if it is found to be out-of-date. If no longer required, it will be deleted.
7. Only those authorized employees who require access to personal data in the functioning of their responsibilities will
be granted access by the Data Protection Officer.

VIII. Data Storage

Personal data will be stored at AIS-Salzburg in such a form that permits identification of data subjects for no longer than necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed. Personal data may be stored for longer periods so far as the data will be processed solely for archiving purposes in the client’s or public interest or for scientific, historical, or statistical purposes with appropriate safeguards.
All personal data stored will be in such a manner that ensures appropriate security against unlawful processing and accidental loss, destruction or damage.

Security measures in place at AIS-Salzburg:
1. Users will always lock their laptop/desktop when moving away from the computer.
2. Users will never attempt to circumvent computer or server security or gain access to a system for which they have
no authorization.
3. Servers and workstations will be protected by using security software and firewall rules.
4. Servers are located in places specially equipped with access and environmental controls and will be inaccessible to unauthorized individuals.
5. Data will be frequently and regularly backed up.
6. Employees of AIS-Salzburg must use strong passwords which are frequently changed. All passwords must be kept
confidential by all employees.
7. Access to the IT systems at AIS-Salzburg are granted on a ‘need to know’ basis, based upon privileges required to
perform specific duties.

Security for printed data at AIS-Salzburg:
1. Users working in departments that handle confidential information will lock and secure all information and
equipment when they are away from their desk areas.
2. Access controls are implemented throughout the school and are applied to all employees, clients, contracted
partners, and visitors to the school.
3. Retention and disposal schedules are in place to ensure legal compliance with GDPR as well as protect personal
and intellectual property.

IX. Data Accuracy

Personal data stored and processed at AIS-Salzburg will be updated to be kept as accurate as possible. Inaccurate data will be discarded or deleted immediately. All employees at AIS-Salzburg will maintain vigilance in an effort to ensure that all stored data is accurate.

X. Transfer of Data to Third Parties

Authorized employees of AIS-Salzburg will remain vigilant in their transferral of personal data for purposes specifically required by professional educational practice and supported by the school’s mission. In all cases where possible, authorized employees will evaluate, with the assistance of the IT Coordinator, the security of all transfers in or outside of the EU and implement appropriate safeguards as required by the GDPR.
The AIS-Salzburg college counselor will require that third parties in reception of personal data (e.g., universities, medical officials) prove that appropriate security measures are in place for the transfer of such data as well as the submission of further data that relies upon stored and processed personal data from clients of AIS-Salzburg.
The AIS-Salzburg office administration will ensure that all contracted partners and clients with which personal data is transferred prove secure systems are in place for such transferral. In all such cases, such transfers will take place only through transparent necessity in meeting the school’s professional educational goals and mission.

XI. Data Protection Officer (DPO) at AIS-Salzburg

The Data Protection Office at AIS-Salzburg is Mr. Paul McLean, [email protected], AIS-Salzburg, Moosstrasse 106, 5020 Salzburg, Austria. The DPO is required to:
1. keep the administration of AIS-Salzburg updated about all data protection responsibilities, risks and other issues.
2. Review all data protection procedures and related policies.
3. Arrange data protection training and advice to employees responsible for processing personal data.
4. Deal with requests from individuals to see the data AIS-Salzburg stores on them (‘subject access requests’)
5. Checking and approving any contracts or agreements with third parties that may handle our sensitive data.
6. Control and monitor all data protection procedures.
7. Stay informed of all data protection laws and procedures.

XII. Employees with Access to Personal Data at AIS-Salzburg

1. Only access personal data to the extent necessary to serve the applicable legitimate purposes for which AIS- Salzburg processes personal data and to perform their job.
2. Report any incident or issue relating to the security of personal data to the DPO.
3. Never discuss confidential information in public areas or with individuals who do not have the need to know.
4. Dispose of sensitive documents properly.
5. Power off computing devices when not in use for extended periods.
6. Lock and secure all information and equipment when they are away from their desk areas.
7. Keep all secure information out of sight or view when away from their desks.
8. No storage of passwords in plain text.
9. Promptly report and suspected breach of security that comes to their attention.
10. Consult the DPO whenever they have concerns about data privacy.

XIII. IT Manager at AIS-Salzburg with Access to Personal Data

1. Ensure that all systems, services and equipment used for storing data meet acceptable security standards.
2. Perform regular checks and scans to ensure security hardware and software is functioning properly.
3. Evaluate any third-party services AIS-Salzburg is considering using to store or process data in order to ensure the
integrity, confidentiality and availability of processed data.
4. Identify and implement technical measure to ensure the security of personal data stored.
5. Provide support for investigating potential breaches of security.
6. Provide personnel assistance on technical and security standards for the processing and protection of personal data.

XIV. Admissions and External Relations

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Ensuring that the marketing strategies comply with the principles of this policy.
Ensure that personal data databases used for marketing purposes is accurate and up-to-date.
Work with other organization representatives to ensure that marketing initiatives respect the principles of personal data protection.
Coordinate any requests of media regarding the protection of personal data.
Ensure any statement of personal data that accompanies advertising material, or is used in communication channels (e-mail, letters).

Data Subject Rights

In the collection of personal data directly from the data subjects to whom it relates, AIS-Salzburg will make sure that those persons are aware of the following at the time when personal data are obtained:
1. The identity and the contact details of the DSO.
2. The purposes of the processing and legal basis
3. The legitimate interests pursued by the school or a third party, where applicable.
4. The recipients or categories of recipients of the personal data, if any.
5. The fact that the school intends to transfer personal data abroad and the existence or absence of an adequacy
decision, where applicable.
6. The period for which the personal data will be stored, or criteria used to determine that period.
7. The existence of the rights of the data subject: to request access to and rectification or erasure of personal data,
or a restriction on processing or to object to processing, the right to data portability, the right to withdraw consent
at any time, and the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority.
8. Whether the provision of personal data is a statutory or contractual requirement, or a requirement necessary to
enter into a contract, as well as whether the data subject is obliged to provide the personal data, and the possible consequences of failure to provide such data.