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.


Message from the Headmaster

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