Although there is a great deal of academic intensity associated with enrolment at the American International School-Salzburg, as a full-boarding school, we also place great emphasis and focus on the non-academic programs and the educational development that takes place during those hours. Academic and intellectual development must always be balanced by an engaging, well-rounded, and positive personality.
As a true boarding school with over 80% of our students resident on campus, AIS-Salzburg provides a wide variety of competitive athletics activities, excursions, and countless opportunities for social engagement and involvement. Any given weekend during the school year, our students be found playing soccer at a tournament in Switzerland, skiing in the beautiful Austrian Alps, taking in a museum in Vienna, or watching a film with their friends.
At AIS-Salzburg, we believe that in order to be a truly educated person, you have to be driven to find your limits, challenged to know your talents, and tested to develop your character. That a great deal of this will necessarily take place during non-academic hours is obvious as we place great emphasis and go to significant expense to provide a boarding and pastoral care program which is directed by a staff which is talented, energetic, and has our mission and goals as their guide.
The resident staff at AIS-Salzburg do not teach credit-bearing classes. Instead, they focus on the immediate and real needs of our students during the non-academic hours as well as instruct them in physical education and sports. The resident staff is made up of Dorm Parents and Resident Assistants. The Dorm Parents are often adults who have raised their own children through 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. Resident Assistants provide more of a “big brother” or “big sister” role in the lives of our boarders and they are generally recent graduates from universities themselves; bringing youth, action, and energy to our staff and programs.