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Welcome to AISD Admissions

Our friendly and professional Admissions team is here for you. Whether you are looking to join us from a different country or from a school in Bangladesh, we have the support and expertise to help you in every step of the admissions process. If you would like to visit us in person, contact us at aisdadmissions@aisdhaka.org.

The American International School Dhaka (AISD) is a multicultural institution with an American curriculum structure taught in the English language offering both the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and an American High School Diploma. Its primary purpose is to provide quality education for expatriate children. In addition to expatriate children, we welcome a limited number of children from Bangladesh.

Our school year is divided into two semesters. The first from mid August to mid December, the second from the beginning of January to the beginning of June.

Submitting an application to AISD is done online. Links to our secure online application forms are in the menu to the left of this page. Our How to Apply page explains how to apply, what documents are needed, and links to form downloads.

Given AISD's close relationship with the United States Embassy in Bangladesh, children of U.S. Government employees, in grades Kindergarten through twelve, whose fees are paid by the U.S. Government and who meet the school's entrance requirements, will be admitted automatically to the school. For Pre-Kindergarten, children of U.S. Government employees, whose fees would be paid by the U.S. Government (in grades K-12) and who meet the entrance requirements, are given priority for admission. 

Please note all families, including U.S. Embassy employees, must complete and submit applications online in advance of their arrival in Bangladesh, preferably before the end of the semester prior to arrival. 

When to Apply

We recommend families submit applications to AISD well in advance of their arrival into Bangladesh, preferably before the end of their current semester.

Documentation

In order for your submitted application to enter the application review process, all required documentation must be submitted online. Past school reports are essential to the review process. Applications will not be reviewed until all the required documents are received. For a list of documents required, see How to Apply.

Please be aware our admissions team cannot gather or request school documents from other schools on behalf of families applying to AISD. All documents must be collected and submitted directly by families.

Learning Support

Our educational community serves students who meet admissions criteria and can be supported by our inclusionary model, given the services available. Support is provided within each division (ES, MS, and HS) in order to meet a variety of needs. While AISD does not modify the curriculum for students, we provide accommodations based on identified needs. All three divisions at AISD use a collaborative approach when identifying and meeting the needs of students. We have the training and resources to address the needs of students requiring English as an Additional Language, counseling services and learning support services for learning difficulties. We promote curricular integration and student engagement, and hold ourselves accountable for differentiating instruction and collaborating with colleagues to best address each child’s learning needs. 

​If your child has learning difficulties or special needs, please include the relevant reports as part of your online application.

Application Review

Once the online application is successfully submitted and the Application Processing Fee has been paid, parents will receive a confirmation of receipt email from the admissions team within three working days*.  After placement tests have been carried out, the complete file will be turned over to our admissions team for review and final decision. Parents will be notified of the admission team's decision by email from the admissions office. Families living in Bangladesh may also be contacted by phone.

*The working week in Bangladesh is from Sunday to Thursday (UTC+6). Bangladesh does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

Readiness for Pre-K and Elementary School Children

For children just starting school, typically in Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 classes, please ensure that your child is fully toilet trained and is able to use the bathroom without adult assistance before applying. 

All elementary school students (including Pre-K) must be able to dress and feed themselves independently. 

Middle and High School

Middle school and high school students are required to bring their own laptop (Mac or Windows) to school daily. The specifications will be shared upon successful admission.

High school students will need scientific calculators. The specifications will be shared upon successful admission.  

Mandatory Activities

AISD is an IB school that follows a holistic approach to learning, which means that your child(ren) will be involved in a variety of different activities that are considered mandatory and relevant to their personal development and learning. This includes the Discovery Week program for Middle and High School students which sees all students in the entire grade explore other countries, encouraging them to work together as a team and experience community service.