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AIS-Salzburg Newsletter

Dear AIS-Salzburg Community,

In this final week of the summer break, we hope that everyone reading this has successfully, prudently and responsibly made it through this very unusual and challenging summer.  With the return of our boarders, orientation meetings, and courses starting next week, it feels to us as if a very great and positive change is coming and that our daily lives will be characterized by more normal circumstances once again.  Regardless of the COVID-19 policies and restrictions that have to be put in place, we are working hard and preparing for a school year filled with challenges, growth, experience and social engagement in one of the most beautiful places in the world.  I think this should be possible, even if it's in a mask.  We can't wait to get started with the new school year!

We hope you enjoy this week's newsletter.

Headmaster McLean

AIS-Salzburg Advanced Placement Examination Results 2020

The AP exam scores for 2020 have just been released, and we are proud to announce that the majority of our students were very successful. Of a total of 58 examinations that were taken, 47 were passed, amounting to a passing rate of 81%. The average score for all AP exams taken this year is 3.36. Finally, as in every single previous year students at the American International School in Salzburg performed far better than global levels. 92% 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)

Students took AP Exams in May 2020 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.

Nine 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 collegelevel Advanced Placement Exams.

Three 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 Julia M., Danila S., and Maddie T.

One student 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. This student is Desard S.

Four students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing 3 or more AP exams with grades of 3 or higher. These students are Marina B., Nicole C., Laetitia F., and Elena P. 

About 23% of the more than 2.5 million high school students in over 20,000 secondary schools worldwide who took AP exams in 2018 (data for 2020 is not yet available) performed at a sufficiently high level to merit the recognition of AP Scholar. At the American International School in Salzburg, 89% of all students eligible were named AP Scholar.

Congratulations to all AP Scholars on their excellent results!

AIS-Salzburg Dormitories

At the American International School-Salzburg, typically over 85% of the students are enrolled as full or five-day boarders. This makes AIS-Salzburg a true boarding school where the entire academic, social and recreational programs are constructed around this fact.

The girls' dormitory floors include a majority of double rooms, a handful of triple rooms, and two single rooms. All rooms have their own bathroom and shower and most were very recently renovated. The boys’ dormitory includes an equal proportion of double and triple rooms as well as two single rooms. The boys’ rooms also include their own shower and bathroom en suite.

The resident staff is assigned accommodation on each of the student floors and are available during all non-academic hours.
To learn more about student life at the school go to:

Hidden Salzburg: The Green Man

The most famous cultural event in Salzburg—aside from the birth of Mozart in 1756—is surely the annual Summer Music Festival, the Salzburger Festspiele.  With its 100-year history, the Festspiele have attracted the wealthy and cultured from around the globe for decades.  As they exit the concert halls, however, few of these classical music and opera fans will notice the seemingly-odd 'Green Man' standing opposite the concert halls atop his pedestal and fountain.

A symbol that probably goes back far into human cultural history and beliefs, the green man is an ancient fertility symbol of rebirth, regrowth and recovery of balance.  For millennia, prehistoric man worshipped and revered the movement of the heavenly bodies and the cyclical nature of the seasons with their progressions and returns; granting a glimpse of order and purpose that seemed to be an essential characteristic of the fabric of the world.  In their reverence, the ancients left many representations and monuments to the equilibrium that gave them hope; the green man being one of the most prominent of them.  If you start looking around, you'll find green men everywhere, especially throughout Europe.  Is it not possible that the green man—establishing a link between nature's consistent equilibrium and human agency—remains an important and viable symbol today?

News & Upcoming Events

Arrival Days, September 7th & 8th. Boarding students for the 2020-2021 school year arrive and settle in during these two days.

Orientation Day, September 9th. Given the considerations, policy alterations and general requirements that will be implemented this school year, we have decided to alter our traditional program for Orientation Day, September 9, 2020. Below, you will find the revised program. Since the Orientation Meetings on Wednesday morning will include some very important announcements regarding the various aspects of the present Corona virus pandemic and how the school is going to deal with these, it is strongly recommended that at least one parent, if possible, be in attendance. 
View Program
First Day of Classes, September 10th. The 2020-2021 academic calendar begins.
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