At AISB we strive to provide academic excellence and at the same time celebrate the individuality, interests and special talents of our students. Our goal is to teach the skills necessary to enable our students to achieve the highest level of their potential – building their bridge to a world of opportunities.
A dedicated faculty and unparalleled student support programs enable us to see that each child’s individual needs are met. Another important factor in this respect is class size. At AISB, the maximum class size is 18 but many classes are smaller with the average student-teacher ratio being 1 to 7 and all classes from Pre-K3 to Grade 2 having a full time assistant.
The success of our efforts can be measured in many ways. This summary aims to give a flavor of the numerous projects and our community activities. It will also give examples of how the work of our community members contributes to the academic and personal development of our children.
Taking our talents to international level
AISB is one of the 30 full members of Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA). The Association is well-known throughout the world of international education for its sports and activities structure, which allows students in member schools to take part in a wide variety of competitions as well as going on cultural visits in the cities of the hosting school. Importantly, the activities-based competitions such as Mathcounts, Knowledge Bowl and Speech and Debate are rapidly growing areas that bring a healthy balance to the opportunities on offer to students.We are committed to working within this vibrant and dynamic community. The events provide additional opportunities for our students to apply creativity, knowledge and skills. We are of course especially proud to celebrate success and this year, like in previous years, we had many reasons to celebrate.
Mathcounts is one of the activities in which our school excels. This year Kevin Jin (Grade 8) won the first-place medal out of 41 students competing against each other in Bucharest. One of our four-member teams won the second place team trophy. The members of that team were: Hao Yu Jia, Phil Kim, Kevin Jin and Rui Qui Chen.
As for sports, our most successful teams have been Varsity and Junior Varsity Boys’ basketball teams who won their respective CEESA tournaments and claimed first place trophies. We had many athletes competing with pride and passion, exceeding their personal best. We are also very proud of the Junior Varsity Girls’ basketball team who won the sportsmanship trophy in their CEESA tournament.
The annual Speech and Debate competition took place in Moscow this year. Our team of seven hardworking Middle School students was challenged as they competed against students from fourteen other schools. Our team won debates in the preliminary rounds and advanced through to the finals of the ‘impromptu’ competition. Kresmir Krajnovic walked away with first place in original oratory and second place in impromptu speaking.
There is also a new CEESA activity, namely Robotics. AISB made history by hosting the first-ever Middle School Robotics tournament. Fifty-six students worked on fulfilling the Food Factor Challenge and developed skills in Robot Mechanics, programming, teamwork and creativity. Professor Korondi of ELTE University made a superb presentation on the future of Robotics in the 21st Century and student participants also were able to visit the Palace of Wonders. This tournament was a great success for our community and a milestone in CEESA history.
Becoming responsible global citizens
AISB aims to prepare students to be responsible global citizens and enable them to achieve their highest potential. With respect to these two goals, the school emphasizes the whole child, providing a wide variety of excellent academic and co-curricular experiences.
This year saw the third annual ‘Peace One Day’ event hosted by Grade 8. Each student gave a speech on topics from around the world that they believe prevent peace. The issues were chosen in October. The writing and speechmaking is truly a culminating academic project, connecting ideas and themes explored in both Language Arts and World Geography. Importantly, speeches were delivered to a mixture of parents and distinguished guests. These guests, ranging from Ambassadors to United Nations workers, from university presidents to a member of Hungarian Parliament, provided individualized, specific feedback to every student. The afternoon concluded with a presentation by Agnes Osztolykan, the first female Roma elected to the Hungarian Parliament. She shared with the students her life story and her passion for working for peace.
Building a community
A vital component in the AISB experience is the parent community. A strong bond between parents and the school enhances the lives of the students and their families. In the fall of 2010, the AISB Community Engagement Program (ACEP) was launched to create opportunities for our community to come together, and pursue meaningful educational, social, cultural and recreational activities. As part of this initiative, the Adult Enrichment Program was created, where parents are offered language classes, sport activities, and computer skills training. In our Winter/Spring Program we finally offered 11 courses including two new initiatives: Introduction to Digital Photography and Beginners’ Chinese.
One of the finest accomplishments of the parent community is the organization of the International Festival. This is an event that brings together our whole community to celebrate the unique diversity of our school. This year, the Festival was held on April 1 and attracted over 2,000 visitors. This truly spectacular event offered something for everyone: international cuisine, many student and adult performances, children’s activities, a major raffle and a market place. Proceeds go to support student involvement in the various service learning and community service projects.