The American English Academy operates a selective admissions policy and welcomes applications from students who have demonstrated high motivation, good command of the English language, excellent social skills, and eagerness to learn. All applicants for Grades 1-12 are subject to further evaluation which includes an entrance interview and English language skills assessment.
Admissions to the American English Academy are based on the capacity of the school to meet the educational needs of the applicant, and the potential of the applicant to benefit from the education provided. In addition to the above, all applications are further evaluated in consideration of language support, special needs, class size and demographics. All admissions are subject to availability, and in case their designated grade-level is full, students may be included in the wait pool upon parents’ request.
Priority of admission is given to applicants in the following order: children with siblings currently studying at AEA; children who have been studying in other international schools; children of parents with international citizenship; children of parents with Bulgarian citizenship.
American English Academy accepts students throughout the entire school year, provided that there is available placement in the respective grade level. All applications are reviewed on individual basis when submitted and there is no deadline for application. After being carefully evaluated, new applications will receive either ‘approved’, ‘rejected’, or ‘continued for further assessment’ status. Approved candidates are enrolled and registered at AEA only after an Agreement for educational services is signed between the school and student’s parent/representative. The complete ‘application to enrollment’ process usually requires about ten to fifteen days, provided all the application documents are submitted within the given time frame and no further assessment of the applicant is required.
Approved applicants are admitted to the school based on the chronological order of their application submission, acceptance, and registration. Therefore, we strongly advise interested parents to submit an admission application at their earliest conveniences in order to secure placement in the desired grade level.
Students Body Demographics
Cultural diversity is one of the most distinguishing features of AEA and the school is attended by students from approximately 40 different nationalities. All races, ethnicities, cultural and religious backgrounds are welcome at AEA and students are encouraged to develop respect, tolerance, and appreciation of different nationalities. Our aim is to provide enriched social life for our students and encourage the active intercultural exchange between them. In this multicultural environment the AEA students gain a better perspective of our diverse world, developing an international mindset and growing as citizens of the world.
Grade Placement Guidelines
New students are placed in a specific grade level based on their previous educational experience, and their age. Thus, for example, a student who has completed 3rd grade in a previous school most probably will be admitted to 4th grade at AEA. Applicants’ assessment results provide additional guidelines in regard to students’ most adequate placement.
Each applicant is assessed on a case-by-case basis and exceptions could be made if there are relevant reasons for placement outside the described ranges. Due to the specifics of our student population and the fact that our students come from different educational systems, there are instances where additional criteria are applied. In general, students should be no more than twelve months older or younger than the average age for their grade.