Bilingual Programme

Should my child be applying for the Bilingual Programme or for the IB Programme?

Your child should be applying for the Bilingual Programme if he/she is joining Years 1-4 (ages 10-14). If your child is joining years 5-8 (ages 14-18), he/she will join the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. Years 5 and 6 (ages 14-16) form our “pre-IB Years” and Years 7 and 8 (ages 16-18) are the IB Diploma Programme itself.

What are the criteria for admission to the Bilingual Programme?

Pupils must be resident in Klosterneuburg and pass a written and oral admissions test. 50 pupils are accepted into Year 1 of the Programme per year, based on residency in Klosterneuburg, the results of the tests and on their primary school grades.
If your child is applying to the Bilingual Programme for any other year, or to the IB Programme, an individual date for testing will be arranged. A place in the Programme will be allocated based on: the availability of places, residency in Klosterneuburg, your child’s academic record and the result of the entrance assessment.

When does my child apply for the Bilingual Programme?

To join Year 1, your child needs to apply at the beginning of February, prior to starting in September. The exact dates are set by the Lower Austrian Education Board. They are therefore non-negotiable. The exact dates are posted in advance on the school website.
If your child is looking to join Years 2-8, a first enquiry should be made before December 31st.

My child wants to join the Bilingual Programme but currently speaks only German or English. Is this a problem?

If your child wants to join the Bilingual Programme in Year 1 and does not speak English, this is not a problem. Many of the Year 1 pupils join with minimal previous knowledge of English and the teaching is structured with this in mind. However, having no previous knowledge of German is problematic and we strongly advise any child not speaking German and wishing to apply for a place to undertake study of the language before joining. These cases will be discussed on an individual basis.

Does my child need to sit an admissions test?

Yes. If your child is applying to Year 1, the application needs to be in by mid-February (this date is set by the Lower Austrian Education Board and is non-negotiable). Your child will then be invited to sit a written and oral test during the month of March. The test can be done either in German or English, depending on which language the pupil has been educated in. 50 pupils are accepted into Year 1; acceptance into other years is only possible when there are free places.
For admissions into Years 2-8, an individual test date will be arranged.

Is there any specific preparation required for the admissions test into Year 1?

No. The test diagnoses ability in the child's first language of instruction (German or English), creativity and logical thinking.

How much does the Bilingual Programme cost?

We are a non-fee-paying Austrian state school. The Bilingual Programme is supported by the Education Board of Lower Austria. To cover additional costs the Programme carries a contribution of €45 per month for each pupil. Admission to Year 1 carries a fee of €25. The more personalised admissions service required for entry to Years 2-8 carries a charge of 80€.

IB Diploma Programme

Why do the IB?

The skills and competences that the IB Diploma Programme equips you with prepare you ideally for University. The IB Diploma is a globally recognised qualification and signals one of the highest standards of academic achievement. The IB Diploma Programme is taught exclusively in English, leading to a level of language proficiency that is highly valued in the increasingly internationalised professional world.

What are the criteria for admission to the IB Programme?

Pupils must be resident in Klosterneuburg with a legal guardian and must have the ability to study exclusively in English. Their previous academic record must be very good and they will be asked to take a written entrance assessment. Austrian pupils must additionally fulfil the criteria of the Austrian national curriculum. Priority is given to those pupils who have completed the Bilingual Programme in the lower school and external applicants will be accepted only subject to a place being available. For further information about the Admissions Process please see this page.

When does my child apply for the IB Diploma Programme?

The IB Diploma Programme is a two-year Programme for 16-18 year olds (Years 7-8). If your child is interested in a place, please contact the IB office by the end of December in the year preceding entry. Your child can apply for the pre-IB Years if they are 14-16 years old (Years 5 and 6). The application dates and process are the same.

Does my child need to sit an admissions test?

Yes. If your child is applying to the the IB Programme an individual date for testing will be arranged.

What languages does my child need to know to join the IB Programme?

The IB Diploma Programme itself (final two years of secondary school, ages 16-18) is taught exclusively in English, and therefore knowledge of German is not required for non-Austrian pupils. All pupils must have an excellent level of English. In addition, the IB Diploma requires that another foreign language is studied – at KIS, we offer French, Spanish and German.Austrian pupils must also fulfil the language requirements of the Austrian state curriculum, taking one “Langsprache” (either French or Latin as of Year 3) and one “Kurzsprache” (French, Latin or Spanish as of Year 5). Please note that Latin must be taken in one of the two forms.

How many extra teaching hours does the IB Programme entail in comparison to a regular Austrian Gymnasium curriculum?

Between 1 and 13 hours. The amount of extra teaching depends very much on which six IB subjects are chosen and as a consequence, varies between one extra hour and thirteen additional hours over the course of the two year programme. This chart shows the subjects in which additional teaching hours are needed to fulfill the teaching requirements of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. It is possible to choose a combination of six subjects that require very little or no extra afternoon teaching including for instance e.g. German A, English B and French B. However, some IB subjects e.g. Film are not part of the Austrian national curriculum and therefore must be taught entirely in the afternoon. Follow this link to see sample timetables of pupils in IBDP Year 1 (7. Klasse) and IBDP Year 2 (8. Klasse)

Can my child transfer to KIS in the middle of the two-year IBDiploma Programme?

This possibility does exist, in cases when the pupil has studied the same or similar subjects to the ones we offer at KIS. However, the chances of a good IB score in such cases are extremely low. Please note that not only subject combinations, but also the options studied in these subjects are important – if a pupil has studied completely different options within a subject, it will be very difficult to catch up with the syllabus.

My child is interested in taking some IB courses / certificates, but does not want to do the whole IB Diploma. Is this possible?

Yes, but only for Austrian pupils who are taking the Austrian Matura and wish to complete just one or more IB certificates.

How much does the IB Programme cost?