Questions and Answers

Last Update: 14.01.2019

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€.