Admissions FAQs

When should I start the application process?

We recommend you submit your application in January/February in order to join us for the start of the next academic year in August.  If you are planning to join AAS during the course of the academic year, please submit your application as soon as possible. Please read our explanation of the application process.

My family will be moving to Moscow mid-way through the academic year.  Can we join AAS at that point, or do we have to wait for the start of the next semester?

Providing there are spaces in the relevant grade, you can join at any point during the academic year.  However, High School students may find it preferable to move at the Quarter/Semester breaks to ensure that they are given credit for any partial courses they have attended at previous schools.

Is education free for US citizens at AAS?

AAS is a fee-paying school.  This applies to all students, irrespective of citizenship.  Fees will depend on the grade level, the time of year you enroll, and whether or not your child requires any additional support programmes, such as ESOL.  Please contact the Admissions department for specific information.

My child is currently receiving learning support.  Does AAS have a learning resource program?

AAS has a limited learning resource program, so it is very important that you contact us as soon as possible, giving full details of the levels of support your child is currently receiving.  This way, we can assess whether or not we have a program that will meet your child’s needs.  Please send us as much information as possible (such as current report cards, Individual Education Plans, standardised testing results, and Educational Psychologist reports) so that our Student Services Team can give you an informed decision.

My child will turn five on 10th September.  As he only misses your cut-off date by a few days, can he be enrolled in your Kindergarten class?

No.  In our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes, we observe our 1st September cut-off date strictly.

I am not familiar with your class numbering system.  What grade should my child apply for?

Please read our comparative table of English, Scottish and US/Canadian class designations.  This table also shows age guidelines for each grade level.

I am bringing my family out to Moscow for a visit, prior to accepting a new posting.  Can we come to the school for a tour when we have a break in our schedule?

We will be happy to show you round our school, but please call us and make an appointment first.

My family is transferring from Korea.  My child will complete Grade 2 in February.  Can he enter Grade 3 when we come to Moscow in March?

When students transfer to us from a country where the academic year runs from January – December, our policy is to place them in the grade just completed.  However, if the Principal deems it appropriate, he may decide to administer assessment tests in the core subject areas, to see if the student is ready for promotion to the grade level above.

I am being posted to Moscow by the US State Department.  Do I need to submit applications for my children in advance or can I just enroll them when we arrive in Moscow?

AAS was founded by the Embassies of Canada, the UK and the US and children of diplomatically accredited employees of these three embassies are given admissions priority with our school.  We will hold places for you in the relevant grades, but you do need to complete the admissions process in the same way as every other applicant.   Please contact us as soon as you know that you will be moving to Moscow.

We are applying for new passports.  Should I wait until we get them before sending in my child’s application?

No. While it is always preferable if you can send us a complete set of application documents immediately, you may send us your passport copies or the health documentation at a later date if you do not have them to hand now.

My child has a US passport.  Does that mean she gets Category 2 status?

Not necessarily.  BOTH the applicant AND at least one parent must hold American, British, Canadian, Australian or New Zealand passports AND the applicant must hold a valid Russian entry visa or residency permit in order to be eligible for Category 2 status. Please read our explanation of the admissions category system.

My whole family are Permanent Residents in Canada.  Does that give us Category 2 status?

Unfortunately not.  You must hold full citizenship and meet the visa criteria in order to be considered as Category 2 applicants.

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