FAQs

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Age Criteria and Grade Equivalency

At TAISM the correct grade placement for international student applicants is decided by the Admissions Committee in consultation with the Principal. It is the intention of the school to always place students in the grade most appropriate for their academic and social development. When making a grade placement decision the following will be taken into account:

  • Age of student
  • Previous schooling to date and student’s previous school reports
  • Assessment test results and interview (if applicable)

Please refer to the Age Criteria and Grade Equivalency Document for more information.

English Language Learners (ELL)

Early Childhood (EC) to Grade 5
Students who do not have English language background may be admitted to grade EC to grade 5.  Admission to the school will depend upon the student meeting admission requirements, the school’s ability to serve the student in the English Language Learners (ELL) program and space availability.  Testing of new students who may qualify for ELL services will be administered by the Elementary ELL Coordinator.

Grades 6 - 12
In grades 6-12, fluency in English is essential for students to function successfully and actively in all aspects of school life.  As part of the admissions process for ELL students, a test of reading and writing (WIDA), an interview with the student, and a review of the student’s transcripts will be completed. This process will be coordinated by the Admissions Coordinator, with the ELL Teacher, Counselor and/or Middle/High School Principals.

The following criteria, based upon the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines, establishes guidelines for the minimum levels of English proficiency for students seeking to enter TAISM in grades 6 – 12.  New applicants must demonstrate the following levels of English language proficiency in the four skill areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking) to enter TAISM at the beginning of the school year or subsequent level of proficiency if seeking admission in the 2nd semester:

Grade 7 – High Beginner
Grade 8 – Intermediate – Low
Grade 9 – Intermediate – High
Grade 10 – Advanced
Grades 11 & 12 – Advanced – Plus (mainstreamed)

Admission to Grades 7-12 will depend upon the student meeting the above requirements, the school’s ability to serve the student in the English Language Learners (ELL) program and space availability.

External Assessments

Obtaining external data about student learning is part of TAISM’s practice to be a reflective and responsible educational institute. Standardized testing provides another thread of feedback to which we can also compare our own instructional and in-school assessment data. Assessing twice during the year provides data that supports charting student growth to plan for and support learning.

TAISM currently provides the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) standardized testing process. At the beginning of the year, students complete the MAP to provide a baseline of information to use with other data to complement the planning for instruction. In the spring, students complete the MAP assessment to use as comparative data to analyze student progress over the course of the year as well as over multiple years.

Annually, parents receive a report for their child after the first testing period in the fall and the last testing period in the spring. Subject areas covered are Mathematics, Language Usage and Reading Comprehension.

The results collected from the MAP tests are intended to measure academic achievement to date and not the student’s ability to learn. Additional information about the testing process will be sent to parents through weekly bulletins, and parents are encouraged to visit with their child’s teacher(s) and school principal if they have questions.

Learning Support

Elementary School - Grades 1-5
At the Elementary School level (1-5), student support services are provided primarily to students with mild learning needs who are no more than one academic year below TAISM grade level expectations.  At TAISM, services are not generally available for students with moderate to severe learning needs. When families apply for admissions, previous school records (including all report cards, teacher comments/recommendations, pertinent medical information, and special education documents) are reviewed by the school principal.  Admission decisions are based on the availability of services at the grade level and availability of support within the Student Support Program. All Special Needs admissions are considered conditional until a complete admissions file has been received, all required testing has been completed and the level of need has been verified.

Middle School – Grades 6-8
Students with mild learning disabilities will be considered for enrollment as long as appropriate services are available.  TAISM will not generally admit students with moderate to severe learning disabilities. Prospective Middle School students are normally required to be within one year of grade level expectations for admissions.  All new students with a history of student support applying for any grade at TAISM’s Middle School will be assessed prior to admission or admitted provisionally pending assessments when additional information is necessary.  Students with low academic performance will be required to supply additional information and undergo further academic assessment during the admissions process. All relevant medical history and academic needs information must be submitted before acceptance at TAISM.

Students with a history of requiring more than 225 minutes per week of student support assistance (pull-out or in-class) will not normally be admitted to TAISM.

All Middle School students receiving academic support will be assessed annually.  Students showing a widening gap between achievement and grade level expectations will be re-evaluated.  If adequate progress is not achieved, the administration will commence actions to exit the student from TAISM in order to find an institution that better matches the needs of the student.  TAISM will usually continue to enroll students with mild learning disabilities as long as the student continues to make substantial progress.

High School – Grades 9-12
Students with mild learning disabilities will be considered for enrollment as long as appropriate services are available.  TAISM will not generally admit students with moderate to severe learning disabilities. Prospective High School students are normally required to be within one year of grade level expectations for admissions.  All new students with a history of student support applying for any grade at TAISM’s High School will be assessed prior to admission or admitted provisionally pending assessments when additional information is necessary.  Students with low academic performance will be required to supply additional information and undergo further academic assessment during the admissions process. All relevant medical history and academic needs information must be submitted before acceptance at TAISM.

Students with a history of requiring more than 225 minutes per week of student support assistance (pull-out or in-class) will not normally be admitted to TAISM.

No modified grades will be issued with the exception of designated English Language Learners (ELL), learning support students and HS students as described in the HS handbook.  Matriculating students generally must be able to graduate from TAISM within an expectation of four years of High School.

Payment Options

Application fees can be paid as follows:

  • Preferred method: Direct wire transfer to the school’s bank account. All sending and receiving bank charges will be borne by the sender. Please quote student’s name and grade to enable us trace the payment.
  • Alternatively, Rial Omani cash, check or demand draft in Rial Omani drawn on a bank in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

Bank: National Bank of Oman
Branch: Corporate Branch
Bank Address: P.O. Box 751, Ruwi, Postal Code 112, Sultanate of Oman
Account No.: 1074-530835-051
Account Name: The American International School of Muscat
Bank Routing Number (Swift Code): NBOMOMRX​
Bank Telephone No.: (968) 2477-8388 / (968) 2477-8381/87
Bank Fax no.: (968) 2477-8399

TAISM does not have a debit/credit card facility for payment.

Scholarships

The TAISM Scholarship is designed to provide tuition fee assistance to expatriate families living in Oman who want to send their children to TAISM, but are unable to do so because of financial reasons. A scholarship fund has been established by TAISM’s Board of Directors.  Scholarships, based solely on financial need, are awarded for partial tuition fees and/or capital levy. However, the scholarship applicant must first meet the general admissions/enrollment criteria for TAISM.

The School Director and Business Manager are responsible for reviewing the Applications for Scholarship and making decisions regarding allocations of scholarships to families. The individual circumstances of scholarship applicants will be kept confidential.

Applications for Scholarship will only be reviewed after submission of:

Why TAISM?

The Embassy of the United States of America, the Ministry of Education of the Sultanate of Oman, the Office of Overseas Schools of the United States Department of State, and a group of parents and business leaders worked together in 1998 to establish The American International School of Muscat (TAISM). Since its beginnings it has grown continuously to an enrollment of 720 students representing 62 nationalities. Students from the United States represent 30% of the student body.

In the Sultanate of Oman, TAISM is the only international school based upon American curriculum and methodologies, and is the only school sponsored by the Embassy of the United States of America. As an “International Community School” authorized by the Oman Ministry of Education, the school has been established to serve expatriate children residing in Oman.

Outstanding Features:

  • Highly dedicated and caring Professional and Support Staff representing the United States, Canada, and seven other nations
  • Extensive new facilities to meet the needs of 21st century learners
  • US Standards-based curriculum
  • Small class size
  • Advanced Placement (AP) program in High School
  • Discover Oman program for all students
  • Arabic as a Heritage Language and Arabic as a Foreign Language
  • French and Spanish are offered as World Languages.
  • Information technology integrated throughout the program and campus
  • One-to-one iPad program in the Middle and High School levels
  • After-school activities and clubs for Elementary through High School
  • Competitive after-school sports programs in the Middle and High Schools
  • English Language Learning program