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Best schools in Vienna

A snapshot overview of schools in Vienna, Austria that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with  next to their names.

By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.

American International School of Vienna (AIS)  (pending)

American curriculum/American High School Diploma/IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 800 students

On a ten acre campus bought by the US government, close to the famous Vienna Woods. Founded, jointly. in 1959 by the Embassies of the United States and Canada and accredited by both the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). Strong north-American influences but teaches students from over 60 countries.

Vienna International School (VIS)  (pending)

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,400 students

Home to a staggering 100 plus nationalities, speaking over 80 different languages and accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). This IB World School has a truly global profile. Located close to UN headquarters, they are completely non-selective but still, consistently, score above the world average for their IB Diploma results.

The schools below have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.

Amadeus International School Vienna

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 250 students

Housed in classical (early 20th century) buildings, a tram-ride away from the centre of Vienna, in a picturesque residential district. An IB World School, catering for international students from nursery to diploma level. Opening its doors in 2012, it provides the opportunity for the musically gifted to study at the Amadeus Academy of Music, an integral part of the school.

Danube International School Vienna

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 3-19; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 540 students

Founded in 1992 in the centre of Vienna and now based close to Prater Park. One of only  three schools in Vienna to offer the IB programme at all levels. A private school, teaching in English and although not a boarding school, will arrange places (with supervision) in one of three different boarding institutes.

International Christian School of Vienna

American curriculum/AP/IB Diploma; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 320 students

Started by missionary families in 1985, in the 10th district of the city, and becoming a member of the Free Churches in Austria consortium of schools, in 2014. Still growing continuously, there are plans to move to a new state-of-the-art facility, able to cater for 500-600 students. Accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA) and the Association of Christian Schools (ACSI).

Lycée Francais Vienna

French curriculum/French Bac; ages 3-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 1,850 students

Accredited by the Agency for French Schools Abroad (AEFE) and open to both French (now hovering at about a third of the student cohort) and Austrians, since its inauguration at the end of the Second World War. A large school by foreign lycée standards and also rare in offering a boarding option, which is shared with a school founded by Empress Maria Theresa in 1746.





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