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High School Options

The programme places students in Irish secondary schools; students can choose to attend public, private and boarding schools. International Baccalaureate can also be facilitated for students looking for an alternative option. Students have the option to study for the full academic year or for just a single semester.

The Full Academic Year runs from September to June.

The single semester/term option runs for 4-20 weeks.

Term 1 – September – December
Term 2/3 – January – June

Schools In Contact

School Options

Students have the option to study for the full academic year or for just a single semester.

Standard Day Schools

The most common type of high school in Ireland, and where a large percentage of Irish students will study. There are two types of standard day schools in Ireland.

  • Voluntary Schools: receive grants for each student, teachers salaries are paid by the state and parents of students are asked to make a voluntary contribution each year their children attend the school. Voluntary schools tend to be single sex schools.
  • Community Schools: receive full state funding and offer a broad range of practical based subjects and are typically co-educational.

Typical Features

  • Community based: local school and host family.
  • Both single sex and co-ed options.
  • Religious and non-religious schools.
  • Large subject choice and great school facilities.
  • High ratios of students go on to university.
  • Good student to teacher ratio

Entry Criteria

  • Age: 12-18
  • Academic background: Average or better.
  • EU based/resident students only.

Private Day Schools

Fee paying schools and very much seen as the elite schools in the Irish school system. They are privately owned and partly funded by the state. They have an extremely high school to university conversion rate, offer a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and offer a high level of individual attention.

Typical Features

  • Extensive subject choice and extra-curricular options.
  • Small class sizes
  • Extremely high ratios of students go on to university.
  • Both single sex and co-ed options.
  • Religious and non-religious schools.
  • Local host family.

Entry Criteria

  • Age: 12-18
  • Academic background: Average or better.
  • All international students.

Private Boarding Schools

Privately run but do receive some grants from the state as well as being subject to inspection from the Department of Education. Depending on the school, there are a variety of boarding options, from 5 day, 7 day or 12 day. Students typically stay with host families during the school closures. Accommodation in boarding schools typically varies from large dormitories to smaller rooms catering for 2/3/4 students.

Typical Features

  • Campus based accommodation.
  • Resident supervisory staff.
  • Extensive subject options.
  • Excellent school facilities and extra-curricular options.
  • Both single sex and co-ed options.
  • Dorm accommodation for junior students.
  • Smaller rooms for senior students.

Entry Criteria

  • Age: 12-18
  • Academic background: Average or better.
  • All international students.
Some expenses are included and some are additional.

Included in the Programme Package

Students attending Academic language Options programmes will have the following list included in the fee package.

  • School Fees.
  • School Uniform.
  • School Books.
  • Guardianship & AOI support services.
  • Full orientation and English level test on arrival.
  • First and last airport transfers.

Not Included in the Programme Package

Students will be responsible for the following expenses.</p

  • Flights.
  • TY (4th Year Supplement)
  • Additional classes / Tuition (CAE/FCE)
  • Travel / Medical insurance.
  • Additional airport transfers.
  • Transport to and from school.

School Terms

AOI place students in the Irish Educational system for varying lengths of time.

The academic year in Ireland runs from late August/ early September to the beginning of June.
Throughout the Irish Academic Year all schools close for the following holidays.
October: (Halloween) 1 week
Christmas: 2 weeks
February: 1 week
Easter: 2 weeks
While most students travel home or have their families visit during these periods, there is no obligation on the student’s part to go home for any of the holidays except for Christmas.

AOI offer three types of high school programmes for students.
Full Academic Year
Semester / Term
Short Term Immersion

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11 Eblana Ave
Dun Laoghaire
Co Dublin
Ireland

Tel: +353 (0)1 284 1820
Fax Number: 01-6638738

Email: info@academicoptionsireland