Welcome to the Alliance

Many of the premier non-government schools in Adelaide have joined to form the Adelaide Independent Schools Alliance (AISA) to provide a simplified pathway for international students to access high quality Primary and Secondary education in South Australia.

Member schools of the Alliance recognise the need for a consistent and unified approach to the recruitment of students from overseas, where support for each student’s welfare extends from the time of initial application through to graduation from secondary school.

Arriving in an English-speaking country with limited English language skills, and a low awareness of local culture can be daunting, particularly for young students. AISA recognises these challenges for international students and assists them to make a successful transition into Adelaide schools.

At the core of the Alliance model is a cost-effective program for the support and development of students. This starts at Adelaide International School with a purpose-designed assessment of their English language skills that subsequently leads to the development of an appropriate learning plan to help them meet the entry requirements of premium schools.

What We Offer?

Access to ELICOS
Alliance members do not need to individually register and manage an ELICOS program. A centralized ELICOS site enables schools to use a reliable and cost-effective English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program in the central business district of Adelaide. ELICOS is available for Primary through to Secondary age students. It is accessible to those students who have already decided which Alliance school they will attend as well those students who will only make that decision when they are nearing the completion of their ELICOS course.

Assistance with Transfer of Students
Students are often quite nervous about their arrival and their first few days in a new country. Adelaide International School, as a member of the Alliance, provides a transitional environment where several of the staff they first meet are from overseas and are multi-lingual. As a part of their EAP, students participate in a cultural orientation program that prepares and increases their understanding of their new cultural environment, assisting them to integrate more easily into their school community. This also assists their academic performance.

Assisting students who need further language development
The Alliance program is focused on English for Academic Purposes (EAP) training as well as the cultural orientation of students. Schools who have a number of vacancies can make conditional offers to potential students who will continue to prepare for entry into the school’s mainstream classes until they attain the required standard.

EPET Assessment
The English Proficiency Evalution Test (EPET) is a an English evaluation test accepted by all AISA schools. It is divided into two parts: the written test and the interview. The assessment report will be provided directly by the EPET testing centre to the AISA Alliance Schools as a reference for admission.