Primary Phase

At St. Gilgen International School we offer a three year primary programme that starts in Grade 4 (age 9) and continues through to Grade 6 (age 12), in preparation for the middle phase. This is the perfect transition into an international education. We are happy to accept students into Grade 4, 5 or 6.

  • For those coming from the United Kingdom, please note that our Grade 4 is equivalent to the UK Year 5.
  • For those coming from the Austrian or German system, please note that the ideal time to transition is following Volksschule. Particularly if you wish to give your child the opportunity to study in some of the best English speaking universities. There is no prerequisite ability for English language at this entry point and our primary school teachers are specialists in developing skill and confidence in English.

"The small class sizes in our primary ensure that students are given a very high level of personalised care and attention."

The aim of the primary phase is to provide a caring and adventurous immersion into international education and to lay the foundation of curiosity and inquiry that ensure students succeed in their learning. The small class sizes in our primary ensure that students are given a very high level of personalised care and attention. The learning atmosphere in primary at St. Gilgen International School is friendly and purposeful. Teachers are encouraging, and support our students to explore the world around them.

The primary phase requires students to study seven subject groups taught in each primary grade:

  1. English Language
  2. German as a First or Second Language
  3. World Studies
  4. Science
  5. Mathematics
  6. Art and Music
  7. Movement and Wellbeing

Students are taught in high quality, student-centred classrooms in a spacious, light and welcoming primary building. Classes also have access to the specialist science facilities in the middle school. Additionally, and importantly, our primary students learn early that exploration is a key component of learning and take many trips and adventures along with their teachers.

Trial Days

If you can imagine your child learning here, the best way to find out more is to arrange a trial day. We can arrange a trial day for your child on most school days, however, the best time to come is to join us for our Primary Open Days when we invite a whole class to come and try St. Gilgen International School.

The next Primary Open Days will be held in Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th November 2017, with the topic: 
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle [The 3 Rs] as part of our sustainable school development / initiative.
The overarching aim of the two days is to create an awareness of the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle mantra through fun, educational stories and interesting activities. By practising these three R’s, the children will be helping to make the world a safe and healthy place.

"Our primary students learn early that exploration is a key component of learning."

The format for the trial will be as follows

First Day: 

07h45 Welcome

08h00  First Learning Session - Science (students)/ Tour of the School (parents) 

09h00  Parents Q&A Session with Parents Association

10h00  Break Time (students)/ School presentation (parents) 

10h30  Second Learning Session - English/ World Studies

12h10  Lunch (Wirt am Gries)

13h10  Third Learning Session - English/ World Studies

14h05  Activity - A choice of Art or Music

16h00  Home Time (or school bus to Salzburg)


Second Day: 

08h00  Outdoor Activity

10h00  Break Time

10h30  Preparation for Exhibition and Parent Presentations

11h25  Parent Presentations

12h20  Lunch (Wirt am Gries), Parent Meetings with the Principal

13h15  Meetings by Appointments with Deputy Head (optional)