Enrolment Procedure for the Academic Year 2021/22

 ·     Orientation talks and enrolment take place from 11th – 19th January 2021 at a VBS primary school of your choice.

·         Please arrange an appointment with the head teacher in advance!

·         Notice of eligibility for the VBS programme will be sent via e-mail (or by post if e-mail is not possible) on Tuesday, 19th January 2021.


If your child is not eligible for the VBS programme you have the possibility to enrol your child in another class or at another school from the 20th to the 29th of January, 2021.



For many years, the Board of Education for Vienna has offered a spectrum of various modern language initiatives. VIENNA BILINGUAL SCHOOLING – VBS is one of these initiatives. The VBS was established and developed as a pilot project, in order to meet the needs of the ever-increasing number of Viennese pupils that have an outstanding command of both English, as well as German language skills. The aim of the VBS schools is to implement German, as well as English, as the languages of instruction from the first day of school.


VBS begins in primary school and continues through both lower and upper secondary schools. A further opportunity to enrol at a VBS school presents itself, after a successful orientation talk, at the transfer from primary to lower secondary and from lower secondary into upper secondary school. 


The acquisition of basic cultural techniques (German, reading and writing and English, reading and writing), take place in the first or dominant language of the child (German or English), as well as in German as a Second Language or English as a Second Language. VBS classes are divided into two language groups for the acquisition of literacy skills. The remaining lessons are devoted to bilingual teaching in the form of co-teaching. The VBS follows the Austrian curriculum.


Acquisition of literacy skills in the second language begins, at the latest in Year 2, and is determined on an individual basis, depending on the skills already acquired in the first language.  


All children, regardless of their first language (German or English), should be provided with the opportunity to successfully transfer to secondary school.


Enrolment Procedure

1.       The interest of parents/guardians and pupils in a bilingual school far outweighs the actual number of school places available. It is therefore inevitable that not everyone who wishes to enrol his or her child in a VBS primary school can be allocated a place.


2.      Due to the fact, that the number of available school places does not meet the high demand, it is necessary to have a special enrolment procedure for the VBS schools, which involves an orientation talk with the child.


3.       Understandably, only a brief impression of the child can be won during the course of this orientation talk and this is taken into consideration by the experienced team of experts, as well as by the local VBS-commission.


The orientation talk was developed, in co-operation with school psychologists of the Board of Education for Vienna and external experts from the University of Graz and considers the following aspects:


·         social skills and emotional competence

·         communicative strategies (flexibility within the languages)

·         communication skills in English and German


4.      The localised VBS commission (made up of the Head Teacher, class and Native Speaker teachers, as well as supervisory personnel) decides upon the eligibility of the child after the orientation talk has taken place. The results are then passed onto parents/guardians electronically (or by post).


School place allocation is the exclusive responsibility of the Board of Education for Vienna after statutory guidelines (siblings, location of residence) have been taken into account. Determination of school maturity is the sole responsibility of the head teacher.


5.      In order to ensure the continued existence and assurance of quality within the VBS project, it is of utmost importance that there is a balance of dominant English speaking and dominant German speaking pupils in every class. Only then can a successful bilingual education take place.


Therefore, the following factors are considered at the enrolment:

·         eligibility (orientation talk)

·         statutory guidelines (siblings, residential district/proximity of residence to the school, maximum number of pupils per class)

·         best possible balance of children in the class with either German or English as a first language

·         enough eligible children to fill a class











VS 6

Sonnenuhrgasse 3-5, 1060 Vienna

(+431) 597 33 33

Claudia Abendroth

VS 16

Herbststraße 86, 1160 Vienna

(+431) 492 43 23

 Gabriele Prokop

VS 18

Scheibenbergstraße 63, 1180 Vienna

(+431) 470 63 69

Solveig Traxler-Rochhart

VS 19

Grinzinger Straße 88, 1190 Vienna

(+431) 37 011 49

Elisabeth Lindtner

VS 22

Meißnergasse 1, 1220 Vienna

(+431) 203 21 31

Christa Formanek

VS 22

Leonard Bernstein-Str.2, 1220 Vienna

(+431) 2636636 111

Michaela Barnert

VS 22

Schüttaustraße 42, 1220 Vienna

(+431) 263 35 71

Edith Beigel




Deborah Burger (

FIDS | Specialist Department for Inclusion & Diversity

Department of Educational Services

Board of Education for Vienna

Wipplingerstraße 28

1010 Vienna