The American International School of Guangzhou (AISG) is an independent, coeducational day school offering an educational program from preschool through grade 12. The School was founded in 1981. The 178-day academic year comprises two semesters, from August to December and from January to June.
Organization: AISG is governed by a 7-member Board of Governors. Four are elected from members of the AISG Parents’ Association. Membership is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School. Three members are appointed.
Curriculum: An international curriculum is offered in self-contained classrooms through grade 5, and in a departmentalized middle and high school setting for grades 6-12. The medium of instruction is English. AISG is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Office to present the Primary Years Program in the elementary grades and the Diploma Program in grades 11 and 12. While AISG offers ESL support at each campus, it does not enroll into the middle or high school children with limited English language proficiency. The School also offers limited learning support at each campus. AISG is rolling out a 1:1 Mac laptop initiative in grades 5-12. AISG is a member of the Council of International Schools, the East Asia Regional Council of Schools, and the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredits AISG.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 96 full-time faculty members. A total of 56 faculty members have at least a Masters Degree.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 979 (PS-grade 12).
Facilities: The Elementary School is located on Ersha Island in the Pearl River, near Guangzhou’s new Diplomatic and Commercial District. Facilities include a large library, 2 art rooms, 2 music rooms, and 55 classrooms. All classrooms are air conditioned and have wireless Internet access. The Middle and High Schools are located in a new facility in Science Park, with 50 classrooms, science and computer labs, 3 art rooms, library, separate music building, and sports hall and playing field. This campus is a completely wireless computer network environment. By SY 2012-13, AISG will be a Mac 1:1 laptop school in grades 5-12. Students in preschool through grade 4 will access digital technology in other than a 1:1 configuration. Parents are responsible for purchasing the laptop for students in grades 6-12. AISG purchases the technology for the elementary students.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, over 90% of the School’s income is derived from regular day school tuition and fees. The application fee of PS:$100 and K-Gr5: $300 applies only to the school year in which the student is applying. Annual Comprehensive Tuition Fee is: PS: $11,600 for the half-day program ($14,200 for a regular day); K.-grade 5: $19,000; grades 6-8: $21,100; and grades 9-12: $25,000. ESL and learning support fees are $500 per semester. The cost of transportation and school lunches are the responsibility of the parents. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)