Gabon, Libreville: American International School of Libreville

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Date: 12/22/2011 Location: Libreville Gabon Description: American School of Libreville - State Dept Image



The American International School of Libreville (AISL), founded in 1975, is a private, nonprofit, coeducational day school offering an educational program from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. AISL is a learning community that delivers instructions based on an American curriculum aligned with standards and benchmarks. The American International School of Libreville celebrates every child and staff personnel regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or nationality. The school follows a United States academic calendar schedule. The year is comprised of 4 quarters and extends from approximately the middle of August to the second week of June.

Organization: The American International School of Libreville has a PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and is governed by a 5-member Board of Directors elected though a voting process by the parents and staff. No single corporation or entity can have a majority on the board.

Curriculum: The academic curriculum is based on an American Standards approved criteria. Standards and benchmarks align the curriculum as well as effective teaching modalities such as the Six + 1 traits, writer’s workshop, readers workshop and the daily 5. Text books that are used are from the United States of America. English is the language of instruction, with French taught three times a week as a foreign language beginning in Pre- kindergarten. Thematic units are taught school wide, with cross curricular and cross grade level instruction and team work. The Stanford Achievement Test is given annually from grades 3rd to 12th grade. Additionally, internal assessments are given in September and March as a way of monitoring and improving our educational programs. The American International School serves as a testing center for the United States College Board. Test that are administrated are the TOEFL & SAT. Additionally, the school offers after School English Courses for Adults. The School is fully accredited (PK-12) by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 18 full-time faculty members. Core instructional staff members are fully certified in the United States.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 63 (Pre-kindergarten-grade 12).

Facilities: The School occupies an air-conditioned building which borders the Atlantic Ocean in the central section of Libreville within 0.5 kilometers of the American Embassy. The school supports self-contained classrooms, a computer lab, a science lab, a music room, art room, library, offices, and a staff room. There is a grass covered playground for physical education and recess.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, approximately 95% of the School's income derives from tuition and registration fees. Registration is $500. Annual tuition is as follows: Pre-K: $7,500; Kindergarten: $13,500; and grade 1-12: $16,000. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

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