The American International School of Lesotho (AISL) is a nonprofit, independent coeducational day school which offers an American educational program to students from preschool (age 3) through grade 10. The School, founded in 1991, serves the needs of the American community and other students seeking an American-style, English-language education. The school year is divided into 3 trimesters extending from late August to November, December to March and March to mid-June. AISL is accredited by CES/MSA.
Organization: A 7-member Board of Directors governs AISL. The AISL Parents’ Association elects 5 of the board members. Membership in the association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the school.
Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that of established U.S. public schools. Modern U.S. textbooks and teaching materials are used. Regular academic courses include language arts, reading, mathematics, science, health, French and social studies. In addition to the regular academic courses, music, art, and physical education are offered at all grade levels.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 15 full-time and 3 part-time teachers.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 150. Class size is a maximum of 16, with the average being 13. Every class has an instructional assistant.
Facilities: The School consists of a multi-house complex with a total of 12 classrooms. The School has a library for reference work, supplemental reading, and pleasure reading. All classrooms have 1 or more computers with internet capabilities. The School maintains self-contained classrooms through grade 5. There are grounds with ample area to play as well as playground equipment, a physical fitness course, a volleyball court, a basketball court, a soccer pitch, a covered play building and badminton. The School contracts with the nearby Maseru Club for the use of their large swimming pool and tennis courts.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 90% of the School's income derives from regular tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PS/PK: $3,715; kdg.-grade 10: $11,150. A door-to-door school bus service is available at an additional charge of $1,800 (annual) or $600 (term). There is a one-time application fee of $175 and a one-time capital fee of $1,230. All fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)