The American International School of Nouakchott (AISN), founded in 1978, is a nonprofit, private, coeducational day school that offers an educational program to students from prekindergarten through grade 12. AISN no longer has correspondence courses for the high school, but a full high school curriculum, taught by certified and experienced teachers. High school classes are given the appropriate credit hours toward graduation. The school year is comprised of two semesters running from August through January; and from January through June.
Organization: The School is governed by a 6-member Board of Directors, 5 of whom are voting members elected by the Parents’ Association, and 1 who is a non-voting member.
Curriculum: The curriculum is based on U.S. stateside standards (Project AERO standards created by the State Department and representatives from overseas schools) and is similar to that of most U.S. public schools. The language of instruction is English. In addition to the core subjects of English, mathematics, science, and social studies, French is taught in kindergarten through the high school (as an elective for foreign language). Additionally, special subjects included in the curriculum are: music, art, computer technology, physical education, and Mauritanian or African studies. A remedial teacher is available for students with ELL (English language learners) or ESL (English-as-a-Second-Language) for students with learning disabilities. Current U.S. textbooks are used with the support of visual aids, science equipment, a library, a computer lab, and unusual field trips to interesting local sites. The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). The school is one of five schools recently selected to be a part of a pilot program in Africa using MAP (computer standardized assessment) developed by the Northwest Evaluation Association. The data from the test provides information to plan and improve the curriculum and instruction in areas identified.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 9 full-time faculty members and 3 part-time members. All teachers K-12 are certified teachers and 33% of the faculty have their master’s degrees in education.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 67 (PK-grade 12).
Facilities: The main building is constructed in a graceful Moorish style and has 2 sections connected by the main lobby. It is located on the U.S. Embassy compound. The facility houses 8 classrooms, including a science lab, computer lab, art room; an open-area library, a kitchen, and 2 administrative offices. There is a small playground for younger children; a small area for basketball and soccer for the older students; and an outdoor stage. The School provides swimming as part of the physical education program, using the U.S. Embassy’s swimming pool during the fall and spring.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 95% of the School's income is derived from tuition. The annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $5,460; kdg: $6,750; grades 1-5: $13,990; grades 6-8: $14,490; grades 9-12: $14,690. There is a one-time capital development fee of $2,000. There is an annual technology fee of $100. First time registration is $70 and re-enrollment is $35. (All fees are quoted in U. S. dollars.)