The American International School of Niamey (AISN), established in 1982, is an independent, coeducational day school offering an educational program from Pre-kindergarten through grade 9. A core subject high school curriculum is currently being taught up to grade 12. The school year consists of 2 semesters that begin late in August and end in late May or early June.
Organization: The School is governed by 7-member Board of Directors, 6 of whom are elected by the AISN Association for two-year terms. Membership in the association is automatically given to all parents of AISN students and faculty members.
Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that of most U.S. public schools. Class sizes are small and students are grouped in multi-age level groups. Instruction is in English, and all grades K-12 receive French language instruction. In addition to language arts, reading, math, science, and social studies, the curriculum includes music, art, and physical education. The School has a commitment to teaching and learning with technology and has integrated the use of computers into the educational program. AISN has a strong community based education program. Students are involved in service-learning projects and participate in activities that enhance the curriculum and increase their knowledge of the host-country. Standardized achievement tests are administered annually. AISN is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Association of International Schools in Africa.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 5 full-time staff members and 1 part-time staff members. Nearly all the faculty possesses teacher certification or equivalent.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 40. The cut-off for age requirements is September 1.
Facilities: The School consists of 4 single-story, air-conditioned buildings with 9 classrooms, a science lab, a computer lab, a library, and a multipurpose room. The last building was completed in September 1988. The playground area includes soccer fields, basketball and volleyball courts, along with an assortment of swings and other playground structures. In 1996, the School took over the community center which includes a pool, tennis courts, a softball field, a video club, and a snack bar. Special activities (such as the annual NUTS softball tournament held on Columbus Day weekend) are also organized to take place on these grounds. All students are members of the community center.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, more than 91% of the School's income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $4,435; kdg.-grade 5: $16,631; grades 6-8: $17,800; and grades 10-12: $19,959. Bus service is available at $5,375 annually. A one-time enrollment fee of $3,000 is required of all new students. Students who need additional English-as-a-Second-Language or special needs support are assessed additional fees based on the level of support provided. Fees are payable in U.S. or FCFA dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)