The American International School of Abuja (AISA) is a coeducational, international day school which offers an American educational program from preschool to grade 12 for English-speaking students of all nationalities. Located in Nigeria's new capital, AISA was founded in 1993, and its school year runs from August to June with 180 days of instruction.
Organization: The School is governed by a 7-member Board of Governors. The Director holds an ex-officio, non-voting position.
Curriculum: AISA offers an American curriculum based on U.S. standards for preschool to grade 12. Apart from French classes, all lessons are taught in English. In addition to the core subjects, the school offers computer science, physical education, music, art, Nigerian studies, as well as English language learning and learning support. AISA’s high school offers a variety of AP courses, as well as world and American literature, global studies 1 & 2, microeconomics, algebra 1 & 2, geometry, pre-calculus, biology, zoology/botany, chemistry, physics, art, ceramics, music, PE, health, speech, publications/journalism, and digital video. There are over 20 after school activities and clubs including swimming, soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, taekwondo, gymnastics, ballet, music, choir, dance, arts and crafts, ping pong, community service, acting and film making, and cartoon movie making. AISA is fully accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, AISA has 43 teachers as well as 25 teaching assistants. There is also a full-time director, secondary principal, elementary principal, elementary assistant principal/registrar/admissions coordinator, IT coordinator, athletic director, secondary guidance counselor, elementary guidance counselor, and nurse.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 525 students (preschool-grade 12) from 47 different countries.
Facilities: AISA’s new facilities are situated on a 13-acre tract of land in the Durumi District of Abuja. Current facilities include 35 classrooms, 7 administrative offices, 2 computer science labs, clinic, large multi-purpose hall, snack shop, outdoor basketball court, swimming pool, volleyball court, soccer field, and running track.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, the majority of the school's income is derived from tuition fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PS: $4,980; Pre-K: $6,542; Kdg: $10,772; grades 1 to 5: $14,436; grades 6 -8: $15,562; and grades 9-12: $17,374. Upon initial enrolment, for kindergarten to grade 12 there is a one-time capital building fee of $6,000. For PS and Pre-K $3,000 is paid upon initial enrollment, the balance of $3,000 is paid when the child moves to Kdg. An annual development levy of $1,000 is charged for each student (all fees are quoted in U.S. dollars).