Nigeria, Lagos: American International School of Lagos

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Date: 12/17/2009 Location: Lagos Nigeria Description: American International School of Lagos © State Dept Image



The American International School of Lagos (AISL) is a private, coeducational school, which offers an American educational program for students of all nationalities in grades Pre-K through 12th grade. The school was founded in 1964 and continues to thrive as an independent school supported, in part, by a school-to-school partnership with Tacoma Public Schools in Tacoma, Washington and the Klein Independent School District in Houston, Texas. The August to June school year is divided into trimesters, for the elementary students, and semesters for the secondary students. AISL is an IBO World School.

Organization: A 9-member Board of Directors governs AISL. The American International School of Lagos Association elects eight of the Directors for a three year term. Members of the Association are parents and/or guardians of children enrolled in the school.

Curriculum: The PreK-12 curriculum at AISL is based on U.S. national standards. Students in grades 11 and 12 can also participate in the International Baccalaureate Program. All instruction is taught in English and AISL offers ELL support for students in grades K through 10. Academic support is available for students in elementary and middle school. Elementary students attend the following classes taught by a specialist: Computers, French or Spanish, Art, PE, Music/Band, African Studies and Library. K-10 students are assessed twice a year using the Measurements of Academic Progress in reading and math. An on-demand writing assessment is administered twice a year in grades PreK-10 and externally scored by NWEA in Portland, Oregon. High School students are required to take the PSAT and AISL is recognized by the College Board as a testing site for the SAT Exams.

Faculty: In the 2011-12 school year, there are 82 full time certificated teachers, including a full time Admissions Director, Curriculum Director and 3 counselors. 75% of the AISL faculty members hold a Masters Degree. All faculty members are certificated with a minimum of two years of experience..

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment is 760 with a very long waiting list.

Facilities: The American International School of Lagos has 2 separate campuses. The existing facility, built in 1981 on 6 acres of Government-leased land, has been expanded multiple times to accommodate growth in enrollment and to upgrade the facilities. The most recent upgrade in 2006 was necessary to create more classroom space to accommodate growing Elementary School enrollment. The existing facility is operating at full capacity and there is no further room to expand the facility to offer a quality High School program on a long-term basis. Therefore, a new facility is being designed to offer the highest quality curriculum programs and non-curricular activities, including facilities for sporting competitions, fine arts as well as extra-curricular activities. The new Lekki Campus is situated on 40 acres of land within the Twin Lakes Estate located just off the Lagos-Epe Expressway. The school campus will be part of an exclusive master development that will include commercial, retail and residential property. Strategically, the site provides AISL with enough land to ultimately develop a full Pre-K through Grade 12. This ultimate, full school built-out was taken into consideration in the preliminary design for the High School facility. The High School facility is considered Phase 1 of the building project. The preliminary plan is that the Middle School will be constructed as Phase 2 and the Elementary School will be constructed as Phase 3 of the overall project. No definite timeframe was been assigned to these later phases of construction. The High School facility has been designed to support superior curricular and extra-curricular programs and activities for over 200 students.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 95% of the Schools income will derive form tuition fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Pre-K: $12,600; K - Grade 5: $15,015; MS (Grades 6-8): $19,446; HS (Grades 9-12): $22,302. In addition, there is a non-refundable application fee of $500 and any student attending AISL for the first time will pay a registration fee of $10,000. There is also a $2,000 Annual Capital Levy Fee. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars)


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