The American International School of Lome (AISL), established in 1967, is a private, non-profit, college preparatory day school offering an educational program to students of all nationalities from Pre-School through Grade 12. Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools through Grade 10 (valid December 2010-Dec 2017), we are inviting an accreditation team to visit Grades 11 and 12 this year. We do also still offer an online high school program through the University of Nebraska to a very few students in specific circumstances. Our first semester starts at the end of August and ends in January. The second semester starts at the end of January, with the school year ending mid June. This small, but dynamic, school is growing fast - from a student body of 43 at the beginning of 2006 to double today, but the much appreciated family atmosphere remains.
Organization: A 7 member Board of Directors governs the school. Five of the Board members are elected by the American International School Association, comprised of parents or guardians of students enrolled in the school, and 1 board member is appointed. The other board member is the Director.
Curriculum: The curriculum follows the American system with emphasis on inquiry, problem solving and student research. Besides the core subjects of Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies, students are also required to take French, Music, Art, Computer, Health Science and PE. There are also electives such as Spanish, Theatre, Advanced Computer, as well as Physics and Environmental Science. This year we offer AP English Literature. Instruction is in English, and there are ESL courses for those who need them. The school has a vigorous Sports Program of swimming, basketball, soccer, volley ball, as well as a dynamic After School Program. Each quarter we offer some of the following: ceramics, painting, chess, photography, taekwondo, beading, dance, SAT and TOEFL Prep, homework help and the Odyssey and Model United Nations programs. The IOWA Test of Basic Skills is given each May to students in grades 1-8, and most of our high school students prepare for and take the SAT in grades 11 and 12.
Faculty: This 2011-2012 academic year we have 16 educators from 7 countries, many with advanced degrees and all qualified to teach in their respective subject areas. Half our teachers are part-time. Most classes are small.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 89 students.
Facilities: The School is housed in a large 2 story building in a quiet residential neighborhood. The building contains 8 classrooms, a library, art, computer and music rooms as well as administrative offices. These facilities are air-conditioned. There is a large outdoor basketball/soccer court, a playground and a covered meeting/eating area. A security wall encloses the entire compound. However, we are planning on moving into our new building on a more spacious campus before September 2012 (see picture above).
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, 92% of the School's income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK (full day): $1,500; Kdg.-grade 2: $5,000; grades 3-5: $6,000; grades 6-8: $7,000; grades 9-11 $9,000; and grade 12 $9,500. There is a one-time non-refundable registration fee of $700 for one student, $600 for two (each) and $500 for three or more (each) of the same family. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)