The American International School of Lusaka (AISL) is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers a preschool program for 2-4 year olds and an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12. The School was founded in 1986. The school year begins in mid August and ends in mid June.
Organization: The School is governed by a 7-member Board of Directors. Two are appointed and the remaining 5 being are elected by the school association, which consists of all parents of children enrolled. One of the 2 appointees serves as board chairman.
Curriculum: AISL offers a fully accredited U.S. and international curriculum and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council of International Schools (CIS). In addition, AISL is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering all three programs of the IB Organization, the Primary Years Program (PK-grade 5), the Middle Years Program (grades 6-10), and the IB Diploma (grades 11-12). AISL offers students the opportunity to pursue all core academic subjects through the Promary, Middle and for 4 years of high school to the highest levels demanded for college admissions. The School offers full college counseling for universities in the U.S. and worldwide. The Secondary School is presently piloting a one-to-one Ipad program. The elementary curriculum is inquiry based and student centered. The School offers a full range of special and elective subjects in the visual and performing arts and in physical education. Students throughout the school enjoy opportunities for interschool competition in soccer, volleyball, cricket, hockey, basketball and swimming. For a number of years, AISL has achieved championship status in Zambia for swimming. Students in both primary and secondary may participate in a variety of public performances in music and drama. Both the primary and secondary schools hold annual visual arts exhibitions. The School offers limited services for students with mild special education needs.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 56 full-time and 12 part-time faculty members. The school also employs 16 assistant teachers for the primary grades. The director of the school is a trained international school administrator from Germany with experience in both the United States and overseas schools.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 546 (PK-grade 12).
Facilities: The School is housed on a 23-acre site in new facilities which include 39 large classrooms; 7 tutoring rooms; a large library media center with state of the art IT facilities; specialized rooms for science, computers, art and music; a separate early learning center; a performing arts center with 430 seat theater; a fully covered basketball court; a new gymnasium; 3 swimming pools; 3 soccer/softball playing fields (1 enclosed by a running track); and 2 tennis courts.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 99% of the School’s income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PS: $5,700; PK: $8,800; kdg.-grade 6: $13,150; grades 7-10: $14,400; and grades 11-12: $16,350. There is a one-time admission fee of $5,000. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)