The Almaty International School is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1993. The school year is comprised of 3 terms extending from late August until mid-June.
Organization: The School is governed by the Board of Directors of Quality Schools International, the membership of which is formed as set forth in the Bylaws of Quality Schools International. An Advisory Board, composed of 6 members who reside in Almaty, assists the School in its operation. The School operates with the approval of the Kazakhstan government.
Curriculum: The School offers a mastery-learning program with a curriculum similar to that of U.S. public and private schools. Instruction leading to individual mastery, takes advantage of small class sizes and the diverse educational backgrounds of the students. Instruction is in English. While instruction is in English, classes are provided in French, Spanish and Russian, and for Kazakh students instruction is given in Kazakh language, history and geography. AIS is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Faculty: In the 2010-2011 school year there are 38 U.S. teachers, 40 local teachers, and 7 third-country teachers.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year enrollment was 502.
Facilities: The main campus, built in 2003 has been expanded with the construction of a 12 room facility attached to the main building with a suspended, enclosed walkway. Playground areas are available, as are a 400 meter track, a soccer field, a cafeteria, a courtyard, two computer labs, a science lab, ample parking, and four tennis courts.
Finances: In the 2010-2011 school year, approximately 90% of the School’s income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $7,000 (until 12:30) and $8,500 (until 15:40); grades K-12: $17,400. There is a one-time registration fee of $300. The annual capital levy fee is $1,600. These fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)