Netherlands (The), Rotterdam: American International School of Rotterdam

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Date: 12/05/2011 Location: Rotterdam The Netherlands Description: American International School of Rotterdam - State Dept Image


The American International School of Rotterdam, founded in 1959, is an independent, non-sectarian, non-profit, college-preparatory coeducational day school which offers a quality English language educational program for prekindergarten (age 3) through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from mid-August to mid-January and from mid-January to mid-June.

Organization: The School is governed by a Board of Trustees, consisting of 8 to 11 members, appointed for 3-year terms and operating under the auspices of Stichting, The American International School of Rotterdam, is the foundation which sponsors the School.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. college preparatory for private and public schools. Instruction is in English. French (3-12), Dutch (PK-12), and Spanish (6-12) are taught as foreign languages. Computer, art, music, drama, physical education, library classes, and swimming are taught by specialists. An intensive English-as-an-Additional-Language program (EAL) is also offered. The Early Childhood and Elementary Schools offer the widely renowned International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The Middle School has implemented the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC). As a further enhancement to the IMYC Curriculum, the school has also implemented a 1-to-1 pilot program. The High School offers a full International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program. The School was reaccredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and by the European Council of International Schools in 2010. The School is a member of the Northwest European Council of International Schools (NECIS) for interscholastic sports, science/art fairs, and other student activities as well as European Council of International Schools (ECIS) for teacher/staff development.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 32 full-time and 22 part-time faculty and staff members. There are a total of 42 faculty including the special education teacher, a guidance counselor, a business manager and a full time nurse. In addition, there are a further 12 staff members that make up the full staff at the school.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 199.

Facilities: The School is a purpose-built facility and is an integral part of Rotterdam's International Education Center (IEC). The IEC is a shared facility with the Japanese School of Rotterdam (JSR and AISR). The School (AISR) has 31 instructional areas, 2 science laboratories, a media lab, a sports complex (including sports fields, a double gymnasium and a rented pool), a multi-media center, library, 2 art rooms, a classroom for domestic science, and a full service cafeteria. The School is totally computer networked and also has two wireless mobile labs and a wireless network. The School also offers an Interactive Teaching Platform supported by the use of “smart boards” and “interactive whiteboards”.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, 99% of the School's income derives from regular tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK 1 (age 3): €13,100 for a full day and €9,825 for a half day; PK 2 (age 4): €13,800; Kdg.-grade 4: €15,600; grades 5-8: €17,500; and grades 9-12: €18,700. The School also charges a capital assessment fee of €3,750 (a one time fee) and an annual enrollment fee of €1,500. (All fees are quoted in euros.)

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