Founded in 1994, Ashgabat International School (AIS), is a private, nonprofit day school which offers an accredited educational program from 3 years old through secondary school for students of all nationalities. The school consists of 3 terms extending from early August to June. The 180 day calendar includes a 3 week break in December, a 1 week break in October, a 1 week break in March, and individual Turkmen Holidays throughout the school year. Status reports are distributed to parents five times per year at the completion of each quintile. AIS is the only accredited international school in Turkmenistan offering instruction in the English medium.
Organization: The School is governed by the Board of Directors of Quality Schools International, with membership set forth by the Bylaws of Quality Schools International. An Advisory Board, composed of 6 to 10 members residing in Ashgabat, assists the School in its operation. AIS operates with the approval of the Turkmenistan government.
Curriculum: The curriculum is founded on the principles of mastery learning. Insturctional materials are shipped to Turkmenistan from the United States of America. Instruction is in English and Russian is being taught as a foreign language from beginning level through fluency. Intensive English is available at all ages. Coursework at each age level includes the following: reading, language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, physical education, music, art, computer skills and knowledge, and library. A full secondary program is offered for all students aged 14 years and older through to graduation. AIS is fully accredited for all programs by the Middle States Associations of Colleges and Schools through December 1, 2013.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 33 faculty members. The school also employs a number of host-country Para-professionals.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 157.
Facilities: Located in the foothills of the Berzengi district, AIS overlooks the city and is nestled in the foothills of the Kopet Dag Mountains. The School is situated on 5 hectares of land behind the U.S. housing complex and includes central air conditioning and heating, a 5,000-volume library, 8 classrooms, a modern up-to-date computer lab, as well as extensive classroom resources. The fenced campus also includes a regulation-sized grassed soccer field, a basketball court, and a variety of other recreational equipment, including a small children’s playground.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, annual tuition rates are as follows: Early Childhood (3/4 years old): $5,100; Kdg.-secondary grades: $15,700. The School also charges an annual capital fund fee of $1,600 per student, and a one-time registration fee of $300. Bus service is available for $700 per year. These fees are payable in U.S. dollars. All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.