Bangladesh, Dhaka: American International School/Dhaka

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Date: 12/21/2010 Location: Dhaka Description: AIS Dhaka Students - State Dept Image



The American International School/Dhaka (AIS/D) 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 1972. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from August 9 to January 19 and from January 22 to June 7.

Organization: The School is governed by a 9-member School Board elected for 2-year terms. The Board is comprised of parents or legal guardians of students enrolled in the School.  The School is not incorporated in the United States.

Curriculum: AISD provides a program based on American educational principles for an international community. The elementary school implements the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP), an international curriculum framework that creates a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for all children. The middle school consists of grades 6 to 8 provides an age-appropriate, child-centered educational program in a safe and supportive environment. High school students are challenged to complete a rigorous series of courses to meet AIS/D’s graduation requirements. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is available to qualified juniors and seniors, and all grade 11 and 12 students benefit from the IB Standard Level offerings. Strong sports, fine arts, and extracurricular programs are maintained. AIS/D is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 112 full-time and 6 part-time faculty members. A superintendent, 3 principals, 1 elementary vice principal, 3 counselors, and a business manager make up the administrative team.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 727 (PK-grade 5: 377; grades 6-8: 164; and grades 9-12: 186). 

Facilities: The School occupies a 4 1/2-acre campus in a residential suburb of Dhaka. The campus facility consists of 78 general classrooms, 8 science laboratories, 2 design technology labs, 3 art studios, 2 music rooms, 2 drama rooms, 4 computer laboratories, a library/media center, 3 gymnasiums, a weight room, a heated pool, a 350-seat theatre, a cafeteria, and office suites. Sports facilities include two playgrounds and one athletic field. AIS/D maintains a fleet of air-conditioned buses for all student transportation.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, 98% of the School's income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK 3: $5,400; PK4: $8,050; Kdg.-grade 4: $15,470; grade 5: $15,600; grades 6-8: $19,370; and grades 9-12: $21,060. The School also charges an admission processing fee of $150 for all and a registration fee of $2,250 for PK3; $3,350 for PK4 and $6,450 for Kdg.-grade 12. These fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

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