The American International School of Muscat (TAISM) is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from Early Childhood (three years old) through grade 12 for American and other international students in Oman. The school year comprises two semesters, extending from late August to early June. The school weekend is Thursday and Friday.
Organization: The School is governed by a 10-member Board of Directors.
Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that of U.S. public and private college-preparatory schools. Instruction is in English. French, Arabic, and Spanish are taught as foreign languages, and Arabic is offered as a heritage language to Arabic speakers. The School 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 75 full-time and 3 part-time faculty members. The School also employs 21 classroom assistants.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 725 (EC1–grade 12).
Facilities: The School moved to its new campus in 2000. To keep in line with student enrollment, facilities were added in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008; and new Middle School and Elementary School classrooms were added in August 2010. The expanded campus includes 51 classrooms, 4 information and communication technology laboratories, 5 visual arts studios, performance hall, drama classroom, 4 music practice classrooms, 5 science laboratories, Early Childhood Development Center, library/media center, ESL rooms, special needs rooms, cafeteria, 2 indoor gymnasiums, competition swimming pool, outdoor covered sports courts, grass-surfaced sports field, 4 playgrounds, physical education fitness center, nurse’s room, staff lounge, and office spaces. The School has begun construction on its campus of a Center for the Performing Arts that will include a theater to accommodate 550 guests. Cocurricular activities include basketball, drama, band, choir, music, soccer, swimming, volleyball, track and field, Model United Nations, community service, and publications in the middle and high schools, as well as elementary school clubs.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 98.7% of the School’s income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: EC1–2: $10,142; K and grades 1-5: $16,140; grades 6-8: $19,391; and grades 9-12: $20,596. The School also charges a registration fee of $130 and a nonrefundable capital levy fee of $10,233 for grades K–12. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)