Saudi Arabia, Riyadh: American International School - Riyadh

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Date: 12/21/2011 Location: Riyadh Saudi Arabia Description: American International School - Riyadh - State Dept Image



The American International School-Riyadh (AIS-R) is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational day school which offers an enriched American curriculum with an international perspective for students in prekindergarten through grade 12. AIS-R was founded in 1963, and has been located on its current campus since 1977. The academic year is divided into two semesters extending from September to June, with 176 instructional days.

Organization: AIS-R is governed by an eight-member, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees (seven regular members and one non-voting U.S. Embassy liaison), and led by a Superintendent who oversees a full administrative and teaching staff. AIS-R is organized into three divisions: Elementary School (Pre-K – grade 5), Middle School (grades 6 – 8), and High School (grades 9 – 12). Each division has a Principal who reports directly to the Superintendent.

Curriculum: The curriculum is modeled on the AERO standards and a variety of US national and state standards in all subjects. The school also offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in grades 11 and 12 and an English Language Learners program to qualifying students in grades 1 to 8. English, science, math and social studies form the core academic areas. In addition elementary students receive instruction in physical education, computer technology, music, art, Saudi Arabian history, Arab culture and Arabic language. French instruction is provided in grades 3-5 and students choose to study either Arabic or French at these levels. Middle and high school students continue their education in the core areas and choose from a variety of electives. Instructional objectives are clearly defined but academic expectations are flexible enough to support and challenge individual student needs. Instruction in all areas encourages students to think creatively, reason critically, and communicate effectively. Technology using campus-wide wireless internet access, is integrated throughout the program. All applicants, regardless of nationality, must pass the admissions assessment before being admitted. Students may only attend classes after receiving written notification of acceptance and tuition has been paid.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 110 full-time faculty members and approximately 80 additional staff members.  One hundred percent of our teachers are certified in their subject area, and most have higher degrees.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 1,235 (PK-5: 558; grades 6-8: 266; and grades 9-12: 411).

Facilities: AIS-R operates on one main campus, constructed in 1977 with major additions in 1980, 1999, 2000, and 2001. Facilities include more than 175 classrooms, 2 dining halls, a large air-conditioned gymnasium, a 575-seat performance theatre, large covered sports areas, 2 libraries with technology stations, and a center for performing arts. There are 11 science laboratories, 8 computer laboratories, and 16 mobile laptop stations. AIS-R is fully air-conditioned and has 100% wireless Internet coverage.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, AIS-R derives its income exclusively from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates range from $9,567 to $17,844. Additional fees are as follows: an assessment fee of $150, an one-time capital levy of $533 for new students, a one-time registration fee of $1,867 for new students, an ELL fee of $800 (only for ELL students), and an Arabic Language fee of $1,067 (only for participating students). These fees are payable in Saudi Riyals. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

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