The American International School of Costa Rica (AIS) (formerly the Costa Rica Academy) is a private, non-profit association that was founded in 1970. The School serves approximately 200 students from preschool through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from August to December and January to June.
Organization: The School is sponsored by the Pro-Escuela Academica de Costa Rica, a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization registered under Costa Rican law. It is governed by a 8-member Board of Directors elected from and by the members of the Association, who are all parents or guardians of children currently enrolled in the School.
Curriculum: Students at AIS can earn both U.S. high school diploma and the Costa Rican Baccalaureate diploma. The School offers as well a unique English as a Second Language program (ESL), Spanish as a Second Language (SSL) and a Learning Support Program (LSP), that services the needs of students with English, Spanish and learning deficiencies. English is the language of instruction, and the average of class size is 15 in PS, PK and Kinder, 20 in Elementary and 25 in Middle and High School. Through a controlled admissions policy, AIS encourages siblings to study in the same school even though their needs and abilities are different. The School offers Advanced Placements courses for U.S. college credit; the curriculum is aligned with California standards, and standardized exams such as the MAP, the PSAT and SAT measure students against their peers in the U.S. AIS is accredited by the AdvancED and the Costa Rican Ministry of Education and is is a member of AdvancED, AASCA (Association of American School of Central America), Tri-Conference Association, NCAA, and NAESP.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 36 full-time faculty members. The School makes an effort to hire teachers with U.S. training and certification. The administrators are U.S.-trained and educated.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 217.
Facilities: The School is located on a beautiful campus in Cariari (a suburb of San Jose). The classroom buildings are modern and built around open courtyards and tropical gardens. Sports facilities are maintained for kickball, soccer, basketball, ping-pong, and volleyball. The computer lab contains Pentium computers and access to Internet and e-mail for students.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, 100% of the School's income derives from tuition. Tuition rates are as follows: PS-PK (half-day): $3,790; PS-PK-K (full day): $4,540; grades 1-12: $7,660. There is a one-time membership fee of $1,500 per student, an annual registration fee of $700 per student per year, and a family yearbook fee of $50. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)