Saudi Arabia, Jeddah: The American International School of Jeddah

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



The American International School of Jeddah (AISJ), is a private Community day school which offers an educational program from Early Childhood through grade 12 for expatriate and host-country students. AISJ serves more than 1,000 students on a single campus located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The school year consists of two semesters, the first from late August to the end of January and the second from early February to mid June.

Organization: The School is governed by a 5-member Board of Trustees and operates under a license granted by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education.

Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that of U.S. public, college-preparatory schools. Instruction is in English. French, Arabic, and Spanish are taught as foreign languages, and Arabic is offered as a first language to Arabic speakers. The School is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the European Council of International Schools.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 150 full-time staff and faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 1,000 (PK-grade 12).

Facilities: AISJ is located in Jeddah, also called the bride of the Red Sea. Jeddah is recognized as a cosmopolitan marketplace and a symbol of dynamic growth in the Middle East. The shared campus located in the Al-Zahraá district provides for the operational needs of the elementary, middle, and high schools. A library and media resource center with over 28,000 volumes, a fully-equipped science lab, a state-of-the-art information technology center, a covered playing area, a cafeteria, a multipurpose gymnasium, and a clinic serve the three schools. All facilities are air-conditioned.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, tuition rates are as follows: EC: $5,570; PK: $6,268; K.: $7,762; grades 1-2: $8,715; grades 3-5: $8,874; grades 6-8: $10,622; grades 9-10: $11,035; and grades 11-12: $12,306. Fees are paid in Saudi Riyals. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

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