The American International School Chennai (AISC), founded in 1995, is a nonprofit, independent, coeducational day school. It offers a U.S./international-style educational program in English from the Early Years (age 3) through grade 12 for American and international students who are temporary residents of India. The school year runs from early August to early June.
Organization: The school is governed by a nine-member board of directors. The U.S. Consul General appoints three members, one of whom serves as the U.S. Government Representative. Four members are elected from the School Association, and two at-large community members are nominated by the Board of Directors and appointed by the U.S. Consul General. The board chairperson must be an American and is appointed by the U.S. Consul General.
Curriculum: The school’s mission is “Together we inspire a love of learning, empowering all students with the courage, confidence, creativity and compassion to make their unique contribution in a diverse and dynamic world.” The high school is a college-preparatory program leading to a U.S. High School Diploma supported by Advanced Placement courses and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP). School-wide subjects include language arts/English, math, science, social studies/history, world languages (French and Spanish), art, music, theater, PE/health, and design technology. AISC is 1:1 Bring-Your-Own-Device in grades 3-12, and grades 1-2 are 1:1 with iPads. English language learning is embedded in the curriculum. Grades 5 through 12 have experiences in India via Classroom Without Walls, Week Without Walls, and Discover India field trips. The school offers a full program of after-school activities from K-5. The middle and high schools offer an array of athletics and clubs. The school participates in the regional middle school athletics conference, ASIAC, and the regional high school conference, SAISA. AISC is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is approved by the Association of Indian Colleges and Universities.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 101 full-time and 5 part-time faculty members, of whom 87% hold advanced degrees. The faculty comes from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Israel, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Romania, United Kingdom, and United States. The student/teacher ratio is 6:1. The ratio of overseas-hired staff to local staff is 68:32.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 593, representing 29 nationalities (EY: 24; KG-grade 5: 253; grades 6-8: 134; and grades 9-12: 182).
Facilities: AISC sits on 13 beautiful acres. The layout of the buildings takes advantage of the sea breeze, while water features, ample trees, and shrubberies help maintain a cool environment in the public areas. The safety of the students was taken into consideration at every stage of the planning and construction of the campus. The purpose-built Fine Arts Center houses music, art, and theater spaces, which include a 740-seat auditorium. All classrooms are air-conditioned, including the Olympic-standard gymnasium with automated bleachers, climbing wall, newly renovated health center, middle/high and elementary cafeterias, next generation science labs in the middle and high schools, elementary school science and design studio, and secondary school design technology lab. The school has a newly-constructed 6-lane track and renovated soccer pitch; an all-weather, multipurpose, multisport artificial turf field; a 17,000-square foot dedicated elementary school playground; 25-meter swimming pool; six tennis courts; a well-equipped fitness center; a 14,000-square foot Early Years Outdoor Learning Center; and a newly renovated 4000-square foot air-conditioned Rec Gym. The Early Years to grade 1 classrooms feature special low furniture and bathrooms. There are two Collaboration Information Centers (CIC) which combine libraries and areas to gather and inquire. The school is fully wireless. As of summer of 2019, AISC has transformed all learning spaces with improved lighting, carpet, acoustics, storage, and adjustable, easy-to-move furniture. AISC is the first K-12 school in the world to achieve LEED Platinum status, using the real-time ARC platform.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, annual tuition rates are as follows: EY: US $12,900; EY5-grade 5: US $25,330; grades 6-8: US $25,940; and grades 9-12: US $29,140. The school charges a registration fee of US $4,000, a development fee of US $10,000 (both one-time and nonrefundable), and an application fee of US $400. All fees, except for the application fees, payable in U.S. dollars.
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.