The American International School of Algiers (AISA) is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers a challenging, supportive, student-centered program to students from kindergarten (applicants must be five years old by December 1) through grade 8. All nationalities are welcome, but students need to demonstrate a level of English fluency that will ensure their success. AISA has no provisions to offer additional ESL support. In addition, the school does not serve students with special educational needs.
Mission: The American International School of Algiers pursues academic excellence for students through an American-based education that nurtures responsible, respectful, and globally conscious lifelong learners, while fostering a spirit of friendship and exchange.
Governance: AISA is governed by the Board of Trustees. Guided by the AISA Constitution and By-Laws, the Trustees approve all budgets, policies, and other matters of significance, focusing on maintaining the mission and fiscal well-being of the school. Meeting four times yearly, the Trustees work behind the scenes to ensure the successful continuation of the American school, including setting policy, leading fund raising, and assisting with public relations. The school’s legal status and foundations of governance are defined in the AISA Constitution, the AISA By-Laws, and the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria signed December 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Curriculum: AISA follows Project AERO’s U.S. Common Core Standards Plus (www.projectaero.org). Classes are taught by fully qualified, English-speaking educators, who are familiar with the best principles of American education. Students also take classes in conversational French, art, library, ITC, music, and PE. The curriculum is further enhanced by the school’s “Tree of Traits” program, which promotes global citizenship.
Faculty: In the 2021-2022 school year, AISA has 15 total staff including 8 teachers.
Enrollment: In September 2021, 28 students were enrolled in grades K-8.
Facilities: The school is located in a large multilevel villa in the diplomatic community of Ben Aknoun, with several embassies and diplomatic residences located nearby. There is a front garden with play equipment and a back garden with benches, covered seating, and soccer nets. The facility also includes a library with over 5,000 volumes in English. Transportation is not provided by the school, and students bring their own lunches.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, 95% of the school’s revenue comes from tuition, with the remainder being from donations and grants. Annual tuition for all students is $30,000 yearly. There is a nonrefundable application fee of $200. All fees paid in U.S. dollars except host-country nationals who pay the equivalent in DZD at the exchange rate of the day.
This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information. Information and statistics are current as of September 2021 and are provided by the school.