The American International School of Guangzhou (AISG) is an independent, not-for-profit, coeducational day school, founded in 1981, offering an educational program from preschool through grade 12. The 180-day academic year comprises two semesters, from August to December and from January to June.
Organization: AISG is governed by a seven-member Board of Governors. Three members are appointed: one by the U.S. Consul General, one by the other Consuls General in Guangzhou, and two by the Corporate Council. Three are elected from members of the AISG Parents’ Association. Membership is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the school.
Curriculum: An international curriculum is offered in self-contained classrooms through grade 5 and in a departmentalized middle and high school setting for grades 6-12. The medium of instruction is English. AISG is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Office to offer the Primary Years Program in the elementary grades and the Diploma Program in grades 11 and 12. While AISG offers ESL support at each campus, it does not enroll into the middle or high schools children with limited English language proficiency. The school also offers limited learning support at each campus. AISG enjoys a technology rich environment in which digital teaching and learning thrive. Technology includes shared and 1:1 iPads in the elementary school and 1:1 laptops in the middle and high schools. AISG provides professional development to support each teacher’s own understanding and skill development in this area. The school expects teachers to employ an appropriate range of digital technology in each class. AISG is a member of the Council of International Schools, the East Asia Regional Council of Schools, the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools, the Asia Pacific Activities Conference, and the Southern Delta Regional Conference. AISG is accredited through the Western Association of Schools.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year there are 110 full-time faculty members. A total of 84 faculty members have at least a master’s degree.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 1,001 (PS-grade 12).
Facilities: The elementary school is located on Ersha Island in the Pearl River near Guangzhou’s Diplomatic and Commercial District. Facilities include a large library, two art rooms, two music rooms, a gym, and 55 classrooms. The middle school and high school are located in Science Park and have 50 classrooms, science and computer labs, three art rooms, a library, separate music building, a theater, two gyms, and a playing field. All classrooms are air-conditioned and have wireless Internet access.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, over 97% of the school’s income is derived from regular day school tuition and fees. The application fee (K-grade 12: $1,900) applies only to the school year in which the student is applying. The annual comprehensive tuition fee is: PS: RMB162,100; K-grade 5: RMB189,000; grades 6-8: RMB204,500; and grades 9-12: RMB236,100. The cost of transportation and school lunches are the responsibility of the parents. (All fees are quoted in RMB.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and are provided by the school.