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The American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ) is a leading pre-K through grade 12 co-educational school founded in 1982. AISJ is situated on two beautiful and spacious campuses, with state-of-the-art facilities that serve Johannesburg and Pretoria. AISJ is a truly international community which values and embraces the diversity of its students, faculty and staff. AISJ offers a nurturing and engaging learning environment, small class sizes, international opportunities, and a range of teaching strategies aimed at providing optimal learning and growth for all students. AISJ offers a balanced program with emphasis on the four pillars: academics, athletics and activities, arts, and service learning. AISJ is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA), a member of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), and also a member of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA).

Organization: AISJ is governed by a board of directors comprised of not fewer than three and not more than eleven directors. The board consists of up to five elected directors, up to four directors appointed by the board, and up to two directors seconded by the board. A representative of the U.S Ambassador and the school director serve as non-voting special observers to the board’s activities. Voting rights to elect board directors are automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled at AISJ.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. college-preparatory public schools with a strong international influence. In the high school there are two pathways available for graduation. For students in grades 11 and 12, the school offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) or the AISJ High School Program (HSP). Instruction is in English. Spanish is taught as a foreign language in grades 1 to 5; and Spanish and French are taught as foreign languages in grades 6 to 12. An extensive range of electives and after-school activities are offered.

Faculty: In the 2023-2024 school year, AISJ has 286 total staff including 144 teachers, 58 of whom are U.S. citizens, 52 host-country nationals, and 34 third-country nationals.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year, enrollment was 748. Of the total, 248 were U.S. citizens, 76 were host‑country nationals, and 424 were third-country nationals.

Johannesburg Campus Facilities: Johannesburg Campus Facilities: The Johannesburg Campus, which includes elementary, middle and high school is set on 80 acres. The campus is comprised of 85 classrooms, 10 science laboratories, two computer laboratories, three libraries, one multipurpose gymnasium, one basketball/volleyball gymnasium, two presentation rooms, three soccer fields, a golf practice facility, a dance studio, a fitness center, three outdoor basketball courts (one undercover court), three tennis courts, a fine arts center, a lecture hall, an aquatic center with two pools, a dining commons, and a 520-seat theater.

Pretoria Campus Facilities: The Pretoria Campus, which includes elementary and middle school is set on 5.9 acres. The campus is comprised of 23 classrooms, two science labs, one library, a media space, multi-purpose center which also serves as a gymnasium and a theatre, undercover assembly area and stage, two swimming pools, a cafeteria, two playgrounds, a dual-purpose tennis and basketball area with a synthetic soccer field, and a multi-purpose center.

Finances:In the 2023-2024 school year approximately 98% of the school’s income derives from tuition and other fees. Annual tuition rates are dominated in U.S. Dollars (US$) and South African Rands (ZAR). AISJ allows for tuition fees to be paid in either US$ or ZAR.
Annual tuition rates for the 2023-2024 school year are as follows:
Pre-K: $20 026 or R360 468
Elementary (K-5) : $26 710 or R480 780
Middle School (6-8) : $31 210 or R561 780
High School (9-10) : $34 676 or R624 168
High School ((11-12) : $35 948 or R647 064
The invoice may be paid in one currency or the other.
Other fees are as follows:
Application Fee: $240 or R4 320
Capital Fee on entry for new students : $11 025 or R198 450
Capital Fee for returning students : $1 136 or R20 448
Annual Bus Fees (depending on routes) : R45 609 to R49 616 (no U.S. Dollar option)
The foreign exchange rate set by AISJ for billing purposes is ZAR 18/US$ 1 for the 2023-2024 school year.

Special Needs: Review the Special Needs Profile for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.

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 2023 and provided by the school.

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