American International School of Kingston (AISK), founded in 1994, is a private, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from preschool through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school year comprises two semesters extending from late August to mid-January and from mid-January to early June. AISK is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School accredited by Cognia (formerly AdvancED).
Organization: The school is governed by a 12-member board of trustees including an ex-officio member (U.S. Ambassador or his/her designee). The school currently possesses tax-exempt status in the United States and in Jamaica.
Curriculum: AISK is a U.S. and international college-preparatory school. The IB Diploma Program is offered in grades 11 and 12. It is expected that all graduates will go on to colleges and universities in the United States, Europe, Canada, or their home countries. Instruction is in English, and the school offers English-as-an-Additional-Language instruction for elementary and middle school students. The school has a student support department. There is no religious instruction.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 49 full-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 269.
Facilities: The school has 32 classrooms, 16 in the lower school and 16 in the upper school including four science labs. A STEM Makerspace facility, Apple Mac computer lab and help desk, a media center, two music rooms, a two-story art studio, a dance studio, an outdoor stage, a café/canteen, and an administration office complete the buildings on campus. Sports facilities include a 25 meter swimming pool, full football (soccer) field, two tennis courts, a basketball court, and an elementary playground. The school is located 10 minutes from the center of New Kingston and five minutes from the U.S. Embassy.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, annual tuition fees have remained unchanged from 2019-20 and are as follows: EYP: $9,382; K: $11,432; grades 1-5: $15,940; grades 6-8: $17,658; grades 9-11: $19,096; and grade 12: $21,596. New students pay a one-time nonrefundable registration fee according to the following schedule: first child of family: $4,500; second child of family: $3,700; and third child of family: $2,600. There is also a $1,750 capitalization fee per student per year. All fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and are provided by the school.