The American International School of Lagos (AISL): Founded in 1964, AISL is a private, coeducational school, which offers an American education for students of all nationalities in preschool through grade 12. The August to June school year is divided into 2 semesters. AISL is fully accredited through the Council of International Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) fully accredits AISL’s IB Diploma Program.
Organization: A 9-member Board of Directors governs AISL. The AISL Association elects 5 of the members for 3-year terms, and 3positions are appointed by the independent oil companies: Shell, ExxonMobil and Chevron. The final seat is reserved for an appointee of the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria. Members of the Association are parents and/or guardians of children enrolled in the school.
Curriculum: The curriculum at AISL is based on U.S. AERO standards(American Education Reaches Out) and Common Core. In addition to earning an American diploma, students in grades 11 and 12 may participate in the IB Diploma Program. All instruction is in English. AISL offers English language learner support for students in grades K-8. Elementary students attend the following classes taught by specialists: French or Spanish, art, PE, music/band, and library. African studies is integrated into the social studies curriculum, and technology is integrated into multiple subjects. Middle school students, grades 5-8, receive core instruction in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. They also participate in specialist classes that includes visual arts, French or Spanish, physical education and health, technology and media, music, economics and financial literacy, and genius hour. Students in grades 2-10 are assessed twice a year using MAP (Measurements of Academic Progress) in reading, language usage, and math. High school students in grades 10 and 11 are required to take the PSAT, and AISL is recognized by the College Board as a testing site for the SAT exams.
Faculty: In the 2019-2020 school year, there are 83 full-time certificated teachers, including a superintendent, 3 divisional principals and counselors, a tech director, an athletic director, an alumni director and admissions director.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2019-2019 school year, enrollment was 580 students.
Facilities: The existing facility, built in 1981 on 8.56 acres of Nigerian government-leased land, has been expanded multiple times to accommodate growth in enrollment and to upgrade the facilities. The most recent upgrade is AISL’s state-of-the-art, all new on-campus housing for all overseas faculty.
Finances: In the 2019-2019 school year, about 95% of the school’s income derives from tuition fees. Annual tuition is as follows: PS and PK: $17,638; K-grade 5: $21,022; grades 6-8: $27,232; and grades 9-12: $31,228. The school also charges a capital improvement fee of $3,182 for all students and an application fee of $700 and a registration fee of $13,998 for first time students. The school changes an additional special assessment levy of $10,181(IOC and US Consulate) and ELL/LS of $6,719 (as determined by AISL Admissions Committee). All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.
Information and statistics are current as of October 2019 and are provided by the school.