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 two semesters. AISL is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) authorizes AISL to offer the IB Diploma Program.
Organization: AISL is governed by a nine member Board of Directors. The AISL Association elects five of the members for three-year terms, and three positions 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: AISL’s offers a standards based curriculum (American Education Reaches Out and Common Core) that focuses on helping students understand important concepts, demonstrate key skills/competencies, and develop character. In addition to the American High School Diploma, students also have an opportunity to earn the International Baccalaureate Diploma. AISL offers a challenging academic program (English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) that is complemented by specialist classes that includes band/music, art and design, multimedia, computer science, physical education/health, and financial literacy. While the medium of instruction is English, AISL offers French, Spanish and Arabic as modern languages. AISL administers the MAP assessment to students in Grades 2-9, the Morrisby Assessment to students in Grade 10, and the PSAT’s and SAT’s to students in Grades 10-12. AISL provides English language learning support and special educational needs support to (K-8) students. A robust after school athletics and activities program provides students with opportunities to pursue their interests and passions.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 70 full-time certificated teachers, including a superintendent, three divisional principals and counselors, a tech director, an athletic director, an alumni director and admissions director. Approximately 70% of the AISL faculty members hold a Master’s Degree. All faculty members are certificated with a minimum experience of three years.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 505 students.
Facilities: Built in 1981, the 8.56 acre campus facility is located in a preferred residential area (Victoria Island) of Lagos. The facilities include 55 classrooms, three science labs, a music room, small theater, technology lab, a library, dining area, an infirmary, administrative offices, two playgrounds, a gymnasium, tennis courts, a soccer field and swimming pool. AISL has recently launched a major campus redevelopment program.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 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 quoted in U.S. dollars.
Information and statistics are current as of October 2020 and provided by the school.