The American International School of Lagos (AISL): Founded in 1964, AISL is a private, coeducational school, which offers an international education based on principles of American education for students of all nationalities ages three-19. The August to June school year is divided into two semesters. AISL is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (UK) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (USA). The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) authorizes AISL to offer the IB Diploma Program to students in grades 11-12.
Organization: Organization: AISL is governed by a nine-member board of directors. The AISL Association elects five members from the AISL Association 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 SATs to students in grades 9-12. AISL provides English language learning support and special educational needs support to students. A robust after school athletics and activities program provides students with opportunities to pursue their interests and passions.
Faculty: In the 2021-2022 school year, AISL has 136 total staff including 62 teachers. All teachers hold a teaching certificate/credential from their countries of origin.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, enrollment was 447 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, five science labs, a music/band space, small theater, design technology lab, a library, dining area, a health office, administrative offices, two playgrounds, a gymnasium, tennis courts, a soccer field and swimming pool. AISL has recently launched a major campus redevelopment program.
Finances: Finances: In the 2021-2022 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 $1600 for all students, 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). All fees quoted in U.S. dollars.
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