The American International School of Lesotho (AISL) is a non-profit, independent coeducational day school which offers an American style educational program to students from Preschool (age 3) through grade 8. The School, founded in 1991, serves the needs of the wider American community and other students seeking an American style education delivered in English. The school year is divided into three trimesters extending from August to November, December to March and March to mid-June. AISL is accredited through Middle States Accreditation (MSA). Our next MSA visit will be approximately December 2022.
Organization: AISL has a School Board made up of 8-10 members. Five members are elected from the parent community, two board members are appointed by the U.S. Ambassador and the Board itself may appoint up to three extra members who may have specific skills the school needs. AISL aims to involve the parent community as much as possible when organizing events and running community building activities.
Curriculum: The standards-based curriculum is similar to that of established U.S. public schools. Textbooks and teaching materials are often sourced and used from suppliers in the United States. Regular academic courses include language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. In addition to the regular academic courses, music, French language, technology, library research, art, and physical education are offered at all grade levels. The standards used by all grades are those from the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) program.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 17 full-time and two part-time teachers.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 105.
Facilities: The school consists of several buildings on the campus with a total of 14 classrooms. The school also has a library and technology space for reference work, supplemental reading, and pleasure reading. All classrooms have one or more computers with internet capability and teachers have use of digital whiteboards in all classrooms. The WiFi-connected campus is secure and has a 24-hour security presence. There is ample area to play using playground equipment, a small physical fitness course, a volleyball court, a basketball court, a soccer field with an all-season artificial surface. An optional door-to-door school bus service is available at an additional charge. While we are a small school, we are able to support a number of needs within our student population. This is dependent on the student’s requirements. We have the ability to push-in support within the classroom or pull-out should the need be required.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, about 95% of the school’s income is derived from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PS and PK: $3,000.00; K-Grade 8: $14,500.00. There is a one-time application fee of $216 and a one-time capital fee of $3,630. All fees are payable in U.S. dollars for sponsored parents. Local parents or self-paying parents have the option to pay in Lesotho Maloti.
Information and statistics are current as of October 2020 and are provided by the school.