The American International School of Lusaka (AISL) is an independent, coeducational day school that offers a robust educational program from preschool through grade 12. The school was founded in 1986. The school year begins in early August and ends in mid-June.
Organization: The school is governed by a seven-member board of directors. Two are appointed by the U.S. Ambassador, with the remaining five being elected by the school association, which consists of all the parents of children enrolled. One of the two appointees serves as board chairman. Of the five elected members, two are elected from a slate of candidates consisting of U.S. government employees and their spouses. The remaining three members are elected from a slate of candidates consisting of other members of the parent association.
Curriculum: AISL offers a fully accredited U.S. and international curriculum and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council of International Schools. In addition, AISL is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering all three of the main programs: the Primary Years Program (early learning – grade 5), the Middle Years Program (grades 6-10), and the Diploma Program (grades 11-12). AISL offers students the opportunity to pursue all core academic subjects through the primary, middle and high school years to the highest levels demanded for college admissions. MAP Growth test results show that students consistently perform above their U.S. and international school peers. The school offers full college counseling for universities in the U.S. and worldwide. This program’s success is demonstrated by the fact that 95% of the students in the Class of 2020 were accepted into their first-choice university and, collectively, they earned $1.7 million in scholarships. The school offers a one-to-one iPad program in grades 4-9 and one-to-one laptop program in grades 10-12. The curriculum is inquiry-based and student-centered with a strong focus on differentiated instruction. The school offers a range of special subjects in the visual and performing arts and in physical education. Students throughout the school enjoy opportunities for interschool competition in soccer, volleyball, field hockey, basketball, netball, tennis, rugby, golf, chess, and swimming. AISL has achieved championship status in many sports both in local and international sports leagues. Students in both primary and secondary school may participate in a variety of public performances in music and drama. Both the primary and secondary schools also hold annual visual arts exhibitions. The school offers limited services for mild to moderate special educational needs.
Accreditation: AISL is accredited by three international institutions; The Middle States Association (MSA), The Council of International Schools (CIS), and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 35 full-time, 23 part-time and 3 faculty members on sabbatical due to COVID-19, including 22 U.S. citizens, 6 host-country nationals, and 33 third-country nationals. The school also employs 15 full-time teaching assistants for the primary grades. The school director is a trained international school administrator from the U.S. with more than twenty years of experience in both the U.S. and overseas schools.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 381 (PS-grade 12).
Facilities: The school is housed on a 25-acre site, which includes well-equipped, spacious classrooms; a large library; a media center with state of the art IT facilities; specialized rooms for science, computers, art, and music; a separate early learning center; a performing arts center with 400-seat theater; a fully covered basketball court; a gymnasium; three swimming pools; three soccer/softball playing fields (one enclosed by a running track); and six tennis courts. The newly-renovated Primary School features well-appointed, air-conditioned classrooms.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, about 99% of the school’s income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Early Learning Center $6,000; Kindergarten-Grade 5: $16,920; Grade 6-10: $19,430; and Grade 11-12: $22,070. The school also charges a one-time admission fee of $7,000 and an annual capital levy of $750. (All fees are quoted in USD but may be paid in kwacha).
Information and statistics are current as of October 2020 and are provided by the school.