American International School of Monrovia (AISM), founded in 2007, is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an American curriculum educational program from age 3 through grade 10 for students of all nationalities. The school year comprises 3 trimesters from August until June.
Organization: A 9-member Board of Trustees governs the School. Four of the 9 voting members are appointed by the U.S. Mission to Liberia; 1 member is from the U.S. expatriate community and is not affiliated with the school or the U.S. Mission. The remaining 4 members to the Board of Trustees are elected by the parent community. The School is administered by an American Director.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of a typical U.S. public school, and English is the medium language of instruction. AISM follows the MCREL/Common Core Curriculum and offers a robust academic program in which students study English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Music, Art, Arabic, French, Spanish (Grades 6 – 10), and Physical Education. The school is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
The NWEA MAP testing is used to measure student mastery of the curriculum. This adaptive computerized test is also used 3 times a year to measure student growth, allowing the faculty to adjust the program to ensure that all students’ needs are being met.
At present, the school program is offered through grade 10. The American International School of Monrovia does not offer grade 11 or grade 12. This, however, is subject to change if more students arrive, or if the Board of Directors makes an executive decision to fund special projects, such as a complete High School program.
The school is not presently equipped to serve students who have special needs, as the local capacity of qualified teachers in the country diminished, due to the Ebola health crisis of 2014, and subsequent economic downturn. For the start of the 2015 school year, the U.N declared Liberia Ebola-free. With this new qualification, the hope is now for qualified local health and special services to soon return to Monrovia.
Faculty: For the 2019 – 2020 school year, the school year began with 18 faculty members.
Enrollment: As of September 2019, 109 students are enrolled for this academic year.
Facilities: The School is located in a residential area, approximately 5 miles from downtown Monrovia, in a section called Congo Town. The large physical plant is situated on a 6-acre site. Nineteen classrooms have been renovated, including recent construction of a science lab, art room, and multimedia center/computer lab. The campus is presently wireless and uses fiber optic Internet technology. There are playground areas in front of and adjacent to the school, along with a state-of-the-art gymnasium and a large regulation size soccer field.
Finances: For the 2019 – 2020 school year, the annual tuition rates are as follows, with all fees required to be paid in U.S. Dollars: EYP (3/4-year-old): $11,445; ECE III (Kdg.–5 year old)–grade 5: $18,775; grades 6-8: $19,615; and grades 9–10: $20,875. There is also a one-time capital levy fee of $5,000 ($2,500 per year for EYP) (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of October 2019 and are provided by the school.