American International School of Monrovia (AISM) is as a private, coeducational day school serving grades PK-12. Originally the school was founded as the American Cooperative School in 1960 and enjoyed a prestigious reputation throughout West Africa and the United States. The school reopened under its current name AISM in 2007 with great enthusiasm and support from the prestigious alumni both in the U.S. and Liberia, the American Embassy and the Liberian Government. The school core values of achievement, integrity, service, and motivation reflect our mission and values of AISM.
Organization: A nine-member board of trustees governs the school. Four of the nine voting members are appointed by the U.S. Mission to Liberia, one member is from the U.S. expatriate community and is not affiliated with the school or the U.S. Mission. The remaining four members to the board of trustees are elected by the parent community. The school is led by an American director.
Curriculum: AISM offers a rigorous American curriculum under the framework and standards from American Educators Reaching Out (AERO). AERO is a project supported by the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools and the Overseas Schools Advisory Council to assist schools in developing and implementing standards-based curricula in alignment with the Common Core and many other top tier American and international schools. AISM incorporates standardized testing Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) to measure student mastery of skills and curriculum along with other formative and summative assessments to ensure students are achieving educational milestones. Additionally, the high school is offering Pre-AP & AP classes, PSAT & SAT exams, college and career counseling from an American high school counselor. The school offers the Model United Nations MUN program for eligible middle and high school students. There is a learning support program for students with mild learning needs. AISM is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).
Faculty: In the 2021-2022 school year, AISM has 40 total staff including 16 teachers. Our faculty and staff represent eight nationalities including, Jamaican, Indian, Lebanon, and Sri Lankan. All teaching faculty have minimally a bachelor’s degree with teaching certificate/credentials. Many have completed their master’s degree or are currently earning a master’s degree from an American university.
Enrollment: As of September 2021, student enrollment is at 87 students.
Facilities: The school is located in a residential area, approximately five miles from downtown Monrovia, in a neighborhood called Congo Town, Old Road. The large physical plant is situated on a six-acre beautiful site. Nineteen classrooms have been renovated, including the recent construction of the high school hub a science lab, art room, and library. The campus is wireless and uses fiber-optic technology; the school has Google Chromebooks for students to borrow on a first-come basis. However, there is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program in the wake of COVID-19 that we highly recommend. There are two playground areas, one is a quad area and the second has playground equipment for early childhood and elementary students. There is a large gymnasium and a regulation-size soccer field. The school has a canteen that features healthy snacks and hot lunches. Throughout the campus, there are beautiful flower gardens, with seating areas, to study, and gather for middle and high school students.
Finances: Tuition rates are as follows: (pre-K age 3-4) Turning 3 years-old by October 30th– $11,903.00, (K-5) Lower School $19,338.00, (6 –8) Middle School $20,007.00, (9 – 12) High School $21,293.00. New students to AISM: Pre-K Program $2,500.00, Capital Fee New Student to ECE III – Grade 10 Program $5,000.00 Capital Fee.
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Liberia, Monrovia) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
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