The American International School of Niamey (AISN), established in 1982, is an independent, coeducational day school offering an educational program from nursery through grade 12. The school year consists of 2 semesters that begin in mid-August and end in late May or early June.
Organization: The school is governed by a 7-member Board of Directors, 6 of whom are elected by the AISN Association for 2-year terms. Membership in the association is automatically given to all parents of AISN students and faculty members.
Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that of most U.S. public schools. Class sizes are small and students are grouped in multi-age level groups. Instruction is in English. In addition to language arts, reading, math, science, and social studies, the curriculum includes music/band, French, and physical education. All grades 1-12 receive three 65-minute periods per week of French language instruction. Prekindergarten and kindergarten receive 2 periods of French language instruction per week. AISN has a strong community-based education program. High school students are involved in service-learning projects with a graduation requirement of 30 hours of service hours. Standardized achievement tests are administered biannually. AISN is fully accredited from PK-grade 12 by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA).
The Learning Support Program at AISN focuses on strengthening academic skills within the context of a student’s emotional, social, and cognitive development, taking a collaborative approach to meeting the needs of Learning Support students of all levels of English Proficiency and students with mild to moderate special needs. Mild/moderate special needs include (but are not limited to) specific learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, emotional and behavioral disorders, ADD, ADHD, mild intellectual disabilities, SCD (Social Communication Disorder) and (when appropriate) Autism Spectrum Disorder. The curriculum ensures that every individual student at AISN is challenged academically, including students who may be gifted and talented.
Faculty: For the 2019-2020 school year, there are 16 full-time staff members and 5 part-time staff members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, enrollment was 98.
Facilities: The school consists of 4 single-story, air-conditioned buildings with 9 classrooms, a science lab, a computer lab, and a multipurpose room with two new toilet blocks, nursery school, and administration offices, locker rooms, gym, and dance studio. The playground area includes grass athletic field and covered basketball and volleyball courts, along with an assortment of other playground structures. The cafeteria and community center includes a dining hall and cafe, pool, tennis courts, and a full service kitchen. Dinner service and special activities, such as Quiz Night and Open Mic Night, are also organized to take place on these grounds after 4:00 pm. All students, parents, and official U.S. personnel are members of the community center.
Finances: In the 2019-2020 school year, more than 95% of the school’s income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $6000; K-grade 5: $18,500; grades 6-8: $20,000; and grades 9-12: $22,000. Bus service is available at $2,500 annually. A capital fee of $5,000 is required of all new students, and an annual capital levy of $3,000 is charged for all returning students. Students who need additional English-as-a-Second-Language or special needs support are assessed additional fees based on the level of support provided. AISN has a learning support department with 2 dedicated support specialists. Fees are payable in U.S. or FCFA dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2019 and are provided by the school.