The American International School-Riyadh (AIS-R) is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational school offering an enriched American curriculum with a focus on global citizenship for students from PK to grade 12. Founded in 1963, AIS-R is currently in its 57th year of excellence in education on a purpose-built campus in north Riyadh. AIS-R is authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and is accredited by both the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools. Additionally, AIS-R has been awarded International Certification with the Council of International Schools, a program designed to enhance intercultural skills, attitudes, and understandings of the global citizens.
Governance: AIS-R is governed by an eight-member strategic board of trustees, seven of whom are voting members and one is a non-voting member representing the U.S. Embassy.
Curriculum: AIS-R’s curriculum is modeled on AERO, Common Core, National Association Standards, and the IB Diploma program. Instruction in all areas encourages students to think creatively, reason critically, communicate effectively, and learn continuously. English, science, math, and social studies form the core academic areas at all grade levels. Elementary school students receive instruction in wellness, health and fitness (i.e. PE), information technology, performing and visual arts, STEM, Saudi Arabian history, and Arabic culture; middle and high school students continue their education in the core areas and world languages and choose from a variety of electives as well. Instructional objectives are clearly defined, but academic expectations are flexible enough to support and challenge all students. The school also offers an English Language Learners program to qualifying students in grades 1-8 but does not offer special needs or gifted programming. With campus-wide high-speed wireless connectivity, technology is integrated throughout the educational program. The 1:World program requires students to bring their own iPad (grades 3-7) or laptop (grades 8-12) to support modern skills and learning. The school also provides five iPads per classroom from KG2 to grade 2.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, AIS-R’s organization consists of 119 faculty and 60 educational assistants and support staff. Faculty members hold bachelor’s degrees and teaching credentials; 77 have also earned a master’s degree, and 5 have obtained a doctorate.
Enrollment: For the 2020-2021 school year enrollment is 1,360 students – representing 64 nationalities, a diverse community with a mindset that fosters the recognition of cultural differences and global citizenship.
Facilities: AIS-R educates and cares for its students on a purpose-built campus. Facilities include more than 100 classrooms, two dining halls, two gymnasiums, two soccer fields, tennis courts, a running track, two learning commons (i.e. libraries), a 750-seat theater, an art gallery, a broadcast journalism studio, a dance studio, a K-12 kitchen lab, a science greenhouse, four STEM labs, 12 science labs, three fully integrated computer labs, three mobile laptop stations, Eagle’s Nest (i.e. school spirit store) and cafe, a parent lounge, a Subway, a Seattle’s Best Coffee shop, juice bar, salad bar, gardens, covered courtyards, and playgrounds.
Finances: As a non-profit organization, AIS-R derives its revenue almost exclusively from tuition and fees. Tuition (including the new 15% VAT) for the 2020-2021 school year ranges from $11,230 in PK to $28,188 in high school. Seat deposits of $3,200 are collected in the spring and credited to tuition the following school year. Fees include, but are not limited to, a one-time capital fee of $4,140 for PK through grade 8 and $6,133 for grade 9-12; an application fee of $1,100; and a one-time new student registration fee of $4,000. Additionally, there are fees associated with English Language Learners (if applicable), students requiring additional learning strategies, and students wishing to enroll in the after-school Arabic language program. All applicants, regardless of nationality or affiliation, are required to complete the school’s online application. A student may be admitted when the application process is successful and there is seat availability.
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.