Founded in 1994, Ashgabat International School (AIS) is a private, nonprofit day school that offers an accredited American international educational program from two years old through secondary school for students of all nationalities. The school year consists of five terms extending from late August to mid-June. The 180-day calendar includes a one-week break in October, a three-week break in December, a one-week break in March, and individual Turkmen holidays throughout the school year. Status reports are distributed to parents five times per year at the completion of each quintile.
Organization: The school is governed by the Board of Directors of Quality Schools International, with membership set forth by the Bylaws of Quality Schools International. An advisory board, composed of six to 10 members residing in Ashgabat, assists the school in its operation. AIS operates with the approval of the Turkmenistan government.
Curriculum: The curriculum is founded on the principles of mastery learning. Instructional materials are shipped to Turkmenistan from the United States. Instruction is in English, with Russian, French, and Spanish taught as foreign languages from beginning level through fluency. Intensive English is available at all ages. Coursework at each age level includes the following: reading, language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, physical education, music, art, computer skills and knowledge, and library. A full secondary program is offered for all students, aged 14 years through high school graduation. Included in the secondary curriculum is a choice of eight Advanced Placement (AP) courses. AIS is fully accredited for all programs by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools through December 1, 2020.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 50 faculty (28 full-time teachers, 6 part-time teachers, plus 16 paraprofessionals). The school has a director, a director of instruction, a guidance counselor, 2 part-time librarians, a technology coordinator and a tech assistant, 4 full-time intensive English teachers, 2 Russian language teachers, 1 French teacher, 1 Spanish teacher, 2 music teachers, a physical education teacher, and an art teacher.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 186.
Facilities: Located in the foothills of the Berzengi district, AIS overlooks the city and is nestled in the foothills of the Kopet Dag Mountains. A new purpose-built facility for 350 students opened in August 2018. The school is situated on five hectares of land beside the new U.S. Embassy complex. It includes more than 40 classrooms, two libraries, two computer labs, a cafetorium, a performance center, a large gym and fitness facilities, two science labs, two art rooms, a music room, and extensive classroom resources. There is also a kitchen from which the school offers a hot lunch. Outdoor areas include playgrounds, track, soccer field, and two tennis courts.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, annual tuition rates are as follows: early childhood (two to four years old) half-day program: $6,400; early childhood (two to four years old) full-day program: $8,900; K-secondary grades: $20,100. The school also charges an annual capital fund fee of $1,600 per student and a one-time registration fee of $300. Bus service is available for $1,550 per year. Daily hot lunch costs $350 – $700 per year (depending on the student’s age). These fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.