Pinewood – The American International School of Thessaloniki is an independent, nonprofit, college-preparatory school offering educational programs from prekindergarten (age 3) through grade 12 and boarding facilities for grades 7-12 for students of all nationalities. The elementary school was founded in 1950, and the secondary school was established in 1962. The school’s core values, “curious thinkers, creative thinkers, caring thinkers,” guide teaching and learning at increasingly sophisticated levels. The school is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is an IBO World School. The school year is divided into 2 semesters extending from September to June.
Organization: The school is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of not fewer than 21 nor more than 70 Trustees. The Trustees have general oversight of the Pinewood Corporation and exercise all the powers of the Pinewood Corporation. The Trustees are those persons elected from time to time at the annual meeting of the Trustees or a special meeting called for that purpose. The Head of the U.S. consular mission in Thessaloniki shall serve as Trustee ex officio. The school is incorporated in the United States under the laws of the State of Delaware and has been designated as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. general academic, standards-based, college-preparatory schools and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (grades 11-12). Emphasis is placed on the development of knowledge, skills, character, and mindsets. The school’s testing program includes the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying tests as well as the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) adaptive standardized test for grades 2-10. All instruction is in English with Greek, French, and Spanish taught as foreign languages. One hundred percent of the graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States and other countries.
Faculty: In the 2019-2020 school year, there are 43 full-time and 15 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: For the 2019-2020 school year, enrollment is 382 (PK-12).
Facilities: As of August 2008, the school relocated to a new campus in Thermi. The school possesses adequate and well-maintained facilities, including a physics/chemistry/biology laboratory, a gymnasium/auditorium, a library/audio-visual center, dance studio, visual arts studio, technology laboratory, and outdoor soccer playgrounds, soccer pitch, and tennis court. Plans are currently underway for new purpose-built facilities on the school’s new campus.
Finances: In the 2019-2020 school year, approximately 98% of the school’s income derives from regular day school tuition and fees and capital levy fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: complete package (includes transportation) PK1: €7,000; PK2: €7,200; K: €8,000; grades 1-5: €12,350; and grades 6-12: €12,650. The essentials package (does not include transportation) PK1: €5,950; PK2: €6,150; K: €6,950; grades 1-5: €11,300 and grades 6-12: €11,600. The school also charges a one-time capital levy for new students of €2,500. Boarding costs for grades 7-12 are €11,500. (These fees are payable in euros or U.S. dollars and are quoted in euros.)
Information and statistics are current as of October 2019 and are provided by the school.