The American International School of Mozambique operates as a private, non-profit, coeducational school for international students with all instruction delivered in the English language. The academic centers (early learning center, primary school, secondary school) are organized around a balance of the academic and social needs of the students.
Organization: The school is governed by a seven-member board of directors, six of whom are elected by the parents of AISM for two-year terms, and one of whom is appointed by the U.S. Ambassador.
Curriculum: The curriculum reflects both American educational philosophy and the underlying principles of the International Baccalaureate (IB). The school is an IB World School offering all three IB programs: Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP), and Diploma Program (DP). While the IB provides the conceptual framework and defines the approach to teaching and learning, the content backbone is the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) Common Core standards. AISM is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Supplemental Services: AISM operates under a multi-tier support philosophy and currently offers learning support to students with mild support needs only (due to a reduced enrollment during the pandemic). There is currently one learning support teacher for the school and one counselor. An experienced school psychologist and a speech-language pathologist are available in the city to provide services. There are no fees from the school for learning support. AISM also operates an English as an Additional Language (EAL) program. Parents must contact school officials regarding these two programs prior to enrollment.
Integrated Learning Activities: AISM has a wide range of additional learning opportunities, including but not limited to, service learning, Model UN, photography, investigative science, African dance, debate, computer programming, band, choir, chess, clay and pottery. AISM is a member of the International Schools of Southern and Eastern Africa athletics and activities conference participating in 13 activities such as STEM, track & field, volleyball, soccer, basketball, swimming, golf, etc.
Faculty: During the 2020–2021 school year, there are 50 faculty members. The academic staff includes a school director, 2 principals, 2 counselors, librarian, coordinators of the PYP, MYP, and DP programs, an athletic director, and Director of Community Partnerships.
Enrollment: During the 2020–2021 school year, enrollment is 406 students with 188 students in the primary school and 218 students in the secondary school. Nearly 55 nationalities are represented at AISM.
Facilities: The primary and secondary buildings house administration, support services, and more than 80 classrooms. Facilities comprise of a multi-level library-media center, five ICT labs, six science labs, an auditorium, a two-story multipurpose cafeteria, and a fine arts complex. The libraries contain more than 30,000 volumes. Sports and recreational facilities include three gymnasiums and two soccer fields, a 25-meter outdoor swimming pool, a covered court, and playgrounds.
Finances: Tuition fees in 2020–2021 are: PK(4): $17,600; K-grade 5: $24,200; grades 6–8: $27,400; grades 9–10: $31,200; grade 11: $32,300; and grade 12: $32,900. Due upon admission are a $10,200 new student fee and a $420 application fee. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of October 2020 and are provided by the school.