The American International School of Muscat (TAISM) is an independent, coeducational day school that offers an American-based educational program from early childhood (three-year-old) through grade 12 for students of expatriates living in Oman. The school year comprises three trimesters in elementary school and middle school and two semesters in high school, extending from late August to early June. The school weekend is Friday and Saturday.
Organization: The school is governed by a 10-member educational School Board; five members, including the chairperson, are appointed by the American Ambassador.
Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that of U.S. public and private college-preparatory schools. Instruction is in English. Arabic, French, and Spanish are taught as foreign languages, and Arabic is offered as a heritage language to Arabic speakers. Advanced Placement (AP) is offered at the high school level. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Faculty: In the 2022-2023 school year, TAISM has 119 total staff including 67 teachers, 55 of whom are U.S. citizens, 0 host-country nationals, and 13 third-country nationals representing the nationalities of UK, French, Canadian, Thai, Spanish, German, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Lebanese, Swiss, and Indian.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, enrollment was 551 (EC2–grade 12), including 176 U.S. citizens, 87 host-country nationals, and 288 third-country nationals.
Facilities: Recent enhancements to the school include a new visitor’s reception building which was added in August 2017 as well as safety and security improvements in the summer of 2022. In August 2015, the school added a separate elementary cafeteria and library and middle and high school commons with each including a library and cafeteria. Facilities were added in 2002, 2005-2008, 2010, 2012, and 2015. The expanded campus includes 59 classrooms, five visual arts studios, a center for the performing arts which accommodates 500 guests, a drama classroom, four music practice rooms, four science laboratories, an early childhood center, three libraries/media centers, three student commons/cafeterias, ESL rooms, special needs rooms, two indoor gymnasiums, competition swimming pool, outdoor covered sports courts, four grass-surfaced sports fields, three playgrounds, physical education fitness center, nurse’s room, staff lounge and work room, office spaces, and visitor’s reception building. Cocurricular activities include basketball, soccer, swimming, volleyball, and track and field in the South Asia Interschool Association (SAISA) League, Model United Nations, community service, drama, music, yearbook, and publications in the middle and high schools, as well as elementary school clubs.
Finances: In the 2022-23 school year, about 98.8% of the school’s income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Early Childhood1–2: $13,341; kindergarten and grades 1-5: $21,373; grades 6-8: $25,362; and grades 9-12: $26,606. The school also charges a registration fee of $195 and a nonrefundable capital levy fee of $10,233 for grades K–12. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (2023 Special Needs- Oman, Muscat) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information. Information and statistics are current as of September 2022 and provided by the school.