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The American International School Of Lagos


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The American International School Of Lagos (AISL) is a private, coeducational school, which offers an American educational program for students of all nationalities in grades Pre-K through 12th grade. The school was founded in 1964 and continues to thrive as an independent U.S. State Department school. AISL has a school-to-school relationship with Tacoma Public Schools in Tacoma, Washington and the Klein Independent School District in Houston, Texas. The August to June school year is divided into trimesters, for the elementary students, and semesters for the secondary students. AISL is an IBO World School.

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Organization: A 9-member Board of Directors governs AISL. The American International School of Lagos Association elects eight of the Directors for a three (3) year term. Members of the Association are parents and/or guardians of children enrolled in the school. The ninth seat is reserved for an appointee of U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria.

Curriculum: The PreK-12 curriculum at AISL is based on US national standards.  Students in grades 11 and 12 can also participate in the International Baccalaureate Program.  All instruction is taught in English and AISL offers ELL support for students in grades K through 10.  Academic support is available for students in elementary and middle school.    Elementary students attend the following classes taught by a specialist:  Computers, French or Spanish, Art, PE, Music/Band, African Studies and Library.  K-10 students are assessed twice a year using the Measurements of Academic Progress in reading and math.  An on-demand writing assessment is administered twice a year in grades PreK-10 and externally scored by NWEA in Portland, Oregon.  High School students are required to take the PSAT and AISL is recognized by the College Board as a testing site for the SAT Exams.

Faculty:  In the 2011-12 school year, there are 82 full time certificated teachers, including a full time Admissions Director, Curriculum Director and three counselors. The faculty includes 54 U.S. citizens, 11 host country nationals, and 17 third country nationals. 75% of the AISL faculty members hold a Masters Degree. All faculty members are certificated with a minimum of two years of experience.

Enrollment:  At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment is 760 with a very long waiting list. The student population consists of 37% American, 13% Nigerian, and 50% from 53 other countries. There are 12 students who are dependents of the U.S. State Department of Foreign Service Employees.

Facilities: The American International School of Lagos has two separate campuses.  The existing facility, built in 1981 on six acres of Government-leased land, has been expanded multiple times to accommodate growth in enrollment and to upgrade the facilities. The most recent upgrade in 2006 was necessary to create more classroom space to accommodate growing Elementary School enrollment.

The existing facility is operating at full capacity and there is no further room to expand the facility to offer a quality High School program on a long-term basis. Therefore, a new facility is being designed to offer the highest quality curriculum programs and non-curricular activities, including facilities for sporting competitions, fine arts as well as extra-curricular activities.

The new Lekki Campus is situated on 40 acres of land within the Twin Lakes Estate located just off the Lagos-Epe Expressway. The school campus will be part of an exclusive master development that will include commercial, retail and residential property.

Strategically, the site provides AISL with enough land to ultimately develop a full Pre-K through Grade 12. This ultimate, full school built-out was taken into consideration in the preliminary design for the High School facility. The High School facility is considered Phase 1 of the building project. The preliminary plan is that the Middle School will be constructed as Phase 2 and the Elementary School will be constructed as Phase 3 of the overall project. No definite timeframe was been assigned to these later phases of construction.

The High School facility has been designed to support superior curricular and extra-curricular programs and activities for over 200 students.

Finances:  In the 2011-2012 school year, about 95% of the Schools income will derive form tuition fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows:

Pre-K $12,600
K - Grade 5 $15,015
MS (Grades 6-8) $19,446
HS (Grades 9-12) $22,302


In addition, there is a non-refundable application fee of $500 and any student attending AISL for the first time will pay a registration fee of $10,000. There is also a $2,000 Annual Capital Levy Fee. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars).

ACADEMICS IN AISL

The American International School of Lagos, Nigeria, has established curriculum standards and learning outcomes in all content areas based on the US National and IBO Standards.

In order to maintain high academic standards, a curriculum director is in charge of monitoring and revising the curriculum. The review, based on current research, follows a five-year cycle. Teachers, administrators, and parents are involved in the decision making process. Open forums are conducted to inform parents and gain feedback regarding curriculum. To prepare students to achieve at their highest levels, the curriculum is designed to promote integration with technology and other subject areas. Community resources and Internet access, as well as hands-on and cooperative activities are planned to encourage the development of a positive attitude toward learning. An integral part of the AISL program is the school library containing over 25,000 volumes in addition to computerized technology for use in research.

The goal of the American International School of Lagos is to ensure a rigorous, updated curriculum that meets the needs of our international student body.
All AISL standards are posted on our web site and can be accessed by our Web link. Examination of these documents along with the published calendar provides parents, students and interested parties with a thorough description of a student’s year of study.

Formal conferences are held bi-annually while parents and teachers schedule informal meetings as necessary. Report cards are sent home twice a year in Pre Kindergarten and three times a year in the elementary grades K to 5. Grades 6 to 12 follow a semester grading period with two grading periods in the academic school year.

Students in grades K-10 take the reading and math sections of the Measurements of Academic Progress twice a year to measure growth and set learning goals. Parents are provided with a summary of their child’s achievement, and the faculty reviews individual and grade level scores to identify areas of strength and weakness in the AISL curriculum. Students in grades 10 and 11 take the PSAT each year and students participating in the IB Diploma Program sit their exams during the month of May.  AISL is also an authorized SAT testing center.

AISL SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

AISL ADMISSION

The American International School of Lagos was founded in 1964 to meet the needs of American, Nigerian and International students living in Lagos who desire an American education.

AISL was established in cooperation with the American Embassy and the Tacoma School District, a district of 32,000 students in Tacoma, Washington. It has the longest standing school-to-school relationship in the world. This collaborative venture has resulted in AISL being recognized as an International School of the highest standard. The school moved to its present location on Victoria Island in 1981 and has continued to expand in terms of facilities and student enrollment. 

AISL follows an age appropriate placement of students. In cases where the student’s birth date is very close to the cut-off date and where parents feel the student should be in a higher grade level, the student will be placed in the age-appropriate grade according to our policy, i.e. the ‘lower’ grade. Children will only be moved from that grade after a period of observation and upon the recommendation of a Child Study Team, composed of teachers, from the relevant lower and higher grade levels, Principal, Counselor, Curriculum Coordinator and Director of Admission.

Any initial placement is tentative, and the school may advise a change of grade level or class either after the child’s abilities have been assessed or, in certain circumstances, may withdraw the placement.

New students coming to AISL will gain admission based upon official school records (last two years) from the previous school, which shows the student to be succeeding at or above the average of their classmates in a mainstreamed classroom.

Younger students who have only attended nursery school, must have the Pre-K or Kindergarten Confidential School Report completed and submitted at the time of application.

  • It should be noted that AISL does not have special classes for students who have been defined as gifted or who have been diagnosed with specific learning or behavioral disabilities. Parents whose children require special services of any kind should provide the school with any evaluations and other relevant information for admissions review to determine the appropriateness of admission based on their ability to succeed in the standard curriculum in a normal classroom setting.

AISL will require entrance testing for all applicants.

AISL students are expected to follow the standard dress requirements. Students not meeting standard dress requirements will be in violation of student conduct policy 3.801.

AGE-APPROPRIATE PLACEMENT 2012-2013

In order to enter the designated grade-level, the child’s birthday must fall within the dates indicated below:

Grade-Level

Birthday Range

Pre-School (3 yr. old)

1 September, 2008 - 31 August, 2009

Pre-Kdg (4 yr. old))

1 September, 2007 - 31 August, 2008

Kindergarten

1 September, 2006 - 31 August, 2007

Grade 1

1 September, 2005 - 31 August, 2006

Grade 2

1 September, 2004 - 31 August, 2005

Grade 3

1 September, 2003 - 31 August, 2004

Grade 4

1 September, 2002 - 31 August, 2003

Grade 5

1 September, 2001 - 31 August, 2002

Grade 6

1 September, 2000  - 31 August, 2001

Grade 7

1 September, 1999  - 31 August, 2000

Grade 8

1 September, 1998  - 31 August, 1999

Grade 9

1 September, 1997  - 31 August, 1998

Grade 10

1 September, 1996  - 31 August, 1997

Grade 11

1 September, 1995  - 31 August, 1996

Grade 12

1 September, 1994  - 31 August   

 EMPLOYMENT AT AISL

Thank you for your interest in teaching at American International School of Lagos (AISL) for the 2012-2013 school year.

AISL seeks to employ teachers who have demonstrated and verifiable successful experience teaching with an American curriculum in team teaching settings that include project-based learning and integrate instructional technology into the core curriculum. Applicants are expected to have a minimum of three years teaching experience prior to applying to teach at AISL. In addition, applicants must have U.S. college/university degrees and teaching certification or be able to demonstrate acceptable equivalent degrees and certification; masters degrees are preferred. AISL may waive requirements in order to meet specific program needs. Applicants from other than the Lagos area or a partner district are expected to have significant international teaching experience.

AISL AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES    

The AISL After School Activities program has been designed as an opportunity for students to experience and explore a variety of offerings from both our staff and other professionals. It is divided into an elementary and secondary school program.
Elementary ASA - The elementary school program enjoys strong involvement from nearly half the student body. Specific activities include a variety of offerings including various sports, music, art and academic programs. Some of the most popular activities are gymnastics, karate, swimming, crafts, drama and music. The elementary program includes both free activities and fee based programs, which are taught over a ten week term. Adding to the success of the program is the flexibility afforded students. It is possible for students to attend most of the courses on a per day basis over the length of the term.

Private lessons are available in many of the sports at a per hour rate and the daily schedule for after school activities is as follows: 

Elementary - 2:20 - 3:20, Monday – Friday

Secondary - 3:20 - 4:20, Monday - Friday

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