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Dr. Robert B. Draper, Director
Almaty International School
DOS/Administrative Officer
7030 Almaty Place
Washington, D.C. 20521-7030
Tel. 7-3272-409-412
Fax 7-3272-409-622
E-mail director@ais.almaty.kz


The Almaty International School is an independent coeducational day school which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1993. The school year comprises 3 terms extending from early September to mid-June.

Organization: The School is governed by the Board of Directors of Quality Schools International, the membership of which is formed as set forth in the Bylaws of Quality Schools International. An Advisory Board, composed of 6 to 10 members who reside in Almaty, assists the School in its operation. The School operates with the approval of the Kazakhstan government.

Curriculum: The School offers a mastery-learning program with a curriculum similar to that of U.S. public and private schools. Instruction, leading to individual mastery, takes advantage of small class sizes and the diverse educational backgrounds of the students. Instruction is in English.

Faculty: There are 24 full-time and 7 part-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 17 U.S. citizens and 14 third-country nationals.

Enrollment: Enrollment at the opening of the 2000-2001 school year was 169 (PK-grade 5: 105; grades 6-8: 32; and grades 9-12: 32). Of the total enrollment 48 were U.S. citizens, 18 were host-country nationals, and 103 were third-country nationals. Of the U.S. total, 25 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees and 23 were dependents of U.S. business and foundation employees.

Facilities: The facilities are adequate for the current enrollment, and there is sufficient playground space for the students. A newly renovated structure provides room for growth and development until a new campus can be constructed.

Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, approximately 90 percent of the School's income derives from regular day school tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $4,000; Kdg.: $8,500; and grades 1-12: $11,000. The School also charges an annual capital fund fee of $1,600 per student or a $4,000 capital levy deposit and a registration fee of $100. These fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further with A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs, and the like.