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The American International School of Johannesburgis an independent, coeducational, multiracial day and boarding school which offers an educational program from kindergarten through grade 12 for children of all nationalities residing in the Republic of South Africa. The School was founded in 1982. The school year comprises 2 semesters, extending from mid-August to mid-December and from mid-January to mid-June.
Organization: The School is governed by a 9-member School Board, 8 of whom are elected by the Association and 1 who is appointed by the U.S. Ambassador. Membership in the Association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. college-preparatory public schools and the International Baccalaureate program. Instruction is in English. Spanish and French are taught as foreign languages from grade 1. Music, drama, art, computer science, physical education, and library science are offered at all grade levels. Instruction in geography, cultures, etc., is included in the curriculum at all grade levels. The School is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Faculty: In the 2000-2001 school year, there were 68 faculty members, 75% of whom were certified in the U.S.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year, enrollment was 477. Of the total, 221 were U.S. Citizens, 21 were host-country nationals, and 235 were third-country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, 57 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire employees, and 164 were dependents of other U.S. Citizens.
Facilities: The School is located on a 58-acre tract. There are 40 classrooms, 4 science laboratories, 3 computer laboratories, 2 libraries, a gymnasium, a fine arts center, a cafeteria, a school shop, and administrative offices. The gymnasium is equipped for basketball, volleyball, and badminton. It also has gymnastic and weight training facilities. There is an Olympic swimming pool, tennis courts, soccer fields, and kindergarten and elementary playgrounds.
Finances: For the 2000-2001 school year, about 95% of the School's income derive from tuition and other fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $5,750; Kdg-grades 5: $11,450; grades 6-8: $13,260; and grades 9-12: $14,650. Other fees are as follows: building capital cost: $3,700; bus fares: Pretoria route $2,350 and Johannesburg route $2,000-$2,250. (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.