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American International School of Lome

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American International School of Lome Ms. Geri Branch, Director
The American International School of Lome (Togo)
DOS/Administrative Officer
2300 Lome Place
Washington, D.C. 20521-2300
Tel: 228-213-000
Fax: 228-217-952
E-mail: aisl@cafe.tg or ie722@yahoo.com


The American International School of Lome, established in 1967, is a private, coeducational day school offering an educational program to students of all nationalities in Pre-kindergarten through grade 8. An accredited correspondence course in conjunction with the University of Nebraska was offered for the first time in 1995-96 for grades 9 through 12 and is expected to meet a growing need for an American secondary curriculum. The first semester begins the last week of August and ends in January. The second semester begins in January and ends in early June. grades are issued quarterly.

Organization: A 5-7 member Board of Directors governs the School. Five to six of the members are elected by the American International School Association, comprised of parents or guardians of students enrolled in the School, and the U.S. Ambassador appoints one.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. general academic public school. Course work includes language arts, reading, mathematics, science, health, social studies, art, music, physical education, and computer science. Instruction is in English with French taught as a second language. The School offers English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instruction for those students who have not yet attained proficiency in English. The extracurricular activities include swimming, art, basketball soccer, running, music and horseback riding. The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredits the School. The Iowa Test of Basic Skills is given in May of each year.

Faculty: In the 2000-2001 school year, there are 4 full-time and 4 part-time faculty members, including 2 U.S. citizens, 4 host-country nationals, and 2 third-country nationals. Two teachers are U.S.-certified. The other teachers have degrees and training from their home country.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year, enrollment was 17. Of the total, 4 were U.S. citizens and 13 were third-country nationals.

Facilities: The School is housed in a 2-story building with 8 classrooms, a library with approximately 4,000 volumes; art, computer and music rooms; and administrative offices. There is an outdoor basketball/soccer court, a playground and a covered eating area. A security wall encloses the entire compound.

Finances: For the 2000-2001 school year, about 60 percent of the School's income derive from regular day school tuition and registration fees. Annual tuition rates as follows: PK: $1,500; Kdg.-grade 8: $5,000; and high school correspondence program (grades 9-12): $6,500. A one-time capital improvement and equipment fee of $500 (or $250 annually) is required. (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.