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The American International School of Lusaka is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers a preschool program for 2-4 year olds and an educational program from pre-kindergarten through grade 10. The School was founded in 1986. The school year begins in late August and ends in late June.
Organization: The School is governed by a 7-member Board of Directors, 2 of who are appointed by the U.S. Ambassador, with the remaining 5 being elected by the School Association, which consists of all parents of children enrolled. One of the 2 appointees serves as board chairman. Of the 5 elected members, 2 are elected from a slate of candidates consisting of U.S. government employees and their spouses. The remaining 3 elected members are elected from a slate of candidates consisting of other members of the Association. The Government of Zambia approves the School.
Curriculum: The curriculum is U.S. public school. In addition to reading/language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science, instruction is offered in art, music, physical education, and computers. All students in grades 1-10 study French daily. The School offers a secondary program for ages 11-16 in grades 6-10 based on both U.S. high school college preparatory requirements and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. A limited English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) program is provided. Extra-curricular activities, including sports, are provided after school. Instruction is in English. The School is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the European Council of International Schools, and the International Baccalaureate Organization.
Faculty: In the 2000-2001 school year, there are 21 full-time and 8 part-time faculty members including 13 U.S. citizens, 2 host-country nationals and 14 third-country nationals. The director of the School is a trained school administrator from the United States with experience in both the United States and overseas schools.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year, enrollment was 226 (PK-grade 10). Of the total, 56 were U.S. citizens and 170 were third country nationals.
Facilities: The School is housed on a 15-acre site in new facilities which include 21 large classrooms; 6 tutoring rooms; a large library media center with computer and video facilities; specialized rooms for science, art, and music; a fully covered basketball court; 2 swimming pools; a soccer/softball playing field enclosed by a running track; and 2 tennis courts.
Finances: For the 2000-2001 school year, the School expects to receive about 97 percent of its income from tuition and fees. As of September 2000, the annual tuition rates were as follows: PS (2-4 year-olds): $2,500; PK: $5,800; Kdg.-grade 6: $7,600; and grades 7-10: $8,100. There is a one-time admission fee of $2,000. (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.