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The American International School of Muscat

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Mr. Kevin Schafer, Superintendent
The American International School of Muscat
Post Office Box 584
Azaiba, P.C. 130
Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Tel: 968-600-374
Fax: 968-697-916
E-mail: taism@omantel.net.om


The American International School of Muscat (TAISM) is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from prekindergarten (4 years) through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. TAISM opened on August 30, 1998. grade 12 has been added this year. The school year comprises 2 semesters from late August to early June.

Organization: TAISM is governed by a 7-member appointed School Board.

Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that of U.S. public, college-preparatory schools. Instruction is in English. French and Spanish are taught as foreign languages, and Arabic is offered to Arabic speakers. The School is pursuing accreditation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the European Council of International Schools. The accreditation team visit is scheduled for March 2001.

Faculty: There are 20 full-time and 4 part-time faculty members and administrators in school year 2000-2001, including 14 U.S. citizens and 10 third-country nationals. Both the director and the principal are recruited from the U.S.

Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of school year 2000-2001 was 172 (PK-12), including 79 U.S. citizens, 1 host-country national, and 92 third-country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, 23 are dependents of U.S. government direct-hire and contract employees, 38 of U.S. business and foundation employees, and 18 of other private U.S. citizens.

Facilities: TAISM's new campus opened in August 2000. The new facilities include 28 classrooms, an information technology laboratory, art room, Performance hall, music rooms, science laboratories, library/media center, cafeteria, rooms for small group instruction, playing fields, gymnasium, and competition-size swimming pool.

Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, about 80 percent of the school's income derives from regular tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $3,756; Kdg.: $5,052; grade 1: $5,674; grades 2-3: $6,026; grades 4-5: $6,140; grades 6-7: $7,969; grade 8: $8,705; grades 9-10: $9,212; and grades 11-12: $10,233. The School also charges a registration fee of $130 and a non-refundable placement fee of $1,166 for grades K-8 and $1,684 for grades 9-12. (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.