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Ms. Sharon A. Sperry, Director
The American International School of Nouakchott, founded in 1978, is a nonprofit, private, coeducational day school that offers an educational program to students from prekindergarten through grade 8 and independent study courses for grades 9-10. The school year is comprised of 2 semesters running from August through January and from February through June.
Organization: The School is governed by a 6-member Board of Directors, 5 of whom are voting members elected by the Parent Association and one who is a nonvoting member appointed by the U.S. Ambassador. At least 3 of the 5-voting members must be U.S. citizens.
Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that of most U.S. public schools. The language of instruction is English. In addition to the core subjects of English, mathematics, science, and social studies, French is taught in Kdg.-grade 8. Art, music, computers, physical education, and Mauritanian studies are also offered. English-as-a-Second-Language is provided for those students with limited English proficiency. Current U.S. textbooks are used with the support of visual aids, science equipment, a library, computers, and unusual field trips to interesting local sites. The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredits AISN.
Faculty: In the 2000-2001 school year, there are 3 full-time and 2 part-time faculty members, including 4 U.S. citizens.
Enrollment: In the 2000-2001 school year, enrollment was 29 (PK-grade 10). Of the total 13 were U. S. citizens and 16 were third-country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, all are dependents of private U.S. citizens.
Facilities: The main building of 2 wings, constructed in a graceful Moorish style, is located on the U.S. Embassy compound. The facility houses 8 classrooms (which include a science laboratory, a computer laboratory, and an art room), a library, a teachers' room, a kitchen, and an administrative office.
Finances: For the 2000-2001 school year, about 80 percent of the School's income derive from tuition. The annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $1,500 and Kdg.-grade 10: $10,000. There is a one-time registration fee of $750.00 (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.