|The American International School
of Johannesburg (AISJ) is an independent, coeducational, multiracial
day school which offers an educational program from pre-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.
The School is governed by a 10-member school board, 9 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 is taught
as a foreign language from grade 1 and French are taught as foreign
languages from grade 6. Music, drama, art, computer science,
physical education, and library science are offered at all grade
levels. Instruction in geography and cultures 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 2004-2005 school year, there are 66
faculty members, 36 of whom are certified in the U.S.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year,
enrollment was 506.
Pretoria Satellite School Facilities: At the beginning of
the 2002-2003 school year, AISJ opened a satellite elementary school
facility in Pretoria. This has greatly reduced the bus travel time
for embassy dependents. A full PK-grade 5 program is in place. The
satellite school is located within sight of the U. S. Embassy and
busing is provided. The School has purpose-built facilities and
delivers the same curriculum as the main campus. The Middle States
Association accredits the satellite.
The Main Campus: The School is located on a 58-acre tract.
There are 45 classrooms, 4 science laboratories, 3 computer
laboratories, 2 libraries, a gymnasium, a fine arts center, a
lecture hall, a cafeteria, and administrative offices. The gymnasium
is equipped for basketball, volleyball, and badminton. It also has
weight training facilities. There is an outdoor swimming pool,
tennis courts, soccer fields, and kindergarten and elementary
Finances: In the 2004-2005 school year, about 95% of the
School's income derives from tuition and other fees. Annual tuition
rates were split into U.S. currency and local currency to protect
the school against dollar depreciation. Fees are 30% USD quoted and
70% SA Rand quoted as this is the ratio in which the school
projected it would expend its revenues. The fees therefore are as
follows: PK: $7,074; Kdg.-grade 5: $14,146; grades 6-8: $16,592; and
grades 9-12: $18,396. Other fees are as follows: capital fee:
$4,436; bus fares: from $2,500 to $2,700. These fees were determined
by using the prevailing rate of exchange between the ZAR and the USD
when calculations were performed. (All fees are quoted in U.S.
Dr. Robert E. Ambrogi, Director
American International School of
Private Bag X4
Republic of South Africa