The Leading Global Portal for Diplomats!    
    Keep in touch with the community Prepare for your new career Take care of personal affairs Chat with diplomats online      
Home > New Posting > Schools
American International School of Johannesburg
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.

Organization: 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 playgrounds.

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. dollars.)


Dr. Robert E. Ambrogi, Director
American International School of Johannesburg
Private Bag X4
Bryanston, 2021
Republic of South Africa
Tel: 27-11-464-1505
Fax: 27-11-464-1327

Adapted from material published by the U.S. Department of State.
Share |