American International School of Monrovia (AISM), founded in 2007, is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an American curriculum educational program from age 3 through grade 10 for students of all nationalities. The school year comprises 3 Trimesters, from August until June.
Organization : A 9-member Board of Trustees governs the School. 4 of the 9 voting members are appointed by the U.S. Mission to Liberia, 1 member is from the U.S. expatriate community and is not affiliated with the school or the U.S. Mission. The remaining 4 members to the Board of Trustees are elected by the parent community. The School is administered by an American Director.
Curriculum : The curriculum is AERO. AERO is a project supported by the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) and the Overseas Schools Advisory Council to assist schools in developing and implementing standards-based curricula.
AERO provides a framework for curriculum consistency across grades K-12 and for the stability of curriculum in overseas schools, which typically have a high rate of teacher turnover. AERO’s resources, workshops, and professional consultation services help overseas schools implement and sustain standards-based curricula. This effort is in alignment with research-based trends in the development of curriculum worldwide, and particularly with the Common Core initiative in the U.S.
The NWEA MAP testing is used to measure student mastery of the curriculum. This adaptive computerized test is also used 3 times a year to measure student growth, allowing our faculty to adjust our program to ensure that we are meeting all our students’ needs.
Enrollment : As of August 2020, 88 students are enrolled for this academic year. The 2020 – 2021 School Year starting on August 25 th , 2020. The 2020 – 2021 school year has 28 U.S. citizens, 5 host-country nationals, and 55 students from 13 other nations.
Facilities : The School is located in a residential area, approximately 5 miles from downtown Monrovia, in a section called Congo Town, Old Road. The large physical plant is situated on a 6-acre site. Nineteen classrooms have been renovated, including the recent construction of a science lab, art room, and multimedia center/computer lab. The campus is presently wireless and uses fiber-optic Internet technology. There are playground areas in front of and adjacent to the school, along with a state-of-the-art gymnasium, and a large regulation-size soccer field.