American International School of Monrovia
Over 40 years ago — with the arrival of a large expatriate community involved in everything from missionary work to mineral excavation — a need arose to provide an education for expatriate children. Thus, American Cooperative School came into being.
Starting out with just a handful of students, ACS evolved into a school of over 600 students and was known as one of the top American-International schools in Africa. Shareholders of the school were, and continue to be, multi-national companies, members of the diplomatic community, and qualified local Liberians in search of a quality U.S. Education. A change in the economic and political climate during the late 1980’s and 1990’s discouraged many of the multi-national companies and diplomatic community from remaining in Liberia. When they left the country the school population declined, and with the onset of Liberian Civil War the school closed in 1988.
On October 8, 2007 after five years of peace in Liberia, the school reopened under a new name: The American International School of Liberia. At present, we have approximately 90 students enrolled from our Pre-Kinder program through Upper School. Recently as the economic and political situation in Liberia has turned the corner and business conditions have improved there has been a direct increase in enrollment due to the fact that companies and the diplomatic community will bring in more expatriate workers and their families. Currently, the student population at American International School of Monrovia is at all time high, with more students expected each year since the school reopened.
The American International School of Monrovia is a modern air-conditioned facility that, in the future, could once again enroll well over 600 students. Presently, there is ample classroom space for all of our students. In addition to the main school building, our facilities include a basketball court, gymnasium, and weight room, and a soccer/baseball field. The curriculum is North American, the medium of instruction is English, and the student/teacher ratio is 6.7/1. AISM is in the pre accredited stage by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. We are working on our 5 year strategic improvement plan, which will culminate in a visit from educational experts from around the world, and resulted in renewed U.S. certification for the next five years.
Monrovia is Liberia’s largest city with a population of just under a million. Although we are a capital city, Monrovia has a rustic urban feel. There are modest swim and tennis club; there are several nice restaurants, adequate shopping close at hand, two fitness gyms, and high-quality housing with central air conditioning. On long weekends and vacations there is a diversity of environments to explore. Picturesque African beaches, the highlands of the dense jungle interior, and rain forests are all within driving distance
The School pledges to maintain educational excellence and, in order to reach this goal, will:
- Provide a safe, nurturing and friendly environment for all students
- Recognize the uniqueness and worth of each child
- Teach the information, skills and processes that prepare students to function effectively in a
rapidly changing world
- Encourage students and cultivate in them an inquisitive nature as well as the love of
learning so that both become life–long activities
- Teach students the methods and disciplines necessary to be able to utilize effective study
habits for the rest of their lives
- Provide instructional programs that stimulate and challenge students, providing for their
present and future needs, while consistently stretching the limits of their abilities
- Help and encourage students to develop personal values, which enable them to be
responsible members of society and as such to make their own decisions as informed
- Impart an understanding of the complexity and interdependence of people, cultures and the
- Take advantage of the cultural diversity within the School and the community
- Make full use of the opportunities and resources available to the school in any country
- Be aware of the often transient nature of our pupils and prepare them to transfer
successfully to any other of similar level and quality educational institution
- Encourage and recognize the importance of cooperation and communication between home