The American International School of Nouakchott (AISN), founded in 1978, is a nonprofit, private, coeducational day school that offers an educational program to students from prekindergarten through grade 12. The school year runs from August through June. For the 2020-2021 school year, there is no PreK offered; PreK will continue in 2021-2022.
Organization: A six-member board of directors, five of whom are voting members elected by the School Association and one who is a non-voting member appointed by the U.S. Ambassador, govern the school. At least three of the five voting members must be U.S. citizens.
Curriculum: The curriculum is based on U.S. stateside standards (Project AERO), is similar to that of most U.S. public schools, and was recently re-accredited PreK-12 by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) through December 2028. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered to 11th and 12th grade students. The language of instruction is English. The core subjects are English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Special subjects included in the K-12 curriculum are French, Music, Art, Physical Education, and Robotics. Technology is integrated into the curriculum through core subjects. Current U.S. textbooks are used and supported with a newly updated science laboratory and a newly updated multi-media center/library. The school Music program includes a student band. Local and international field trips are available to supplement student learning. The school is using the Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) computerized standardized assessment developed by the Northwest Evaluation Association. Students are tested in September to determine areas for improvement to focus on throughout the year. Students are again tested in May to measure their achievement gain. The curriculum is supplemented by an after-school activities program that includes offerings in athletics, the arts, and advanced academics.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 8 full-time teachers and 3 part-time teachers.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 52 students (K-Grade 12).
Facilities: The school is located on the grounds of the former U.S. Embassy. The facility is comprised of 15 instructional areas including classrooms, a science lab, an art classroom, a music classroom, and a multi-media center/library. On the school grounds, there is a playground for younger children and a small area for soccer. There is a large space for basketball, handball, and volleyball on the adjoining former U.S. Embassy grounds. The school provides after-school swimming using the former U.S. Embassy’s swimming pool during the fall and spring. The school also uses the former U.S. Embassy grounds for the running club and to teach children how to ride bicycles.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, approximately 94% of the school’s income is derived from tuition. The annual tuition rates are as follows: K-grade 5: $16,100; and grades 6-12: $18,100. There is an annual capital development fee of $900 for all students in grades K-12. There is a first time enrollment fee of $100. All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.
Information and statistics are current as of October 2020 and are provided by the school.