The American International School of Muscat (TAISM) is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an American-based educational program from early childhood (3-year-old) through grade 12 for students of expatriates living in Oman. The school year comprises two semesters, extending from late August to early June. The school weekend is Friday and Saturday.
Organization: The school is governed by a 10-member educational School Board; five members, including the chairperson, are appointed by the American Ambassador.
Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that of U.S. public and private college-preparatory schools. Instruction is in English. Arabic, French, and Spanish are taught as foreign languages, and Arabic is offered as a heritage language to Arabic speakers. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 82 full-time faculty members and 1 part-time faculty member. Many are recruited from the U.S., including the director and two principals. The school also employs 11 classroom assistants.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 606 (EC2–grade 12). Enrollment includes students from 56 nationalities.
Facilities: Recent enhancements to the school include a visitor’s reception building which was added in August 2017. In August 2015, the school added a separate elementary cafeteria and library and middle and high school commons with each including a library and cafeteria. Facilities were added in 2002, 2005-2008, 2010, 2012, and 2015. The expanded campus includes 58 classrooms, five visual arts studios, a Center for the Performing Arts which accommodates 500 guests, drama classroom, four music practice rooms, four science laboratories, early childhood center, three libraries/media centers, three student commons/cafeterias, ESL rooms, special needs rooms, two indoor gymnasiums, competition swimming pool, outdoor covered sports courts, four grass-surfaced sports fields, three playgrounds, physical education fitness center, nurse’s room, staff lounge and work room, office spaces, and visitor’s reception building. Cocurricular activities include basketball, soccer, swimming, volleyball, and track and field in the South Asia Interschool Association (SAISA) League, Model United Nations, community service, drama, music, yearbook, and publications in the middle and high schools, as well as elementary school clubs.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, about 98.8% of the school’s income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: EC1–2: $13,341; K and grades 1-5: $21,373; grades 6-8: $24,624; and grades 9-12: $25,829. The school also charges a registration fee of $195 and a nonrefundable capital levy fee of $10,233 for grades K–12. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.