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At a Glance
AISD is organized in three divisions, Elementary, Middle and High School, sharing the same philosophy, but specifically designed for the age group they serve.
AISD is recognized and accredited by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Council of International Schools and the International Baccalaureate Organization.
In the Elementary and Middle Schools the curriculum is holistic and inquiry-based in nature. Students are expected to be active participants in their own learning, and are given opportunities and assistance to do so. The Elementary School is presently an IB PYP school. The school programs over the three divisions, are structured to enable students to integrate into any English-speaking school system in the future. The High School provides a college preparatory program following an American curriculum model with all instruction in English. Courses and standards prepare students for entry into English speaking colleges and universities. The teaching philosophy and educational materials used in the school compare favorably to those employed in North America. The High School offers the IB Diploma (full and certificates) to students in Grades 11 and 12.
Children are placed primarily by age, and the cut-off date is 31st August. However, due consideration is also given to previous school records, results of a developmental screening for our PK-KG students and written examination and personal interview for older students, emotional and physical maturity and achievement level. The Elementary School (Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 5) takes children from 3+ to 10 years, the Middle School (Grades 6 - 8) from 11 to 13 years and the High School (Grades 9 - 12) from 14 to 17 years.
The school is situated on a 4.5-acre site. There are 60 classrooms in modern, spacious, fully air-conditioned western style buildings. The school has 2 libraries, 4 computer laboratories (along with full Internet access in every classroom), 6 science laboratories, 2 gymnasiums, (one with a climbing wall) and a weight room. All instructional spaces are fully air-conditioned. The buildings also incorporate a Student Center, Nurses Clinic, Counseling offices, Art and Music facilities, an auditorium/theatre and a school cafeteria. Facilities include a covered 25-metre heated swimming pool, two playgrounds, and a soccer/athletic field.
The school year of 180 days is divided into two semesters. The first semester begins in mid August and ends in mid January and the second semester begins in mid January ending in early June. Classes are held Sunday through Thursday.
Many extra-curricular activities take place outside the normal school day. These activities include drama, music, art, dance, cooking, computers, special interest groups, social events and sports. Annual trips to Thailand, Malaysia and other areas of Bangladesh are arranged for the students in Grade 6 through to Grade 12.