Curriculum

The American International School of Conakry (AISC) is a non-profit, non-denominational, co-educational day school in the Nongo neighborhood.  Inspired by the U.S. micro-school model, we offer an American, problem-based curriculum and Atwell-style inter-disciplinary workshops nursery through 8th grade.  Our 9th through 12th graders enroll in the University of Nebraska High School distance learning program or the GED program.  AISC is evolving. With the generous support of the U.S.Embassy in this, our 52nd year, we have completely re-imagined our school and renewed our commitment to developing each students’ potential to becoming intellectually audacious, socially responsible citizens of the world.

Our Core Values

  • Learning is a priority for all children.

  • The learning process both nurtures and challenges.

  • Learning is best in a safe and disciplined environment.

  • Leveraging emerging technology and communicating in at least two
    world languages are essential.

  • Education is a partnership among parents, the school, and the community.

  • All individuals have a right to be treated with respect and dignity,
    regardless of the differences between them in age, gender, marital status,
    race, sexuality, religion, culture, language, or disability.

  • Diversity matters not in and of itself, but because people matter,
    and people are infinitely diverse.

Profile of Graduates

The graduates of The American International School of Conakry will develop the following knowledge, skills, and attitudes:

Knowledge

  • Mathematical  concepts  at least through arithmetic, algebra, and geometry

  • Science, basic knowledge of earth science, biology, chemistry and physics

  • Geography, political and physical

  • Fundamentals of personal finance

  • History from differing perspectives and varying regions of the world

  • Technology

  • Basic familiarity with great literature, fiction and non-fiction, from several canons

  • Healthy nutrition and lifestyle

Skills

  • Facility in reading, writing, listening, speaking,  in two world languages

  • Estimation, computation and calculation using mathematical and scientific procedure

  • Procedural scientific investigation and research

  • Critical thinking

  • Reasoning

  • Goal setting

  • Manipulation of physical objects to achieve desired effects

  • Time management

  • Leveraging technology to locate gather, and process information

Attitudes

  • Appreciation of current events as consequences of historical action

  • Respect for diversity of culture and of individuals

  • Aesthetic sensibility

  • Self confidence

  • Discipline

  • Service orientation

  • Integrity

  • Personal responsibility

  • Care for the planet

  • Cooperation

  • Commitment

Accreditation

We are accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA-CESS).  We explore ways of learning, teaching and assessment that encourage curiosity, self-direction and a community-wide spirit of collaboration.

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This year, through the support of the Office of Overseas Schools, AISC received all new materials for Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts. Through advancement, development and alumni outreach efforts, the school is planning to support a technology upgrade. At AISC, we have multi-age classrooms Nursery and Pre K; K and 1; 2 and 3; 4 and 5; 6, 7 and 8 and 9-12.  Small class sizes and flexible block scheduling allow for personalized learning experiences with free movement and collaboration between grades.

Faculty

Our faculty are divided into AISC Core and AISC Corps. Our Core teachers have multi-age classrooms Nursery and PreK; K and 1; 2 and 3; 4 and 5; 6,7 and 8 and 9-12.  Our AISC Corps is made up of a rotating cast of specialists who teach French and  fitness during the school day and swimming, art, basketball, double dutch, soccer and music in our activities program.  Our middle and high school students and our parents have been known to join the AISC Corps offering MakerSpace, yoga, and coming soon .... robotics.

Facilities

Our new campus has a lower school, a middle school and a combined upper school/administrative building.  There are library, lab and mixed-use spaces.  We have an athletic court, pool, and plans to convert our warehouse into an indoor combined gym/performance space.