The American International School System Foundation
Building Bridges and Strong Minds
The AISS Foundation, Inc. is a U.S. non-profit organization supporting a global initiative that provides the benefits of a U.S. style education to children of the Middle East, Asia and North Africa.
The American International School System Foundation encourages the pursuit of educational excellence at American International School System (AISS) schools, which operate a U.S. educational model in the Middle East, Asia and North Africa. To do so, the AISS Foundation solicits, receives and administers funds in order to provide AISS with support for its academic programs and facilities.
The Foundation creates programs and services that foster a favorable image of the United States, increase understanding between the people of the United States and the Arab world, and train independent thinkers to stand up against violence and extremism.
Monies raised help fund scholarships for underserved children, adult literacy programs, teacher and administrative training, cross-boarder dialogues, health care and nutrition programs and initiatives that promote The American International School System’s strategic plan.
The American International School System Foundation, Inc., is chartered in the State of New Jersey and is a non-profit charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Foundation’s elected board of volunteers is an influential group that assumes the fiduciary responsibilities of governing the foundation, serves as advocates for AISS fundraising, and enhances the school’s image in the business community, philanthropic circles, government, and general public.
Prosperity, freedom, and peace are not just American hopes. They are universal, human hopes. And even in the violence and turmoil of the Middle East, Asia and North Africa, we believe these hopes have the power to transform lives and nations.
By providing a world-class education to children, The American International School System (AISS) is helping them become more prosperous and giving them the tools to stand up against violence and extremism. Already, the AISS initiative is endowing America with a growing generation of regional allies.
The AISS Foundation is a U.S. non-profit 501(c)(3) that supports scholarships and financial assistance to more than eighty-seven percent of students attending AISS Schools. We also serve as a vehicle for Americans to contribute and become involved in providing tangible examples of how to help young men and women build more secure and democratic societies and ensure a brighter future for tomorrow’s generation.
Our objective is to prepare individual children to take leadership roles as adults. They will gain the language skills, self-confidence, responsibility, and self-reliance that a person needs for success in the western educational environment.
The American Education Model used employs a dynamic core-curricula and integrates families and communities into the school, while respecting and honoring cultures and traditions. The curriculum is structured just as it would be at a high-quality school in the United States (U.S.). This approach means that students learn to think critically, adapt to a rapidly changing world, and continue to learn throughout their lives. Every student receives sound preparation in quantitative analysis, communication skills, and cross-cultural understanding, while also pursuing their own special academic interests. In addition to an American curriculum, our students in Pakistan learn Urdu and Islamiat. It is this holistic approach to learning that makes American education special —and which makes our graduates so appealing to American colleges and universities.
In fact, even the seating arrangements are designed to facilitate learning as an interactive process. Classrooms are set up with four students facing each other in clusters so they can work with one another. The teacher does not lecture from the front of the class but moves around to work with each student. Rather than the old ‘Sage on the stage, the teacher is the guide on the side!’ It is a whole different perspective on education.
Bridging The Cultural Gap
By expanding their learning networks through online collaboration with experts and other students from around the world, children develop an increased depth of understanding of our global society. Interactive worldwide video conferencing and computer facilities are available to help students connect with their counterparts in the U.S.
From the third grade up, we hold yearly summer camps in the U.S. to expose them to the American educational environment and help them learn about scientific developments. This exchange enhances cultural sensitivity and mutual respect among the children of both countries.
Experienced and Certified Faculty
Teachers promote a personalized learning environment where students are individuals, not numbers, and both individual and team accomplishments are valued. With a strong support team of a staff doctor, nurse, social worker, psychologist and counselors, students are free to grow and thrive to their utmost abilities. Our student to teacher ratio is ten to one.
AISS is the first American school in Pakistan, which brings qualified and certified teachers from the U.S. who follow American standards of education. Dr. Steven Levy, the Dean of Education, has over forty years of educational experience as the Chairman of the New York City Taskforce for Quality Inclusive Schooling. Principal Mark Rozic has administered schools in several countries including the U.S. The school also recruits teachers from the U.S. as visiting instructors. These guest teachers observe classroom instruction and provide feedback on the curriculum and teaching practices.
In addition to our American faculty on campus, we have faculty members from Syria, Canada, New Zealand and Pakistan who receive on-the-job development credits through American universities and are trained in the latest American teaching methods. And, we require that staff employed at every level pass an English language test to ensure consistency.
The George Washington University (GWU), School of Human Development and Education has partnered with AISS to make available a comprehensive professional development program for faculty, and has created a sophisticated curriculum ranging from literacy, conflict resolution, and peace-studies. Five courses upgrade faculty content knowledge and instructional expertise, develop capacity in the use of interactive technology, and establish professional collaborations with U.S. faculty. GWU Professor Judy Findlay leads the program.
The school was launched in 2007 with just seven pre-school and kindergarten students. Today, there are one hundred and twenty-five students from pre-school through seventh grade and expected enrollment is one thousand two hundred students over the next five years. After three years of operation, the retention rate has been ninety-five percent. Our largest class, in the 2010-2011 school year, is Pre-Kindergarten with sixteen students.
Our target demographic is both the lower-income class, and lower-middle income class. More than eighty-seven percent of students receive financial aid through the American International School System Foundation.
State of Art Campus and Facilities
With a $10.2 million investment, AISS built one of the most modern and state-of-the-art campuses in Pakistan that can fully accommodate students on an expansive eleven-and-a-half acres of land. The campus provides opportunities for extra-curricular activities such as indoor and outdoor sports, horseback riding, martial arts and music classes. The campus contains an amphitheater, swimming pool, cafeteria, a hi-tech auditorium, libraries, a main computer lab and computers in all classrooms. AISS is the first Pakistani educational institution to be handicap accessible.
In addition to classroom education, the facilities are used for other advanced educational and civic activities sponsored by the school. This will include basic and advanced teacher training for our staff and teachers from the Pakistani school system as well as mentoring programs for children and adults. Civic activities include community outreach and the use of the facility as a community center.