American International School of Freetown
Freetown, Sierra Leone
The American International School of Freetown is the only US Embassy sponsored school in Sierra Leone. In 1986, the US Embassy requested permission of the Sierra Leone government to establish a school to educate the children of the diplomatic staff of the official US Mission. Since then the student body has grown more diverse in nationalities and now includes children from many countries, including Sierra Leone. AISF has always been a small school, averaging a population of 70 in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8. The school is accredited in good standing by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and offers a US curriculum based on recognized US educational standards. Curriculum is enriched, especially in the early years, with resources and teaching techniques from the UK.
The facility on approximately 3 hectares was designed originally for the British colonial government and later the British High Commission. Our location is high in the hills above the sea and commands panoramic views. While adequate for our size there is limited area for outdoor sports. Classrooms are spacious and well furnished. All educational resources are imported from the US and the UK. Technology is fully integrated into teaching and learning from grade 2 to grade 8, featuring 1:1 iPads and a BYOD program from grades 4 to 8.
SierraLeone is an extremely small and economically poor West African nation, which has suffered greatly in the past 25 years from civil war and then the recent West African Ebola epidemic. Recovery is coming slowly and most diplomatic and aid organizations have lifted their bans on allowing dependents. AISF opened this past September with 20 students and has grown to 31 children. We expect 50 to 60% growth in the coming school year. The school uses blended multi-age and grade classes with highly skilled differentiation. Each expatriate teacher has a qualified, trained teaching assistant, and in the early years programs there are two assistants. Class size in 2016/2017 is estimated at 10 children in a combined class.
AISF needs strong, dedicated educators, rich in imagination and committed to a team approach.