American International School of Guangzhou
The American International School of Guangzhou (AISG) is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from pre-school through grade 12. The school was founded in 1981. The 180-day academic year comprises two semesters from August 25 to December 19 and from January 5 to June 16.
American International School of Guangzhou is governed by a seven-member Board of Governors. Four are elected from members of AISG Parents' Association. Membership in the latter is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the school. Three members are appointed: one by the US Consul, one by the other Consuls in Guangzhou and one by the Corporate Council.
An international curriculum is offered in self-contained classrooms through grade 5, and in a departmentalized middle and high school setting for grades 6-12. The medium of instruction is English. AISG is authorized by the International Baccalaureate to present the Middle Years Program in grades 6-10. It is currently introducing the Primary Years Program in the lower grades and the Diploma Programme in grades 11 and 12. Advanced Placement courses and exams are offered to students in the high school. Children with limited English language proficiency can seek enrollment. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools Colleges.
American International School of Guangzhou has 56 full-time and three part-time faculty members, 20 of whom are American. Enrollment at the end of the 2002-2003 school year was 545.
American International School of Guangzhou is located on a new, purpose-built campus on Ersha Island in the Pearl River near Guangzhou's new diplomatic and commercial district. The school shares the island with the new Guangdong Art Museum, Xinhai Concert Hall and housing estates occupied by the international commcial community. The new school facility has a capacity for six hundred students. It includes a gymnasium, two computer labs, two science labs, a large library, an art room, a music room, a playing field and thirty classrooms. All classrooms have access to the Internet.