Theme for the 2017 – 2018 School Year: “Year of the Mountain Zebra”
The American International School of Monrovia’s mission is to offer its present and ever-changing student population a challenging curriculum (designed to meet or exceed U.S. Standards) while enabling AISM's student body to achieve their full social, intellectual, emotional and physical potential. Our intellectual community teaches values and good manners, is dedicated to academic excellence, demands responsibility and promotes the power of collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.
June 20, 2018
Great Expectations! And a Great Year! On behalf of both the faculty and staff, I would like to pass along our gratitude for the transformation that has occurred here at the American International School of Monrovia during our 2017-2018 “Year of the Mountain Zebra”.
Throughout this school year, we all took responsibility, together as a community, to build an even better American International School of Monrovia. During the “Year of the Mountain Zebra”, we used the two most important ingredients of our educational process: quality communication, alongside positive parent involvement. These are the essential elements for the partnership between home and school; and with these elements firmly in place, the American International School of Monrovia saw unbelievable growth in Math, English, and Science since we first started administering the “Measure of Academic Progress” test in 2014.
These MAP scores are attached.
As the “Year of the Mountain Zebra” comes to a close, I would like to thank all the families, students, and parents who worked with us side by side over our ten-month academic journey.
To those families, staff, and friends who will be moving on, we wish you the best of luck, and we thank you for traveling on this journey with us. For those families that will be returning, we look forward to working with you again and to continue on the road that we have placed ourselves firmly on; the road to becoming life-long independent learners.
As stated yesterday: “It’s not what you have, it’s what you do with what you have that makes all the difference.”
For AISM … we have the community!
One of the areas that our team of educators has been actively working on is the enhancement of our technology integration in the classroom. To that end, teachers in Grades 4 and higher are welcome to have their students purchase a Chromebook that is compatible with our school Information Technology system and protocols.
This week, one of our teachers will be in Kenya to participate in GDPR training. GDPR or General Data Protection Regulation is an EU regulation that goes into effect May 25, 2018. Its aim is to improve privacy and give greater control to customers and citizens over their personal information and how it is used.
Chromebooks, which run Google operating system, were chosen for the American International School of Monrovia because of our use of their applications for education. Google Apps is also GDPR compliant. These devices are listed below, and parents can (but are not required to) purchase these Chromebook units* (on their own over the summer) to assist their students’ learning, both at home and at school.
§ Prices are subject to change without notice.
§ The school will have a small technology fee, of around $30, that will go towards our cyber safety software, to keep your students safe while using their computer at school.
Students who choose not to purchase their own computer at this time will still be able to have access, as needed, to the AISM computer network. This is a request that several parents have made to the school, and we are pleased that with the upgrade of our IT system to "stage 4" in December, we can make this request a reality.
The 2017-2018 School Year at The American International School of Monrovia
AISM Community, Prospective Parents, Partners, and Friends …
IIt is hard to believe how quickly time flies, as it is indeed my honor to be part of the AISM community for a sixth year and my 26th year in International Education.
AISM is a unique school, with a unique history that I am truly very fortunate to be a part of. The school is a vital part of Liberia’s reconstruction effort after the country experienced both a period of civil unrest during the 1990's and the Ebola Health Crisis of 2014. As her Excellency, the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wrote in May of 2006, authorizing the reactivation of the school:
“As you know, the Government of Liberia considers the re-opening of the American International School of Monrovia an important demonstration of confidence in the future of our country.” She went on to write: “The resumption of school activities at AISM would also remedy a major constraint on the repatriation of Liberian Professionals who want to return home with their families and children.
It is with great confidence and with great purpose that AISM begins its 10th year of operation, in bringing our students a quality, and fully accredited, International Education to this historic school site!
This is AISM!!!
Who we are!
The American International School of Monrovia receives support from the U.S. State Department Office of Overseas Schools. The goal of this support is to ensure that we are able to offer “an accredited international school, which provides a meaningful, rigorous American curriculum in a global context.”
The American International School of Monrovia is one of 193 schools in the world, and one of 41 schools in Africa that receives financial assistance from the Office of Overseas Schools. The purpose of this assistance is to ensure that the families of U.S. Government employees have access to high-quality schools throughout the world. Here at AISM, this support, as well as “support in kind” benefit our entire community equally, not just our American students. Presently, we have students from 23 different nationalities studying at AISM.
All the international schools in Africa, like us, provide a high quality, American-Accredited education that is both American and International in context, by using a curriculum that is standards-based. These standards are intended for international contexts and diverse student populations, but they also align with the common core standards (shared goals and expectations for the knowledge and skills students need in English language arts and mathematics at each grade level to prepare them to succeed in college, career, and life), which are currently used in more than 40 states. This means that skills and concepts that students learn at AISM would be very similar to what they would learn in other Office of Overseas Supported Schools, and in the U.S. through a common core.
The challenges that we have faced since we first left our cocoon, some six years ago, have given us plenty of opportunities to learn, change, transform, maneuver and now expand to meet our students’ individual learning needs.
“The challenges that we have faced together, as a community, will clearly give us plenty of opportunities to continue to learn, change, adapt and transform!”