Abu Dhabi International School (AIS) is a private, coeducational K-12 day school licensed by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education. The school was founded in 1992 by Mrs. Jihan Nasr, who has been dedicated to her educational mission. It has an international body of students and staff from over 70 nationalities. The enrollment at AIS, as of August 2011, is approximately 3500 students, and the school reserves 5% of its student body to special needs students with learning difficulties. Over the years, AIS has gained a reputation for successfully dealing with a variety of learning difficulties and disabilities through a well-structured Special Education department.
In addition to its rigorous academic program, AIS is well known for its personal approach that fosters a "family atmosphere", making parents and students feel welcome. Since its beginnings in 1992, parents, students, and staff have felt a strong sense of commitment to the school and community. In fact, the school is celebrating its 23rd anniversary in 2015-2016.
AIS provides its students the opportunity to graduate with an American program, the British (IGCSE and A-Levels) program or the International Baccalaureate Programme and join top tier institutions worldwide, such as Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge and the Sorbonne of France, as well as, regional universities in Lebanon, Egypt, and the UAE. The school also successfully prepares high school students to pass external examinations and assessments, which include ACT, AP, A-levels, IGCSE, TOEFL, and SAT & SAT Subjects Tests, IB Diploma Programme, and other achievement tests.
At AIS, we believe in supporting each and every child in becoming a lifelong learner. The AIS educational system includes academic and co-curricular programs designed to promote academic excellence and physical well-being, through which students discover and develop their interests and talents. The school also maintains a culture that promotes good habits of character, and emphasizes active citizenship through community service and global awareness.
Through varsity sports teams, theatrical productions, cultural and fundraising events, community service, field trips, traveling, and a variety of extra-curricular activities, AIS encourages its students to discover the world around them as well as their own develop their own interests and talents.
Abu Dhabi International School fosters a culture of continuous improvement. We consistently engage in school wide evaluations and have established affiliations with international educational organizations and institutions to ensure quality education is delivered. Our school was accredited by the Commissions on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA), and is currently accredited by the American International Accreditation Association (AIAA).
Abu Dhabi International School is also an authorized testing center of :
- International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
- Advanced Supplementary (AS) and Advanced Level (A-Level) Examinations
- SAT, SAT Subject Tests (formally SATII), PSAT, and Advanced Placement (AP) examinations
- ACT Assessment Test
- IB Diploma Programme