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AISJ SCHOOL HISTORY

 
Founded in 1952, our school has quite an extensive history as was chronicled so nicely by local writer for Destination Jeddah magazine Bassma Al Toaimi:
 
“The American International School of Jeddah (AISJ) has come a long way since it was founded in 1952. It all started in 1945, when King Abdul Aziz received a DC-3 aircraft as a gift from US President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This gift led to the development of a civil aviation, the beginning of Saudi Arabian Airlines, and a signed contract with Trans World Airlines (TWA) to manage the the development of the Saudi airline. The signing of the contract brought with it many American and European job opportunities and led to the arrival of many expatriates entering the city (of Jeddah). The lack of a formal American curriculum school in Jeddah was an issue TWA employees faced because they needed schools for their children. Parents then formed the Parents Cooperative School (PCS, founded in 1952), in which they volunteered to teach students using a home school curriculum. When the expatriate community kept expanding, the school noticed rapid growth, and therefore went from a villa to a mini school campus on the TWA compound (by the old Jeddah Airport #2 in 1959 and built a new facility in Al-Ruwais District in 1968.  With Raytheon’s help a north campus began in 1976 and was appropriately named North Campus School (NCS).
 
By 1985 the school changed their name to SAUDIA - Saudi Arabian International School (SAUDIA – SAIS) when Saudi Arabian Airlines took control from TWA of the school and by the year 2000-2001 it had its first 12th grade graduation.  Our school became the first international school in Jeddah that had a diploma program. The school changed its name to the American International School of Jeddah (AISJ) in 2004, after Saudia officially announced that they would no longer continue their sponsorship of the school due to their need to focus solely on the airline business. AISJ started in 1952 with just 40 students in a house, and now has over 1,230 students.”
 
—Al Toaimi, Bassma. “60 Years and Counting." Destination Jeddah Mag., 03 Dec. 2012.
 
Our AISJ school is what it is today because of our belief in and commitment to building and maintaining a caring partnership between the hard-working, ambitious and determined staff, parents,  Board and alumni. We recently celebrated our 64th anniversary and continue to grow each year with an expected 2016-17 enrollment of 1250 students. Several new classrooms and a new multi-purpose building have been added in recent years to accommodate this growth but we are at capacity and short of rooms.  We plan to move to a new campus located 4 KM north of the current AISJ (formerly NCS) in 2018.  The new campus will have a capacity of 1750.
 
Our Mission Statement was one of the products of a year-long strategic planning effort in 2015-16 that included efforts of over 120 school community members.  The Board of Trustees approved our Strategic Plan in May of 2016 which includes our new Mission Statement:
 
“Our mission is to inspire and facilitate learners through an authentic American education in order to nurture their passion for knowledge, so they may pursue their dreams and become successful global citizens.”
 
AISJ is known as a school that has a positive, safe and caring environment where students enjoy coming to school.  Academics are important but with a focus on academic performance, our students enjoy and have fun while learning. The relationship we build with our students extends beyond the years they are actively enrolled at the school.  We keep in touch with our graduates and our alumni are extremely important assets to our school because they represent the past and future of AISJ.  In 2014, we formally launched an alumni program with the hiring of an Alumni and PR Coordinator, Lyra Hardy, former AISJ (PCS/NCS) student.  Our AISJ Alumni Facebook Page is active and joins together thousands of Alumni located around the world.
 
One of the many projects for the Alumni Association is the AISJ Stories Project, in which students, staff, and alumni will be able to record and share personal stories and experiences they had with the school. Many benefits come along with this project, including getting back in touch with your circle of friends and teachers from school, and reliving your experiences. The association also plans to provide AISJ students with scholarships, financial support to the school, and highlight distinguished alumna/alumnus at an annual commencement and on an “Alumni Wall of Fame” to be located in our new school.
 
We work tirelessly to ensure that students graduate from our school knowing that they have been well prepared to face life as they move to colleges and universities around the world to pursue their dreams and become successful global citizens.  AISJ alumni create a platform from which they can support and inspire other AISJ students and alumni.

STRATEGIC PLAN (2016)

AISJ Mission Statement

The Mission Statement reflects our reason for existence and inspires a better future.  It communicates what the school aspires to become and answers the questions:  “What is our enduring core purpose?” and “Who are we most concerned about serving?”
 
“Our mission is to inspire and facilitate learners through an authentic American education in order to nurture their passion for knowledge, so they may pursue their dreams and become successful global citizens.”

AISJ Vision Statement

The Vision Statement articulates our preferred future and consists of vivid and positive language that is concrete and specific and it answers the question: “What do we envision we will create on our way to achieving our Mission?”
 
"Our vision is to be a distinguished learning community committed to excellence, innovation, and collaboration."

Mission Outcomes

Mission Outcomes are measurable end results that are directly related to the purposes of our mission.  They stretch out no more than 5 years and provide evidence that the Mission is being achieved.  They answer the question: “For what system-wide outcomes will the school be held accountable?”
 
By 2021, each learner
  • actively engages in the pursuit of knowledge.
  • demonstrates the active pursuit of dreams.
  • develops skills of a global citizen while actively contributing to the community.
  • AISJ’s Core Values

Core Values are explicit expressions of the fundamental values and deep abiding convictions of AISJ.  They represent a common ground on which all AISJ members stand on and forms the foundation upon which the rest of the plan is built.  It answers the question: “Who are we?”
 
  • We believe that quality education has the power to make a positive impact on individuals and societies.
  • We believe that honesty and integrity build a culture of transparency and trust.
  • We believe that Passion and commitment motivate, inspire, and empower life-long learners.
  • We believe that a school community thrives when there is open communication and collaboration.
  • We believe that respect cultivates positive relationships.
  • We believe that helping others benefits communities and leads to personal growth.
  • Embracing cultural diversity develops relationships and enriches life.

Four Strategies

Strategies describe HOW the school will achieve its Mission, Vision, and Mission Outcomes. It answers the question: “What must we do as a system to ensure the achievement of our Mission Outcomes, and ultimately, our Mission and Vision?”
Strategy #1: Communication
We will utilize an effective communication system to address both internal and external communications in order to achieve our Mission, Vision, and Mission Outcomes.
 
End Results
  • AISJ has an established communications protocol (policies, and procedures) that provides clear, concise, and timely information for all stakeholders.
  • AISJ uses a systematic communication protocol that provides clear, concise, and timely information for all stakeholders.
  • AISJ chooses innovative technology in order to ensure effective and timely communication to all stakeholders.
Strategy #2: Staff
We will attract, recruit, and retain excellent staff in order to achieve our Mission, Vision, and Mission Outcomes.
 
End Results:
  • AISJ has a clear policy and process for professional development that provides opportunities for learning and growth.
  • AISJ has a program to motivate and retain high quality staff.
  • AISJ offers all employees competitive employment packages and equitable pay scales.
  • AISJ has a systematic process for attracting and recruiting high quality staff both locally and internationally.
  • AISJ has clear and communicated HR policies and procedures.
Strategy #3: Curricular Programs
We will systematically review and appropriately modify and/or adapt our curriculum alignment, instructional practices, and assessments in order to achieve our Mission, Vision, and Mission Outcomes.
 
End Results:
 
  • The annual AISJ curriculum development process includes reviewing, updating and monitoring alignment of the standards, instructional practices, and assessment.
  • AISJ has a learning cycle that integrates teaching, assessing, analyzing data, adapting instruction and providing timely feedback to students and parents.
  • Professional Development related to the learning cycle is differentiated according to school-wide, divisional, and individual staff needs.
  • AISJ uses an annual systematic process that ensures the learning cycle is implemented using research based instructional practices.
  • AISJ students are assessed on adopted standards using reliable and valid practices.
  • AISJ integrates technology to support an innovative and rigorous curriculum.
Strategy #4: Co-Curricular Programs
We will promote, practice, and celebrate co-curricular programs throughout our school in order to achieve our Mission, Vision, and Mission Outcomes.
 
End Results:
 
  • AISJ community members facilitate quality and diverse co-curricular programs dedicated to student success and increased participation.
  • Student achievement and involvement is consistently celebrated in a timely manner by the school community.
  • AISJ has positive partnerships with parents that enrich our co-curricular programs.
  • AISJ has positive partnerships with local community organizations that enrich our co-curricular programs.
  • AISJ students participate in community service programs facilitated by AISJ community members.

Our Profile of an AISJ Graduate who is:
 
  • Actively Pursuing Knowledge, as evidenced by:
    • Meeting or exceeding the expectations found in an authentic American educational program.
    • Effectively applying critical thinking habits to learning.
    • Aspiring toward continual self-improvement and life-long learning.
    • Setting goals and reflecting on and re-evaluating progress.
    • Consistently demonstrating the core values of AISJ.
       
  • Actively Pursuing their Dreams, as evidenced by:
    • Identifying, and declaring dreams.
    • Demonstrating a self-awareness of abilities and skills to achieve dreams.
    • Investigating, developing a support system, establishing connections, and seizing opportunities.
    • Displaying passion, resilience, enthusiasm, and a willingness to take risks.
    • Setting goals and reflecting on and re-evaluating progress.
    • Consistently demonstrating the core values of AISJ.
       
  • Actively Developing and Demonstrating the Skills and Practices of a Successful Global Citizen, as evidenced by:
    • Respecting diversity.
    • Cherishing the natural world and respecting the environment.
    • Adapting to new situations, challenges, and conditions.
    • Identifying needs and engaging in service for the betterment of self and community.
    • Reflecting on personal actions, accepting responsibility, and adjusting behavior that impacts others.
    • Consistently demonstrating the core values of AISJ.

School Calendar

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  • New teachers
  • Holiday
  • Staff / Faculty
  • Important days
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