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When can I visit the school?

Parents and students are welcomed and encouraged to come and look around the school.  We recommend that you visit anytime between 0800 and 1200, Monday to Friday.  An appointment is not strictly necessary, but it is worth making arrangements beforehand so that Mrs van Vlaanderen, the Admissions Manager can ensure that she is available to meet you.

Tours take approximately 30 minutes and you will be shown around the school and classrooms relevant to your child’s age.  Please be aware that where possible, the teachers will try to chat to you, but in many cases they are teaching and cannot be disturbed.

The school is also open during most of the holiday periods for visits, though it is preferable to see the school whilst in session, as the classrooms tend to be locked up.

Where is AISL located?

AISL is on the Leopard’s Hill road, about 6kms from the Kabulonga Roundabout.  Once you pass Pilatus and Oxygym on the right hand side, and under the electricity pylons, we are on the right.  There are two entrances.  The first is for Primary and the Admin block, the second is for secondary only.  Please come to the Admin block.

When can applications be submitted?

Applications can be submitted at any time.  However, it is recommended that an application is sent as soon as possible due to the fact that there are waiting lists in many grades.  A space cannot be reserved until preferably all the application paperwork is received, but at least the application form, copy of passport and copies of school reports are received.

How does the school match students to their appropriate grade level?

Students are placed in a grade according to their date of birth.  For more information, please see Age Requirements.   In some circumstances, where a student is already studying in a grade above their age, and school records and placement tests show that the student has the ability to succeed in the upper grade, a student will be placed above their age level. The same applies for students who are studying in a grade below their age level.

Incoming students transferring from schools following the January to December academic calendar are not allowed to skip half an academic year.  The student must complete a full grade before graduating up to the next grade.  This will mean that in some circumstances, a student will repeat a semester.

In all grade placements, the final decision rests with the relevant school principal.

Is there flexibility on the age cut off date?

The cut off date at AISL is 1 September and the school keeps strictly to this date for grade placement, except for exceptional circumstances as outlined above.

What are the school hours?

 

Early Learning Center

Primary K-5

Secondary 6-12

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

7.25-12.00

7.25-14.35

7.25-14.45

Tuesday

7.25-12.00

7.25-14.20

7.25-14.15

Friday

7.25-12.00

7.25-12.35

7.25-12.55

What after school activities does AISL offer?

There is a wide range of after school activities available at the school.  These change three times a year, after each holiday.  Many of the after school activities are sport orientated, and this is when students train in teams to play other schools, both in Lusaka and in other African countries through ISSEA.  There are also other activities, such as chess, horse riding and gymnastics.  Many of the activities are also in the field of arts and music, as well as rehearsals for both primary and secondary students for school productions.

Academic after school activities are also available, from SAT and ACT preparation to additional language lessons and study hall.  Model United Nations and National Honor Society are also offered at the school, as well as some community service activities.

In all cases the activities last approximately one hour on Mondays to Thursdays.  Many students choose to take an after school activity every day.

Is there a fee waiver or tuition deduction for siblings?

If a parent is paying for the school fees themselves, a 5% discount of tuition fees for the second and subsequent siblings can be applied.  However, in order to receive this discount, the parents must apply to the business office.

How do parents become involved in the AISL community?

Parents are encouraged to be involved in the school.  This can either be through the PTA (see Parent Teachers Association), or helping out in your child’s class in activities such as reading or assisting on field trips.  Parents with teaching experience are encouraged to apply to the school for substitute teaching positions, or to help out with after school activities. 

Can I apply online?

Currently online applications are not available, but we are happy to receive e mailed applications and supporting paperwork, as well as by hand or courier.  We do not recommend sending applications by post as this can take a long time to arrive.

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