AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF CAPE TOWNPopular Featured
The American International School of Cape Town (AISCT) is a co-educational institution with 500 students from over 60 countries ranging in age between 2 and 18 years and instructed by teachers from twelve countries. AISCT is located on 12-acres in the heart of Constantia Hills, with Table Mountain National Park towering in the background.
The school follows the American curriculum and offers Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Foreign language instruction in French and Spanish begins in Grade 1. Following the northern hemisphere calendar, the school year begins in August and ends in June. The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:50 p.m. After-school activities take place between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.
AISCT is endorsed as an independent school by the Western Cape Department of Education and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) based in California, USA. AISCT is also a proud member of the Association of International Schools in Africa and the International School Foundation. Graduates from AISCT receive a USA High School Diploma and gain access to universities around the world, with USA, Canada, UK, Europe, and South Africa the most popular destinations.
The Elementary School
The Elementary School offers a fully comprehensive, diverse program. The core classes of English, math, science and social studies are taught by classroom teachers while physical education, French/Spanish, art, drama, music and library skills are taught by specialist teachers. This phase of learning is exciting for the students as they progress from the beginning stages of learning to read and write all the way through to preparation for Middle School. Students experience a rich diversity of learning opportunities throughout the school. We have committed, caring and experienced faculty members who work with enthusiasm and dedication. Our wide-ranging curriculum also includes events such as sports day, inter-house competitions, educational fieldtrips, assemblies, residential camp in Grade 5 and a variety of extracurricular activities which provide opportunities for all interests and abilities. We aim to instill a strong sense of community among our students while equipping them with the skills to be curious, lifelong learners.
The Middle School
The Middle School program at AISCT builds on the basic skills from Elementary School and prepares students for study at the High School level. Alongside core classes in English, math, science, social studies and foreign language (French/Spanish), Middle School students continue their exposure to AISCT’s specialist subjects of art, drama, music, IT and physical education and attend lessons in each of these areas twice weekly. Leadership opportunities are presented through our StuCo (Student Council) initiatives. Educational fieldtrips, service learning events, residential teambuilding camps and house competitions also form part of the Middle School experience.
The High School
In pursuit of the AISCT mission, the High School program is framed by a holistic approach towards education in which learning is not limited to the classroom. The High School experience at AISCT provides a varied after-school activity and athletics program, service learning opportunities, house competitions, educational and teambuilding field trips and preparation for standardized tests (PSAT/SAT/AP). Leadership opportunities are also presented through our StuCo (Student Council) initiatives. These opportunities, along with regular, honors and advanced coursework, are intended to prepare our students for success in both national and international universities. High School students continue their personal and social education through their weekly Life Skills program with varying emphasis on self, social skills, career and university guidance.
Our exit qualification is an American High School Diploma based on credits earned over the four-year High School program. We offer over 60 courses in our High School including 16 AP (Advanced Placement) courses and elective courses in areas such as the arts (visual, music and dance), business, media studies (IT, journalism and yearbook), MUN (Model United Nations) and PE (physical education). Graduation requirements include the necessary logging of credits, participating in service learning, taking the SAT (or equivalent standardized test) and completing the Senior Exit Task in Grade 12.
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