American International School, Abu Dhabi

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American International School, Abu Dhabi (AISA)
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, UAE
Coordinates 24°25′47″N 54°25′51″E / 24.42972°N 54.43083°E / 24.42972; 54.43083Coordinates: 24°25′47″N 54°25′51″E / 24.42972°N 54.43083°E / 24.42972; 54.43083
Type Private
Established 1995
Director Gareth Jones
Secondary School Principal Joe Ravesi
Elementary School Principal Mary Pittman-Jones
Gender Co-educational
AISA graduation ceremony

The American International School in Abu Dhabi or AISA was founded in 1995 to serve the needs of the local and expatriate residents of Abu Dhabi who want their children to pursue both American and International Baccalaureate curricula. It is a profit-making organization and managed by Educational Services Overseas Limited (ESOL).


The school is located in the Educational Zone, approximately 20 kilometers outside the city center of Abu Dhabi city. The school facilities include a library, art rooms, computer labs, medium sized swimming pool and six science labs. AISA has gymnasiums, outdoor basketball courts and a soccer field.


Enrollment is about 1200 students from Pre-Kindergarten to grade 12. The student body represents 77 nationalities.


AISA is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the Council of International Schools, and the UAE Ministry of Education. AISA is an associate member of both the Near East South Asian Association of Overseas Schools (NESA) as well as the European Council of International Schools (ECIS). It is a member of the International Schools Athletics Conference (ISAC).


The American International School in Abu Dhabi serves the needs of an international student body by offering an American school diploma program and the International Baccalaureate program. Students in Pre-Kindergarten to grade 5 follow the US Curriculum within the IB Primary Years Program (IBPYP). In grades 6-9, students continue to follow the American curriculum. High school students can choose between the US high school diploma, or the IB Diploma Program.


The American International School Abu Dhabi mascot is the lion. AISA Lions play in sports including basketball, volleyball, badminton, soccer, and softball (for the girls)supported by the Lion mascot.

AISA holds eating competitions in events such as the UAE National day and Christmas holidays. In these eating competitions, students participate in eating cultural foods. The AISA Lions have had success in basketball during 2009 to 2010 and 2008 to 2009. The Lions hosted a record of 28 wins and 3 losses during their 2008 - 2009 season and 20 consecutive wins and 0 losses during their 2009 - 2010 season. From 2008 to 2010 the AISA lions basketball team has been undefeated in the International Schools Athletic Conference (ISAC) Posting a records of:

  • ISAC-Abu Dhabi 2010 : 6 wins, 0 losses
  • ISAC-Muscat 2009: 7 wins, 0 losses
  • ISAC-Abu Dhabi 2009: 7 wins, 0 losses
  • AISA has won first place in the past three ISAC basketball tournaments.

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