AIS’ commitment to providing a transformative education to all who seek it is rooted in our need blind approach to admissions. Recent data supports the AIS vision: diversity among friendships is arguably the most effective way to create upward mobility. Our need blind admissions process - unique among international schools in Guatemala - results in more than $700,000 in tuition assistance annually and will only be possible for the next generation of AIS students with your continued support.
DEVELOPING PEOPLE AND PROGRAMS
Retaining and attracting inspiring faculty and staff members; deepening the impact of AIS’ innovative Teacher Training Center.
AIS would not be possible without the inspiring individuals who come together to form our faculty. Passionate and highly qualified teachers are the most important school-related influence of student achievement. In order to retain our current team of life-changing educators and attract new teachers to support expanded programs, AIS requests your support in endowing signature positions, offering meaningful opportunities for professional development, and continuing to offer competitive compensation.
AIS’ Teacher Training Center extends the school’s mission of providing the best education in Central America to all who seek it to a group of early career educators from in and around Antigua. Our first cohort of nine teachers in training are completing a full-time, year-long teacher training program at AIS under the guidance of faculty mentors. With continued support from generous donors we will expand this impact so that the next generation of local educational leaders will apply the innovative teaching methods they explore at AIS to classrooms throughout Antigua and its environs.
New Learning Space
Early Childhood Center
Secondary Music Hall
Enhanced Programmatic Impact
Serves 100 learners from toddlers to kindergarten. Basis for a bilingual, multicultural, inquiry-based education through the Creative Curriculum.
Enhanced performing arts ensembles, including chorus and orchestra. The generosity of our PTO and the broader community filled our campus with new pianos as well as orchestral strings and winds.
Separate spaces for quiet study, small-group work, and larger group meetings. Venue for the AIS Student Services Division to expand its impact, including by providing screenings, evaluations and interventions for students with diagnosed learning differences through the Learning Lab.
Future Learning Space
Four Additional Classrooms
Arts and Movement Space (Blackbox)
Enhanced Programmatic Impact
Constructing additional classrooms for use by students in grades 1-12 will allow AIS the potential to split all grade-levels into two sections. Programmatic benefits of this include:
- More flexible groupings for student learning, including team teaching models and increased grouping by interests and learning goals at the primary level.
- Opportunities to expand the secondary Course Catalog and build corresponding learning pathways.
- A focus on flexible learning spaces within these classrooms will promote project and inquiry-based learning.
A makerspace is a collaborative learning environment filled with tools and technology that spark student creativity and inventiveness through hands-on projects. Makerspaces encourage students to think critically as they explore unique solutions to real-world problems throughout all areas of the curriculum. A dynamic makerspace also specifically allows for expanded course offerings in the sciences, visual arts, and technology among other areas.
An open-format classroom within the Main Building will allow for expanded performing arts programming, including in dance and theater.