HISTORY OF AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL LOME
AISL celebrated its fiftieth birthday in 2017. The school was founded in 1967 by the U.S. Embassy to attract more American families with children to come to Lome, Togo. The first students enrolled were US State Department dependents, but over the years, the student population has become more diverse.
The school was initially housed in a building near the city center. Due to higher enrollment and a lack of space, a new facility was built in the northern suburbs about 10 minutes from the U.S. Embassy. The city continues to grow towards the north, and several major roads and highways can get you to the school from almost any location in Lome.
The student population has fluctuated over the years. From a low of 21 students to a high of over 100. The current enrollment is 61 students from Nursery to Grade 12.
The faculty represents a diverse group of qualified teachers who hail from a variety of countries, but who all have had experience teaching in American and or international schools.
The school is governed by a Board of Directors. There are five elected members who serve on the Board for a term of two years. Membership is open to any community member, however parents of students currently enrolled in the school are preferred. The Board’s duties are similar to those of a school board in the U.S.
Our graduates and alumni return to campus to visit and reminisce about the excellent educational opportunities they received at AISL. More than half of the graduating classes have matriculated in universities outside of Togo. Many of our former students have found success in their chosen careers and credit AISL with having some impact on their progress.
AISL continues to offer an American style curriculum, and the school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). AISL goes through a reaccreditation process every six years. AISL was most recently reaccredited in December 2016, and its accreditation status is valid until December 2023.