43 About us

OUR SCHOOL

The American International School of Cape Town (AISCT) is a private, not-for-profit co-educational institution founded in 1997. The school educates 500 students from over 50 countries, ranging in age between 2 and 18 years and instructed by teachers from around the world. The school has an average class size of 15 students with a teacher-to-student ratio of 8:1.

AISCT is located on 12-acres in the heart of Constantia Hills with Table Mountain National Park towering in the background. Cape Town is a dynamic, modern city of 4 million people and is continually ranked as one of the best places to live in the world. AISCT students are able to take advantage of the numerous opportunities the city has to offer.

AISCT follows the USA curriculum and offers College Board Advanced Placement (AP) courses in the high school, including the AP Capstone Program. Following the northern hemisphere calendar, the school year begins in August and ends in June.

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VISION

Empowering students with respect, responsibility, and integrity.

MISSION

A diverse learning community providing students the opportunities and confidence to positively impact the world.

THE THREE PILLARS OF CHARACTER

Respect. Responsibility. Integrity.

At AISCT we believe in restorative justice as a model for managing student behavior. Discipline at AISCT is designed to make the classrooms conducive to learning and the campus a safe, friendly, pleasant place to study and interact with others. A well-disciplined environment with clear expectations is essential in order that we may accomplish our most important role in instruction.

At the core of our belief about student discipline are the three pillars of character: RESPECTRESPONSIBILITY, and INTEGRITY. By modelling these three pillars of character, most issues that we face can be handled with minimal disruptions to the educational program.

ESLRs

Effective Schoolwide Learning Results

Every student will demonstrate:

  1. Effective communication (Communicating)
  2. High level thinking (Thinking)
  3. A solid foundation of knowledge (Knowing)
  4. Positive learning attitudes and behavior (Behaving)
  5. Global and community appreciation (Caring and Sharing)
52 Eco School

WE ARE AN ECO SCHOOL

In 2009 a group of environmentally conscious members of the AISCT community decided to transform AISCT into an Eco School. The Eco School program is an internationally recognized initiative that aims to encourage curriculum-based action for a healthy environment. A globally acknowledged award scheme that accredits schools that make a commitment to continuously improving their school’s environment, Eco-Schools originated in Europe as a program of the Foundation for Environmental Education and was launched in South Africa in May 2003.

A Green Team consisting of teacher representatives, as well as a student-based eco group, was established and three environmental/sustainability themes were identified as focal points for our Green Initiative.

AISCT chose to concentrate on Resource Use, which has led to the school’s recycling program, Nature and Biodiversity, which has involved identifying many of the indigenous and exotic species of plants on the AISCT campus, as well as starting up the school vegetable garden. The third theme, Healthy Living, has involved efforts by both staff and parents to improve the school cafeteria as well as a host of other projects.

After just two years of being an Eco School, AISCT was awarded the Bronze Flag for its efforts. We continue to work towards improving our Eco School Program.