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Dr. Daniel Jubert
Headmaster

Hailing from the USA, Dr. Daniel Jubert has been involved in international education for over 12 years. Previous to Cape Town, he was Head of School at Shanghai Community International School in Shanghai, China, and has also worked at Escuela Internacional Sampedrana in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He holds a doctorate degree in education and a masters degree in educational psychology, both from the University of Minnesota, along with state licenses in school administration and school counseling.

Dr. Jubert is passionate about pursuing innovate practices in education. He believes that AISCT students experience a true liberal arts education, one that combines the rigors of university preparation with the opportunities to grow in the arts, athletics, and international-mindedness. Dr. Jubert is also heavily involved in the African region, as he serves as the Board Chair for the Association of International Schools in Africa.

Dr. Jubert is joined in Cape Town by his wife and three children, all who attend (or will soon attend) AISCT.


HEADMASTER’S WELCOME

No other city in the world can boast Cape Town’s natural setting, at the confluence of two oceans and the iconic Table Mountain National Park smack in the middle of the Mother City. A coming-together of cultures, cuisines, and landscapes, it is truly a remarkable place to behold.

As Headmaster, let me be the first to welcome you to the American International School of Cape Town (AISCT).

AISCT is the oldest and largest international school in the Western Cape, and we are host to a vibrant campus in the southern Cape Town suburb of Constantia, with unparalleled architecture and beauty, a challenging and robust academic program, exceptional faculty committed to the growth and well-being of your child, and a rich community spirit.

At AISCT, you will find an academically rigorous, college-preparatory program balanced against our desire to foster students’ artistic, athletic, and global citizenship endeavors, with our ultimate goal to provide all students opportunities for success.

AISCT is and always has been a family school, and through our growth and change, we have kept this core belief that school is an intimate place where each student is nurtured and challenged. Our distinctive setting in this dynamic city affords us a student population of over 500 from over 50 different countries, creating an exceptional environment in which to develop an understanding of people from around the world.

Considering the above, it is only natural that our school becomes the fabric weaving our community together. It is this unique combination of internationalism, strong academics, varied activities and arts, warm atmosphere, and personalized approach that make us successful.

I am in awe of what AISCT has accomplished in its history and proud of what we accomplish today in our changing world. I hope that you will take the opportunity to plan a visit and see for yourself what an AISCT education has to offer your child and your family.

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel Jubert
Headmaster

ADMINISTRATION TEAM

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Ms. Jodi Lake
Director of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation

Ms. Jodi Lake grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been involved in international education for over 35 years. Previous to AISCT, she was Director of Teaching and Learning at the International School of Kenya. Prior to moving to Africa, Ms. Lake served as Curriculum Coordinator at Escuela Campo Alegre in Caracas, Venezuela, and as an upper elementary school teacher in Kobe, Japan, and Torreon, Mexico.

Ms Lake holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Michigan State University. In addition, she holds a Certificate of International School Leadership from the Principal’s Training Center.

Ms. Lake is very involved in the African region, as she serves on the Professional Learning Design Team for the Association of International Schools in Africa, ensuring strong professional growth for teachers in African international schools.

Ms. Lake believes that all children can and will learn. By developing trust and a caring community, the doors will open for students to learn, develop their creativity and passions, and ultimately impact the world.

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Ms. Katherine Bannister
Upper School Principal

As a veteran school leader, Ms. Katherine Banner has over 25 years of experience in education both in American high schools and international schools. She has recently joined AISCT from Abu Dhabi, UAE, and prior to that was Principal in several large high schools in the USA. She has extensive American curriculum knowledge, as her particular expertise is in school transformation. Ms. Banner is passionate about supporting and building the instructional capacities of teachers. The foundation for working with students and teachers is the motto by which she lives: Be better tomorrow than you are today.

Ms. Banner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a master’s in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee and an EdS in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Ms. Banner has published in Educational Leadership and has presented on a variety of topics at state and national conferences in the USA. She is joined in Cape Town by her husband Joseph.

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Mr. Peter Young
Elementary School Principal

Mr. Peter Young joined AISCT in July 2018, after having served as an elementary school principal in Washington, D.C. for six years. Prior to being a principal, he served as an assistant principal for one year and prior to that taught Grade 5 in several schools from Northern Virginia to Boston. During this time, he met his wife Leah who is a part-time teacher in the high school at AISCT..Ms. Banner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a master’s in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee and an EdS in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Passionate about early childhood education as well as the elementary years of education, Mr. Young knows that these are the formative years, when positive habits of mind are formed and students learn important foundational skills that will support their ability to learn at a high level later in school.

Mr. Young earned his bachelor’s double majoring in Elementary Education and Anthropology from Vanderbilt University. He holds a master’s degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

Mr. Young is joined at AISCT by his wife Leah and their two children.

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Mr. Julian Saunders
Technology Director

Mr. Julian Saunders earned a Master of Science degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. After conducting field research in South Africa and Ethiopia, he followed his passion for research and education by joining the New York Consortium of Evolutionary Primatology, a doctoral program focusing on primate evolution and behavior, where he indulged his penchant for technology by building cloud-based platforms to facilitate collaboration between cross-continental research teams. Later, his interest in conservation led to him co-founding the Primate Conservation Committee as part of the Primate Ecology and Genetics Group, as well as co-founding the Baboon Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. These endeavors led to the establishment of the Imfene Conservation Program, an outreach program for children using a data-driven approach to conservation education.

The change in his education focus from adults to children, combined with his strong belief in the power of technology to positively impact the world, led him to his current position of Technology Director at AISCT.

Mr. Saunders promotes the use of technology, ranging from coding to robotics, to empower students to collaborate, creatively solve problems, think critically, communicate effectively, and to tackle local and global challenges.

SCHOOL BOARD

AISCT is overseen by a Board of Governors comprising Larry Balli, Willem Buhrmann, Michael Dougherty, Paul duToit, and Kristy Dewi, who have been appointed according to the bylaws of its Deed of Foundation.  The Board is responsible for the school’s fiscal solvency and overall success.  Its responsibilities include:

  • Oversee and promote the overall success and fiscal health of the school;
  • Appoint and evaluate annually the Headmaster, who administers school policy;
  • Develop, approve, and insure the implementation of school policy, and insure efficient and
    logical allocation of the school’s human and material resources;
  • Monitor the use of the school’s existing facilities and develop new ones which might
    enhance program delivery;
  • Ensure the maintenance of the school’s good relationships with the government of the
    Republic of South Africa in general and the Ministry of Education in particular;
  • Meet periodically in accordance with the stipulations of the Articles of Association. The
    meetings are managed according to the Deeds of Foundation.

The School Board at AISCT operates with a self-perpetuating, “corporate governance” model, a model endorsed by such organizations as the Council of International Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools. The corporate model of a self-perpetuating board allows the board to choose itself and its successors and to focus largely on the strategic future of the school and generative thinking, leaving the operation of the school to the head of school.

Three of the Board Members are designated as “Directors” by virtue of their having established the school and financed its start up in 1992.  These three are Larry Balli, Michael Dougherty, and Kristy Dewi.

In the event that a Board Member resigns, he or she will be replaced by appointment of the Board Directors.  The criteria for selection in that case will be, as it was for the existing members, an interest in supporting AISCT, a willingness to invest time for meetings and activities, and the background, connections, and position to advance the school’s mission.

The Board evaluates the Head of School annually. Parents, teachers, and students have the opportunity to evaluate the Board’s performance in annual surveys and at meetings convened periodically by the Board to communicate the school’s financial position and plans for the future.

SCHOOL COUNCIL

AISCT convenes a School Council throughout the course of the year. The Council consists of seven members, three of which are community members elected by the school constituents, three of which are appointed by the ISF Board, and one teacher representative.  The Council serves to advise and help guide the direction of the school.  The AISCT Headmaster has a standing invitation to attend all meetings.

School Council member elections take place at the start of the academic year in August, followed by a Council meeting in September.