Dear Parents and Friends,
Welcome to the American International School of Cape Town. Our campus first opened its doors in 1997, and since that time has experienced phenomenal success. A dynamic international community of teachers, students, and parents and a holistic approach to teaching has propelled us to the forefront of education in Cape Town. 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 consisting of over 50 nationalities, creating an exceptional environment 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. As Headmaster at AISCT, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your family, whether you are joining us for another year or are enrolling for the first time. I also have the distinct pleasure of being a “new parent” this school year, as my wife and I send our daughter to Grizzly Cubs and the beginning of her schooling experience. I am both a proud parent and proud administrator of AISCT.
Thank you for visiting our site; I look forward to seeing you around campus soon.
Dr. Daniel Jubert
AISCT is overseen by a Board of Governors comprising Larry Balli, Willem Buhrmann, Michael Dougherty, Paul duToit, and Kristy Seng, 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 Risjad.
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.
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.