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Welcome to AISD

Dear AISD Community:

It gives me immense pleasure to welcome both our new and returning families to AISD!  As a school community that is proud of the learning experience we provide, I want to be the first to re-emphasize our commitment to your child's learning.  From the maintenance staff to me, your interim superintendent, we remain focused on delivering what we are globally known for - premier international education to a diverse student body.

Faculty and staff returned to school at the beginning of August, ready to embrace and harness the energy of excitement and readiness to learn that we see in our students at the beginning of an academic year.  The anticipation of greeting each student and parent makes the first day of school a special event, an event that begins the process of helping everyone become a part of our AISD community.  As the new interim superintendent, my first challenge will be to meet the members of our community. As you transit the halls of AISD, please say hello and/or reach out and introduce yourself. Be assured that I and the AISD faculty and staff are here to help in any way possible.  Do not hesitate to let us know if we can be of assistance.

Wishing you all the best for a successful school year at AISD.

Stephen Herrera
Superintendent

Curriculum

In the Elementary and Middle Schools the curriculum is holistic and inquiry-based in nature. Students are expected to be active participants in their own learning, and are given opportunities and assistance to do so. The Elementary School is presently an IB PYP school. The school programs over the three divisions, are structured to enable students to integrate into any English-speaking school system in the future.

The High School provides a college preparatory program following an American curriculum model with all instruction in English. Courses and standards prepare students for entry into English speaking colleges and universities. The teaching philosophy and educational materials used in the school compare favorably to those employed in North America. The High School offers the IB Diploma (full and certificates) to students in Grades 11 and 12.

Facilities

AISD is situated on a 4.5-acre site within the Baridhara Diplomatic Zone of Dhaka. 

All indoor and instructional spaces are fully air-conditioned including the gymnasiums. There are 60 classrooms in modern, spacious, western style buildings. AISD school has 2 libraries (one for the elementary school, one for the middle and high schools), 4 computer laboratories, 6 science laboratories, 2 gymnasiums, (one with a climbing wall) and a large fitness center. The entire campus has full Internet access. 

The campus also incorporates a state-of-the-art performing arts center, art and music facilities, nurses clinic, counseling offices, student center, coffee shop, cafeteria, and more.

Facilities include a covered 25-meter heated swimming pool, two tennis courts, two playgrounds, and a soccer/athletic field.

Location

The school is located in the residential diplomatic zone of Baridhara, Dhaka.

Baridhara is home to several embassies and high commissions including the American Embassy, Royal Thai Embassy, High Commission of Malaysia, Turkish Embassy, British High Commission, Embassy of Japan, Embassy of the People's Republic of China, South Korean Embassy, Canadian High Commission, High Commission of Nepal, and the High Commission of India.

Baridhara borders the shopping, dining and entertainment diplomatic zones of Gulshan and Banani.

School Year

The school year at AISD runs from mid August through mid June and consists of 180 days is divided into two semesters. We follow an American holiday calendar with additional host country holidays reflected in the school calendar. 

In Bangladesh the work week is Sunday through Thursday with Friday and Saturday being the weekend. AISD aligns with the Bangladeshi work week so classes are held Sunday through Thursday.

Extra-curricular Activities

AISD offers a host of activities that place outside the normal school day for our ES, MS and HS students. These activities include drama, music, art, dance, cooking, computers, special interest groups, social events and sports.

Our MS and HS students participate in our annual Discovery Week trips. Discovery Week is a week-long program designed to complement the traditional classroom instruction that students receive at AISD by providing a set of authentic, alternative educational experiences. Students are expected to complete the educational component of the trip, much like they would if they were in the traditional classroom. Students are encouraged to embrace the components of the IB Learner Profle, in that they strive to be: inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. Ultimately, this program will enhance and improve the students’ own lives, as well as the lives of those around them.

Each Discovery Week experience is designed to:

  • Offer direct exposure to explore the region of Asia, and to instill an understanding and appreciation for different cultures, geography, and people.
  • Enhance interpersonal and intrapersonal growth
  • Provide opportunities of service learning to enable students to develop a sense of personal responsibility and empathy that will help them to become international citizens and independent learners.
  • Give students opportunities to become more self-aware and confident in their abilities.
  • Provide students opportunities to develop new interests and ambitions.
  • To allow students to build ties to the classroom and outside world with diverse educational experiences through research, reading and writing.
  • In past years, classes have traveled within Bangladesh and outside to Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, China and India.