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Antwerp International School
180 Veltwijcklaan, 2180, Ekeren, Belgium
Tel: (+32) 3 543 9300
Fax: (+32) 3 541 8201
540 students, 3 - 18 yrs
International curriculum, e.g. IBO, IGCSE
The The Antwerp International School was founded in 1967 for students
from English-speaking and international communities in the greater Antwerp
area. It is a non-profit association operated by a self-perpetuating Board
of Directors. The mission is to educate young people to be responsible,
caring, productive members of a democratic society in a global community,
and to prepare them for continued education. The school is committed to
excellence and maximizing the potential of all students who comprise of
over 40 different nationalities.
The approach to learning is student-centred. The curriculum is inspired
by educational principles that give value to the importance of understanding,
academic discipline, service, the arts and good health. The programmes
provide opportunities for students to work both independently and collaboratively
with the goal of helping them to learn to solve problems, meet challenges
and develop a respect for others perspectives.
The school is concerned with the student s social, physical, emotional
and intellectual development. The Elementary School provides a traditional
education to support the development of children as they move to become
confident and independent learners in the Middle and High Schools. In
the middle school, learning is through exploration, open-ended questions,
projects, group work, and peer presentations. The High School endeavours
to meet the needs of the university-bound student through well established
and successful International GCSE and International Baccalaureate programmes.
A minimum of 22 credits is required for graduation. Approximately 95%
of the graduates go on to universities in Europe, the United States or
The overall student teacher ratio is 8:1 and all teachers are fully qualified.
The average teacher has 11 years of experience and remains at AIS for
eight years. The school year comprises three trimesters for reporting
purposes. Classes meet the equivalent of five/six periods per week. Extra-curricular
activities include sports, yearbook, chess club, photography, arts, music,
drama, computer, performing arts, speech and debate and MUN. A wide range
of sports are offered including International School fixtures. There is
also an extensive field trip programme. The school is fully networked
with Information and Communications Technology throughout the School.
Six buildings house the school. There are 45 classrooms, four science
laboratories, a library, three specialist computer centres, ESL classrooms,
two gymnasiums, art and music studios, large multi-purpose area and theatre,
learning improvement centre, a kitchen and cafeteria, three playgrounds,
and approximately fourteen acres comprising the campus area. Admission
is based on fluency in English and supporting educational records and
references from the child's previous school.
AIS is accredited by CIS and NEASC.