From the Director
Welcome to the AISJ website! My name is Andy Page-Smith, and I have been the School Director here at the American International School of Johannesburg since 2010. I have been an administrator in international schools for the past 23 years with previous overseas leadership roles in Kuwait, Vietnam, Qatar and Hong Kong. My wife, Merris, has worked in AISJ’s Teaching and Learning Center as a Curriculum Coordinator and our daughter, Sidhonie, is a proud 2017 AISJ graduate.
I was very fortunate to inherit the leadership of a school founded in the best traditions of American education, but a school that is also truly international in its demographics and innovative in its practices. At our annual International Day celebration, nearly 110 nationalities are represented within our student body. The diversity of our teachers - who are recruited both internationally and locally – reflects the rich diversity of our families and our host country of South Africa. I am fortunate to lead a highly committed staff of local and international teachers, administrators, and support staff who make the school such a warm and welcoming environment for students, parents, and one another.
Student learning is our highest priority at AISJ and you will see this strong culture of continuous learning applied throughout the school. Low student/teacher ratios, personal care, and commitment, together with a high-quality,
balanced program designed to meet the needs of all its students are among the school’s trademarks. World-class facilities support our programs across the Four Pillars of Academics, the Arts, Athletics, and Service Learning, and our dedicated Teaching and Learning Center is the professional development hub for educators in Africa. The 2017-18 school year will be an exciting one as we dive into the second year of our innovative and aspirational Strategic Plan centered around three learning focused goals: Conceptual, Connected, and Personalized Learning. We will also continue to monitor and benchmark ourselves against our Leading School Indicators (LSIs) to ensure AISJ’s student learning, academic results, community, teachers and leaders, facilities, and finances continue to meet our community’s expectations of a leading international school. Together with the Board of Directors, I am committed to the school’s key initiatives and providing a world-class education in a warm, welcoming, and inclusive community.
Whether you are a prospective parent or an educator looking for a new challenge, I encourage you to explore our website. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to find out more.