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Below you will find answers to questions we commonly receive.  If you have a questions not listed here we encourage you to contact us and we will do our best to provide an answer.

When should I start the application process?

As soon as you know the date of your arrival in Mauritania. Our school has limited space and is always at 85% capacity or higher. The earlier you begin the process the more likely we will be able to accept your child.

My family will be moving to Nouakchott mid-way through the academic year. Can we join AISN at that point, or do we have to wait for the start of the next semester?

We accept students at any time during the year, if we have space. Please inquire early and we can provide more information on the current situation.

Do you have a counselor who can help my child apply for university in the United States?

Yes, we do. Our college counselor provides guidance for college to our high school students.

Is education free for US citizens at AISN?

AISN is a nonprofit school that has a uniform and tuition-fee policy. All students are charged fees according to the policy.

Does your school have a cafeteria?

No, at this time we do not have a cafeteria. Students bring their lunch from home or order from a local restaurant associated with the school.

My child has been in a Chinese public school and speaks no English. Which class would you place him in?

Placement depends on the age of the student. We do not place students with limited English language skills in classes for children younger than they are. For example, if your child is 8 years old, he will go into the classroom with the other children who are 8 years old. Please note: the majority of instruction is in English.  AISN has an ESL program for students who require extra language support.  Space in the program is limited.  If the program is full, AISN reserves the right to not accept an applicant until either space opens up in the program or the applicant has improved his/her language skills.

My child is currently receiving learning support. Does AISN have a qualified person to assist students with learning disabilities?

At this time AISN has no staff members qualified to work with children with special needs. Unfortunately, we cannot accept students who need extra support from a high trained professional at this time.

My child will turn 5 on 10th September and only misses the cut-off date by a few days. Can they be enrolled in your Kindergarten class at the start of the school year?

Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis for students who are within 30 days of the cut-off date. The decision will be made by the School Director after review of the child’s educational history, testing scores, and an interview with the student.

What percentage of your graduates go on to study in the university level in the United States?

More than 50% enroll in universities in the United States.

I am not familiar with your class numbering system. What grade should my child apply for?

The following chart may the helpful to you:

  • Pre-K                        3 and 4 years old
  • Kindergarten          5 years old
  • 1st Grade                  6 years old
  • 2nd Grade                7 years old
  • 3rd Grade                 8 years old
  • 4th Grade                 9 years old
  • 5th Grade                10 years old
  • 6th Grade                11 years old
  • 7th Grade                12 years old
  • 8th Grade                13 years old
  • 9th Grade                14 years old
  • 10th Grade              15 years old
  • 11th Grade               16 years old
  • 12th Grade              17 years old

Please note: We do not normally accept anyone who cannot graduate before their 19th birthday.          

Which competitive sports would my son compete in at AISN at the high school level?

At this time, we do not offer a competitive sports program.  However, AISN is a member of the West African International Schools’ Athletic League (WAISAL) which allows students the opportunity to participate in yearly sporting events – such as swimming, soccer, and basketball – at various schools in West Africa.

My child will be 17 years old when we arrive in August and has gone to school in Malaysia. What class would they be registered in?

They would be a high school student, but the class level will depend on how many credits she will be able to transfer from her school in Malaysia.

I am bringing my family out to Nouakchott for a visit, prior to accepting a new posting. Can we come to the school for a tour when we have a break in our schedule?

Most certainly!

My family is transferring from Australia. My child will complete 2nd grade in January. Can they enter 3rd grade when we come to Nouakchott in March?

Yes, we would likely place your child in the 3rd grade, dependent on space. The School Director must review the student’s school records and interview with the student before any decisions are finalized. If the student is placed in the 3rd grade, they will likely resume the 3rd grade in August.

I am being posted to Nouakchott by the US State Department. Do I need to submit applications for my children in advance or can I just enroll them when we arrive in Nouakchott?

We are recognized and supported by the U.S. Department of State through its Office of Overseas Schools. We are very limited in space so everyone is urged to apply as soon as possible.

Is your school accredited by an American accrediting authority?

Yes, we are accredited by Middle States Association (MSA).