Jerusalem American International School

Goldstein Youth Village
P.O. Box 117
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+972 26 799 611
The Jerusalem American International School (JAIS), a branch of the Walworth Barbour American International School in Israel, Inc., is an independent, coeducational day school that offers a secular educational program from preschool through high school for students of all nationalities. The Jerusalem Branch of WBAIS was founded in 2001. The school year comprises 4 quarters, extending from August through October, November through January, January through March, and March through June.


JAIS is governed by a 7-member School Board which has been delegated policy-making responsibility by the non-profit corporation, which is operated in the State of Delaware. Additionally, JAIS has a 9-member Advisory Board that reports to the School Board.


The Jerusalem American International School is a private, secular, coeducational school for international and local students,offering a program in a student-centered environment from preschool through high school, culminating with an accredited American high school diploma. Students are encouraged to achieve academic potential, think creatively, show initiative, assume responsibility, and contribute actively to society. The curriculum is similar to U.S. general academic, college-preparatory public and private schools. The School’s testing program includes the computerized Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test. Instruction is in English. Special education support is provided for students with mild to moderate learning disabilities. There is no religious instruction.

The preschool program is for students aged 3 to 5. Preschool focuses on language development, social skills, and beginning math concepts as well as developing responsibility and self-sufficiency. Advanced preschool students learn to read and write. There is an extended preschool program, allowing for working parents to place their children in JAIS.

The elementary and middle school programs offer reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and computer studies. JAIS officially opened its High School in August of 2012 and received full accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in December of 2012.

Students have the benefit of small classes, individual instruction, and close relationships with instructors. The first seniors graduated from JAIS in June of 2013. All seniors were accepted into US universities. Spanish and French are taught beginning in preschool. Art, music, and drama have an important place in JAIS with performances throughout the year. Physical education, including weekly swimming lessons, is an integral part of a total educational experience at JAIS. Students participate in field trips and after-school activity programs. Middle and high school students are also active in Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Student Government and Yearbook. Students celebrate holidays while learning about the host country, the United States, and the many other cultures represented at the School. JAIS is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.


In 2012-2013 school year, there are 18 full-time credentialed faculty members and 11 part-time credentialed faculty members. 


At the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, enrollment was 140 (PS: 25; K: 18; grades 1-5: 70; grades6-8: 13; and grades 9-12: 14).



Located on a large, beautifully landscaped campus, JAIS is a tranquil setting where students and teachers can concentrate on education. JAIS is constantly expanding its facilities. Its current space includes 19 well-equipped classrooms with Smart Boards, library, computer lab, science laboratories, art room, music room, gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, theater, preschool and elementary playground, and athletic facilities. 


In the 2012-2013 school year, about 96% of the School’s income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are in shekels. The shekel amount and approximate dollar equivalent are as follows:
  • PS: 36,000 NIS ($9,000)
  • K-grade 5: 49,500 NIS ($12,375)
  • grades 6-8: 57,000 NIS ($14,250)
  • grades 9-12: 62,000 NIS ($15,500)
Students in grades K-HS pay a yearly capital fund expense of 9,000 NIS ($2,250). A one-time registration fee of 10,000 NIS ($2,500) per child is assessed in K-HS; the fee is 2,500 NIS ($625) for PS. 
Transportation fees are 11,000 NIS ($2,750) per year. Special Education and English Language Learner fees 16,000 NIS ($4,000) per year. 
These fees are payable by check in Israeli shekels or U.S. dollars converted to NIS at the exchange rate on the date of payment.

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