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.
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).
- 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)