What is the availability of international schools? What has been your general experience with them, if any?
There's an American school where everyone goes. Some of the direct hire staff have family members teaching there. The facilities are excellent. Sometimes the Consulate arranges sports programs on school grounds. Everyone I know who has a kid there is OK with it. - May 2016
There's AISL, but I don't have kids so I couldn't say. - Nov 2015
The oil-industry-supported American International School is top rated, with excellent facilities and worldwide recruited teachers. I knew many people who were happy with the school. It is also a center of community events: softball games, swimming competitions, soccer, and other events. - Dec 2011
My kids attended grades 4, 6 at the American International School of Lagos (AISL) which has a good academic reputation, high standards, pretty good facilties for Africa. Good international mix and lots of extra-curricular activities. Some kids found the strict methods and standards difficult. One of our children had a good experience while the other was miserable. The former was lucky in friends/teacher matches but the latter was not so lucky. Since there are no parks or playgrounds outside of school and the one consulate-run rec center in Lagos, a large part of a child's positive adjustment depends on his/her getting on well at school. There isn't much for kids to do outside of school. AISL does not offer any special needs or gifted programs; uniform is required. Big downer: while school security is tight, the school is located in a area that had a lot of unrest while we were there (street riots, buring tires, gangs, gunshots).This was majorly stressful for parents and kids alike. - Sep 2008
Everyone sends their children to the American International School. One friend sent her daughter to the Children's International School and her daughter would just refuse to go, she hated it. - May 2008