Lagos - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the availability of international schools? What has been your general experience with them, if any?

The American International School is popular. - Mar 2024

AISL is excellent and we have been very happy with them, at elementary, middle and high school levels. They pay their teachers well so there is a lot of stability and quality, the leadership is strong, the community of kids is nice. Might be a little small for some older more outgoing kids, but there are many clubs, sports and activities and the kids mix up socially among the grades. - Aug 2020

The American International School is well regarded, particularly for elementary and middle school. Most parents are happy with it. There has been some concern expressed over the lack of challenging coursework or attention for gifted students. If your child is gifted, you will likely have to provide supplemental learning on your own. - Jul 2020

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

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