AFNORTH International School, Netherlands
The AFNORTH International School (AIS) was founded in 1967 and provides education for about 1,300 children of Allied Forces North Regional Headquarters (AFNORTH) and other NATO personnel serving adjacent areas. Four nationalities sponsor the school: Canada, the Federal Republic of Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. A Board made up of Senior Officials from the Defense Schools of each owing nation is responsible for setting school policy and approving the international budget.
This Board also appoints a Director from one of the four sponsoring nations. Each nation also appoints National Section Head (Principal, Headmaster/mistress, Lead Teacher).
The Director and the National Section Heads are responsible for the day-to-day administration of the school.
Coupled with a well-designed facility are programs that reflect the international nature of the school. The English-speaking sections of the school are integrated among both staff and students. American, British, Canadian, and International Students using English as a common language share classes and teachers. Teachers come from Canada, the UK, and the US. The German Section offers both primary and secondary education (Haupschule, Realschule, Gymnasium-Abitur). There is also a smaller group of International Students in the German Section, and their language of instruction is German. The different school sections are generally divided along Elementary, Middle, and High School lines.
AIS boasts some distinctive educational programs such as French Language Instruction beginning in the Elementary School. The Partner Language Program introduces German to students in lower grades and assists students with English who do not study in that language. The US/Canadian High School offers both the DoDDS and Ontario Diplomas and a variety of Advanced Placement classes. A wide range of simulation programs such as Model European Parliament, Model NATO and Model United Nations are available to secondary students. The extra-curricular program includes sports, student government, and clubs.