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Founded in 1952, our school has quite an extensive history as was chronicled so nicely by local writer for Destination Jeddah magazine Bassma Al Toaimi: ñAISJ has come a long way since it was founded in 1952. It all started in 1945, when King Abdul Aziz received a DC-3 aircraft as a gift from US President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This gift led to the development of a civil aviation, the beginning of Saudi Arabian Airlines, and a signed contract with Trans World Airlines (TWA) to manage the airline. The signing of the contract brought with it job opportunities and led to the arrival of many expatriates entering the city (of Jeddah). The lack of a formal American curriculum school in Jeddah was an issue TWA employees faced because they needed schools for their children. Parents then formed the Parents Cooperative School (PCS, founded in 1952), in which they volunteered to teach students using a home school curriculum. When the expatriate community kept expanding with time, the school began to notice a rapid growth, and therefore built a new facility in 1968, and again in 1975. In 1976, the North Campus (NCS) was built (by the Raytheon compound) in order to accommodate the rising number of students, by 1985 the school changed their name to Saudi Arabian International School, and by the year 2000-2001 it had its first 12th grade graduation, and became the first international school in Jeddah that had a diploma program. The school changed its name to the American International School of Jeddah (AISJ) in 2004, after Saudia officially announced that they would no longer continue their sponsorship of the school due to their need to focus solely on the airline business. AISJ started in 1952 with just 40 students in a house, and now has over 1,200 students.î Al Toaimi, Bassma. ñ60 Years and Counting.“ Destination Jeddah Mag., 03 Dec. 2012. Our school is what it is today because of our belief in and commitment to building and maintaining a caring partnership between the hard-working, ambitious and determined staff, parent board and alumni. We recently celebrated our 60th anniversary and continue to grow each year. Several new classrooms and a new multi-purpose building have been added in recent years to accommodate this growth. Our mission has always been to promote academic excellence, and inspire our students to develop themselves and become critical thinkers and future leaders. The relationship we build with our students extends beyond the years they are actively enrolled at the school. Alumni are extremely important assets to our school because they represent the past and future of AISJ. This year, 2014, we have formally launched an alumni program with the hiring of an Alumni and PR Coordinator, Lyra Hardy (an alumni from PCS/Saudia-SAIS) who will be overseeing the launching of the Alumni Association. One of the many projects for the Alumni Association is the AISJ Stories Project, in which students, staff, and alumni will be able to record and share personal stories and experiences they had with the school. Many benefits come along with this project, including getting back in touch with your circle of friends and teachers from school, and reliving your experiences. The association also plans to provide AISJ students with scholarships, financial support to the school, and highlight distinguished alumna/alumnus at an annual commencement and on an ñAlumni Wall of Fameî. It is our vision to ensure that students graduate from our school knowing that they have been well prepared to face life as they move to colleges and universities around the world and to create a platform from which they can support and inspire other AISJ students and alumni.
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