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Become an AISA School Member

AISA welcomes applications from any elementary and/or secondary school in Africa that offers an international curriculum using English as the primary language of instruction.

Membership is awarded to schools that demonstrate a commitment to international mindedness and intercultural competence which we expect to be reflected in the school’s mission and vision.

Full Membership is awarded to schools who have achieved accreditation or authorization by an AISA recognized agency outside the host country, or, authorization for at least two IB programmes for schools that offer elementary and secondary education. Elementary schools offering the PYP will also be considered for membership.

Affiliate Membership is for schools undergoing accreditation, enabling them to access the benefits of membership which will support their accreditation journey.

Group Membership is available for schools that are defined by uniform branding, common governance, single incorporation (if applicable) and a centralized management office. Each school of the group will be assessed individually for membership eligibility of AISA, and categorised accordingly as either a Full or Affiliate member. All schools in the group must meet the Full Member criteria for the group to meet this categorisation.

School Membership Criteria

School Membership is available to elementary and/or secondary schools within Africa that demonstrate international-mindedness and intercultural competence as reflected by an appropriate aggregation of the following attributes:

  1. An explicit reference to the promotion of international-mindedness and intercultural competence in its mission (see definitions below).
  2. A school offering an international education (see definition below).
  3. Achievement of accreditation or authorization by an AISA recognized agency outside the host country, or Authorization for at least two IB programmes for schools that offer elementary and secondary education. Elementary schools offering the PYP would be considered for membership (See accreditation list below).

Find out more about AISA School Membership Benefits 

School Member Application Process

  1. Complete the preliminary online School Membership Inquiry Form. This will provide an indication of your eligibility for AISA membership.
  2. Should you meet the preliminary criteria assessment, you will be invited to complete a Full School Profile. 
  3. AISA will invoice you for the non-refundable US$150 application fee. Please note that your full application will not be processed until the fee has been paid.
  4. Applications will be processed on a monthly basis by the Membership Committee of the AISA Board.
  5. If successful, you are required to pay your Annual Membership Dues within 3 months to activate your membership. 
  6. Note that AISA does not offer partial or prorated annual subscriptions. Payment of the annual membership dues is for the entire membership year from July 1st – to June 30th.

Find out more about AISA School Membership Dues

AISA Recognised Accreditation Agencies

Currently, AISA recognises Accreditation/Authorization from the following agencies:

Cognia (formally AdvancED) 
Council of International Schools (CIS)
CfBT Education Trust
Authorised International Baccalaureate World School (IB - at least two IB programmes required)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) 
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) 
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Council of British International Schools (COBIS) (Accredited Member Only) 
Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) (Accreditation provided by the Independent Quality and Assurance Agency (IQAA). Accreditation must include the optional 'Governance and Management' section to be eligible for Full Member status with AISA)


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