Program Details

AISU provides a 21st-century approach to learning. Instead of sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher lecture, students will find themselves immersed in workshops, personal projects, and design studio experimentation and creation.
Location:
Salt Lake City, United States
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Term:
Academic Year, Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

The American International School of Utah (AISU) features a personalized approach to learning, blending online tools with a variety of collaborative and project-based learning activities to best meet the needs of each individual student. The school's curriculum provides students with a range of options in fulfilling high school graduation requirements, including a wide range of Honors and Advanced Placement courses. AISU fuses academic rigor with innovation and exploration and offers students the chance to learn side-by-side with students from across the globe in a unique and personalized learning environment.

AISU provides a 21st-century approach to education. Instead of sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher lecture, students will find themselves immersed in workshops, personal projects, and design studio experimentation and creation. Teachers, tutors, and success coaches will serve as facilitators and will be available to provide one-on-one instruction. Students will utilize online and computer-facilitated instructional programs to individualize learning, moving through material at their own pace and demonstrating mastery before advancing. This just the first step in AISU’s learning model; once students have demonstrated competency, they will delve into more meaningful, hands-on learning experiences, preparing them for life in college and beyond. In addition, AISU supports a global learning environment. The school encourages students' efforts to acquire second language proficiencies (Arabic, Mandarin, English, Spanish) and to learn more about the cultures and peoples that speak those languages. For example, a Utah student may help a student from Beijing master English while she helps him master Mandarin. The arts will also feature prominently in AISU’s curriculum, providing students with opportunities to harness the emerging technologies and cultural eclecticism of the 21st century to become active agents in defining the future of creativity and artistry.

Each student have dedicated mentors and exceptional teachers who will help design the student’s own Personal Learning Program accordingly to their needs and interests. AISU offers a world-class faculty and staff. Most of AISU’s teachers and administrators have advanced degrees, many from Ivy-league schools. Our Chief Academic Officer, Nathan Justis, has a master’s degree from Harvard University. Our Emeritus Provost, Dr. Douglas C. Braithwaite, has a PhD from MIT and a MBA from Harvard. He was also director of admissions for the Harvard Business School. The performing arts director, Erica Glenn, received a master’s degree from Harvard University and has worked on Broadway. Several faculty members have professional engineering experience, and the Director of Project-Based Learning has served as the manager of STEM-related Middle School Programs at MIT. As these examples highlight, AISU students will have access to some of today’s brightest and most innovative minds.

Setting Description:
AISU is located on a 29 acre property in the center of Salt Lake City, Utah; and in a newly renovated complex on a new $25 million campus designed to fit the school’s 21st century learning model. AISU’s campus includes a vista of the towering Wasatch Mountains. International students have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful outdoors in Utah, including visits to nearby National Parks and landmarks.
Cost:
$24,000 - $32,000 per year

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
AISU offers scholarships and financial aid to select students according to annual household income, academic performance, English level, talent and other factors.

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