School Membership

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 are committed to international-mindedness and intercultural competence which we expect to be reflected in the school’s mission and vision.

Full Membership is only awarded to schools who have achieved accreditation or authorisation by an AISA recognised agency outside the host country, or, authorisation for an IB programme.

Affiliate Membership is for schools undergoing accreditation, enabling them to access the benefits of membership which will support their accreditation journey. This is a temporary membership with schools needing to achieve accreditation within 5 years of joining.

Group Membership is available for schools that are defined by uniform branding, common governance, single incorporation (if applicable) and a centralised management office. Each school of the group will be assessed individually for AISA membership eligibility 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.


AISA is of Africa and for Africa. Based in Africa, AISA has been supporting international schools on the continent for over 50 years. We have an in-depth understanding of the unique realities, challenges and needs of international schools in Africa.

AISA is dynamic. We are constantly learning and adapting to the changing needs of our members and the continent.

We offer our members world-class professional learning opportunities and advisory services based on our ongoing research into the needs of our member schools.

We give our members access to world-leading experts, advisors, trainers and facilitators specialising in school governance and leadership, child protection and wellbeing, inclusive education, innovation and technology and more.

AISA supports its member schools and the professionals working within these schools to constantly improve and enhance their students learning experience and outcomes.

As a community of international schools, AISA facilitates ongoing networking, knowledge exchange and communication between its members as well as the establishment of community events (cultural and sport).

In other words, as an AISA member, your team is kept up to date with the latest trends to meet unprecedented, 2020-plus educational needs. As an AISA member, you are connected to leaders and educators shaping international education throughout the continent.

Word-class professional learning

AISA’s annual learning programme provides your educators with access to subsidised member-only professional learning that not just impacts student learning but improves staff morale and retention.

Find out more about AISA’s Learning Events here.

Deals and discounts

AISA member schools benefit from partnerships we have established with organisations such as and many associate members to access resources and school enrichment programmes.

Resources, programmes and research

AISA resources, school support programmes, research and staff will give your school the tools and guidance you need to help your school reach its goals.

Browse AISA’s online Resource Library.

Scholarship opportunities

AISA educator scholarships and student awards recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals within the AISA community.

Find out more here.

Margaret Sanders International Scholarships

Each year, in partnership with the Margaret Sanders Foundation, AISA is pleased to offer the opportunity for schools from within the AISA network to nominate outstanding students for Margaret Sanders International Scholarship and Margaret Sanders AISA Scholarship for Girls.

Find out more here.


As an AISA member, your team will network, collaborate and engage with international educators within the AISA community, keeping you up to date with current trends and innovative practice in international education.

AISA members also have access to the AISA Discussion Forums.


When your school becomes an AISA member, it is recognised as being affiliated with Africa’s top-tier international schools. Your school is showcased on AISA’s online member directory. In addition, your educators can be recognised for their learning via AISA’s partnership with SUNY University and AISA’s micro-credentials.

Apply to Become a Member


School Membership is available to elementary and/or secondary schools in Africa which demonstrate international-mindedness and intercultural competence as reflected by the following attributes:

  • An explicit reference to the promotion of international-mindedness and intercultural competence in its mission.
  • A school that offers an international education.
  • Have achieved accreditation by an AISA recognised agency outside the host country; or authorisation for an IB programme for schools that offer elementary, middle and/or secondary education.


Membership fees enable AISA to offer a learning programme and services that meet the needs of member schools. The fees allow AISA to keep conference and institute costs to a minimum, enabling staff from all member schools, no matter their size, to access world-class professional learning opportunities.

AISA calculates the membership fees on an annual basis (July 1 to June 30) and these fees cannot be pro-rated. Below are the current school membership fees set by the AISA Board of Directors.

The 2022/23 annual school membership fees are determined according to the school enrollment and approved by the AISA Board of Directors.

Full Member Schools & Group of Schools

  • Category AA (less than 50 students): US$590
  • Category A (51-100 students): US$1,235
  • Category B (101-200 students): US$2,450
  • Category C (201-400 students): US$3,950
  • Category D (401-600 students): US$5,200
  • Category E (over 600 students): US$6,610
  • Category F (Group of schools: up to 5 schools): US$9,975

Affiliate Member Schools & Group of Schools

  • Category AA (less than 50 students): US$370
  • Category A (51-100 students): US$745
  • Category B (101-200 students): US$1,470
  • Category C (201-400 students): US$2,375
  • Category D (401-600 students): US$3,120
  • Category E (over 600 students): US$3,965
  • Category F (Group of schools: up to 5 schools): US$5,985
Apply to Become a Member


  • Should you meet the preliminary criteria assessment, you will be invited to complete a Full School Profile.
  • 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.
  • Applications will be processed on a monthly basis by the Membership Committee of the AISA Board.
  • If successful, you are required to pay your Annual Membership Dues within 3 months to activate your membership.
  • Note that AISA does not offer partial annual subscriptions. Payment of the annual membership dues is for the entire membership year from 1 July to 30 June.

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