Thank you for your interest in Alliance Academy International (AAI).  Following is a brief summary of who we are and answers to some questions you might have.  Please feel free to contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment with the Director of Admissions so we can more fully explain all that AAI has to offer.

The Alliance Academy was founded in 1929 to provide a quality, U.S.-style education for the children of missionaries living in Ecuador.  Since that time, the school has grown to its present size of around 600 students from Preschool through 12th grade.  The majority of our students come from Ecuador, the U.S., and Asia, as well as from all parts of the world and many different backgrounds.

The AAI is a Christian evangelical, US-style English Immersion School


The Alliance Academy International exists:

  • To develop followers of Jesus Christ who live with a focus on eternity.
  • To provide students with a U.S. style of education based on the highest standards of educational excellence.
  • To provide a caring community where students are taught to be critical in their thinking, multicultural in their understanding, and compassionate in their dealings with others.

The Alliance Academy International is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS/AdvancED) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

Faculty members are qualified teachers predominantly from North America.  Over fifty percent of the faculty has earned a Master's degree, and four percent have their Doctoral degree.  The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:3.5 (calculated as the total number of students divided by the total full-time equivalent of teachers).  Specialists are provided in the elementary school for art, computer, music, physical education, and Spanish.  A special education department is provided to assist students with learning differences and ESL (English as a Second Language).

Our graduates continue their formal education by attending colleges and universities in the U.S., Ecuador, Canada, Europe, and Asia.  Alliance Academy International is a testing center for various college entrance tests.  Our Advanced Placement program provides the opportunity for our graduates to enter colleges and universities with college credit.

The following requirements will be considered for admission to AAI:  the prospective students are competent in the English language depending on their grade level; grades from their previous school(s) are shown to be adequate; there is space available in the appropriate grade level; and the student does not need a special program that is not offered at AAI.

The admissions decision is made by a committee and it is final. Admissions tests scores will not be provided to the parents. If the student needs extra support such as EFL services or Accelerated English Program, there will be extra fees. If the student is accepted but there is no space available, he/she will be on the wait list, and we cannot guarantee a spot. Students from the wait list will be accepted if a spot opens up, at the committee’s discretion, considering the school’s priorities.

Home schooling credit will be granted only to students who have enrolled and have been accountable to an approved and accredited North American curriculum and course of study, such as A BEKA and the University of Nebraska.  A list of schools that are approved can be found in the offices of the Secondary Principal and the Academic Guidance Counselor.  Exceptions to this policy will be granted only by the Admissions Committee in consultation with the Secondary Principal and the Academic Guidance Counselor.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who are we?

We are an international, evangelical Christian school with a U.S.-based curriculum. Bible classes are taught daily at all grade levels, and chapel services are held weekly. Spiritual Emphasis chapels are held for a week each semester.

2. In what language are the classes taught?

All classes are taught in English (except for Spanish language classes). Students whose first language is not English must take an English test and be at an acceptable level to be admitted to our school. AAI has an extensive EFL program designed to provide the additional support needed by students who are not first-language English speakers, at an additional cost in Secondary.

3. What are the school hours and tuition for students?

Preschool (4 years old) through 12th__________ 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Preschool__________ $7.170 annual (payable in cash or credit card)
Kinder-12 grade__________ $8.700 annual (payable in cash or credit card)
Registration fee__________ $543 annual
Lunch optional 1º - 12º grade__________ $ 3.65
Lunch optional preschool & kinder__________ $ 2.70
Transportation inside of Quito__________ $ 79.00, or one way $47.30
Transportation outside of Quito__________ $ 121.00, or one way $66.20

4. What age does my child have to be?

Children must be three years old by September 1st to enter preschool 3; four years old by September 1st to enter preschool 4; five years old by September 1st to enter Kindergarten; six years old by September 1st to enter first grade; and so on.

5. How do I enroll my child?

The registration process is as follows:
1.- Complete and submit our online application form, visiting our website, in the section “apply today”
2.- Submit the following required documents in the Admissions Office (previous appointment), for questions email Veronica Aguirre at
- two recent photos (passport size)
- clear copy of passport (and visa) or cédula of student (color)
- clear copy of passport (and visa) or cédula of both parents (color)
- clear color copy of vaccination records with the date of each vaccine (color)
- A map of the house with the full address and home phone numbers
- All transcripts from Kindergarten through the current school year, if in a foreign language, must be apostilled, translated to Spanish and legalized in the Ministry of Education.
- Certificate that all prior tuition payments at former schools have been paid
- If you have been in an Ecuadorian school and have accumulated student participation time, bring a certificate legalized by the Ministry of Education of Ecuador
- Early Childhood students: summary of Preschool experience and/or report card

3.- schedule a time with the Admissions Coordinator to complete 4 essay questions (grades 7-12)
4.- arrange an interview with the division Principal (parents, student, and principal) through the admissions office
5.- take a Math and English test (schedule a time in the admissions office)
6.- Admissions Committee will then meet to discuss the applicant, and parents will be informed of their decision, either by a phone call or email; the committee’s decision is final. No test results will be provided to parents.
7.- Confirmation of attendance is required to guarantee a place.
8.- Applications to the Dorm must be done at the same time that the school application. Contact Lois Wells at or Wendy Morales at