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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

MISSION STATEMENT

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 3 Registration Fee $ 484.08
· Preschool 3 Annual Tuition $ 5,850.00
· Preschool 4 Registration Fee $ 484.08
· Preschool 4 Annual Tuition $ 7,745.20
· Kinder-12 grade Registration Fee $ 587.20
· Kinder-12 grade Annual Tuition $ 9,395.20

· 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
* Prices subject to change according to the school year and approval of ministerial costs

4. What age does my child have to be?

To ensure the best experience for the students, we highly recommend for children to 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 do I enroll my child?

The registration process is as follows:

a. Pay the application fee, $100 (non-refundable). If the student is accepted to AAI, $50 of this fee will be credited to the registration fee.

b. You may pay the application fee in-person at our Financial Office on-campus, or via bank transfer. It is extremely important that once a bank transfer is made, you send an email to the Admissions Office and attach a copy of the transfer receipt or proof of payment.

c. Once you have made the application fee payment, please, contact the Admissions Office to schedule an appointment. For your in-person appointment you must bring all required documentation (listed below), and proof of your application fee payment. During your appointment, the Admissions Office will review that all documentation is complete and will fill out an application form with you.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

· Application fee payment receipt or proof of payment

· Two recent passport-size photos

· A clear color copy of the student’s passport (and visa) or cédula

· A clear color copy of passport (and visa) or cédula of both parents

· A clear color copy of vaccination records with the date of each vaccine

· A printed screenshot of the Google map of the house where you reside with the full address and home phone numbers

· All transcripts from Kindergarten through the current school year. If these transcripts are in a foreign language, they 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

d. Once we check that all documentation is complete, we will schedule a date and time for an evaluation and interview.

e. Students from grades 7–12 should complete 4 essay questions, and take a Math and English test.

f. The interview will take place with the division Principal or Vice-principal (parents, student, and principal or vice-principal).

g. The Admissions Committee will then meet to evaluate the student’s application package. Following this, parents will be informed of the committee’s final decision, either by a phone call or email. This decision is final. No test results will be provided to parents.

h. If the student is accepted into the school, all instructions given by the Admissions Office must be followed.

i. Following acceptance into the school, parents must pay a pre-registration fee within a week in order to reserve and guarantee their spot in the school. If the fee is not paid within this timeframe, the spot will be assigned to the next applicant.

Applications to the Dorm (student housing offered exclusively to enrolled AAI students) must be submitted at the same time as the school application. To do so, please, contact Ron Sutton at rsutton@alliance.k12.ec

6. What is the Admissions Office contact information??

If you have any further questions, please, contact the Admissions Office via email at admissions@alliance.k12.ec or via phone call from Ecuador: 393-3800 ext. 6216 or 02-393-3800-6985 ext. 6216. Outside of Ecuador: 011-593-2-393-3800 ext. 6216.
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