Mission and Philosophy

What was considered a good education 50 years ago, however, is no longer enough for success in college, career, and citizenship in the 21st century.

AIS provides today’s learners with the skills, personal qualities and international mindedness they will need for tomorrow’s world, wherever their journey takes them. Learners acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in a world where change is constant and learning never stops.

AIS aims to enable learners to understand and manage the complexities of our world and provide them with skills and attitudes for taking responsible action for the future in the belief that people who are equipped to make a more just and peaceful world need an education that crosses disciplinary, cultural, national and geographical boundaries.

Implementation of 21st century skills in a variety of learning environments and learning spaces is the core content of AIS Philosophy of Education.

All members of the American International School community strive to have the 21st century skills:

Learning and innovation skills:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Communications and collaboration
  • Creativity and innovation

Digital literacy skills:

  • Information literacy
  • Media literacy
  • Information and communication technologies (ICT) literacy

Career and life skills:

  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Initiative and self-direction
  • Social and cross-cultural interaction
  • Productivity and accountability


  • All learners need and deserve to equip with 21st century skills to thrive as tomorrow’s leaders, workers, and global citizens.
  • Learners should learn how to learn to become lifelong learners.
  • Learning takes place throughout life in many places and spaces. From birth through their careers, learners need a broad range of experiences that develop their skills, dispositions and abilities to succeed. A strong foundation for success is rooted in learning that happens in and out of school.
  • 21st century learning environments and opportunities are essential to prepare all students for the challenges of work, life, and citizenship in the 21st century and beyond, as well as ensure ongoing innovation in our economy and the health of our democracy.