The American International School of Bucharest is investing 6.5 million Euros in an Early Learning Center dedicated to preschool children between two and five years old, announced Robert Brindley, the Director of the institution. The capacity of the campus will be of 190 children and for the 2017-2018 school year, AISB estimates that 100 children aged 2-5 from 40 nationalities will inaugurate the building.
The new early education center is being built on an area of 3,800 square meters and will be equipped with facilities to match the needs of the youngest students of this educational establishment. The center will have 20 classrooms for educational activities (without taking into account the administrative spaces) and it will be ready in the spring of 2017. In addition to the classrooms, the center will have: interior gardens, a specialized library, common work spaces, a music and movement room, a medical office, gym, kitchen and canteen for the little ones, nature ateliers connected to each classroom, spaces for changing children as well as rest areas, a digital atelier, and outdoor play areas.
The American International School of Bucharest (AISB) began the 2016-2017 school year with 810 students, 242 of whom are in High School. The students come from 56 countries, the top 5 represented being Romania (32%), USA (13%), Israel (5%), Germany (4%), and Turkey (4%).
For the 2016-2017 academic year, AISB saw revenues of 16 million Euros, similar to the values of the year previous. Investments of minimum 500,000 Euros are made over the summer holiday annually, with last year’s investments amounting to 1 million Euros.
AISB is the oldest and largest International school in Bucharest, founded in 1962 by the American Embassy and currently situated on a 10 hectare campus built in 2001.
Robert Brindley, the school Director, was born in the UK and lived in Australia for a long time. He has experienced many more cultures and says that he came to Romania two and a half years ago, to make a change. He aimed to contribute to the development of a school, because, he confesses, he likes challenges, especially when he sees so much potential in this field. “Compared to the UK and Australia, living in Romania is much cheaper. That said, the quality of the products and services you find seem to be at the same level, or even higher, than those found in the aforementioned countries,” he shared. Robert Brindley has worked in education for 36 years and he doesn’t see himself working in any other field. He says that the interest of Romanians for private education is growing constantly, and parents become more and more selective with the services offered by these institutions. Proof? The fact that presently, AISB educates 100 children aged between 2 and 5 years old from 39 different countries. For the 2016-2017 school year, the tuition fees vary between 6,000 and 18,000 Euros per year.
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