American International School of South Africa
American International School of Johannesburg is a pre-K to 12 American international school system with two campuses in South Africa, in Johannesburg and Pretoria. It was founded in 1982. The Pretoria campus, which serves pre-K to 8, opened in August 2002.
At a July 4th picnic celebrating American Independence Day in 1982, a group of interested Americans set up a table with poster advertising the opening of a new “American” school in Johannesburg. A few short months later, AISJ opened its doors to its first students on September 6th. Founder Ed Norman, together with American Embassy personnel and multinational businesses in South Africa saw the need for an American-style curriculum and international education for expatriates living in Johannesburg.
Accredited by the State of Tennessee (USA), the school’s first home was a residence in the northern suburb of Rivonia and the school opened its doors to 72 students. By 1984 the school was bursting at the seams and the search for a larger facility was initiated. Two hundred and sixty acres were acquired from the Oppenheimer family.
The only building on the campus was a crescent shaped stable for horses. The building was soon converted into 18 classrooms, and the school campus moved to its present location in 1985…