American International School of Guangzhou

History of AISG

AISG students field trip to Coca-Cola Factory, 1983AISG students field trip to Coca-Cola Factory, 1983In 1981, the American International School of Guangzhou (AISG) was founded under the auspices of the U.S. Consulate as The American School of Guangzhou (ASG). ASG opened with just 7 students and classes were taught in the Dong Fang Hotel. Soon ASG began to enroll students from other Consulates, and in 1985 the school moved to larger facilities in the Garden Hotel to accommodate the additional demand.

In 1987, ASG was accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) to provide instruction in kindergarten through grade eight, and by 1993, had grown to 73 students. In January of 1994, ASG moved into its first purpose-built space in the Greenery, a housing estate located in the Guangzhou’s Tienhe district. That same year, ASG enrollment grew to 102 students from 21 nations.

The high school (grades 9 through 12) was added and accredited during the 1996-97 school year, and 3 students formed the first graduating class in 1998. Also in 1998, AISG was reorganized legally as a non-profit corporation in the U.S.A. which contracted with the school entity registered in China for the provision of educational services. As part of this process, the school changed its name to the American International School of Guangzhou and gained official recognition by the People's Republic of China as a school serving expatriate children. AISG received authorization from the International Baccalaureate Office (IBO) to offer the Middle Years Program in 2001.

In August of 2002, AISG moved to a new purpose-built facility on Ersha Island, and in 2004 received permission from the IBO to offer the Primary Years Program. Grades K-12 were housed at the Ersha Campus until 2008, when the Middle School and High School divisions moved to a new purpose-built campus located in Science Park, a district in the eastern part of Guangzhou. AISG's Early Childhood Center, which teaches preschool students from age 3, was then added to the Ersha campus site.

Along with the growth of its programs and student body, AISG has expanded its relationships and affiliations with regional institutions and organizations. It is a member of ACAMIS, the Association of Chinese and Mongolian International Schools; EARCOS, the East Asian Regional Council of International Schools; and APAC, the Asia Pacific Activities Conference.

The outstanding staff of our parent-governed school, working in concert with our international community of students and parents, provides a challenging, dynamic environment for learning, characterized by high measurable standards, opportunities to grow and develop and a commitment to continuing reflection and improvement, fulfilling its mission of nurturing students to aspire and achieve.

The American International School of Guangzhou (AISG) has served the expat population in Guangzhou, China for more than 30 years. What began as a school for a few children from the United States Consulate has grown into a top-tier international school with nearly 1,000 students from more than 52 nations. Although AISG and education have changed significantly during our time in Guangzhou, the school’s commitment to providing the best education and experience for its students has remained steadfast. We are proud of our legacy as the first international school in South China, and are committed to remaining an educational pioneer.