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Michelle Kleiss, Ed.D
Head of School

Welcome to the American International School in Cyprus. AISC offers students an enriching K-12 educational program in the heart of the Cypriot capital, Nicosia.

With an emphasis on international reach and local excellence, for more than 25 years AISC has provided students with an exceptional university preparatory program in a healthy environment promoting a love for learning, self-esteem, appreciation for differences, service learning experiences, while ensuring high academic standards.

Our educational programs are cognitively demanding and develop the whole child by nurturing sense of worth, leadership, academic excellence and independence. Our middle and high school students give back to the community through school organized service learning activities and participate in athletic competitions, clubs and character-building life experiences, locally and abroad. An AISC education is academically rich and challenging – preparing students for their university of choice. We offer diverse learning experiences and opportunities for personal achievements.

We look forward to supporting you and your child as we build on past successes and work toward an even brighter future.


A native of Toronto, Canada, Dr. Michelle Kleiss came to AISC in 2009. Michelle has been with Esol Education for 15 years. She completed her B.A. Ed at The American University in Washington D.C., her Master’s in School Administration and K-12 Supervision from Bowie State – University of Maryland Colleges and Schools, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University, P.A., USA. Before coming to AISC in Cyprus, she had 16 years of international teaching and school leadership experience in The Dominican Republic, Brazil, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. She has conducted numerous workshops at regional conferences such as ECIS and ASSAA and has been a team member and Chair of several accreditation teams for Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and Council of International Schools (CIS). She was the recipient of the AAIE Ernie Mannino Scholarship Award for her contribution to international education awarded by the Association for the Advancement of International Education in year 2000.