The American International School in Cyprus encourages all students to participate in our after school activity program.  We believe that our activity program must be in harmony with and support the mission statement of the school.  Hence, our activity program assumes an educational role designed to aid in the total development of students at AISC.  We believe the activity program makes a significant and worthwhile contribution to the educational goals of the school by providing individual learning experiences appropriate to the students’ interests, needs and abilities.  In order to participate in an AISC after-school activity (athletic or fine arts) students must follow all AISC rules and guidelines.

Overview of AISC After-school acivities
Knowledge Bowl

Knowledge Bowl is a fast paced academic competition.  Teams of up to 3 students try to answer as many questions in a written round and successive oral rounds as possible.  Knowledge Bowl is a team oriented activity, with teams allowed to confer on each question for 15 seconds; there is no recognition given for individual achievement.  Knowledge Bowl questions cover several academic areas such as Math, History, Geography, literature, language, general knowledge and science.

Drama Club

Drama Club is an after-school activity that centers on the production of at least one full play each year. This activity is open to all students in the Middle School. There is an audition for the acting parts involved in the play, but there are other areas in which students may be involved. Students can be on stage crew, helping construct the set for the play.  Students may learn to use set lights and sound, while other artistically students may be able to help with posters, costumes and / or make-up.  This club allows students t work as an ensemble in putting together a show.

Dance Club

The Dance Club focuses on an array of dance styles like hip hop, salsa, bachata, merengue, ballroom and afro-rumba. All levels welcome! The group dances over the whole school year and performs at several events.

MS/HS Model United Nations Club

Model United Nations Club is offered at both Middle School and the High School.  The Middle School level has an opportunity to participate in CEESA and is hosted by a CEESA School.   Both groups will be given an opportunity to participate in MUN activities/conference.  The High School MUN will have an opportunity to participate in the conference on-island (MEDIMUN) and may also participate in an off-island conference.

National Honor Society (NHS)

The National Honor Society (NHS) is a High School student organization committed to the principles of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.  While there is a minimum grade point average required for membership, the organization is much more than an honor roll. NHS provides a forum for students who have exhibited excellence and leadership to collaborate and make a difference in their community.
Because one of the four pillars of NHS is service, AISC has established projects that reach out into our local and global communities. All students in the organization must have a service activity through the year.

Robotics Club

Students are inspired to participate in Science and Technology and to be creative. There are opportunities for the students to participate in a Lego challenge at the Middle School level and at the High School there is the First Tech Challenge which is usually held in Bucharest, Romania. If the interest in traveling and competing is not there, then students create their worn robots and practice.

Middle School Student Council

The student council is for grades 6-8 and includes representatives from each grade level. Student Council Officers are elected by the students at an election that is held in the beginning of the school year.  Students who are interested in an office runs a campaign and makes a speech at an assembly.
This group usually meets once a week and is part of the after-school activities program. The students are involved in organizing spirit activities for our school, dances and service projects for the school and community. Our MS Student Council is also involved with the Inter-Act Club and co-operate in service activities.

High School Student Council

The student council is for grades 9-12 and includes representatives from each grade level. Student Council Officers are elected by the students at an election that is held in the beginning of the school year.  Students who are interested in an office organize a campaign and make a speech at an assembly.
This group usually meets once a week and is part of the after-school activities program. The students are involved in organizing spirit activities for our school, dances, dress up days, assemblies and service projects for the school and community.

Yearbook Club

The students help and support the yearbook for the year. The students take pictures of all events, organize activity and students pages as well as the senior pages.  The students also learn different programs required to complete the yearbook in cooperation with their teacher sponsor.

Choir

The school choir meets once a week and rehearses for many school performances as well as community presentations through the year. The school choir is very active and requires a commitment for the entire school year. Students form all school levels can join the group.

Band

The school band meets once a week and practices for many school events and performances. Students involved in the after-school private music program must join the school band.  This event is a year commitment from the students.

MS/HS Arts and Crafts

The ‘Arts and Crafts’ club goal is to create, embellish and decorate things, to enhance and beautify. This is a club of self-expression and desire for harmony. The education of a child will be incomplete if opportunities are not presented for exploring and expressing his or her feelings; for experimenting and discovering through involvement with materials, media and techniques and for developing visual sensitivity. The ‘Art and Crafts’ club will seek to educate students’ imagination, helping them to express their personal vision and to capitalize on their capacity for dreaming and wonder. The ‘Art and Crafts’ skills developed may later become the basis for productive recreation………. come on join the fun!

Private Music Program

The teaching program is divided into two semesters, with new pupils welcome at any time during the school year.  There are 14 thirty-minute or 60 –minute  lessons per semester, and the tuition fees  also include ensemble coaching, master classes given by visiting professionals and many other music-related activities.  Advanced students may opt for hour-long lessons at the discretion of their teachers and this is charged accordingly. Students that enroll in the private music program are expected to participate in the school music ensembles as this is an integral part of their musical training and the most fun way to express their musical talents!

The Duke of Edinburgh Award

(International Award Program)

The DOE program is a real adventure from beginning to end. It allows young people to challenge themselves in a variety of skills. It is not easily achieved, yet at the same time any young person aged between14-25 can gain an Award at Bronze, Silver or Gold Level. This award is about individual challenge. Every individual is different; so too are their challenges.  With guidance, students are encouraged to examine themselves, interests, abilities, goals and then set themselves challenges in four different sections of the Award.  There are no shortcuts to a real sense of achievement, it has to be earned.

Each individual student needs to fulfill a service activity, an adventurous journey, learn skills of interest, do physical recreation and at the Gold Level do a Residential Project.

Mr. Dale Esau is the person responsible for this program and he has set DOE programs in many of the private schools in Cyprus. There is a fee to participate in this program.  AISC supports the program, but is not responsible for the fees.