TBY talks to David Botbyl, Superintendent, American International School (AIS) on the sector.

David Botbyl

What have been your strategic priorities as Superintendent of AIS?

Our School Improvement Plan comes out of the accreditation work we are doing with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, paired with the International Baccalaureate organization. One of our key focal points next year is in career services to look at what we offer students in terms of developing career mindedness. We will also focus on energizing our staff in solid professional development for second-language English development. Overall, we have four objectives; two are academic, performance-based objectives in literacy and mathematics, and the other two are in organizational capacity objectives, namely planning and student services.

What are your expectations for the year ahead for both AIS and the Kuwait educational sector overall?

There has been a huge jump in international schools in the world and in the GCC in particular, from 3,000 international schools globally to 9,000 today. There is a finite number of teachers whom schools all compete to attract and it comes down to the best benefits and salaries. Other than that, we are excited with what we have done and continue to do with our academic program. We are among the top-two rated schools in Kuwait among 55 private schools.