In 1997, the AISR library was dedicated in honor of Mr. Robert Domey, to recognise the many years that he had been part of AISR’s development. Mr Domey started with the school in 1980 as a member of the school board, including five years as the Board Chair.
After 36 years of being an elementary school from grades PK-8, AISR took a big step and decided to extend the learning levels into the high school years. It was unsure as to whether the high school would be able to succeed as the student enrollment was very low. In fact, in the first year, there were a few months when the high school had just one student in the ninth grade. Yet, AISR continued to expand and accredit its grade levels one year at a time, and by the school’s 40th anniversary, for the first time in the school’s history, AISR had its first Grade 12 class.
Adding the high school was only the beginning for the school. To continue to attract students at the high school level and enhance the future of AISR, the IB Programme was needed. In 1999, AISR attained IB status, becoming a full member of the International Baccalaureate Organization and authorized to teach the full IB Diploma Programme from September 1, 1999.
In the year 2000, as we entered a new millenium, AISR celebrated its first class of graduates. This class was very symbolic as it signified just how far AISR had come over the 40 years since it first opened.
For over fifty years, AISR and the US Army had a close relationship and this mutually beneficial partnership thrived. In 2012, the military presence in the area declined significantly, with the US Army and US Coast Guard leaving the Rotterdam area. This resulted in an immediate, last minute and unexpected loss of over 40 American students at AISR.
The school began to look for private investors and also began to focus on becoming more internationally minded, catering for a much more culturally-diverse population. Finally, in order to expand opportunities and offer a broader service for families, AISR opened an on site child care centre, Funtazia International Child Care, in January 2014. Funtazia catered to babies and todlers from 0-4 years of age; meaning that the campus could then care for children from 0 right up to 19 years of age.