In 1999, the US State Department, in conjunction with the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, approached the Walworth Barber American International School in Israel and requested they open a branch in Jerusalem. They wanted a secular, American school to serve the US and Foreign diplomatic missions in Israel.
In August of 2001, JAIS opened its doors with eight students. Four students were in preschool and four were in kindergarten. After 14 years, JAIS has become home to 100 students in preschool through high school. Multiple additional buildings have been rented and renovated on campus in order to accommodate the growth. Currently JAIS is planning a building project in order to further improve the facilities. JAIS built a brand new library in the summer of 2016.
JAIS operates under the auspices of the Walworth Barbour American International School (WBAIS), is included in their accreditation process, and must adhere to their policies. JAIS has an elected advisory board of five parents, one of which serves as an ex-officio member of the WBAIS school board.
JAIS is a branch of the WBAIS School in Even Yehuda, which is a non-profit, tax-exempt American corporation. Ultimate control of JAIS rests with WBAIS. The Corporation and the parents of children enrolled in AIS elect a School Board, which sets school policy and oversees school operations through the superintendent.
The faculty represents the international and Israeli nature of the school. Because of the large pool of English-speaking teachers living in Israel, we are able to maintain a high standard of locally hired teachers. The remaining faculty comes to JAIS from other American schools around the world or from public and private schools in the U.S..