The American School of Yaounde is an independent, non-profit, boarding and day co-educational educational institution offering a college preparatory program from nursery through grade 12 for English-speaking students. The school offers a full time boarding program for those needing a residential option. Admission to the American School of Yaounde is open on a non-discriminatory basis to all students, regardless of race, creed, color, gender, religion, national origin, ethnic background, or philosophy. The mission of the American School of Yaounde is to ensure that all students achieve high academic success, demonstrate critical thinking skills, and become responsible and compassionate global citizens prepared for their next stage of life; gained through an enriched American curriculum and offered in a challenging, secure, and diverse environment.
Organization: The school is accredited by both the Council of International Schools (CIS) in Europe and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). ASOY is an active member of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) and the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE). The school is governed by an 8 member School Board elected by the Parent Association.
Curriculum: The educational program at ASOY consists of an enriched American curriculum that reflects the international character of students within the environment of Cameroon. All students are enrolled in English, science, mathematics, social studies, French, art, music, physical education, health, and IT. Instruction is in English, Spanish is now offered in the high school, and French is taught at all grade levels. Thirteen Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in the high school. English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) support is available for students in grades 1 through 12 and a Learning Support Program is offered for students with mild learning and/or other difficulties.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 20 full-time and 5 part-time faculty members. All staff members are fully certified and registered with their respective country’s educational department, with the majority trained and certified in the U.S. The school also employs a fulltime librarian, nurse, and school counselor.
Enrollment: At the start of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 160.
Facilities: The campus is located on a three and a half acre site near the center of Yaounde and consists of 20 classrooms, 2 computer labs, science lab, 16,000-volume multi-media library, Learning Support Center, college resource center, and the Parrot’s Canteen. Sports facilities include 4 tennis courts and a covered basketball court, swimming pool, kiddie pool, and a new artificial turf soccer field, and playground for younger students. The school consists of four sections: the Early Childhood Program (PreK3-kindergarten), Elementary School (grades 1-5), Middle School (grades 6-8), and High School (grades 9-12). The school also maintains a recreation center serving ASOY families and other community members.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 95% of the School’s income derives from tuition. The annual tuition rates are as follows: PK3: $5,060; PK4: $6,530; kdg.: $11,650; grades 1-5: $14,710; grades 6-8: $15,570; grades 9-10: $16,170;.and grades 11-12: $16,500. ESL supplement: $1,500, a capital levy fee for all new students is: $3,000. Transportation by school bus (optional) is $1,500. There is a one-time registration fee of $500, per child. Annual lunch fees (optional) are: PK 3/4: CFA 300,000; kdg.-grade 5: CFA 400,000; grades 6-12: CFA 500,000. Boarding facilities for children in grades 6-12: $12,000. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars, with some in CFA).