The Khartoum American School (KAS) is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from nursery (2 year olds) through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1957. The school year comprises 4 quarters of approximately 9 weeks each and extends from mid-August to the end of May.
Organization: The School is governed by a 9-member school board, 8 of whom are elected for two-year terms by the Khartoum American School Parents' Association and 1 who is appointed. Membership in the association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the school.
Curriculum: KAS provides a student-centered environment. The curriculum seeks to be inquiry-based and international in scope. The language of instruction is English and resources are from the United States. The school’s core curriculum includes language arts (English), math, science, social studies, and foreign language (French or Arabic). The core curriculum is supplemented by music, art and computer studies offered by specialist teachers. The high school curriculum includes a number of electives as well as Advanced Placement (AP) courses in calculus, physics, chemistry, biology, English literature, studio art, world history, economics, and psychology. American students have little or no difficulty moving from or to schools in the United States. The school-testing program utilizes standardized achievement tests administered to all students in grades 3-9 as well as the PSAT and SAT. The School is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (USA) and the Council of International Schools (UK).
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 40 (including the superintendent) full-time and 1 part-time faculty members and 14 teaching assistants.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 218.
Facilities: The School is housed in a 11-building campus built to U.S. standards. It has 31 classrooms, a science laboratory, a newly renovated library, art room, music room, and 2 state-of-the-art computer labs with 25 iMac computers and high-speed internet. All classrooms are air-conditioned. A large football/soccer field is situated on the school grounds along with basketball and volleyball courts. There is also a large covered area used for physical education and other school activities. In the past 2 years, the school has made extensive efforts in greening the campus resulting in spacious lawns for students and families to enjoy. Furthermore, the school continues to work on its “Campaign for a Greener Khartoum” since 2007. As part of the school’s community outreach, over 2,000 Moringa, Neem and Cassia trees have been successfully planted in various areas in Khartoum.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 98% of the School’s income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: nursery-PK: $7,550; kdg.-grade 8: $16,900; and grades 9-12: $21,000. An annual capital fee of $600 is required of all students in grades nursery-PK, $1,650 in Kdg.-grade 8; and $2,000 for grades 9-12. There is a $200 application fee for nursery-grade 4 and $250 for grades 5-12. For students requiring English-as-a-Second-Language, a fee of $1,200 per semester applies. All fees are payable in U.S. dollars.