The Anglo-American School of Sofia is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from PK through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1967. The school year begins in the third week of August and ends in mid-June. The 2011-2012 school year is from August 24 to June 21. AAS is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).
Organization: The School is governed by a 9-member Board. The ninth member is the president of the Parent Teacher Organization. The Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the School Board are appointed.
Curriculum: The curriculum is a compilation of that of U.S. and British general academic schools, as well as best international schools’ practices. Instruction is in English. English-as-a-Second-Language is also offered, as are special education, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, physical education, art, music, theatre, computer science, and library. The School offers an extensive co-curricular program and is a member of the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) through which we participate in regional athletic and activity events.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 57 full-time faculty members. In addition to the teaching staff each elementary school classromm also has a classroom teaching assistant.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 381 (PK-grade 12).
Facilities: The School has its own campus, which is situated on 70,000 sq.meters of land, located in the most scenic area outside the Sofia city center, with fabulous views of the mountains. The school is LEED (Leading in Energy and Environmental Design certified. Facilities include 18 full-size classrooms, 37 specialist/small group rooms: ESL, Bulgarian cultural studies, Spanish, French, chemistry & biology rooms, a physical education gym, 2 music rooms, 2 large computer laboratories, a library, a fitness hall and dance room, 2 art rooms, a black box theatre, a cafeteria/auditorium, faculty rooms, administrative offices and a school nurse’s office. Outside facilities include a standard size grass soccer field, a lower school grass soccer field, 2 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts, a wide range of lower school playground facilities, an artificial lake, and an internal car-parking area. At this time the school is engaged in a construction project which will double the current instructional space. The additional facilities being constructed will officially open for the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, the School's income derives almost exclusively from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: €5,350; Kdg.-grade 5: €15,805; and grades 6-8: €16,715 and grade 9-12: €17,580. The School also charges a registration fee of €780 (€395 for preschool) payable on first enrollment, an entrance capital fee of €1,220, a capital fee of €2,445 (€605 for preschool), and an optional busing fee of €1,335. These fees are payable in Euros. (All fees are quoted in Euros.)