France, Paris: American School of Paris

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Date: 12/22/2010 Location: Paris Description: American School Students - State Dept Image



The American School of Paris is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 13 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1946 and was the first of its kind in Europe. The school year, extending from late August to mid-June, comprises 2 semesters for the Upper School and a trimester system for grades PK-8.

Organization: The School is governed by a Board of Trustees who is elected for 3-year terms, who in turn appoint a headmaster as the chief executive officer of the School. The administrative group consists of an Assistant Head of Schools, a Business Manager, an Advancement Director, a Director of Admissions, an Athletic Director, and 3 directors for the Lower School (PK-grade 5), Middle School (grades 6-8) and Upper School (grades 9-13), a Director of Facilities and Grounds, an Administrative Director, and a Director of Technology. The School is recognized as a non-profit institution under French law and is incorporated under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. college-preparatory schools and also prepares students for the International Baccalaureate (IB). The School emphasizes the learning of French and makes extensive use of Paris and surrounding regions as curriculum resources. English EAL/Immersion is also offered for non-English-speaking students in grades 1-8. Courses offered in the Upper School include Advanced Placement (AP) and IB courses amongst others. Extracurricular activities include sports, drama, music, student government, clubs, and community service organizations. The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council of International Schools.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 115 full-time and part-time faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 836 (K-grade 5: 242; grades 6-8: 206 and grades 9-13: 388).

Facilities: Facilities on the 12-acre campus include 2 cafeterias, an adventure playground, individual playgrounds for early childhood, a gymnasium including a weight room, a field house, soccer and softball fields, computer laboratories in each school, 3 art studios, music studios (choral, instrumental, and electronic), 2 libraries, and a performing arts center that seats 400. More than 400 computers are available for students and information technology is fully integrated throughout the School.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 72% of the School's income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Kdg. I: $22,635; Kdg. II-grade 5: $31,391; and grades 6-13: $35,459. The School also charges a bus transportation fee of $3,621 to $4,040, an application fee of $1,216, and a capital assessment admission fee of $12,864 on a one-time basis for new students. These fees are payable in euros or U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars, based on an exchange rate of U.S. $1 = €1.135$).

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