The American Community Schools of Athens, Inc. is an independent, coeducational day school system which offers an educational program from preschool through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The system was established in 1945. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from September 6 to January 27 and from January 30 to June 15.
Organization: The Schools are governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees. Twelve of the members are appointed, and three are elected by the parents of children enrolled in the Schools and represent the three schools (Elementary, Middle, High Schools). The Schools have been designated as tax-exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and are incorporated in the State of Delaware. The Schools have also been designated as tax-exempt in Greece and are licensed by the Greek government.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of comprehensive U.S. general academic, college-preparatory public and private schools. Honors courses, the International Baccalaureate Diploma program, and extended after-school student activities programs are also offered. Instruction is in English. Greek, French, German, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese are taught. Optimal Match services are available for children with mild learning disabilities. Approximately 100 percent of the graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States and other countries. Grades K-12 are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 72 full-time and 4 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 860 (PS-grade 12).
Facilities: The School facilities are in Halandri, 7 miles north of Athens. There are 3 schools: elementary school, middle school and high school. Facilities include libraries, science and art complexes, computer centers, a cafeteria, playgrounds, a gymnasium, tennis courts, and a turf soccer field. A new theater has been completed as well as an Olympic-size swimming pool, gymnasium, and cafeteria.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 99% of the School's income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows JK: $8,197; Kdg.: $10,860; grades 1-5: $13,828; grades 6-8: $15,036; and grades 9-12: $16,552. There is a registration fee of $1,173 payable on first enrollment in the School. The transportation fee is approximately $1,587-$2,436. Other fees include textbooks at $104-$304, capital assessment fee at $345; technology fee at $83; IB (full diploma) at $1,932; IB Certificate fee (up to four Certificate classes) at $552; English-as-Second-Language fees at $1,828, and Optimal Match fees at $2,070. These fees are payable in euros or U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)