The American Overseas School of Rome is an independent, coeducational day school for students of all nationalities from prekindergarten through grade 13. The School was founded in 1947. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from September 6 through January 20 and from January 23 through June 15.
Organization: The School is governed by a 16-member Board of Trustees, 12 of whom are elected by the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School and 4 are appointed. The School is recognized as a non-profit institution and is incorporated in the State of Delaware as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. general academic, college-preparatory public or private schools. The School has a strong Advanced Placement Program and also prepares students for the International Baccalaureate examinations (Diploma Program). The School's testing program includes the College Board's PSAT, SAT, and Advanced Placement tests, as well as the full complement of IB exams. Instruction is in English. French, Spanish, and Italian are taught as foreign languages. There is no religious instruction. The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and was the first school to be granted an International Credential from the Middle States Association.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 73 full-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 600 (PK-grade 5: 246 and grades 6-13: 354).
Facilities: The six-acre suburban campus includes a central quadrangle shaded by umbrella pines and surrounded by lawns, shrubs, and flowering plants. Five separate buildings and the grounds include 55 classrooms, 4 science laboratories, 3 computer laboratories, a newly furbished gymnasium, a cafeteria/auditorium, an infirmary, 2 libraries, an outdoor Roman amphitheater, tennis and basketball courts, and soccer and softball fields. There is a one-to-one MacBook program for students in grades 8 and 9. Mobile laptop carts are used in the elementary school. New iMac labs were opened for the 2011-2012 school year.
Finances: For the 2011-2012 school year, about 82% of the School's income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $13,655; Kdg.: $16,966; grades 1-3: $19,862; grades 4-5: $20,276; grades 6-8: $22,621; grades 9-10: $24,966; grade 11: $25,311; and grades 12-13: $26,897. The School also charges a one-time capital assessment fee of $6,896 per family, a one-time registration fee of $689 per student, and transportation fees of $3,931 (optional). Financial aid is available in all grades for all nationalities. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars with exchange rate Euro/Dollar as of September 1, 2011.)