Jordan, Amman: American Community School

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Date: 12/21/2011 Location: Amman Jordan Description: American Community School - State Dept Image








The American Community School is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an American educational program from preschool (3 years old) through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1955. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from August 17 through December 21 and from January 10 through June 8.

Organization: The School is governed by a 7-member Board of Directors elected for one-year terms by the Parents' Organization of the American Community School of Amman, the sponsor of the School. Membership in the Organization is automatically conferred on the teachers and the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School. The School is not incorporated in the United States or Jordan, nor has it been designated as tax-exempt in either country.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. schools. Instruction is in English. Arabic, Spanish, and French are taught as foreign languages. There is no religious instruction. Advanced Placement courses are being offered this year in English literature, English language, French, Spanish, biology, U.S. history, world history, psychology, calculus AB, chemistry, studio art (drawing portfolio), economics (Macro), and statistics. The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there were 54 full-time and 9 part-time faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 610.

Facilities: The School is housed in a modern plant which includes 41 classrooms, 4 new purpose-built science laboratories, 5 Macintosh computer laboratories, a library, a sports and fine arts center, 3 playing fields, 2 tennis courts, and facilities for art and music education.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 87% of the School's income derives from tuition and registration fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: 3-yr./PK1: $4,500; PK2: $5,000; K.: $8,715; grades 1-5: $10,895; grades 6-8: $12,685; grades 9-10: $14,770; and grades 11-12: $14,985.. The School also charges a one-time capital fund assessment fee of $4,500 and a bus fee of $1,500. All fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

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