The American Community School is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from nursery through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1905. The school year is divided into semesters extending from September through June.
Organization: The School is governed by a 22-member self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees currently meets 3 times a year in the United States and Lebanon. The School operates under a charter from the New York State Board of Regents and the Lebanese Ministry of Education. In addition, the School is incorporated as a “Not-for-Profit” educational organization, registered in the State of New York.
Curriculum: The curriculum is based on the best researched educational practices in the U.S. and throughout the world. The majority of the basic textbooks and materials come from the United States. The language of instruction is English. Arabic is taught at all levels as a first or second language. French is introduced at grade 3. The curriculum is very demanding in all disciplines at all levels. The upper school has 3 programs: the U.S. college-preparatory program that includes Advanced Placement courses, the International Baccalaureate Program, and the Lebanese Baccalaureate Program. In the last 5 years, 100% of the graduates have attended colleges and universities in Lebanon, Europe, and the United States. The School’s standardized testing program includes the Stanford Achievement tests, PSAT, SAT I and II, NAGLIERI (non-verbal ability test), MAP testing, and the career interest inventory test. The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and licensed by the Lebanese Ministry of Education.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 162 full-time and 8 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 1,061 (N-grade 5: 535: grades 6-8: 219; and grades 9-12: 307).
Facilities: The School is housed in 4 purpose-built facilities, which include 2 academic buildings with 4 science laboratories, 2 library/media centers, 2 auditoriums, 2 computer laboratories, 1 administration/residential/classroom building, and a gymnasium with additional classrooms for art and music. The School is located 1/2 block from the Mediterranean Sea on 16,000 square meters of land, adjacent to the American University of Beirut.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 85% of the School's income derives from tuition and other fees. Annual tuition rates range from $9,804 to $13,278, plus an extra $1,200 for the IB program in grades 11 and 12. The School also charges a development fee of $2,000, a testing fee of $100, and a first installment of $2,000. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)