Pakistan, Lahore: Lahore American School

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Date: 12/09/2009 Location: Lahore Pakistan Description: Lahore American School © State Dept Image



Lahore American School (LAS) is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from preschool through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1956. The school year comprises two semesters extending from mid-August to late May/early June for secondary and three trimesters for Elementary. Selective admission is based on prior academic achievement, test scores, a writing sample, and a personal interview.

Organization: The school is governed by a 7-member Board of Directors, elected for 2-year terms by the Lahore American Society.  Membership in the society is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the school. The school is registered with the Ministry of Education of Pakistan.

Curriculum: The curriculum is standards-based and consistent with contemporary curricula in the United States. The academic environment is rigorous and competitive. LAS offers Advanced Placement courses in Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, Economics, Composition, Literature, European History, French Language, Physics B, Studio Art, and World History. The School's testing program includes the American College Testing Program and the College Board tests. Instruction is in English. French and Urdu are taught as world languages. Elective courses include economics, art, music, law, visual communication, business management, psychology, sociology, and journalism. Extracurricular activities include sports, special interest clubs, and community service programs. The school participates in major regional interscholastic sports and cultural associations. Most LAS graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. LAS is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 41 full-time faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 403 (Preschool-grade 12).

Facilities: The school’s facilities include a cafeteria, science laboratories, a 20,000-volume library, audio-visual facilities, 3 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) labs, art rooms, a health clinic, and a multipurpose athletic facility. The 4-1/2 acres include an elementary playground, a soccer field, a swimming pool, gym and a theater arts complex.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 95% of the School's income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Preschool: $2,500; PreK: $4,145; and Kdg.-grade 12: $8,840. The school also charges a registration fee of $2,500 and an ESL fee of $500. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

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