The Damascus Community School (DCS), founded in 1950, is an independent, coeducational day school that offers an American educational program from preschool through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school year consists of 177 days of instruction and is comprised of two semesters. First semester begins on September 4 and runs through January 26. Second semester runs from January 29 and runs through June 14.
Organization: The School is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors.
Curriculum: The curriculum is an American college-preparatory, academic program. Individualized instruction is stressed. Instruction is in English. Arabic is required for all students, and French is taught as a foreign language. Optimal Match and limited English-as-a-Second-Language assistance are available. The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 29 full-time and 9 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 182 (PK-grade 12).
Facilities: The School is located on U.S. government property in the center of Damascus and includes 7 buildings housing 45 classrooms and a full library. The facilities include 4 science laboratories; 3 computer laboratories; administrative offices; a physical education activity room; an athletic field with running track; and 2 basketball courts. Additional facilities include two elementary playgrounds; a combined cafeteria and theater building; and art and music rooms. A new elementary building housing grades PK through grade 5 was completed in August, 2008.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 98% of the School's income is from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $5,750; Kdg.- grade 5: $14,150; grades 6-8: $15,600; and grades 9-12: $17,700. The School also charges a registration fee of $450, entrance fee of $900, testing fee of $300, and capital levy of $2,250 per year for three years. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)