The American Community School of Abu Dhabi (ACS) is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from preschool through grade 12 for English-speaking students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1972. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from late August to January and from February to June.
Organization: The School is governed by an 11-voting member Board of Trustees, 8 of whom are elected by the ACS Association, which is comprised of parents of children enrolled in the School, and 3 of whom shall be selected by the elected trustees. Elected members serve for a term of 2 years. Officers of the Board are elected by the Board of Trustees.
Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that of U.S. suburban public and private schools through grade 8. From grade 9, the curriculum is college-preparatory. Instruction is in English. Spanish, French, and Arabic are taught as foreign languages. A full program of extracurricular activities is offered, including sports, drama, band, chorus, and dance. The IB Diploma program is offered as an option in high school, and an integrated technology curriculum and a wide selection of elective courses are offered in the middle and high schools. Various fine arts options and service opportunities are also available. The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 107 full-time and 4 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 1,022 (KI-grade 5: 434; grades 6-8: 247; and grades 9-12: 341).
Facilities: The School has 72 regular classrooms, a media center, 4 computer laboratories, a health center, counseling centers, and special rooms for art, science, music, drama, and dance. Facilities also include a cafeteria completed in August 2006, 2 gymnasia, a swimming pool, a fitness center, an auditorium, and 2 lighted playing fields. All rooms are carpeted and air-conditioned. The main building was completed in 1975; the elementary school was completed in September of 2000; the athletic complex was completed in March of 2002; and a new HS classroom building was completed in the fall of 2008.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 99% of the School's income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK-$10,948; KII–grade 5: $16,534; grades 6-8: $16,570; and grades 9-12: $20,036. There is a one-time capital fee of $5,123 for each new student starting from KII. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)