The American School Foundation (ASF), was founded in 1888. Its mission statement reads: “The American School Foundation, A.C. is an academically rigorous, international, university preparatory school, which offers students from diverse backgrounds the best of American independent education. In all aspects of school life students are encouraged to love learning, live purposefully and to become responsible, contributing citizens of the world.” ASF offers an educational program from early childhood (age 3) through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. ASF is authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, to provide the Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma Programmes. The school year is composed of two semesters extending from mid-August through mid-December and early January through mid-June.
Organization: The school is governed by a 17-member Board of Trustees elected for 3-year terms by The American School Foundation. Membership in the foundation is open to U.S. citizens living in Mexico. A nominal membership fee is charged. ASF has special agreements with Mexico’s Secretaria de Educacion Publica (SEP) and the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), under which students’ studies may be revalidated in order for them to transfer to other Mexican/Latin American schools and universities. It has been designated as tax-exempt in the U.S. and Mexico.
Curriculum: The curriculum offers a U.S. college-preparatory program and the opportunity to meet all requirements for U.S. and Mexican university admission. Instruction is in English, with extensive Spanish options also offered. ASF expects all students to become bilingual. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is an IB World School. About a third of graduates attend colleges and universities in the United States with the rest attending in Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia and elsewhere.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 279 full-time and 2 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 2,565 (early childhood: 368; grades 1-5: 922; grades 6-8: 556; and grades 9-12: 719).
Facilities: The school occupies a 17-acre campus on the west side of Mexico City. There are 16 buildings including: administrative offices, the Early Childhood Center, the Lower School, the Middle School, the Upper School, 2 snack bars, a covered pool, an underground bus transportation center housing 80 buses, a football field, other athletic fields, two multipurpose gyms, a fine arts center (scheduled for completion in December 2011) and a wellness center (scheduled for completion in December 2011).
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, approximately 87% of the School’s income derives from tuition and registration fees. Annual tuition fees are as follows: early childhood: $106,500 pesos; grades 1-5: $140,400 pesos; and grades 6-8: $151,600 pesos and grades 9-12: $154,800 pesos. Annual registration fees: early childhood: $21,300 pesos; grades 1-5: $28,080 pesos; grades 6-8: $30,320 pesos; and grades 9-12: $30,960 pesos. A one-time admission fee is charged to all students in the amount of $5,000 U.S. dollars.