The American School of Tripoli (AST) is a private, coeducational day school offering an educational program from preschool through grade 12 for qualified students of expatriates living in Tripoli. The School was founded in 2005. The school year extends from mid August to mid June.
Organization: The School is governed by a 9-person Board of Directors, composed of members appointed by the founding companies of the School. The School is sponsored by the US Embassy in Libya and operates under status conferred by the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Curriculum: AST offers a U.S. curriculum, using standards and objectives developed under Project AERO: American Education Reaches Out. The School utilizes U.S. textbooks to provide an educational program comparable to that found in other American international schools. AST’s program also aims to prepare its students for a smooth transition back to schools in their home countries or to other international schools. Elementary classes are self-contained except for music, PE, , art, Arabic, library, and technology, which have separate classrooms. English-as-a-Second-Language is taught within the regular classroom, with the exception of some pullout classes for beginning students. Grades 6-12 classes have block scheduling with specialist classes in PE, music, art, Spanish, study skills, speech, art history, and computer technology. The high school offers several AP courses. The School does not offer a special education program for students with learning or physical disabilities, nor are there such services available in the local community. AST is a member of the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools.
Faculty: In the 2010-2011 school year, there are 22 full time and 5 part-time faculty members. The support staff is international. Recommended maximum class size is 20 students.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year, enrollment was 160 (PS-grade 12). They represented 35 nationalities and were dependents of employees of foreign businesses and embassies in Tripoli.
Facilities: AST is located in two villas converted to school use and a newly built elementary building, in the area of Seraj. About 20 minutes from downtown Tripoli. All rooms have air-conditioning and U.S.-style school furniture. In addition to the 22 classrooms presently in use, the villas are also equipped for special classes such as art, Spanish, music, library, technology, and science. The School’s library has over 5,500 volumes. The 1.5-hectare campus includes two multipurpose courts, a soccer field, several grass areas, and play structures.
Finances: In the 2010-2011 school year, the School’s income is derived from tuition. The annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $8,500; and Kdg.-grade 12: $19,000. The School also charges an application fee of $300 and a yearly capital fee of $5,000 per student. These fees are payable in U.S. dollars or Libyan dinars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)