Founded in 1967, ACS International Schools serve the needs of global and local families across four campuses, three in the UK and one in Doha. ACS Cobham is non-sectarian and co-educational and is where diversity, innovation, academic excellence and global awareness come together to deliver an exceptional school experience. The school is home to students aged 2 to 18 years, representing over 60 nationalities. ACS Cobham also offers boarding (full, weekly, or flexi) as an option for students aged 12 to 18 years across two boarding houses. The school year comprises two semesters from late August to mid-June.
School Mission Statement: The goal is as simple as it is inspiring: to make students ready for the challenges of tomorrow, so they thrive at every stage of their lives.
Organization: ACS International Schools is governed by a board of non-executive trustees; each trustee is elected for a three-year term. The board appoints the Chief Executive Officer for the organization with an executive team reporting directly to the CEO. This team consists of a Marketing, Development & Admissions Director, HR Director, Chief Finance & Estates Officer, Director of Education & Integrated Technology, Partnerships Director and the four Heads of Schools.
Curriculum: The robust curriculum is built on international standards and is underpinned by the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma and AP courses. The expert teachers and staff members not only educate but provide personalized pastoral care to students in early childhood ages 2 to 6 (Flopsy bunnies to kindergarten), lower school ages 6 to 10 (grades 1-4), middle school ages10-14 (grades 5-8), and high school ages 14-18 (grades 9-12). Alongside the core subjects, a wide range of study options are available including drama, art, music, health and PE and engagement with communities at the local, national and international level.
Cocurricular: There are a wide range of activities, including visual, music and performing arts, clubs, sports teams and overseas projects.
Accreditation: The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the IB, AP, Independent Schools Association (ISA), ECIS, Boarding Schools Association (BSA), APCapstone and CollegeBoard.
Faculty: In the 2022-2023 school year, ACS Cobham has 430 total staff including 175 teachers, 28 of whom are U.S. citizens, 79 host-country nationals, and 68 third-country nationals.
Enrollment: As of September 2022, enrollment is 1,253. Of the total, 279 are U.S. citizens, 313 are host-country nationals, and 661 are third-country nationals.
Facilities: The 128-acre campus offers a wide range of sporting facilities including a 25-meter swimming pool, an all-weather floodlit AstroTurf pitch, running track, gym, and dance studio. Key education facilities include a 21st century interactive learning center, new performing arts center with bespoke drama and music spaces, practice rooms, and a flagship 509-seat theatre. There is a dedicated early childhood village, purpose-built lower, middle, and high school divisions, each with bespoke learning environments, science labs, libraries, IT hubs, and art and music studios.
Finances: The current annual tuition fees are as follows (these ranges include all grades): Day tuition from £8,520 to £29,770, 5 Day Boarding from £42,640 to £45,660, 7 Day Boarding from £48,520 to £51,540. Tuition fees by grade are available on the website or from the Admissions Team.
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs UK, London, Cobham) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information. Information and statistics are current as of September 2021 and are provided by the school.