The American Community School is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from nursery through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1905. The school year is divided into semesters extending from September through June.
Organization: The school is governed by a 20-member, self-governing Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees currently meets 3 times a year in the United States and Lebanon. The school operates under a charter from the New York State Board of Regents and the Lebanese Ministry of Education. In addition, the school is incorporated as a “not-for-profit” educational organization, registered in the State of New York.
Curriculum: The ACS curriculum is based on the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards. The language of instruction is English. Arabic is taught at all levels as a second or foreign language; French is introduced in grade 3. Of note, the early years program (EY) (ages 36 months to 6 years) is a Reggio Emilia-inspired program with all EY faculty trained in Reggio Emilia instruction. The upper school provides a college preparatory program that includes options to complete the International Baccalaureate Degree or Lebanese Baccalaureate Degree. All graduates receive a U.S. high school diploma. In the last 5 years, 100% of the graduates have attended colleges and universities in United States, Lebanon, and Europe. The school’s standardized testing program includes PSAT, SAT I and II, ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam), MAP testing, and the career interest inventory test. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and licensed by the Lebanese Ministry of Education.
Faculty: In the 2019-2020 school year, there are 178 full-time and 8 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, enrollment was 1,207 (N-grade 5: 626; grades 6-8: 237; and grades 9-12: 344).
Facilities: The school is housed in 5 purpose-built facilities, which include 3 academic buildings with 6 science laboratories, 2 library/media centers, 2 auditoriums, 2 computer laboratories, an administration/residential/classroom building, and a gymnasium with additional classrooms for art and music. The school is located a half block from the Mediterranean Sea on 16,000 square meters of land, adjacent to the American University of Beirut.
Finances: In the 2019-2020 school year, about 88% of the school’s income derives from tuition and other fees. Annual tuition rates range from $14,150 to $20,270. The school also charges a development fee of $5,000, a testing fee of $200, and a first installment of $2,000. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2019 and are provided by the school.