The American Community School is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an American educational program from early years program (age four) through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1955. The school year comprises two semesters extending from end of August through mid-January and from mid January through early June. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Organization: The school is governed by a seven-member board of trustees elected for two-year terms by the Parents’ Organization of the American Community School of Amman, the sponsor of the school. Membership in the organization is automatically conferred on the teachers and the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the school. The school is not incorporated in the United States or Jordan, nor has it been designated as tax-exempt in either country.
Curriculum: ACS provides a rigorous U.S. standards-based curriculum, including Common Core and NGSS, among others. Instruction is in English; Arabic, Spanish, and French are offered as additional languages. The Advanced Placement program is offered in high school in foreign languages, arts, math, science, social studies, and English and culminates in the AP Capstone.
Faculty: In school year 2020-2021, ACS prioritizes to employ certified teachers. Seventy percent of the teaching staff have advanced degrees. There are 83 full-time and 4 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: In school year 2020-2021, enrollment is approximately 811 (EY-grade 12).
Facilities: ACS is located in modern, purpose-built facilities in the suburbs of Amman on about 6 acres of land. There are over 70 large classrooms that are climate controlled with AC and heating. Class sizes vary for appropriate use, but most are about 100 square meters. Rooms include purpose-built and modern science labs, numerous innovation and creation spaces. A future-focused middle/high school learning commons is designed with collaborative spaces, teaching spaces, quiet spaces, online learning center, sound proof production and creation studio, and a small cafe. The elementary school learning commons also provides teaching, collaborative, and quiet spaces. The school also has a large playing field and two smaller areas, a wooden gym floor, Yoga and Pilates exercise spaces, a multi-use gym space, a fitness center equipped with both functional space and modern weight equipment, a 150-meter indoor exercise track, and a 25-meter/six-lane swimming pool. There is also a theater with more than 500 seats. In addition, ACS is a wireless campus with multiple fiber optic lines with stable access. The school supports a Bring Your Own Device program in the middle and high schools. Grades K-4 classrooms are equipped with iPad carts. Grade 5 classrooms are provided with 1:1 chromebooks. There is also a film and recording studio along with equipment to support these activities.
Finances: About 96% of the school’s income derives from tuition and registration fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: early years: $8,850; kindergarten: $12,490; grades 1-5: $15,570; grades 6-8: $19,610; and grades 9–12: $24,510. The school also charges a one-time capital fund assessment fee of $7,500 and a bus fee of $1,910. All fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.