The American Community School of Abu Dhabi (ACS) is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from preschool through grade 12 for English-speaking students of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1972. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from late August to December and from January to June.
Organization: The school is governed by a Board of Trustees, comprised of 11 voting members. Eight members are elected by the ACS Association, which is comprised of staff and parents of children enrolled in the school, and 3 members are selected by the elected trustees. Elected members serve for terms of 2 years. Officers of the board are elected by the Board of Trustees.
Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that of U.S. suburban public and private schools through grade 8. From grade 9, the curriculum is college-preparatory. Instruction is in English. Spanish, French, and Arabic are taught as foreign languages. A full program of extracurricular activities is offered, including sports, drama, band, chorus, and dance. The IB Diploma Program is offered as an option in high school, and an integrated technology curriculum and a wide selection of elective courses are offered in the middle and high schools. Various fine arts options and service opportunities are also available. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Faculty: In the 2019-2020 school year, there are 124 full-time and 11 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, enrollment was 1,190 (K1-grade 5: 547; grades 6-8: 267; and grades 9-12: 376).
Facilities: The school has 100 classrooms, 2 media centers, 2 multipurpose rooms, a FAB Lab, and a refurbished health center. There are counseling centers in each school division. The school also has special facilities for creative and visual arts, science, music, drama, and dance. Facilities also include a 400-seat auditorium with ‘black-box,’ a cafeteria with fully furbished kitchen, a KIOSK, and a specialty/healthy bar. All areas are well maintained; the indoor areas are all properly air-conditioned; and classrooms are all carpeted. Two gymnasiums and 2 outdoor artificial-turf sports fields serve the students and the sports programs. One field has a 5-lane, rubberized running track. The elementary school has 3 age-appropriate, shaded, outdoor playground areas. The 25-meter swimming pool was reconditioned in 2016-2017, with new coating and full shading. The new elementary building (for grades 4 and 5) was built in 2016. The UE playground and the main entrance were completely refurbished in the summer of 2016. A new outdoor, shaded amphitheater was built in the center of the campus in 2016.
Finances: In the 2019-2020 school year, about 99% of the school’s income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $12,931; K2–grade 5: $19,370; grades 6-8: $19,590; and grades 9-12: $23,425. A one-time capital fee of $5,123 is levied to every newly enrolled student in KG1 through grade 12. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2019 and are provided by the school.