The American Community Schools of Athens, Inc. is an independent, coeducational day school system, which offers an educational program from junior kindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school was established in 1945. The 2019-2020 school year comprises 2 semesters extending from September 5 to January 31 and from February 3 to June 19.
Organization: The schools are governed by an 18-member Board of Trustees. Fifteen of the members are appointed, and 3 are elected by the parents of children enrolled in the schools. The schools have been designated as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and are incorporated in the State of Delaware. The schools have also been designated as tax-exempt in Greece and are licensed by the Greek government.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of comprehensive U.S. general academic, college-preparatory, public and private schools. Honors courses, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, the AP program, and extended after-school student activities programs are also offered. Instruction is in English. Greek, French, German, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese are taught. Optimal Learning Services are available for children with mild learning disabilities. Approximately 95-100 percent of the graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States and other countries. ACS Athens was reaccredited in grades K-12 with the highest and most sophisticated “Sustaining Excellence” protocol by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Institute of Innovation and Creativity offers a variety of college-level courses and other innovative programs that provide unique educational experiences to all students. Starting in the fall of 2019, the Institute will also be offering online courses via its new Virtual School.
Faculty: For school year 2019-2020, there are 90 full-time and 17 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: For school year 2019-2020, enrollment is 1,030 (JK-grade 12).
Facilities: The school’s facilities are in Halandri, 7 miles north of Athens. There are 3 schools: elementary school, middle school, and high school. Facilities include libraries, science labs and art studios, computer centers, academy, middle school and elementary writing and math studios, a cafeteria, playgrounds, a gymnasium, tennis courts, a turf soccer field, and a state-of-the-art theater, as well as an Olympic-size swimming pool, gymnasium, and a newly renovated cafeteria. In the 2015-2016 school year, a new state-of-the-art science laboratory was inaugurated at the elementary school. It is the only elementary school science lab in Europe.
Finances: In school year 2019-2020, about 99% of the school’s income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows JK: 5,940 Euro; K: 7,870 Euro; grades 1-5: 10,020 Euro; grades 6-8: 10,896 Euro; and grades 9-12: 11,994 Euro.
Information and statistics are current as of September 2019 and are provided by the school.