The American Cooperative School of Tunis (ACST) is a private, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1959. The school year comprises 2 terms from late August to mid-June.
Organization: The school is governed by a 9-member Board of Governors elected for 2-year terms by the general membership of the ACST Association, made up of parents and teachers. Membership is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of the children enrolled in the school and on full-time teachers employed in the school. The director of ACST serves as the executive officer (non-voting) of the board.
Curriculum: The curriculum essentially follows the Common Core Standards in mathematics and English/language arts. In grades 11-12, the school offers a program leading to a U.S. high school diploma and the International Baccalaureate diploma. In addition to core subjects of reading/literature, English language and composition, mathematics, social studies, science, French, Arabic or German, the curriculum includes physical education, music, art, and technology. Taking advantage of its unique location, the school offers a Tunisian Studies program, which gives students an in-depth look at the history, culture, and customs of Tunisia. English-as-an-Additional-Language is provided for all students who are not proficient in English language skills. The school is staffed to meet the needs of children with mild or moderate special needs but less able to accommodate those with severe learning and/or physical disabilities. In May of 2019, ACST graduated 30 students. The entire group of grade 12 students achieved the American diploma, and 19 received the full IB diploma. Thirty-six students are slated to graduate in May 2020. The school is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the Council of International Schools, and the International Baccalaureate.
Faculty: During the 2019-2020 school year, there were 52 full-time and 5 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: During the 2019-2020 school year, enrollment was 450.
Facilities: The school is located on a 7-acre campus with new or renovated buildings dedicated to preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school. For the secondary school, there are 2 science labs, 2 computer labs, 2 art rooms, and the main library with more than 12,000 volumes and a computer research area. The school has a full gym, a second smaller elementary gym, a fitness center, an outdoor court, a cafeteria, and a regulation-sized grass-covered soccer field with a 400-meter track. An on-campus parking garage for 74 vehicles is available for faculty parking. The school shares use of a 25-meter swimming pool located at the nearby U.S. Embassy. Bus transportation is available to and from the school from most residential areas of Tunis, La Marsa, Gammarth, and Carthage. An elementary building was lost to fire in September of 2012. Construction of a new building, which began in early 2015, was completed in April 2017 and is now fully in use. The state-of-the-art building hosts all elementary classes PK-5, plus all administrative offices, a learning support hub, 2 music classrooms, and a 450-seat theater. The school is designed in a way to take advantage of natural light and support learning communities.
Finances: In the 2019-20 school year, over 99% of the School’s income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PS (half day): $7,150; PS (full day): $11,910; K-grade 5: $22,790; grades 6-8: $24,220; and grades 9-12: $25,470. The school also charges students in grades K-12 a one-time admission fee of $5,000 (maximum fee per family $10,000); an annual capital levy of $1,150; a one-time $200 application fee; a $1,450 per year optional bus fee; and a $600 per year optional lunch fee. Individual students taking the exams must pay IB testing fees. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars).
Information and statistics are current as of September 2019 and are provided by the school.