The American School of Yaoundé (ASOY) is an independent English medium, non-profit, educational institution offering the PYP, MYP and DP International Baccalaureate programs from PK-3 through grade 12. Admission to ASOY is open on a non-discriminatory basis to all students, regardless of race, creed, color, gender, religion, national origin, ethnic background, or philosophy. The Guiding Statements have been updated and are in line with the values of ASOY. The Vision states that “[W]e empower students to excel, to embrace their individual passions, and to become engaged, caring, fulfilled global citizens who will positively impact society.” The Mission of Engage-Empower-Excel is a powerful statement of the school’s commitment to students.
Organization: The school is accredited by both the Council of International Schools (CIS) in Europe and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). ASOY is an active member of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) and the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE). The school is governed by a 7-member school board elected by the Parent Association. ASOY is an IB World Continuum School authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to offer the Primary Years Program (PYP), the Middle Years (MYP) Program, and the Diploma Program (DP). Starting in the 2019-2020 school year, ASOY is offering a Prek-3 French/English Bi-lingual program.
Curriculum: The educational program at ASOY consists of an enriched curriculum, correlated with the U.S. Common Core, AERO, Next Generation Science Standards, and the IB program philosophy. It is reflective of both the international character of the community and the environment of Cameroon. Instruction is in English and French is taught at all grade levels. Additional languages may be offered based on student interest and the availability of a qualified teacher. English Language Learners Program (ELL) support is available for students in grades 1 through 12 and a learning support program is offered for students with mild learning and/or other difficulties.
Faculty: In the 2019–2020 school year, there are 40 full-time and 3 interns.
Enrollment: At the start of the 2019–2020 school year, enrollment was 196.
Facilities: The campus is located on a 3.5-acre site near the center of Yaoundé and consists of 25 classrooms, 1 computer lab, 2 science labs, a 16,000-volume multimedia library, a learning support center, an ELL support center, a college counselor, the Parrot’s Canteen, a multi-purpose room, and a courtyard for events and R&R. Sports facilities include 2 tennis courts, one multi use outdoor court, a covered basketball court, a swimming pool, a kiddie pool, a newly installed artificial turf soccer field, and 2 playgrounds for younger students. The school consists of 4 sections: the early childhood (PK3-kindergarten), elementary school (grades 1-5), middle school (grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12).
Finances: In the 2019-2020 school year the annual tuition rates are as follows: PK3 $6,660.00; PK4 $8,500.00; grades K-5 $21,280.00; grades 6-8 $22,510.00; grades 9-10 $23,400.00 and grades 11-12 $23,870.00. There is a Learning Support fee of $3,000 (for students struggling academically and/or emotionally). There is also a capital levy fee for all new students of $7,500 and $500 for returning students. For PK3-PK4, the capital levy fee is $1000. Transportation by school bus (optional) is $2,000. There is a one-time registration fee of $650 per child. Annual lunch fees (optional) are: PK 3/4: CFA 300,000; K-grade 5: CFA 400,000; grades 6-12: CFA 500,000. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars, with some in CFA).
Information and statistics are current as of October 2019 and are provided by the school.