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School Contact Information

  • Tel: +359-2-923-8810/11 | Fax: +359-2-923-8859

  • E-mail: director@aas-sofia.org | Website: www.aas-sofia.org 

  • This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. For more information, contact A/OPR/OS (overseasschools@state.gov / +1-202-261-8200) or the school directly.

    The Regional Education Officer for this school is Mary Russman.

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The Anglo-American School of Sofia (AAS) is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1967. The school year begins in the third full week of August and ends in the third week of June. The 2021-2022 student school year is from August 25 to June 23 (the 2022-2023 school year will start August 23). New student/family orientation is Monday, August 23, 2021 for the 2021-2022 school year.

Organization: The school board of directors governs the Anglo-American School of Sofia. There are nine members of the school board.  Four board members are appointed by the U.S. Ambassador (upon recommendation by the board), and another four members are appointed by the British Ambassador (upon recommendation by the board). The ninth board member is nominated by the parent community.

Curriculum: The ААС curriculum is a compilation of North American and European standards, as well as best practices from international schools. Instruction is in English. English as an Additional Language (EAL) is also offered, as are learning support French, Spanish, Bulgarian, physical education, art, music, theatre, dance and library. In both middle and high schools there are also additional courses in coding and robotics, global issues, sustainability, design and technology, orchestra, choir and creative writing. Students in elementary school have ready access to iPads and laptops. Students at AAS-Sofia in grades 6 to 12 bring their own laptops to school for use in their classes (BYOD). With their own devices in hand and with guidance from their teachers, engaged students have taken ownership of their education and are forming critical skills needed for 21st Century success in learning and beyond. The school offers an extensive extracurricular program and is a member of the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) through which students participate in regional athletic and activity events. After-school opportunities for elementary school students happen daily and benefit from a high participation rate, similar to the Middle and High schools. The Council of International Schools (CIS) and The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accredit AAS. This involves scheduled review and evaluation by an outside team and corresponding follow-up. The school is also authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) as an IB World School and is a member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS).

Faculty: In the 2021-2022 school year, AAS has 157 total staff including 78 teachers.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, AAS has 573 students, pre-kindergarten to grade 12.

Facilities: The state-of-the-art campus of eight hectares (19.7 acres) is located at the foot of Vitosha Mountain, in the Pancharevo region of Sofia. AAS is an award-winning facility (Building of the Year 2006; LEED Gold EBOM Award 2012 Leading in Energy and Environmental Design, and LEED Gold New Building 2013). The school building has a unique layout, which successfully combines design and functionality with energy efficiency. The school has three large wings (the Balkan Wing, the Vitosha Wing, and the Rila Renaissance Center). AAS facilities include a green roof, many open multipurpose areas for flexible learning environments, solar panels for heating water, photo-voltaic cells to collect energy, and a self-supporting water system that allows us to reuse grey-water for toilets and irrigate green spaces with biologically cleaned grey-water. The school offers many indoor and outdoor sports facilities (including two outdoor sports fields, outdoor basketball courts, two tennis courts, two large gymnasiums), a theater, art studios, music rooms, a dance studio, science labs, a fitness room, and a student-designed playground that includes a zip-line and a toboggan hill. The school has a garden, pond, and chickens. The library has 24,000 volumes, as well as a variety of online media. The science labs are well equipped, and there is ample community space.

Finances: Annual tuition rates for 2021-2022 are as follows: Pre-kindergarten: €9,065; Kindergarten – Grade 5: €16,363; Grades 6-8: €17,599; and Grades 9-12: €18,799. The annual capital fee is €3,110. New students are charged a one-time registration fee of €950 payable on first enrollment and a one-time entrance capital fee of €1,560. For those who come to school by bus, the annual fee is €1,712. (All fees quoted in euros). 

Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Bulgaria, Sofia) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. Prospective applicants of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information. Information and statistics are current as of September 2021 and are provided by the school.

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