The Casablanca American School, founded in 1973, is an independent, coeducational day school that offers a U.S. and International Baccalaureate-oriented education from nursery (3 years old) through grade 12. CAS is the first full IB-DP school in North Africa and has been offering the IB-DP diploma for 32 years. The school year is divided into 3 trimesters that extend from late August through mid-June.
Organization: The school is governed by a 7-member Board of Directors. The board is responsible to the Casablanca American School Association, which is comprised of all CAS parents and teachers.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. and international, private, university-preparatory schools. Instruction is in English. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Full Diploma Program is offered in grades 11 and 12. Specialist subjects include art, computer science, design technology, robotics elective, theater, music, and physical education. French and Arabic, native and non-native, are mandatory second languages in grades 2-8. After-school sports, such as track and swimming, are conducted at local facilities; and there are tournament schedules organized for soccer, volleyball, and basketball with neighboring schools and overseas international schools. CAS upper school students participate in Model United Nations, the National Honor Society, and People-to-People community service projects. The school has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges since 1993.
Faculty: In the 2019-2020 school year, there are 78 full-time faculty members and 2 full-time teaching interns The school also has 25 teaching support staff.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, enrollment was 675 (N-grade 5: 339; and grades 6-12: 336).
Facilities: The physical plant, built in 1989 with an extension completed in 2002, is approximately 11,800+ m2 covered and is situated on a 20,000m2 parcel of land in a residential area 9 kilometers from the city’s center. The facility includes a preschool with 4 classrooms and 3 administration wings that consist of a director’s office which includes a conference room, an admission office, and a business office, and a 2-level Upper School library. The Upper School building consists of 27 classrooms; a multipurpose room; an art studio; a science/technology laboratory; a principal office; a counselor office; a faculty lounge; and chemistry, physics, and biology laboratories. The Lower School building, inaugurated in June 2002, consists of 20 classrooms, 2 art studios, a science/technology laboratory, a Lower School library, 2 music/performance rooms, the Anne-Healy Osman Theater with 350 seats, Language Support offices, administrative offices, and a Moroccan Salon. Facilities also include a gymnasium, an outdoor multi-use hard court, a cafeteria, an infirmary, a FIFA soccer field, a multi-use field, a basketball court, and preschool and Lower School playgrounds. During the summer of 2016, major renovations to the school cafeteria and gym added more functional space for dining and sports. Cameras all around the school have been installed for additional safety purposes. Also, in the summer of 2017, new front and rear gates have been added for safety purposes. The school is undertaking on-going upgrading of its facilities to improve safety, security, and maximized learning areas.
Finances: In the 2019-2020 school year, about 98% of the school’s income derives from tuition and admissions and registration fees. Annual tuition rates for corporate are as follows: nursery: $9,947; kinder: $9,947; pre1-grade 5: $13,466; grades 6-8: $15,710; and grades 9-12: $16,271. The School also charges a one-time admission fee of $3,158 for the 1st child, $2,105 for the 2nd, and $1,053 for the 3rd (a one-time fee for continuously enrolled CAS students); an application examination fee of $105 payable upon submission of each new application; a capital/levy building fee of $526; a registration fee of $105; a sports fee of actual cost; and a PTC (Parent-Teacher Committee) fee of $21. These fees are payable in Moroccan dirhams. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars at an exchange rate of $1=10.00 MAD which is subject to change.)
Information and statistics are current as of October 2019 and are provided by the school.