The Casablanca American School, founded in 1973, is an independent, coeducational day school which offers a U.S. and International Baccalaureate-oriented education from Nursery (3 year-old class) through Grade 12. CAS is the first full IB-DP school in North Africa, and has been offering the IB-DP diploma for 33 years. The school year is divided into three trimesters that extend from late August through mid-June.
Organization: The school is governed by a seven-member board of directors. The board is responsible to the Casablanca American School Association, which is composed of all CAS parents, designated administrators and full-time contractual 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 2020-2021 school year, there are 71 full-time faculty members and 2 full-time teaching interns. The school also employs 21 teaching support staff.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 676 (Nursery-grade 5: 347; and grades 6-12: 329).
Facilities: The physical plant, built in 1989 with an extension completed in 2002, is approximately 11,800+ square meter covered and is situated on a 20,000 square meter parcel of land in a residential area nine kilometers from the city center. The facility includes a preschool with four classrooms and three administration wings that consists of the Director’s office, which includes a conference room, an admission office, and a Business office, and a two-level upper school library. The upper school building consists of 27 classrooms; a multipurpose room; an art studio; a science-technology laboratory; a principal’s office, a counselor’s office, a faculty lounge, and chemistry, physics, and biology laboratories. The lower school building, inaugurated in June 2002, consists of 20 classrooms, two art studios, a science-technology laboratory, a lower school library, two music/performance rooms, the Anne-Healy Osman Theater with 350 seats, language support offices, the lower school principal’s office, 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 more security. In the summer of 2017, new front and rear gates were added for additional safety. The school is undertaking an on-going project to upgrade its facilities to improve safety, security, and maximize learning areas.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, about 98% of the school’s income derives from tuition, admissions and registration fees. Annual tuition rates for corporate are as follows: nursery: $9,733 kinder: $9,733; pre1-grade 5: $13,176; grades 6-8: $15,373; and grades 9 12: $15,922. The School also charges a one-time admission fee of $3,000 for the 1st child, $2,000 for the 2nd, $1,000 for the 3rd (A one time fee for continuously enrolled CAS students), an application examination fee of $100 payable upon submission of each new application, a capital/levy building fee of $500, a registration fee of $100, a sports fee of actual cost, a PTC (Parent-Teacher Committee) fee of $20. These fees are payable in Moroccan dirhams. (All fees 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 2020 and provided by the school.