The Karachi American School is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from prenursery through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1952. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from August to mid-December and from January through May. Prospective students are requested to apply for admission at least 2 weeks in advance of their arrival in Karachi.
Organization: The school is governed by a 7-member Board of Directors who are elected for 2-year terms. The Karachi American School Society is registered under the Societies Registration Act of Pakistan. Membership in the society is automatically awarded to the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the school. The school is not incorporated in the United States but is tax-exempt in the United States. Karachi American School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
Curriculum: The curriculum is modeled in line with U.S. independent college-preparatory day schools. Advanced Placement courses are offered in 13 subjects. The APID is offered. The school does not offer a program for special needs students. The school’s testing program includes the ITBS, PSAT/NMSQT, AP, SAT I, and SAT II. Instruction is in English. The school offers modern language instruction in French, Spanish, and Urdu. English-as-a-Second-Language is offered for non-native speakers of English through grade 8. There are chapters of the National Honor Society and the National Junior Honor Society. There is no religious instruction. All graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of NESA, AAIE, NAIS, ERB, and SAISA.
Faculty: In the 2019-2020 school year, there are 54 full-time and 2 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, enrollment was 462 (nursery-grade 5: 182; grades 6-8: 119 and grades 9-12: 161).
Facilities: The school is housed in a modern facility on approximately 10 acres of land. It is well equipped with elementary and secondary school libraries, science and language laboratories, 3 computer laboratories, a gymnasium, an auditorium, a swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, and an athletic field with all-weather track.
Finances: In the 2019-2020 school year, about 90% of the school’s income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: early learning: $4,940; preschool: $9,790; K-grade 5: $14,421; grades 6-8: $14,441; grades 9-11: $14,471; and grade 12: $14,821. First-year students are charged an additional $10,000 registration fee on a one-time basis. There is also an application fee of $250 per student. These fees are payable in Pakistani rupees by Pakistani citizens or U.S. dollars by others. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of October 2019 and are provided by the school.