The Schutz American School (SAS) is an independent, nonsectarian, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from prekindergarten for 3-year-olds through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1924. The school year comprises two semesters extending from late August through mid-June.
Organization: The school is governed by a 13-member, self-perpetuating school board, serving renewable three-year terms.
Curriculum: SAS uses the American Common Core standards, Next Generations Science Standards (NGSS), ISTE standards for technology, and the AERO standards for most other subjects. The SAS early childhood program is play-based. SAS is working towards becoming a model for inquiry and student-centered learning in the region. The school focuses on developing agency within the students to develop a lifelong learner. SAS offers the Advanced Placement (AP) program at the high school and have over 60% of the students taking at least one AP course. The assessment plan is developed to ensure SAS remains relevant and competitive with like schools in the region. SAS utilizes PSAT, SAT, and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). Instruction is in English. French is taught as a foreign language beginning in grade 6, and Arabic is taught as both a native and foreign language. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The school is a candidate for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program and Middle Years Program.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are over 72 faculty members. The senior leadership team is comprised of a Head of School, Assistant Head of School/HS Principal, ES/MS Principal, Vice Principal & Athletic Director, Early Childhood Coordinator and Director of Curriculum and Special Programs, of whom are U.S. citizens and Canadian
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment is at 278. SAS remains the primary center for American culture and education in the second largest city in Egypt.
Facilities: The school operates on two campuses – one for the elementary school (PK-grade 5) and one for the middle and high schools (grades 6-12). Athletic facilities include lighted courts for tennis, basketball, and volleyball; a swimming pool; and a gymnasium/weight room. Other facilities include an auditorium with theater capabilities, two conference rooms, a large multipurpose room, two libraries, two computer laboratories, an art center, a cafeteria, and a snack bar.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year; about 97% of the school’s income is derived from regular day school tuition and registration fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $7,085; kindergarten-grade 5: $13,330; grades 6-8: $15,900; and grades 9-12: $16,612. The school also charges a one-time registration fee of $4,000 and an annual infrastructure fee of $1,180, as well as an optional bus fee and an optional lunch fee. All fees payable in U.S. dollars by non-Egyptians and in Egyptian pounds by Egyptians. (Fees quoted above in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of October 2020 and provided by the school.