The American Embassy School, New Delhi, is an independent, not-for-profit, coeducational day school offering an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 and PG. Currently, more than 60 nationalities are enrolled. The criteria utilized for acceptance is that the AES administration must be satisfied that: 1) the student has a successful history of academic performance and appropriate personal conduct; 2) any special needs of the student, including physical and/or learning disabilities, and the development of English-language skills can be met by AES; 3) the student will be eligible to graduate before his or her 20th birthday; 4) the student resides in India with a parent or legal guardian; and 5) in the case where neither the student nor either of the parents holds U.S. citizenship, the parents reside temporarily in Delhi. In the case of full capacity and the existence of any wait pool, U.S. passport holders who meet the AES admissions criteria bypass the wait pool and are offered admission. The school year is comprised of two semesters: early August to mid-December and early January to the end of May.
Organization: The school is governed by a 9–member Board of Governors. Seven are elected for 2-year terms by the American Embassy School Association of New Delhi, the sponsor of the school. The U.S. Ambassador appoints 2 nonvoting members. Membership in the association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the school. Members also include teachers.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. general academic, college-preparatory public schools. The school’s assessment program incorporates the NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), and PSAT. Instruction is in English. French, Spanish, and Mandarin are taught as foreign languages. English-as-an-Additional-Language (EAL) is offered for non-English-speaking students. The high school also offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and Advanced Placement courses; average scores for both programs are well above the world averages. Ninety-four percent of the 2019 graduates went directly to colleges and universities in the United States and other countries. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Faculty: In the 2019–2020 school year, there are 171 faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2019–2020 school year, enrollment was 1,115 (PK–grade 5: 524; grades 6–8: 243; and grades 9–12: 348).
Facilities: The school is on a green campus in modern well-equipped buildings, comparable to those of good U.S. private schools. Two libraries, a swimming pool, 2 gyms, and a performing arts center are included. Classroom spaces for grades 3–6 have recently been renovated to create more flexible, collaborative, personalized learning spaces, with plans to expand renovation to more grade levels in future years. The school has invested heavily in effective clean air systems for all indoor spaces.
Finances: In the 2019–2020 school year, 90.4% of the school’s income derives from regular day school tuition and application and capital fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $18,760; K–grade 5: $25,020; grades 6–8: $29,060; and grades 9–12: $30,635. The school also charges a registration fee of $15,000 per student payable on first enrollment in grades PK–12; an application fee of $500; an optional bus fee ranging from $1,300–$2,200, and an optional lunch fee of $700 for grades PK-K and $775 for grades 1–8. Annual English-as-an-Additional-Language (EAL) fees are as follows: K-grade 5: $2,800; grades 6–8: $2,900; and grade 9–10: $1,100. All fees are quoted and payable in U.S. dollars.
Information and statistics are current as of September 2019 and are provided by the school.