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The American Community School of Abu Dhabi (ACS) is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from preschool through grade 12 for English-speaking students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1972. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from early September to January and from January to June.
Organization: The School is governed by an 8-member Board of Trustees. All members are elected for overlapping 2-year terms by members of the ACS Association, which is comprised of parents of children enrolled in the School. Officers of the Board are elected by the Board of Trustees.
Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that of U.S. general academic public schools through grade 8. From grade 9, the curriculum is college-preparatory. Instruction is in English. Spanish, French, and Arabic are taught as foreign languages. A full program of extracurricular activities is offered, including sports, drama, band, and chorus. The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Faculty: There are 57 full-time and 10 part-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 54 U.S. citizens and 13 third-country nationals.
Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year was 621 (Kdg. I-grade 5: 268; grades 6-8: 167; and grades 9-12: 186). Of the total, 246 were U.S. citizens, 42 were host-country nationals, and 333 were third-country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, 21 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees, 102 of U.S. business and foundation employees, and 123 of other private U.S. citizens.
Facilities: The School has 54 regular classrooms, a media center, 4 computer laboratories, a health and counseling center, and special rooms for art, science, and music. Facilities also include a cafeteria, a gymnasium/stage, 2 tennis courts, a swimming pool, a fitness center, and 2 lighted playing fields. All rooms are carpeted and air-conditioned. The main building was completed in 1975, and the elementary school was completed in September 2000.
Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, about 99 percent of the School's income derives from regular day school tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Kdg. I: $4,561: Kdg. II-grade 5: $8,738: grades 6-8: $8,738; and grades 9-12: $10,705. There is an additional charge of $1,500 for every new student starting from Kdg.II. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
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