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American School of Antananarivo

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Mr. Gerald F. Craig, Director
The American School of Antananarivo (Madagascar)
DOS/Administrative Officer
2040 Antananarivo Place
Washington, D.C. 20521-2040
Tel: 261-20-22-420-39
Fax: 261-20-22-345-39
E-mail: asamad@dts.mg


The American School of Antananarivo (ASA) is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from preschool through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1969. The school year comprises 4 quarters extending from late August through mid-June.

Organization: A five member Board of Directors governs the School. Four members are elected each April by the parents of the enrolled students. The U.S. Ambassador appoints the fifth member. Each member serves a two-year term. The school is administered by the Chief Executive Officer for the Board, whose title is (C.E.O) Director.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. public schools. English is the language of instruction. In the regular curriculum, students study Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, French, Music, Art, Computer, and Library. Health, and physical education are also offered to all students. Limited special education services are available. The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredits ASA through grade 12. Advanced Placement courses are offered in the high school.

Faculty: In the 2000-2001 school year, there are 16 full-time and 3 part-time faculty members, including 12 U.S. and Canadian citizens, 2 host-country nationals and 5 third-country nationals..

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year, enrollment was 134, including 41 U.S. citizens. Of the U.S. enrollment, 14 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire employees and 27 were dependents of other U.S. Citizens.

Facilities: The School is located in a residential area approximately 1 mile from Antananarivo. There is a main building with 2 classrooms and the administrative offices. There are 19 classrooms. There also are well-equipped yards in front of and adjacent to the School for playgrounds. A new library and computer center was opened in September 1997. ASA also added a new building to house the preschool program in September 1999. In the summer of 2000, an additional building was converted to classrooms. There are also new showers for P.E.. Much needed infrastructure work was also completed in the summer of 2000.

Finances: For the 2000-2001 school year, about 95 percent of the School's income derive from regular day school tuition. The annual tuition rates are as follows: PS: $3,121; Pre-K $6,242; Kdg.-grade 4: $9,572; and grades 5-12: $10,300. There is also a yearly registration fee of $250 and a one-time capital levy fee of $1,200. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further with A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs and the like.