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  Dr. George Besculides, Superintendent
American Community Schools of Athens, Inc.
129 Aghias Paraskevis Street
152 34 Halandri
Athens, Greece
Tel. 30-1-6393-200
Fax 30-1-6390-051
E-mail: acs@acs.gr


The American Community Schools of Athens, Inc., is an independent, coeducational day school system which offers an educational program from preschool through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The System was established in 1945. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from September 1 to January 21 and from January 26 to June 22.

Organization: The Schools are governed by an 8-member Board of Education, elected by the Parents' Association. Membership in the Association is conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School. The Schools have been designated as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and are incorporated in the State of Delaware. The Schools have also been designated as tax-exempt in Greece and are licensed by the Greek government.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of comprehensive U.S. general academic, college-preparatory public and private schools. Honors courses, the International Baccalaureate program (Primary Years Program and diploma program), and extended after-school student activities programs are also offered. Instruction is in English. Greek, French, German, Spanish, and Arabic are taught. Optimal Match services are available for children with mild learning disabilities. Approximately 95 percent of the graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States and other countries. Grades K-12 are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Faculty: There are 72 full-time and 6 part-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 50 U.S. citizens, 14 host-country nationals, and 14 third-country nationals.

Enrollment: Enrollment at the opening of the 2000-2001 school year was 718 (PS-grade 12). Of the total, 317 were U.S. citizens, 129 were host-country nationals, and 272 were of other nationalities. Of the U.S. enrollment, 37 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees and 280 of private U.S. citizens.

Facilities: The School facilities are in Halandri, 7 miles north of Athens. There are 3 schools: elementary school (PS-grade 5), middle school (grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12). Facilities include libraries, science and art complexes, computer centers, a cafeteria, playgrounds, a gymnasium, tennis courts, and a turf soccer field.

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: PS-Kdg.: $4,564; grade 1: $5,858; grade 2: $5,950; grade 3: $6,040; grade 4: $6,136; grade 5: $6,230; grade 6: $6,420; grade 7: $6,520; grade 8: $6,614; grade 9: $7,100; grade 10: $7,2089; grade 11: $7,306; and grade 12: $7,414. There is a registration fee of $136-$476 payable on first enrollment in the School. The transportation fee is $900-$1,166. Other fees include textbooks at $136 to $272; capital assessment at $136; technology fee at $54; IB (full diploma) at $408; and English-as-a-Second-Language/Optimal Match fees at $1,088. These fees are payable in Greek drachmae or U.S. dollars. (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.