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The Casablanca American School founded in 1973, is an independent, coeducational day school which offers U.S. and International Baccalaureate-oriented education from nursery through grade 12. The school year comprises 2 semesters that extend from early September through mid June.
Organization: The School is a branch of the Rabat American School Association and is governed by a 7-member Board of Directors and one representative of the U.S. Consulate General. The Board is responsible to the Casablanca American School Association.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. and international private university-preparatory schools. Instruction is in English. Advanced Placement and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program are offered in grades 11 and 12 and the IB Middle Years Program is offered in grades 6-10. Specialist subjects include art, computer, health, music and physical education. French is a mandatory second language in grades 2-12, and Arabic is mandatory for Moroccans and available to Arabic speakers in grades 2-12. Computers are available in the Upper School and Lower School labs as well as in the library and some classrooms. After-school sports, such as track and swimming, are conducted at local facilities. Soccer, volleyball, basketball, and other team sports are offered at the school.
Faculty: There are 53 full-time and 8 part-time faculty members, 15 lower and upper school classroom aides, and 4 teaching interns in the 2000-2001 school year. Of the total, there are 42 U.S. citizens, 18 host-country nationals, and 20 third-country nationals.
Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year was 516 (N-grade 5: 298; and grades 6-12: 218). Of the total, 59 were U.S. citizens, 297 were host-country nationals, and 160 third-country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, 8 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees, 8 were dependents of U.S. business and foundation employees, and 43 were dependents of other private U.S. citizens.
Facilities: In September 1989, the School moved into its current purpose-built facility in a residential area 9 kilometers from the city's center. The plant includes a preschool with 6 classrooms; an administration building with reception area, school store, 2 conference rooms, a photocopy room, and offices; and a library/staff building with an audio-visual room, a 2-level library, a staff common room, and 2 classrooms. The main building consists of 27 classrooms; a multipurpose/classroom; an art studio; a staff office; a music room, 2 computer laboratories; and chemistry, physics, and biology laboratories. Facilities also include a gymnasium with staff and student locker rooms, a kitchen and dining hall, a PE office, a second art studio, an infirmary, a counselor's office, and a sports field.
Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, about 97 percent of the School's income derives from regular day school tuition and registration fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: N-Kdg.: $3,828; Pre1-grade 6: $7,972; and grades 7-12: $9,328. The School also charges a one-time admission fee of $1,120, an application/examination fee of $85, a capital levy/building fee of $560, a registration fee of $85, a sports fee of actual cost, a PTA fee of $22, and a transportation fee where applicable. These fees are payable in Moroccan dirhams or U.S. dollars. (All of the above 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.