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|Mrs. Catherine Bashshur, Head of School
American Community School
P.O. Box 8129
The American Community School is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from nursery through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1905. The school year comprises 3 terms extending from September through June.
Organization: The School is governed by a 14-member self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees currently meets 2 times a year in the United States and Lebanon. The School operates under a charter from the New York State Board of Regents and the Lebanese Ministry of Education. The School is incorporated as a not-for-profit educational organization, registered in the State of New York.
Curriculum: The curriculum is based on the U.S. philosophy of education, with the majority of basic texts and materials coming from the United States. The language of instruction is English. Arabic is taught at all grade levels as a first or second language. French is introduced at grade 3. The curriculum is very demanding in all disciplines at all levels. The upper school has 3 programs: the U.S. college preparatory program which includes Advanced Placement courses, the International Baccalaureate Program and the Lebanese Baccalaureate Program. In the last 5 years, 100% of the graduates have attended colleges and universities in Lebanon, the United States, and Europe. The standardized testing program includes the Stanford Achievement tests, PSAT, SAT I and II, TOEFL, NAGLIERI (non-verbal ability test) and the career interest inventory test for middle school. The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and licensed by the Lebanese Ministry of Education. Faculty: There are 132 full-time and 7 part-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 42 U.S. citizens, 72 host-country nationals, and 25 third-country nationals.
Enrollment: Enrollment at the opening of the 2000-2001 school year was 997 (N-grade 5: 505: grades 6-8: 194; and grades 9-12: 298). Of the total, 310 were U.S. citizens, 377 were host-country nationals, and 310 were third-country nationals. All U.S. students were dependents of private U.S. citizens, including 50 dependents of American University of Beirut faculty members and 17 of American Community School faculty members.
Facilities: The School is housed in 4 purpose-built facilities, including 2 academic buildings with 4 science laboratories, 2 library/media centers, 2 auditoriums, 2 computer laboratories, 1 administration/residential/classroom building, and a gymnasium with additional classrooms for art and music. The School is located 1/2 block from the Mediterranean Sea on 16,000 square meters of land, adjacent to the American University of Beirut.
Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, about 90 percent of the School's income derives from regular day school tuition and other fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: N-Kdg.I: $5,339; Kdg.II-grade 5: $7,236; grades 6-9: $7,722; grades 10-11: $8,013; and grade 12: $8,449. The School also charges a development fee of $1,000 upon first enrollment, a testing fee of $43, and an annual registration fee of $600. These fees are payable in Lebanese pounds. (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 of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs, and the like.