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The American School of Paris is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 13 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1946 and was the first of its kind in Europe. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from late August to late June for the Upper School and a trimester system for grades Kdg.-8.
Organization: The School is governed by a Board of Trustees, elected for 3-year terms, who in turn appoint a headmaster as the chief executive officer of the School. The administrative group consists of an assistant headmaster, a business manager and 3 directors for the Lower School (PK-grade 5), Middle School (grades 6-8) and Upper School (grades 9-12). The School is recognized as a nonprofit institution under French law and is incorporated under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. college-preparatory schools and also prepares students for the International Baccalaureate (IB). The School emphasizes the learning of French and makes extensive use of Paris and surrounding regions as curriculum resources. Teaching-of-English-as-a-Foreign-Language is also offered for non-English-speaking students. Elective courses offered in the Upper School include Advanced Placement (AP) and IB courses, as well as art history, photography, Spanish, electronic music, ceramics, chorus, instrumental music, and computer instruction. Extracurricular activities include sports, drama, music, student government, clubs, and community service organizations. The School has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools since 1959.
Faculty: There are 66 full-time and 28 part-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 57 U.S. citizens, 17 host-country nationals, and 20 third-country nationals.
Enrollment: Enrollment at the opening of the 2000-2001 school year was 764 (PK-grade 5: 285; grades 6-8: 166; and grades 9-13: 313). Of the total, 425 were U.S. citizens, 47 were host-country nationals, and 292 were third-country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, 48 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees and 377 of U.S. business and foundation employees and other private U.S. citizens.
Facilities: Facilities, on the 12-acre campus include 2 cafeterias, an adventure playground, a newly renovated field house, a track and field course, computer laboratories in each school, a photography laboratory, 3 art studios, music studios (choral, instrumental and electronic), 2 libraries, and a Performing Arts Center that seats 400. More than 270 computers are available for students and information technology is fully integrated throughout the School.
Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, about 95 percent of the School's income derives from regular day school tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Kdg. I: $9,628; Kdg. II-grade 5: $12,386; grades 6-8: $13,958; and grades 9-12: $14,400. The School also charges a bus transportation fee of $1,576 to $1,782, an application fee of $500, and a capital assessment admission fee of $3,570 on a one-time basis for new students. These fees are payable in French francs, Euros or U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars, based on an exchange rate of $1 US = 7.295 FF.)
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.