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The Rabat American School is an independent, coeducational school which offers a U.S. educational program from prekindergarten through grade l2 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1962. The academic year comprises 2 semesters extending from the end August to the end of January and from the beginning of February to the middle of June.
Organization: The School is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors elected for 2-year terms by the Rabat American School Association, the sponsors of the School. Membership in the Association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School.
Curriculum: The curriculum is highly academic and similar to that of U.S. private schools. Instruction is in English and the International Baccalaureate program is offered for students in grades 10-12. French and Arabic are taught as foreign languages. Desktop publishing, economics, computer science, physical education, yearbook/literary magazine, Moroccan studies, music, art, and student service are included in the curriculum as electives. The School is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Faculty: There are 43 full-time and 11 part-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 31 U.S. citizens, 5 host-country nationals, and 18 third-country nationals..
Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year was 390 (PK-grade 5: 181; grades 6-8: 102 and grades 9-12: 107). Of the total, 69 were U.S. citizens, 157 were host-country nationals, and 164 third-country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, 36 were dependents of U. S. government direct-hire or contract employees, and 33 of U.S. business and foundation employees and other private U.S. citizens.
Facilities: The School is housed on a campus of several acres with facilities including: 2 libraries, a building containing rooms for art, music and foreign language and a computer science center with 3 computer laboratories; an auditorium; a lower elementery classroom area; an upper elementary classroom area; and a secondary building area including a nurse's office. Facilities also include an administrative building, a sports field, a swimming pool, a gymnastics room, locker rooms, weight room, changing rooms, a gymnasium and a cafeteria.
Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, about 98 percent of the School's income derived from regular day school tuition and registration fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK (half-day): $2,800; PKdg. (full-day): $5,300; Kdg. (full day) $7,600; grades l-5: $9,300; grades 6-8: $10,600; and grades 9-12: $10,900. The School also charges a bus fee for round-trip ($700) and one-way ($600); a one-time registration fee of $3,000, payable on enrollment, beginning with kindergarten; and an application fee of $550, which is deductible from tuition fees. These fees are payable U.S. dollars or in Moroccan Dirhams for Moroccan citizens only. (DH 9.72 = $1.00). (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.