Amman JordanAmerican Community School of Amman
The American Community School in Amman, Jordan, is a learning-focused school. To prepare students to be effective and contributing citizens, they must have the knowledge, skills, and competencies to face the changing dynamics of the world. At ACS, we provide students with a standards-based program of study and effective classroom instruction that is grounded in real-life experiences that are developmentally appropriate. We are committed to delivering a guaranteed and viable standards-based curriculum that is rigorous, relevant, and future-focused. We teach, assess, and report on specific learning standards. This is done to ensure learning is meaningful, thoughtful, and relevant in the pursuit of our Mission and Student Profile. Our central location in the Middle East allows for an educational experience that our students are unlikely to experience elsewhere in the world. Jordan is home to Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the Dead Sea, which is located at the lowest point on earth, giving our students the unique opportunity to live and learn in a country steeped in history and tradition. An ACS student’s adventures are not limited to Jordan; our students frequently participate in international academic, sports and fine arts competitions as well as local and international community service opportunities. What started as a small school in a home for American residents in Amman in 1955 has now become a melting pot of international students from over 40 countries in a purpose-built campus in the heart of Amman. These students bring with them their unique traditions and cultural experiences, giving our students a global perspective on life in a small and historical country in the Middle East.
- Day school tuition $8850 - $24510 USD
Grades for day school
12th Grade/Year 13
- Scholarships Available No
- Number of Students 820
- Year founded 1955
- Boarding school tuition No Information
- Curricula Advanced Placement, AP Capstone, US National
- Type Co-ed
Middle States Association
Tuition and Fees for 2020-2021 Academic Year Early Years Program: US$ 8,850 Kindergarten: US$ 12,490 Grades 1 - 5: US$ 15,570 Grades 6 - 8: US$ 19,610 Grades 9 - 12: US$ 24,510 Bus: US$ 1,910 round trip Capital Fund Assessment Fee: US$ 7,500 (non-refundable, non-transferable) Registration Fee: US$ 3,600/ child or US$ 5,700/family (non-refundable, non-transferable) Application Fee: US$ 150 paid online upon completion of the application (non-refundable, non-transferable)
The age cut off date for applicants of Early Years, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 is September 1. Applicants to these grades must meet the age requirement as follows: Early Years: 4 years old before September 1 Kindergarten: 5 years old before September 1 Grade 1: 6 years old before September 1 There is no age cut off date for grades 2 - 12.
- Students can join after the academic year begins Yes
- Waiting List Yes
- Application fee (domestic) $150 USD
- Application fee (international) $150 USD
Our admission is on a rolling basis and our enrollment numbers change frequently. Please check with the admissions office on the availability of the grade level you wish to apply to.
- Assigns homework Yes
- Use of technology in the classroom Yes
- Language of instruction English
- ELL support Yes
- Gifted and talented student support Yes
- Learning support Yes
- Native English teachers Yes
- Languages taught English
- Examinations available Advanced Placement - AP, AP Capstone - APCAP, Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test - PSAT, Scholastic Aptitude Test - SAT
83% expat teachers, 93% certified teachers
Gifted and talented student support
We differentiate instruction in the classrooms where students are challenged at their academic level; whether they require extra support or need to be challenged at an advanced level.
Use of technology in the classroom
Grades 6 - 12 are required to have their own laptops. ACS provides iPads and Chromebooks to elementary students as needed. More information at: https://www.acsamman.edu.jo/about/about-acs/using-technology
The American Community School provides limited services to students with learning difficulties. Students with mild learning difficulties will be considered for enrollment as long as ACS can responsibly serve their learning needs. ACS will not generally admit students with moderate to severe learning difficulties. ACS defines students with mild learning difficulties as: Those students who require additional support in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, mathematics, language processing, and organizational/study habits, in order to access ACS’s academic curriculum/program. Students with mild learning difficulties are within one year of grade-level expectations and do not require modification to the mainstream educational program. (Modification means a change in the curriculum in terms of standards, outcomes, expectations, or level of performance.)
Language courses offered: EYP to grade 5 - Arabic (mandatory); grades 6 - 12 - Arabic, Spanish, or French. Additional languages can also be offered as part of our online classes in high school.
- Bus service Yes
- Sports teams available Yes
- Do students practice religion at the school No
- School start time 8:00am
- School end time EYP at 1:30 pm, KG - grade 12 at 3:00 pm
- Max class size 22
- School provides lunch Yes
- Supervised care before or after school No
- Uniform required No
- Access to an educational psychologist No
- Average class size 20
We offer bus service around 10km from campus. This service is not guaranteed to all students and will depend on location and availability for students enrolled mid-academic year.
View the lunch menu at: https://www.acsamman.edu.jo/student-life/cafeteria-menu
ACS offers language support at different levels for students of dual or multilingual speaking backgrounds, in order that they may participate in all aspects of school life. Depending on the language needs, a student identified as requiring EAL services will be provided with the most suitable level of support.
The American Community School Athletic Program provides a broad range of competitive team and individual sports to aid and promote the personal growth and development of our students. ACS is a member of The South Asia Inter-Schools Association (SAISA) and travels internationally to SAISA tournaments in over 7 countries including Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and Oman. We are also a member of the Amman Athletic Conference (AAC). ACS currently competes in Badminton, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball.
Students in grades 6 - 12 are required to purchase P.E. uniforms from the student store located on campus.
Access to an educational psychologist
ACS has dedicated social/emotional counselors for each division to support students during school hours. We also work closely with leading local psychologists and collaborate with them when necessary.
- University counseling Yes
Click at this link to view college acceptances over the last 5 years: https://www.acsamman.edu.jo/high-school/college-counseling-department/college-acceptances
At the American Community School, the Counseling Department works in close partnership with parents and students to make sure that informed decisions are taken at all stages leading up to college admissions. During this exciting 4-year journey, we are dedicated to supporting each and every ACS student and parent in navigating these important steps. From the tentative beginnings of career exploration, to the final decision, we take pride in understanding our students. We equip our students with the most current information according to individual needs, interests, and ambitions. Our experienced counselors incorporate practical research tools to connect each student with the institutions of higher learning that are the best fit for the student.