The American Community Schools of Athens, Inc. is an independent, coeducational day school system, which offers an educational program from junior kindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school was established in 1945. The 2022-2023 school year comprises two semesters extending from September 7 to January 27 and from January 30 to June 16.
Organization: The schools are governed by an 18-member board of trustees. Fifteen of the members are appointed, and three are elected by the parents of children enrolled in the schools. The schools have been designated as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and are incorporated in the state of Delaware. The schools have also been designated as tax-exempt in Greece and are licensed by the Greek government.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of comprehensive U.S. general academic, college-preparatory, public and private schools. Honors courses, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, the AP program, and extended after-school student activities programs are also offered. Instruction is in English. Greek, French, German, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese are taught. Optimal learning services are available for children with mild learning disabilities. Approximately 95-100 percent of the graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States and other countries. ACS Athens was reaccredited in grades K-12 with the highest and most sophisticated “Sustaining Excellence” protocol by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Institute of Innovation and Creativity offers a variety of college-level courses and other innovative programs that provide unique educational experiences to all students. Beginning the fall of 2019, the Institute has been offering online courses via its new virtual school.
Faculty: In the 2022-2023 school year, ACS Athens has 218 total staff including 117 teachers, 55 of whom are U.S. citizens, 51 host-country nationals, and 11 third-country nationals from U.S., Spain, Mexico, Cyprus, South Africa, Australia, Greece, China, Germany, Lebanon. Academic Degree(s) in Education and relevant field, valid US teaching certificate/license or registration to the Greek Ministry of Education and at least two years of full-time classroom teaching experience at the elementary/secondary level, in the US school systems.
Enrollment: For school year 2022-2023, enrollment is 1,127 (JK-grade 12). Of the total, 194 were U.S. citizens, 487 were host-country nationals, and 389 were third-country nationals.
Facilities: The school’s facilities are in Halandri, seven miles north of Athens. There are three schools: elementary school, middle school, and high school. Facilities include libraries, science labs and art studios, computer centers, academy, middle school and elementary writing and math studios, a cafeteria, playgrounds, a gymnasium, tennis courts, a turf soccer field, and a state-of-the-art theater, as well as an Olympic-size swimming pool, gymnasium, and a newly renovated cafeteria. In the 2015-2016 school year, a new state-of-the-art science laboratory was inaugurated at the elementary school. It is the only elementary school science lab in Europe. In the spring of 2022, the school inaugurated a new Early Childhood state of the art playground.
Finances: In school year 2022-2023, about 99% of the school’s income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows JK: $6,189; K: $8,168; grades 1-5: $10,371; grades 6-8: $11,269; and grades 9-12: $12,394.
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile ( [367 KB]) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
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