Cairo American College (CAC) is an independent coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1945. The school year runs from the third week of August to mid-June.
Organization: A 12-member board of trustees (four elected, five appointed by founding organizations and three by the board) governs the school.
Curriculum: Cairo American College offers a rigorous educational program, which follows a general U.S. standards-referenced curriculum model. The elementary school curriculum is guided by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) and starting in the 11th grade, students may elect to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma. School instruction is in English. World languages include Arabic, French, and Spanish. Arabic is taught in grades 1-12; French and Spanish are offered in grades 6-12. Instruction in English-as-a-Second-Language is offered in grades 1-10. Studies include the history and culture of Egypt, and technology is integrated into instruction school wide. CAC is a non-sectarian institution. Ninety-eight percent of CAC graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States or other countries. Cairo American College holds dual accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and the Council of International Schools.
Faculty: In the 2022-2023 school year, CAC has 326 total staff including 104 teachers, 46 of whom are U.S. citizens, 19 host-country nationals, and 39 third-country nationals from 13 different countries.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, enrollment was 873 (PreK-grade 5 326; grades 6-8: 220; grades 9-12: 327). Of the total, 324 were U.S. citizens, 171 were host-country nationals, and 378 were of other nationalities.
Facilities: Cairo American College is located on 11 acres in Maadi, a suburb about 10 km southeast of Cairo. The instructional and co-curricular programs take place in eight buildings which include 14 science labs, two playing fields, playgrounds, an all-weather track, a heated swimming pool, and a multipurpose basketball/volleyball court. A 520-seat theater houses the drama and dance classes, supplemented by music and art classes in separate buildings. Two athletic facilities encompass gymnasia, a weight room, classrooms, and office and conference spaces. Two state-of-the-art library/media centers serve the campus, one for grades PK-5 and one for the middle and high schools, as do multiple computer labs located throughout the school. CAC continues with major campus renovation. Phase I: new elementary school was completed in the summer of 2010. Phase II: new middle school was completed in the summer of 2012. Phase III: renovation of the HS building began during the summer of 2016 and was completed in the fall of 2021.
Finances: Annual tuition in 2022-2023 is $9,200 for PK 3, $14,300 for PK 4; $26,600 for grades K-5; $27,150 for grades 6-8; and $27,350 for grades 9-12. A $350 application fee is charged at the time of application for admission or readmission, and there is a one-time registration fee of $14,000. Other expenses per year are a $750 plant fee and a $300 capital fee. Per semester expenses include school bus service at $500 inside the Maadi area and $900 outside the Maadi area, and there is a $1000 admissions deposit.
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Egypt, Cairo) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
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