The American School Foundation (ASF) was founded in 1888. The school’s mission statement reads: “The American School Foundation, A.C. is an inclusive and diverse community, offering an international, academically rigorous, university-preparatory curriculum based upon the best of American independent education. In all aspects of life, we strive to be at our best: we love learning, live purposefully, and are empathetic, responsible, contributing citizens in an increasingly interconnected world.” ASF works to cultivate diversity and celebrate achievement, especially in the areas of academics, the arts, athletics, community service, and entrepreneurship. ASF offers an educational program from early childhood (age three) through grade 12 for qualified students of all nationalities. The school year is composed of two semesters extending from mid-August through mid-December and early January through mid-June.
Organization: The school is governed by a 15-member board of trustees elected for three-year terms by The American School Foundation. Foundation membership is open only to U.S. citizens living in Mexico. A nominal membership fee is charged and the school has been designated a tax-exempt organization in the U.S. and Mexico. The school is accredited in the U.S. through Cognia and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). ASF has special agreements with Mexico’s Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP) and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), under which students’ studies may be certified in order for them to transfer to other Mexican/Latin American schools and universities.
Curriculum: ASF offers a U.S. college-preparatory program and the opportunity to meet all requirements for U.S. and Mexican university admission. Instruction is in English, with extensive Spanish options offered as well. ASF expects all students to become bilingual. ASF is an IB World School. ASF’s Early Childhood Center and Lower School follow the IB Primary Years Program. About a quarter of the graduating class will complete the full IB Diploma, and many more will receive IB certificates for their coursework. ASF also offers a rich assortment of Advanced Placement courses at the Upper School level, giving students the opportunity to challenge themselves and earn university credit. About a third of our graduates attend colleges and universities in the United States, with the rest attending universities in Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere.
Faculty: In the 2022-2023 school year, ASF has 595 total staff including 290 teachers, 83 of whom are U.S. citizens, 179 host-country nationals, and 28 third-country nationals. Our faculty and staff represent 16 countries, including the UK, Canada, Venezuela, Ecuador, Uruguay, Honduras, Czech Republic, Ireland, Sweden, Congo, Germany, Italy, Bolivia and Austria.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, enrollment was 2,522. Of the total, 755 were U.S. citizens, 1,240 were host-country nationals, and 507 were third-country nationals.
Facilities: The school occupies a 14.6-acre campus on the west side of Mexico City. There are 16 buildings, including administrative offices, the early childhood center, the lower school (with a MakerSpace), the middle school, the upper school, a cafeteria, a snack bar, a covered pool, an underground parking lot, a bus transportation center housing 78 buses, a football field with outdoor track, other athletic fields, two multipurpose gyms, a fine arts center, and a wellness center.
Finances: Annual tuition fees for 2022-2023 are as follows: early childhood: $192,800 pesos; grades 1-5: $249,300 pesos; grades 6-8: $269,350 pesos; and grades 9-12: $275,200 pesos. Annual registration fees are as follows: early childhood: $38,560 pesos; grades 1-5: $49,860 pesos; grades 6-8: $53,870 pesos; and grades 9-12: $55,040 pesos. A one-time admission fee of $7,000 U.S. dollars is charged to all students. (All fees, except the admission fee, quoted in Mexican pesos.)
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Mexico, Mexico City) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
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