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American Community School of Abu Dhabi

American Community School of Abu Dhabi

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Overview

Founded in 1972, the American Community School of Abu Dhabi is one of the oldest educational institutes in the capital. The school is located on a plot in Al Bateen provided by the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It is a co-educational and non-profit school providing quality education to students aged 4 to 18 years.

The school offers a comprehensive education programme based on the US Curriculum. Students also have the option to opt for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) in Grade 11 and Grade 12. The American Community School of Dubai has over 1,200 students from all over the world. The majority of enrolled students at American Community School (ACS) are North Americans. The teaching staff at school is experienced and qualified. The school’s website reports that most of its teaching staff has advanced qualifications. Students receive ample individual attention and care due to the low teacher to student ratio of 1:9.

The American Community School Abu Dhabi offers a tremendous range of facilities to its students. Each facility is well-maintained and fully supports the academic and non-academic needs of students. It also offers a comprehensive extra-curricular programme that has a wide range of activities for students with different interests.

Read this guide by Bayut that elucidates the curriculum, admission and fee and school facilities of ACS Abu Dhabi.

Residential Communities near American Community School of Abu Dhabi

The school is located in Al Bateen – a popular residential spot for renting villas in Abu Dhabi. Its strategic location makes it accessible to other key areas of Abu Dhabi. Some neighbouring communities are:

Corniche Area, located close to the beaches in Abu Dhabi, is the nearest residential community to the school. It is one of the most sought-after residential spots in the capital known for luxurious apartments. The availability of amenities and tourists spots make it a popular option among locals and tourists alike.

Campus of American Community School of Abu Dhabi

The campus of American Community School (ACS) Abu Dhabi is split into three major sections: elementary school, middle school and high school.

The elementary section is the main building which consists of classrooms for KG1 to Grade 3. Classrooms are bright, spacious and visually appealing. The walls of classrooms and corridors are decorated with artworks made by students. The elementary section also has Arabic language classrooms, an art room, media centre, dance and drama centre and a music room. It also has an atrium that serves as a spot for parents to pick and drop their children.

There is a separate building for students in Grades 4 and 5. The building has a basement level, a multi-purpose spot, rooftop play areas and grade-level gathering areas. Elementary stage students also have outdoor spaces in the form of shaded playgrounds.

Outdoor areas of American Community School where students can play and socialise
Outdoor areas of American Community School Abu Dhabi (Image Credits: American Community School Abu Dhabi Instagram Page)

Classrooms for the middle school stage are built around a central courtyard. The courtyard is decorated with trees, plants, pergolas and round tables that provide a perfect environment for socialising. The middle school section also has an art room, drama room and choir room. To meet the academic needs of middle school students, this section also has three science labs and Techttoo Studios. Other facilities at the school include a black-boxed auditorium with a seating capacity of 400 spectators, two gymnasiums, large playing fields and multipurpose spaces.

Most classrooms in the American Community School of Abu Dhabi are in the high school section. The high school section houses an art room, choir room and drama room. To support the curriculum, there are six science labs, a computer programming and robotics space and a design Tech Fab Lab. The high school section also has a fully equipped gymnasium where students keep themselves fit by lifting weight and going through cardio-based exercises. Besides, it has a media centre, band room and music room that are shared by middle and high school students.

Location of American Community School of Abu Dhabi

Located in Al Bateen, the school is situated in one of the popular residential spots in Abu Dhabi. American Community School is situated behind the Embassies of Colombia and the Republic of Ireland at Mileih Street. Those interested in visiting the school can access it via King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street and Al Bateen Street connecting the school with the rest of Abu Dhabi.

Why American Community School of Abu Dhabi?

American Community School of Abu Dhabi, established in 1972, is one of the oldest schools in Abu Dhabi. With an experience of almost 50 years, the school has made a name for itself by offering quality education to students. The school was originally constructed to support the educational needs of Americans. However, the school also became a popular entity among other nationalities.

The education delivered at ACS Abu Dhabi is of high quality. The syllabus is based on the US State curriculum, which is a widely acknowledged educational programme in the world. It is a commonly followed educational pedagogy for American schools throughout the world. Most students completing their schooling through this curriculum are accepted in top colleges and universities. In fact, the school website reports that 87% of students at this school are accepted by the top three colleges and universities of their choice.

Besides strong curricular roots, the school has a considerable range of facilities. These facilities fully support the academic and non-academic needs of students. Students have access to state-of-the-art technology that elevates the teaching and learning experience. The school uses Apple and Google products, such as iPads and Chromebooks, to support lectures. Moreover, the school has a Virtual Reality (VR) facility, 3D printing technology, production and design lab and a video studio. All the technological support at ACS Abu Dhabi helps in the development of critical thinking, creativity and innovation.

ACS Abu Dhabi follows a highly inclusive admission policy as it accepts students from all backgrounds. Any candidate meeting the admission guidelines can become a part of the school. It is evident from the fact that the school has students from different parts of the world, including Americans, Canadians, Indians and Arabians. The school creates an environment where students feel safe and secure. All students appreciate and embrace differences in culture that helps in the development of an inclusive community.

The school hires a professional teaching staff that is highly qualified and experienced. Most teachers at the school hold advanced qualifications in their teaching fields. This ensures that students are in great hands that have excellent knowledge of their respective fields. They manage the curriculum and enriches it to meet the requirements of the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) and the Ministry of Education (MOE).

Additionally, the American Community School of Abu Dhabi is an accredited school by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a Pennsylvania based non-profit association that accredits US-based schools throughout the world. Moreover, the school is a member of the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA).

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School Details

COVID-19 Protocols

ADEK has issued a revised set of guidelines and protocols for the safe reopening of schools for the academic year 2021-2022. Most COVID-19 protocols remain the same; however, some changes are made to facilitate the learning process. The revised protocols are as follows:

  • At the start of the academic year, ADEK was offering flexible learning modes to students. However, from January 2022, all schools in the UAE  are discontinuing distance learning.
  • All students, faculty members and administrative staff, irrespective of their age or vaccination status, have to produce a negative nasal PCR or Saliva test 14 days before returning to school. The same applies to third-party contractors.
  • ADEK has issued new vaccination guidelines for the academic year 2021-2022. Students aged 3 to 15 years old do not need to get vaccinated to physically return to schools. However, students above 16 years of age need to get two doses of vaccine and must complete 28 days of the second dose before returning to their schools. Vaccination certificates must be verified on the Al Hosn App.
  • Parents can now pick up and drop off their children from the classroom if the school allows. However, schools should ensure that parents do not have access to other facilities on campus.
  • Moreover, ADEK has reduced the minimum physical distance from 1.5 metres to 1 metre. However, schools should continue to take precautions by maintaining a safe distance. Staff members and students above six years old should wear a mask at all times.
  • Schools are now allowed to conduct swimming and sports lessons, holiday camps, extracurricular activities, after-school clubs and catering services under strict health and safety measures. Schools must clean and sanitise the changing and sports areas after each group of children.
  • Students are asked to enter the specific gates wearing facemasks. The school has to check their temperatures at the entry points. Students with body temperatures over 37.5-degree centigrade are not allowed to enter. They will be sent home with their parents.

Years Offered at American Community School of Abu Dhabi

American Community School Abu Dhabi is a K-12 school that educates children aged 4 to 18 years old. The school is split into the following phases of education:

StageGrade
Elementary KG1 to Grade 5
Middle School Grade 6 to Grade 8
High School Grade 9 to Grade 12

American Community School of Abu Dhabi Curriculum

American Community School of Abu Dhabi follows the US curriculum based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The curriculum is followed from kindergarten 1 to Grade 12. However, students have the opportunity to diverge from the Common Core State Standard and opt for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) from Grade 11. IBDP is a highly appreciated high school educational programme practised in many schools throughout the world. IB curriculum focuses on the provision of practical and technical skills for students to succeed in their professional lives. Students completing the IB or Common Core State Standard are accepted in top colleges and universities of their choice.

Elementary School Curriculum

In the elementary stage, the school follows the CCSS based American curriculum for core subjects and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for science subjects. American Community School Abu Dhabi aims to develop capable readers, writers, scientists, mathematicians, athletes, artists and global citizens.

Students study the following subjects in the elementary stage:

Arabic
Art
Dance
Drama
Literacy
Music
Innovation
Physical Education (PE)
Social Emotional Learning
students using technological gadgets for completing curricular activities at ACS Abu Dhabi
Secondary Stage Students of ACS Abu Dhabi engaged in a curricular activity (Image Credit: American Community School of Abu Dhabi Instagram Page)

Middle School Curriculum

In middle school, ACS Abu Dhabi continues the educational programme based on the common core state standards. However, the level of difficulty for each subject increases. The middle school curriculum tremendously focuses on the cognitive, social and physical development of students. It creates opportunities for students to participate in sports, artistic and creative and academic endeavours. The middle school educational programme aims to develop academically sound students with extra-ordinary non-academic skills.

The core subjects in the middle school’s syllabus are:

Humanities Science
Maths Physical Education
Wellness World Language

Please note that the world languages include French, Spanish, Arabic as a First Language (AFL) and Arabic as a Second Language (ASL).

Encore opportunities for middle school students of ACS Abu Dhabi are:

Drama Technology
Band Art
Choir

Besides, students in middle school must participate in Physical Education classes and activities. For these classes, students need to wear tennis shoes, socks and the PE uniform prescribed by ASC Abu Dhabi.

Like the elementary stage, the school follows the same assessment methods in middle school. The assessment methods are formative, summative and standardised assessments.

Other support services, such as Fun After School (FAS), sports teams, Middle Eastern Schools Activities Conference (MESAC), etc. are available to middle school students.

High School Curriculum

In high school, students have the option to either continue the American curriculum or follow the syllabus based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. The courses offered to students in high school are:

Creative Arts Design Innovations
English Islamic Studies
Mathematics Physical Education
Science Social Studies
Student Support World Languages

For more information, check out the handbook for the higher secondary stage of American Community School.

Distance Learning

As per the instructions of The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), all schools across the UAE will discontinue distance learning from January 2022.

ADEK Rating

Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) is a governmental education regulatory body. Founded in 2005, ADEK aims to improve and sustain the quality of education offered by educational institutes in Abu Dhabi. It inspects the performances of schools every 18 to 24 months and issues a detailed report. These reports provide an overview of the judgement made by ADEK based on a six-point rating scale. The scale consists of the following ratings: outstanding, very good, good, acceptable, weak and very weak. A brief explanation of each rating scale is given below:

ADEK rating scale
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ADEK last inspected American Community School for the year 2016-17. In that inspection, ADEK rated the overall performance of the school as very good. ADEK rated the students’ achievements, personal development and innovation, and teaching and assessment standards as very good. Whereas, in the curriculum, protection, care and support, and leadership and management standards, it was rated good.

Moreover, the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge identified the following positive of American Community School:

  • The students’ attainment in science, mathematics and English.
  • The school supports the learning of students by offering a wide range of sports, academic, technological and creative programmes.
  • American Community School has a safe, secure and well-resourced campus.
  • The students of ACS Abu Dhabi have demonstrated positive behaviour and attitude towards learning.

Nevertheless, the school can focus on the following to improve its rating:

  • ACS Abu Dhabi needs to combat the curriculum issues such as provisions for Arabic subjects, especially UAE Social Studies, through decisive actions.
  • It also needs to elevate the quality of teaching and attainment of students in Arabic-medium subjects.
  • Also, the school needs to improve self-evaluation and governance to better address the required approvals for changes in curriculum and school trips.

Academic Calendar for American Community School of Abu Dhabi

American Community School of Abu Dhabi follows the ADEK approved academic calendar to plan school events. The academic calendar for the year 2021-2022 starts in August and ends in July. This academic year is planned to have 186 school days.

The first term starts in the last week of August and ends in the second week of December. This is followed by a three-week winter break that ends in the last week of December.

The second term starts in the first week of January and ends in the fourth week of March. Students then go on a spring break that ends in the first week of April.

The third term starts right after the end of the spring break and ends in the first week of July.

Besides the aforementioned events, the school remain close on several national, international and religious events. For more information, check out the school calendar of American Community School.

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Admission and Fees

How to Apply to American Community School of Abu Dhabi?

American Community School is an inclusive school that accepts applications from all. To book a school tour, email at fd@acs.sch.ae or call +971 02 6815115 (Ext: 444). You can also fill out the school tour form to book a tour.

To apply, fill the pre-application form with the required document. Please note that the school only reviews completed applications. In case of any confusion while filling out the form, contact the school or visit the website.

Once the pre-application form is filled, you would have to use the application portal to manage the application process.

You may have to submit the following documents on the application portal to proceed with the admission request:

  • Report cards (Previous two years and current report)
  • Standardised test results
  • Confidential assessment forms
  • High school transcript (for admission in Grade 10 to Grade 12)
  • Relevant documentation for special education needs (if any)
  • Application fee

Additional documents required to complete the admission process are:

  • Birth certificate
  • Immunisation record
  • Passport information page of the candidate and parents
  • Passport-size photo
  • UAE residency visa of the applicant and his or her parents/sponsor
  • Emirates ID
  • Sponsoring Parent’s Letter of Employment or Letter of Offer from UAE employer if not yet living in UAE
  • Transfer certificate

Those applying from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Western Europe and the US does not need any attestation for a transfer certificate. Whereas, students applying from countries in Asia, South and Central America, Africa, former Russian states and Mexico need to get their certificates attested by the following authorities:

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country of the previous school
  • Ministry of education in the country of the previous school
  • UAE Embassy in the country of the previous school

Students applying from Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE (outside Abu Dhabi) need to get their certificate attested by the Ministry of Education of that country or Emirate.

The age-grade guidelines followed by ACS Abu Dhabi are:

GradeMinimum Entry AgeMaximum Entry AgeMinimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Kindergarten 1
Minimum Entry Age
4
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Kindergarten 2
Minimum Entry Age
5
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Grade 1
Minimum Entry Age
6
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Grade 2
Minimum Entry Age
7
Maximum Entry Age
9
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
6
Grade
Grade 3
Minimum Entry Age
8
Maximum Entry Age
10
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
7
Grade
Grade 4
Minimum Entry Age
9
Maximum Entry Age
11
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
8
Grade
Grade 5
Minimum Entry Age
10
Maximum Entry Age
12
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
9
Grade
Grade 6
Minimum Entry Age
11
Maximum Entry Age
13
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
10
Grade
Grade 7
Minimum Entry Age
12
Maximum Entry Age
14
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
11
Grade
Grade 8
Minimum Entry Age
13
Maximum Entry Age
15
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
12
Grade
Grade 9
Minimum Entry Age
14
Maximum Entry Age
17
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
13
Grade
Grade 10
Minimum Entry Age
15
Maximum Entry Age
18
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
14
Grade
Grade 11
Minimum Entry Age
16
Maximum Entry Age
19
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
15
Grade
Grade 12
Minimum Entry Age
17
Maximum Entry Age
20
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
16

This is based on the age of the students on 31st August (for schools beginning in September). Source: ADEK

* This is to cater to students transferring from systems that admit students of a younger age)

For more information, view the application requirements and procedures at American Community School Abu Dhabi.

Fee Structure at American Community School of Abu Dhabi

The American Community School Abu Dhabi fees are as follows:

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee charged at ACS Abu Dhabi per annum is:

GradeAnnual Tuition Fee (AED)
KG1 47,200
KG2 to Grade 5 70,700
Grade 6 to Grade 8 71,500
Grade 9 to Grade 12 85,500

Parents can pay the tuition fee at once in August or can pay the fee in the following instalments:

  • First instalment: 35% of the annual tuition fee (payable before June 1)
  • Second instalment: 30% of the annual tuition fee (payable before September 1)
  • Third instalment: 35% of the annual tuition fee (payable before December 1)

Moreover, parents can pay the tuition fee using the following payment options:

  • Cash payment – in UAE Dirhams only
  • Cheque – Dirham cheques using local UAE banks and Dollar cheques using US bank

Wire transfer – the bank information is given below:

  • Account Title: The American Community School of Abu Dhabi
  • Bank: First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)
  • Branch: Bateen Branch
  • Account Number: 1481203128007056
  • IBAN: AE560351481203128007056 
  • Swift Code: NBADAEAABAT

The school also accepts fees via credit card with Visa or Mastercard options.

Application Fee

The application fee is AED 630 which is inclusive of VAT. Please note that it is non-refundable and will not be adjusted in the tuition fee.

Reservation Fee

American Community School charges a reservation fee of AED 3,000 to secure admission. Please note that it is a refundable fee that is adjusted in the annual tuition fee. Parents need to pay the reservation fee within seven days of acceptance of the admission offer.

Capital Fee

The school charges a non-refundable capital fee that is paid once by the parents. The capital fee is AED 18,700 that is spent on the maintenance of the facility and other capital expenditures.

For further information on fees, refund policy, and force majeure, view the fees structure of American Community School Abu Dhabi.

Scholarships at ACS Abu Dhabi

Currently, the school does not offer any scholarship programme to its students.

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School Facilities

Lunch Options at ACS Abu Dhabi

The school has a cafeteria with a fully furnished kitchen that helps in developing healthy food in a hygienic environment. All the food items are prepared in the school’s kitchen and are sold at affordable prices. The cafeteria serves as an area where students socialise with classmates and other peers. Moreover, students can also enjoy home-packed lunch boxes at the cafeteria.

School Transportation at ACS Abu Dhabi

American Community School of Abu Dhabi (ACS) does not provide school transport services to students. Most parents drop and pick their children from school by themselves. Others use private transport services that pick and drop children to and from school. Nearby students often come to school on their cycle or foot.

Boarding Facility at American Community School of Abu Dhabi

American Community School Abu Dhabi is a day-only school and does not offer any boarding or hostel-related services to students. Therefore, the school is a better option for those living near the school. Several residential communities near the school are aforementioned in this guide.

Sports Facilities

The school is equipped with a wide range of sports facilities that ensure students live an active physical life. The elementary section of the school houses rooftop play areas and two shaded playgrounds for students in kindergarten and elementary stages.

The high-school section of the campus encompasses the majority of sports facilities. There exist two gymnasiums equipped with cardio-related and weight lifting equipment. Students in high school are often found working on their fitness at gymnasiums.

There also exists a 25-metre swimming pool. The pool is shaded with the appropriate cover and is temperature-controlled to ensure students can also swim in winters. The pool was reconditioned with coating and shading in 2016.

Swimming pool at American Community School of Abu Dhabi
A glimpse of the newly constructed swimming pool at American Community School of Abu Dhabi (Image Credit: American Community School of Abu Dhabi Instagram Page)

Moreover, the school has two artificial (AstroTurf-based) sports fields where students can play football and other outdoor sports. These sports fields are also used to arrange annual sports competitions. One field is surrounded by a five-lane rubber-based athletic track. Besides, the school has large open spaces for outdoor sports and extracurricular activities.

Extra-curricular Activities at American Community School of Abu Dhabi

American Community School has an outstanding extra-curricular programme. The programme is developed considering the mission and vision of the school. These programmes help in cultivating modern-day skills among students. Whether the students are interested in arts or athletics or robotics or community service, the school got it covered. The extra-curricular activities are split into the following segments:

Arts

Arts-related extracurricular activities make up most of the non-academic activities at the school.  American Community School of Abu Dhabi believes that arts play an important role in the overall growth and development of children. It is also reflected in the school’s mission statement and is also implemented across the school. Students of ACS Abu Dhabi benefit from the international exchange programme where they participate in various arts-related activities and are taught by professionals. The art teachers ensure cross-curricular links, skill development and multicultural understanding.

In the elementary section, the school offers the following arts-related activities include:

Dance Drama
Virtual Arts Music

In middle and high school, the aforementioned activities are split into specialised art forms.

Band

Students of ACS Abu Dhabi participate in a school band where they learn the art of playing multiple musical instruments. One of the popular band-related extra-curricular activities at this school is the MS Invitational. Students are invited to perform in Muscat. Other noteworthy opportunities for students in the school band are:

AMIS International Honour Band in London Abu Dhabi Select Band/Honor Band
MESAC Fine Arts festival in Dubai Pit orchestra for the musical Grease

Chorus

Students with exceptional singing talent and skills can participate in Chorus activities. Chorus is available for students in Grade 6 to Grade 12 where they learn about singing, cultures, periods and genres. The choral programme at American Community School has three choirs in middle school and two choirs in high school. Students in chorus related extra-curricular activities have the opportunity to travel abroad and participate in international competitions and events.

Visual Arts

Another vibrant art-related extra-curricular programme at school is Visual Arts. The virtual art studio at the campus is the area where students learn many skills. The production art team at ACS Abu Dhabi works throughout the year and focuses on building strong virtual art skills among students. Moreover, students are taken to different museums and places of artistic importance in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The main visual art activities at the school are the Senior Fine Arts Festival, IB art show and Sister Cities Art contest.

Theatre

Those interested in showcasing their talent on stage can participate in theatre activities at American Community School. The major activities include:

One act plays Comedy
Musical Tragedy
Puppetry Improvisation

Dance

Dance is another important art-related activity at ACS Abu Dhabi. Here, the students learn the art of different dance forms, how to warm up and prevent oneself from injury while dancing and other complexities.

Athletics

Athletics is another important part of the extra-curricular activity at American Community School. The range of sports facilities ensures students can participate in multiple sports activities. Mini-viper is a part of the sports extra-curricular programme at ACS Abu Dhabi. It includes the following sports activities:

Girls Basketball
Boys Basketball
Girls Soccer
Boys Soccer
Softball
Ping Pong
Academic games
Varsity academic games
Swimming
Boys Volleyball
Girls Volleyball
Cross Country
Tennis
Softball
Badminton
Boys Baseball
Girls Baseball
Track and Field
ping pong as an extra-curricular activity at ACS Abu Dhabi
Sports-related extra-curricular activity at ACS Abu Dhabi includes ping pong (Image Credit: American Community School of Abu Dhabi Instagram Page)

Club Activities

The extra-curricular programme at American Community School Abu Dhabi contains club activities. The club arranges several activities that help in building key modern-day skills among students. These clubs are split into elementary section clubs, middle school clubs and high-school clubs.

Elementary Clubs

The noteworthy clubs offered to the student in the elementary stage are:

Pearls Girls scout
Boys scout ACS player
ASPR Mini Vipers

Roots and shoots by Jane Goodall is an external club for young learners where children learn the impact of positive environmental actions on the environment and society. They have recently launched a twinning programme where children in schools in the UAE and the UK will learn about each other’s habitat, culture, wildlife, religion and much more.

Middle School Clubs

In middle school, students can join Robotics, boys’ scout and Fun After School (FAS) clubs.

Robotics is a school-initiated extra-curricular programme that aims to build technological and engineering skills among students. Technology has become an inevitable part of modern-day lives and American Community School is taking initiatives like Robotics to integrate technology into the life of students.

High School Clubs

In high school, students have the most extra-curricular club options. Some noteworthy clubs are:

Animal Action
Athletics or Activities council
Books for connection
Circle of life
Creative writing
Dance crew
Hands-on Haiti
Enterprise club
Green team
Human rights club
Habitat for humanity
iVipers
MSF / Doctors with borders
Model United Nations (MUN)
Palestine children’s relief funds
Protect the fighter
Prom committee
Robotics
Viper as extra-curricular activity at American Community School Abu Dhabi
Students of American Community School participated in Viper where they visited different places in the UAE (Image Credit: American Community School of Abu Dhabi Instagram Page)

Model United Nations (MUN) is one of the most anticipated extra-curricular events at the school. The middle school students learn about international relations, foreign policies, diplomacy and politics by representing state members of the United Nations. It is an educational simulation of the UN that serves as an opportunity for them to gain exposure to international problems.

Whereas, Tri-M is a community based extra-curricular activity that runs charity and donation drives to help those in need.

Field Trips from American Community School of Abu Dhabi

The school arranges several field trips for its students. These trips are for educational and recreational purposes. Mostly, the school takes children to outdoor parks, indoor entertainment centres and museums. American Community School has also arranged several international trips for its students. These events include visits to London and New Delhi for participating in international arts-related competitions. Also, the school arranges a trip to Mecca, Saudi Arabia for Umrah.

Field trip to KSA by ACS Abu Dhabi
Students of ACS Abu Dhabi went to Makkah, Saudi Arabia, to perform Umrah. The activity was planned by the school. (Image Credit: American Community School of Abu Dhabi Instagram Page)

After-school Care at American Community School of Abu Dhabi

The school offers an extensive after-school care programme known as the Fun After School (FAS) programme. The FAS programme runs throughout the year and focuses on developing well-rounded students. As the name suggests, the activities are designed to be fun, creative and interactive.  From cooking to Model United Nations (MUN), students have a wide range of options all resulting in the development of non-academic skills. Most extra-curricular at American Community School Abu Dhabi are offered as after-school activities.

Medical Care at American Community School of Abu Dhabi

The school has a medical clinic where students and staff are provided with proper medical care. The clinic is well-equipped and is capable of dealing with small to minor injuries and illnesses. The school’s medical staff is experienced and more than capable to handle students and staff suffering from illnesses. The health and wellness office page at American Community School Abu Dhabi is regularly updated with key information.

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Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

There are several modes of communication for teachers and parents to interact with one another and with the school. For parents, the parent portal is the most commonly used mode of communication. By entering correct login credentials, parents can gain access to vital information. This includes attendance records, teachers’ feedback, gallery and videos, circulars, news and much more.

Moreover, the school website is another important source of communication at school. Both teachers and parents use the website to gain detailed information on curriculum, admission policy and procedures, fee structure and much more. Additionally, the website provides information on extra-curricular projects, such as athletics, parents and much more. Some information is password protected and can only be accessed by students and parents.

Parent-teaching conferences is another important mode of communication where teachers and parents can interact with one another. The school arranges parent-teacher conferences throughout the year. However, teachers can call out meetings if students are performing consistently below grade-level expectations, students that are in danger of not advancing to the next grades or students having other issues. These meetings help teachers and parents to discuss the progress of children. These conferences also help in developing a combined action that can help to address students’ weaknesses.

Nevertheless, parents and the wider community can access the information available on social media pages. The social media pages of American Community School are regularly updated with news, images of exciting school events and much more. Parents and teachers can also contact each other through the school designated WhatsApp groups. These groups include parents of students studying in the same grade and their teachers.

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