About Us

The American School of Alexandria offers the American curriculum for grades K-12. The American School of Alexandria is accredited by the Egyptian Ministry of Education as a co-educational, university/college, preparatory school, which adheres to the American curriculum and grants the American High School Diploma. Furthermore, the American School of Alexandria is accredited by AdvancED. In architecture and design, the School is modern and purpose built. The American curriculum stresses on critical thinking, analysis, and the development of the whole individual. The curriculum does not focus on rote memorization nor it is test driven.

The School discourages private tutoring. The School provides a trained ESL teacher at grade levels, K-10. Students who earn the American High School Diploma from ASA may attend Egyptian, European, Canadian, American, colleges and universities. ASA's American High School Diploma is given preferential treatment by Egypt's most selective universities.

The American School of Alexandria has state-of-the-art science laboratories for biology, chemistry and physics. The Computer Laboratory offers today's technology for 16 students.

In the high school, ASA prepares students for Advanced Placement (A.P) courses in English, Chemistry, Biology, Calculus and French. In addition to the SAT I and II's the School gives the PSAT to 10th graders in anticipation of the SAT. Testing is arranged in cooperation with Amideast. ASA integrates SAT I preparation into several math and English courses. Additionally, ASA has a fulltime, professional Counselor who offers a broad range of services for the student body, including college/university guidance. Also, uniquely, ASA has a Special Education Program for a limited number of learning challenged students. The American School of Alexandria firmly believes that small class size is highly conductive to learning. Small class size allows the teacher the opportunity to address individual academic needs, and to tailor teaching to each individual student's learning style.

To this end classes in the elementary section of the School are no larger than 20 students per class (K-6); in the middle school (grades 7-8) and high school (grades 9-12) class size varies up to 25 students. Presently, ASA's optimal enrollment is 225 students. The School has sports facilities from an on-site swimming pool, playing fields, gymnasium, dance studio, to an exercise/weight room. The American School of Alexandria encourages students to participate in extracurricular activities such as Student Council, Environmental Club, Model United Nations, community service, school newspapers, and interscholastic sports, etc. The school provides bus service to most areas of Alexandria.



Media Center

ASA is addressing the age of technology, the 21st century. Our ever-expanding media center has three components; a computer complex which consists of a computer lab and a control room, and a library. The School has an audio-visual room which is equipped with sound and video systems.

Science Labs

Science Labs: The school uses three labs, a separate lab for biology, chemistry and physics. Our labs are equipped with materials students need for their experiments, and there is lab supervision at all times.



Physical Education

The physical education complex includes a gymnasium for basketball, handball; a fitness room with weight lifting equipment, an open-air swimming pool, a tennis court, two outdoor basketball courts, a soccer field.

Playground

There is a playground for the younger children equipped with slides, swings and rocking toys.







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Faculty




Academic

ASA enrolls students who will benefit from an enriched, competitive, college preparatory education. We believe education should begin at the earliest possible level. This is why computers and foreign language learning start in the elementary years. We want our students to appreciate learning as a life-long opportunity.


ASA Requirements for Graduation

Students must accumulate a minimum of 26 Carnegie units between the 9th and 12th grades in order to be eligible for graduation from ASA. ASA does not grantan American High School Diploma to students who do not have 12 years of formal schooling, grades 1-12.Presently, ASA students get preferential treatment in admissions at Egyptian universities to those who have completed 12 years of formal schooling, grades 1-12.

Twenty of the units must be Core Subjects.
4 English
3 Math (Algebra 1&2 and one other)
4 History (12th grade Humanities counts as 1 year)
3 Science (General, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
2 French, Spanish , AFL with at least 2 years of one.
1 PE (0.25 credits per year)

Eight of the units are accumulated through elective courses in Arabic Language, Egyptian Culture, Computers, Art and Music, Sociology, Anthropology, Logic/Philosophy, Economics, Enriched English, and Writing Workshop. ASA has a Community Service graduation requirement. Some of these electives are required and are automatically included in the student's annual schedule. Humanities is required of 12th graders and is the 12th grade History course. Other electives are the choice of the individual. Students can meet with the academic advisor/counselor if they have questions.





Calendar

The American School of Alexandria Calendar




Admission

     Admission Requirements:
     > Entrance test of ability.
     > Interview with the Principal.
     > Parent interview.
     > Documentation from previous school, including letter of good conduct from previous Principal.

    Complete the applications:
     Parents of prospective students are welcome to contact the Registrar’s Office and arrange for a tour of the school.

    Procedures for prospective students include:
    1.The completion of an application form.
    2.Student's birth certificate.
    3.Four recent photographs of student.
    4.Attendance certificate and the last report issued by the student's previous school.
    5.A current medical report signed by an approved physician.
    6.Each foreign student must submit a photocopy of his/her passport.
    7.Make an appointment for testing and interview.

    Test Requirements:
    1.Preschool: admission when there is space available.
    2.Kindergarten through second grade, applicants will be interviewed, evaluated, and tested. Evaluations are done by individual appointments.
    3.Third through tenth grade, applicants take the School Ability Test. Also required are recommendations from current English and Math teachers,
    a transcript from the applicant's current school, a letter of good conduct from the principal, a school visit and an interview.

    Admission procedures start in April for the following September. Admission will continue throughout the spring and summer months when there areavailable spaces.
    The school will make no admission decision until all required materials are on file and the testing procedure is complete.

   ASA Grade Level System:
   In order to enter the American Kindergarten a child should be 5 years old by December 1st. If a child is 6 years old on September 15th,she/he is in the American 1st Grade.
   It is felt that mental, social and physical maturity must correspond by years to the appropriate grade levelfor each child.
   To enter the following grades at The American School of Alexandria a student has to be the correct age for entrance by September 15th of the school year.

    To enter the following grades at The American School of Alexandria a student has to be the correct age for entrance by September 15th
   of the school year:



Vacancies

Please submit your job application to: jobs@asa-egypt.com




Careers

The American School of Alexandria (ASA) is located in Alexandria, an ancient city founded by Alexander the Great, with a modern population in excess of 3.5 million inhabitants, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Alexandria enjoys a temperate climate with January temperatures reaching a high of 75 degrees F. and in July a high of 85 degrees F. The city has a light "winter" rainfall and is cooled by breezes from the sea in the spring, autumn and summer months. Swimming, sailing, scuba diving as well as year-round tennis and golf are the principal outdoor activities. Teachers can join the Alexandria Sporting Club which offers swimming, squash, tennis, horseback riding (also, polo), golf, weight/exercise facilities, and a terraced club house with several dining rooms.

There are organized and coached athletic activities for children at the Sporting Club. Alexandria is 2 1/2 hours by air conditioned train from Cairo (sixteen dollars roundtrip, first class), a two-hour flight from Greece and a three-hour flight from Italy, with daily flights originating from its own international airport with service to such foreign destinations as London, Frankfurt, Athens, and Beirut. Teachers and their dependents receive resident's visas (and work permits) through the school which entitles them to sharply reduced domestic airfares and hotel accommodations. Teachers and their families may spend their weekends and vacations exploring Luxor (Karnak and the Valleys of the Kings and Queens) in Upper Egypt, as well as Sharm El Sheik on the Red Sea in southern Sinai (among the best snorkeling and diving in the world), Petra in Jordan, Damascus in Syria, Jerusalem in Israel, and Istanbul in Turkey.

Egypt is quite safe,violent crime is virtually unknown and theft is a rare occurrence. The cost of living is low with fish, lamb and local field ripened produce, including oranges, lemons, grapefruit, avocados, tomatoes and artichokes, available in the markets throughout the year. Most faculty members have at least part-time domestic help. The quality of life in Alexandria for ASA faculty members is high. Almost all Western products are available locally. The society is tolerant and the Egyptian people friendly.

Integral to ASA's academic program is a week of all-school field trips called "Learning without Walls," which occurs in the spring. During the week, Elementary School trips focus on Egypt, but beginning in the 8th grade or the last year of Middle School, trips may include Damascus and Aleppo, Syria or Istanbul, Turkey, and for the High School, Moslem Monuments, Spain, Renaissance and Baroque Rome and Florence, Italy, and Paris and its environs in France.

The school, through AMID-East offers SAT II subject tests. In addition to the SAT I and II's, the school gives the PSAT practice test to 10th graders in anticipation of the SAT. The school integrates SAT I review and preparation in math and English courses. Additionally, ASA has a fulltime, professional Counselor who offers a broad range of services for the student body, including college/university guidance. Uniquely, the school has a Special Education Program for a limited number of learning challenged students. Less than six percent of the student body is enrolled in the Special Education Program. While the Special Education Program has its own Resource Room, the mildly, learning disabled students, who are admitted, are mainstreamed.

The American School of Alexandria firmly believes that small class size is highly conducive to learning. Small class size allows the teacher the opportunity to address individual academic needs, and to tailor teaching to each individual student's learning style. To this end, classes in the Elementary section of the School are 20 students per class (K-6); in the Middle School (grades 7-8) and High School (grades 9-12) classes may hold approximately 25 students each. For a small school ASA has extensive sports facilities, including an on-site swimming pool, playing fields, gymnasium, dance studio, and an exercise/weight room.

The American School of Alexandria encourages students to participate in extracurricular activities such as Student Council, Environmental Club, Debate Team, Model United Nations Club, Drama Club, Dance Club, Computer Club, Community Service, Chess Club, Guitar Club, Sports Club, school newspapers, and intramural and interscholastic sports. Individual teachers sponsor one club which meets one day per week.

Because Egypt is largely a Muslim country, the school day and week run from 8:30-3:30, Sunday through Thursday, except during Ramadan when the day ends at 2:30. The students enjoy a two-week "Winter Holiday" (Christmas Break), a two-week "Spring Break," and celebrate American Thanksgiving and a generous number of Egyptian civil and religious holidays. Faculty members must be in Egypt one week prior to the beginning of the school year.

The school year, divided into two semesters or four quarters, generally ends the last week of June. The school day operates on a period. Teachers have a maximum of 25-fortyfive minute contact periods per week with students, and lunch and detention duties are minimal.

The school assists teachers in finding two and three bedroom, furnished apartments with modern appliances located in the best neighborhoods of Alexandria. Most teachers travel to Europe and North America during the summer vacation. The school provides transportation to and from school for teachers (there is no need for a car as taxis are very inexpensive), the school provides assistance in medical care. The school provides annual airfare for teachers who were contacted by the school and hired from abroad.