American Community School at Beirut

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American Community School at Beirut 1905
ACS Beirut Logo.png
Rue de Paris
Ras Beirut
Type Private
Established 1905
Area trustee Karim Abu-Haydar
Headmaster Hamilton Clark
Age range 3-18
Enrollment 1080 students
Language English, Arabic, French
Campus Urban
Color(s) Blue, Gold
Slogan Building for the Future: Educating for a Lifetime.
Song Alma Mater
Fight song Dynamite, K-N-I-G-H-T-S
Athletics Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Badminton, Track & Field, Swimming, Rugby, Tennis
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Publication ACS Matters
Newspaper Aléf Bé, Yin - Yang
Yearbook Al Manara
Tuition ± $13,000
Feeder to American University of Beirut

The American Community School at Beirut, also known as ACS Beirut (Arabic: مدرسة الجالية الأميركية في بيروت‎) is a private school located in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. It is an independent private coeducational institution offering education to students of all nationalities, ranging from Preschool, students aged from 3 years, to High School Grade 12 of the type K-12. It offers the International Baccalaureate and the Lebanese Baccalaureate programs as well as its own college prep program.


The school was founded by a small group of American parents from the American University of Beirut, then known as the Syrian Protestant College, who wanted a school where their children could receive preparation for entrance into American universities. The small faculty school thrived and by 1920 had expanded from its original home on rue Bliss to a red-roofed house on rue Sidani. At this point, the American Presbyterian Mission joined the AUB in sponsorship of the school. It was at this point that the school was renamed to the American Community School. By the 1940s, the student body had grown to more than 900 primarily Western children; the present building was built in 1949 with funds provided by ARAMCO. Today, students are primarily Lebanese, as with the university.

The school celebrated its Centennial on June 24, 2005, and in June 2011, ACS Beirut celebrated the graduation of its 100th graduating class. Dr. George H. Damon, Jr. remained headmaster of the school from 2003 till his retirement in 2013.[1]

ACS's history is described by Wade Morris, Jr. in A History of ACS; The American Community School at Beirut 1905-2012 [2]

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