American Community School of Abu Dhabi
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|American Community School of Abu Dhabi|
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
|Motto||Turning Dreams into Reality|
|Superintendent||Dr. Robin Heslip|
|Medium of language||English|
|School colour(s)||Green and White|
|Athletics conference||Eastern Mediterranean Activities Conference|
|Mascot||Sandy the Sand Viper|
|Team name||Sand Vipers|
|Accreditation(s)||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
International Baccalaureate Organization
The American Community School of Abu Dhabi is school operating in the United Arab Emirates) founded in 1972. Instruction is co-educational, in English and based on the American educational system. ACS offers the International Baccalaurete series and college preparatory diplomas.
The school is accredited by Middle States Association (MSA) and is a non-profit licensed by the UAE's Ministry of Education. The school is administered by a Superintendent and run by an eight person Board of Trustees.
ACS is an IB World School, certified by the International Baccalaureate Organization. It also an associate member of both the North East South Asian Association of Overseas Schools (NESA) as well as the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and Eastern Mediterranean Activities Conference (EMAC).
The American Community School of Abu Dhabi is a co-educational day school governed by an elected board of parents and affiliate with the Office of Overseas Schools, United States Department of State. Located on a site donated by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the school served the American community as well as students of other nationalities within the Abu Dhabi community.
The school is a facility consisting of several classrooms equipped with computers. Buildings include an English language library, cafeteria and snack bar, music rooms, science labs, computer centers, two indoor gymnasiums and two fields. The outdoor facilities include a soccer, football and softball field and a swimming pool. Cramer Field located behind the school gym is constructed of Astroturf; an artificial grass. Because of its capacity, ACS hosts several athletic tournaments, particularly those of the Middle East South Asia Conference (MESAC).
The school has several instructional programs divided by age group. The initial level is the elementary school program from Kindergarten to grade 5. The middle school program operates from grades 6 to 8. The Middle School offers both the core subjects and two to four (depending on grade level) electives that the student had chosen.
The high school operates from grades 9 to 12. Starting in 2007, ACS has started to slowly phase out its use of Advanced Placement (AP) classes. This is due to their replacement by a wider variety of International Baccalaureate (IB) classes. Students are also given a wide range of elective courses to choose from. To graduate the ACS High School, students must have at least 25 credits at the end of four years. Along with the general requirement of 25 credits, students are required to obtain a certain amount of credits in particular areas of study; such as 0.5 credits in Computer Sciences and 2 credits in Physical Education. 10 hours of community service are also required of ACS high school students for each year. The community service department of the school is very broad, and contains multiple organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF).
In 2012, the ACS adopted the iTap (individual technology access program). In this program, students bring their own personal computers to school and the ACS actively monitors these computers. iTap also installs Lanschool, which is a program that can record every keystroke a student makes and allows teachers to view student's computer screens in real time. Debate was finished as to whether this is a violation of student's privacy in favor of that it is not violating the student's privacy.
Students and faculty
The faculty at ACS consists of teachers from around the world. The student body consists of over eight hundred students. About 45% of the students are from the US, 15% from Canada, and 5% from the UAE itself. The rest of the students are from the rest of the Middle East, Korea, Europe, India and other nations.
Sports and Activities
ACS is equipped with a swimming pool and sports grounds. Extra curricular activities include music, art, drama, choir, athletics, basketball, baseball, badminton, swimming, cross country, digital photography, multimedia, audio production, soccer, health and volleyball. 
KG 1: 39,960 dirhams a year. KG 2 to Grade 5: 60,350 dirhams a year. Grade 6-8: 60,480 dirhams a year. Grade 9-12: 73,130 dirhams a year.