ACS International Schools

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ACS International Schools
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Cobham, Surrey
Egham, Surrey
Hillingdon, Greater London
Doha (opened in September 2011)

CoordinatesCoordinates: 51°20′49″N 0°24′04″W / 51.347°N 0.401°W / 51.347; -0.401
School typePrivate Pre-school–12th grade
FounderGordon E Speed and Emmanuel J Poularas
ChairmanDavid Thomas
Age2 to 18
CampusFour locations: Cobham, Egham, Hillingdon, Doha
MascotCobham: Cougars, Egham: Jaguars, Hillingdon: Hawks, Doha: Wolves
AccreditationThe New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Tuition£7,910-£27,650 (per annum)

ACS International Schools is a group of four independent schools catering for local and international families - three in England and one in Qatar. Until 2005, the organisation was known as American Community Schools. The four campuses are in Cobham and Egham in Surrey, the London Borough of Hillingdon, and the city of Doha in Qatar, the latter of which opened in September 2011. Full boarding fees including tuition are from £45,060 per year for children aged 12–14 years.[1]

The head office is in Heywood House in Cobham.[2]


ACS Cobham[edit]

Situated in Surrey, 15 miles from Central London, ACS Cobham is on a 128-acre campus and offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma and an American curriculum including the Advanced Placement courses. Accommodating both day and boarding requirements, ACS Cobham is home to 1,500 students from over 60 countries. A new senior boarding house, for students aged 16–18, opened in 2017, providing accommodation for 113 students, with separate areas for boys and girls. Grade 11 students share twin ensuite rooms, while every Grade 12 student has their own single ensuite room with study area. Fields is the junior boarding house for students 12–16 years old. It had a refurbishment in 2018, providing accommodation for over 110 students. Students who board represent more than 30 countries.[citation needed]

The sports team is called Cougars. The sports facilities at ACS Cobham include soccer and rugby fields, softball and baseball diamonds, an all-weather track, tennis courts, and a six-hole golf course. They were used by FC Barcelona for a youth academy in 2011.[3] Due to ACS Cobham's close proximity to Chelsea F.C.'s training ground, it was subject to media attention when Brendan Rodgers was noticed there in 2015.[4]

ACS Egham[edit]

Opened in 1995,[5] ACS Egham is located on a 20-acre (8.1 ha) campus, in Surrey, opposite Windsor Great Park. This campus specialises in the International Baccalaureate and is a day school. It is the only school in the UK (as of 02/02/2020) authorised to offer all four International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes - Primary Years, Middle Years, Career-related, and Diploma. 25 miles from London, they are home to 600 students, aged 4 to 18, and 160 faculty and staff, from around the world. The fees start from £11,090 a year for children 4–5 years old.[6]

ACS Hillingdon[edit]

A day school that is less than 15-mile (24 km) from Central London, home to nearly 600 students, aged 4 to 18, and 150 faculty and staff, representing over 50 nationalities. The fees start from £10,850 a year for children aged 4–5 years.[7] Its Lower School is an Apple Distinguished School.[8] The school offers IB Film studies and Visual Arts and Japanese Literature. Their facilities include a Science Centre with seven laboratories. The nearest Underground stations are Uxbridge and Hillingdon. The school is centred on Hillingdon Court, purchased by the organisation in 1978.[9] New buildings adjoining the mansion were built in 1986 incorporating a gymnasium and cafeteria; a wing was built in 1997. ACS Hillingdon rests on an 11-acre campus that encompasses libraries, science and IT labs, art studios, cafeteria, gym, auditorium, and a music centre called the Harmony House. ACS Hillingdon offers a range of academic curriculum. Their academic program offers courses that satisfy the requirements needed for the International Baccalaureate Program, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, US High School Diploma, and Honors program.[10][11]

ACS Doha[edit]

The original ACS Doha campus opened in September 2011,[12] which was located in Al-Garrafah, Qatar, initially enrolling students from 3 to 18 years old. In September 2020, a new campus in Al Kheesa was opened designed to accommodate 2,200 students.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "ACS Cobham Boarding Fees". Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Contact Us ACS Head Office Archived 10 December 2017 at the Wayback Machine." ACS International Schools. Retrieved 7 February 2020. "ACS International Schools, Heywood House, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1BL, England"
  3. ^ "Barcelona to set up academy near Chelsea". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Rodgers' visit to school near Chelsea training ground sparks rumours". London Evening Standard. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2017. ACS Cobham runs an athletic programme fielding Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Middle School teams. Their athletes compete against other international schools in the UK, Europe, and Africa. Each varsity season concludes with an International Schools Sports Tournament (ISST), where ACS Cobham 'Cougars' compete.
  5. ^ "ACS International Schools — Our Story So Far". Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  6. ^ "ACS Egham Fees".
  7. ^ "ACS Cobham Fees". Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Apple Distinguished School".
  9. ^ Pearce 2007, p.50
  10. ^ "Who We Are". ACS Hillingdon International School. Archived from the original on 10 December 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  11. ^ "History of the estate, ACS Hillingdon". ACS International Schools. 2011. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  12. ^ "ACS Doha International School opens in Qatar". Qatar is Booming. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Meet the woman rumoured to have matchmade Meghan and Harry". Evening Standard. Retrieved 4 November 2018.

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