American School of Yaounde

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The American School of Yaounde (ASOY) in Quartier du Lac, Yaoundé, Cameroon,[1] is an independent coeducational school founded in 1964,[2] which offers an educational program from nursery through grade 12 for students of all nationalities.

At the beginning of the 2011 school year, enrollment was 160 students and there are 33 full-time and 4 part-time faculty members. All staff members are certified and registered with their country’s educational department, and most of the teachers are U.S. trained and certified.[3]


The school is governed by a seven-member board, six of whom are elected by the ASOY Parent Association, and a representative of the U.S. Ambassador. The board also includes a teacher representative and the school director who are non-voting members. Board meetings generally occur the third Thursday of every month and are open to parent observers. The Association meets in a General Assembly twice yearly, in September and April, for the purpose of electing board members and reviewing the annual budget and Strategic Plan.[4]

ASOY is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges in the United States, the International Baccalaureate and is an active member of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA).[5]


The curriculum draws upon the U.S. Common Core standards as well as the International Baccalaureate program. ASOY is currently a certified International Baccalaureate Diploma Program school, which refers to the 11-12 grades.[6] All instruction is in English, with French being taught at all levels.

English as a Second Language (ESL) support is offered through Grade 10 to students who are not fluent in English. Students with moderate to severe learning problems may not be admitted.[dubious ]


The school has 20 classrooms, two computer labs, a library, and a canteen. Sports facilities include two tennis courts and a covered basketball court, swimming pool, and small soccer field/playground. These facilities comprise the ASOY Recreation Club that serves the school and other members of the greater Yaoundé community by providing varied activities, programs, and events.[7]


In the 2004-2005 school year, about 95% of the School’s income is derived from tuition.


  1. ^ "Parent and Student Handbook 2014-2015" (Archive). American School of Yaounde. p. 11/69. Retrieved on May 12, 2015.
  2. ^ Home. American School of Yaounde. Retrieved on May 12, 2015.
  3. ^ US State Department's Office of Overseas Schools retrieved 2012 January 26]]
  4. ^ "2016-2017 Student Parent Handbook – American School of Yaounde". Retrieved 2017-04-28. 
  5. ^ "2016-2017 Student Parent Handbook – American School of Yaounde". Retrieved 2017-04-28. 
  6. ^ "2016-2017 Student Parent Handbook – American School of Yaounde". Retrieved 2017-04-28. 
  7. ^ "2016-2017 Student Parent Handbook – American School of Yaounde". Retrieved 2017-04-28. 

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