American Community School, Egham
The American Community School (ACS), founded in London in 1967, now
educates more than 2,300 students on three suburban campuses, the
largest American-international school system in the UK. ACS Egham,
which opened in 1995 and is a non-sectarian co-educational day school
for grades pre-school - grade 12, is accredited by NEASC and authorized
by the IBO. Approximately 50% of the student population is from the
US with 30 other nationalities represented.
The curriculum is designed to promote acceptance at North American,
European and other colleges and universities and to facilitate the
transition of students from one American-international school to
another. The school follows an American curriculum with the International
Baccalaureate Primary Program in Pre-school - grade 5 and the International
Baccalaureate Middle Years Program in grades 6-10 and the IB or
Certificate Diploma available in grades 11 and 12. The curriculum
also leads to the American High School Diploma. College counselling
is available to High School students. With a maximum class size
of 16 students, the school encompasses an individualized approach
to learning and a variety of assessment methods.
Teachers at American Community School (ACS) are university graduates
with certificates and qualifications in the grade or subject for
which they are responsible. Continuing professional development
is a high priority and is supported with a Professional Development
Allowance for every teacher and school-wide presentations and seminars
with renowned educational consultants.
Most students are involved in a variety of activities such as team
sports, Student Council, Model United Nations, yearbook, band, and
choir. School teams include baseball, softball, track, tennis, volleyball,
cross-country, soccer, basketball and rugby. Various clubs are offered
depending on student interest. Focused educational fieldtrips are
organized throughout the year.
The American Community School (ACS) is set in 16.6 acres of landscaped
grounds on the edge of Royal Windsor Great Park, south-west of London.
The facilities include modern teaching buildings, gymnasiums and
science laboratories, information technology laboratories, two networked
libraries, sports grounds, adventure playgrounds and cafeteria.
High School students also receive laptop computers on entry to the
Admissions to American Community School (ACS) are made throughout
the year and are based on previous school records, recommendations,
and student ability to benefit from the program.