FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions about ACS Admission
As a prospective ACS family , you probably have a lot of questions. Choosing a school for your child is an important decision. To help you in this process, below are some of the most common questions we are asked by the applicants' families. We understand that many families have other questions or concerns and would welcome the opportunity to discuss your specific circumstances. Please call the Office of Admission during school hours to make an appointment.
- How much does it cost to apply to ACS?
A nonrefundable application fee must be paid to the cashier at the time of application for admission or re-admission. For current information and further details regarding tuition and fees, please refer to http://www.acs.edu.lb/page.asp?id=/admissions/tuition-and-fees.
- Is there an application deadline?
Yes! Please refer to the Admission page. http://www.acs.edu.lb/page.asp?id=/admissions/testing-calendar
- Are non-Americans admitted to ACS?
ACS welcomes applicants of all nationalities. Currently over 49 nationalities are represented in the student body.
- My child is American. Does he /she get an automatic admission?
Admission does not rely on nationality.
- Are relatives of ACS students or alumni considered priority applicants?
Please refer to Preferential Conditions for Admission to learn more about admissions categories and priorities.
- Are there any restrictions placed on applicants?
In addition to academic admissibility and prioritization of space, ACS admission policy specifies other criteria for applicants as follows:
- Students with significant English Language Learning (ELL) needs cannot be admitted to Grades 6-12. (same wording as p.3-4)
- Applicants for Nursery must be three years old on or before September 30 to enroll.
- Applicants for Kindergarten I or Kindergarten II must be four or five years old on or before September 30th .
7. What academic criteria must be met to be admitted to ACS?
ACS seeks to accept applicants who have been successful in their previous schools and who show equal promise of being successful at ACS, after meeting the criteria of admission. Please contact the Director of Admission should you have specific questions.
8. What other criteria are necessary to be successful at ACS?
Three key variables for student success at ACS are:
- -Parental support and involvement
- -Student motivation
- -Student organization and study skills
9. I have heard that sometimes students are placed in a lower grade than they attended in their previous school. Is this true?
Every effort is made to place students in the appropriate grade based on age and academic level. For the majority of applicants, coming from the U.S. or from U.S.-curriculum schools, there is no change of grade level.
10. Can you serve children with special needs?
The services available for students with special learning needs are limited. To be admitted, students must be able to succeed within the regular grade level academic requirements.
Because careful consideration helps everyone, school records and required forms should be submitted for consideration well in advance of your expected date of arrival. Additionally, please contact the Director of Admission should you have any specific areas of interest or concern.
11. What diploma do graduates earn from ACS?
All graduates from ACS earn a U.S. College Preparatory high school diploma recognized by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
In addition to the U.S. high school diploma, students can pursue the International Baccalaureate Program or continue with the Lebanese Baccalaureate Program. After grade 10, students may select to participate in the IB program in one of two ways:
- As a student undertaking the full IB diploma
- As a student taking a package of IB certificate courses
12. What colleges can ACS graduates expect to attend??
ACS students can be assured of receiving a high school education that is on par with other quality international schools to prepare them for the rigors of a college education.
Please check the following link (high school profile)
13. How large are the classes?
Average class size in the Early Years is 20; Elementary is 18; Middle School is 16; High School is 18-20/course.
14. Does ACS award merit-based scholarship?
No, financial aid is need-based only.
15. What are the documents that must be submitted to the Equivalency Committee?
The process and documents are outlined in the following link: