ACS Mission Statement
The American Community School at Beirut offers research-based and classroom proven educational practices through an American educational philosophy. The program instills in students the highest academic and ethical standards, preparing them for the successful pursuit of higher education and for responsible effective global citizenship.
Founded in 1905, ACS is an independent, non-profit, non-sectarian, pre-K-12 coeducational day school. It draws students from both the Lebanese and international communities in Lebanon and embraces diversity in race, gender, religion, national origin and economic background. ACS is accredited in the United States and licensed in Lebanon. It offers a rich and balanced curriculum in both the liberal arts and the sciences. Athletics, the visual and performing arts, extra-curricular activities and community service are integral components of an ACS education. In the high school, ACS provides a rigorous college preparatory course of study including the Lebanese and International Baccalaureate Programs. While the language of instruction is English, Arabic is taught at all levels.
ACS encourages students to be open-minded and respectful of the social, political and religious diversity of its community. As it enters its second century, ACS reaffirms its commitment to developing a lifelong engagement in learning as well as the leadership qualities and personal integrity needed to contribute positively in an increasingly complex global society.