Welcome Letter from the Head
Welcome to the American Community School at Beirut! Whether you are visiting our website for the first time as a prospective parent, an alumnus looking to reengage with the school, a current parent looking for the latest news, or a friend wanting to learn more about who we are, I hope that you find this site informative and helpful.
We were founded way back in 1905 as the Faculty School, to serve families of the American University of Beirut (AUB). Today, we are an accredited and secular, not for profit, independent American college preparatory school. We serve a multi-cultural international student body, and provide an internationally-enriched, standard-based American curriculum. We enroll 1080 students, and our campus is in the heart of Ras Beirut, with the Mediterranean Sea on one side of us, and AUB, the preeminent University in the Middle East on the other.
ACS is the one school in this region that is truly both American and international. We teach all our classes in English save our foreign language classes that are conducted in Arabic and French. We are chartered in New York, and our Board of Trustees Chairs and Heads of School have always come from the States. We prepare all our students for the American high school diploma, but our high school students can also elect to take either the International Baccalaureate or the Lebanese Baccalaureate. Currently our students hold passports from 64 different countries. While over 50% of our students are of Lebanese origin, we have a number of faculty children from AUB and LAU, and we have a number of children whose parents are in Lebanon as aid workers with different NGOs.
Our mission reads “ACS empowers students to solve problems with creativity and integrity, to lead well balanced lives, and to serve Lebanon and the world community with compassion and understanding.”
We are focused on helping our students to become critical thinkers, to develop their voices, and to fulfill their academic potential. We challenge our students to be their best, but also provide them with a great deal of support. Students at ACS find balance through a wealth of opportunities in the arts and athletics, and we have an extensive community service program. Our students from all grade levels have access to the ACS Nature and Outdoor Education Center located in Deir El Qamar - a thoughtfully designed off-campus site which fosters and supports an appreciation for the natural beauty that exists in Lebanon and adds depth to an already excellent academic education. There are numerous opportunities to travel throughout the region with teams, on service trips, and on our week without walls.
The heart of the ACS education is not, however, our programs or the campus; it is the relationship between our faculty and students and the bond they establish as they engage learning. While our website captures this through vivid imagery and a clear overview of what we do, I encourage you to visit our campus and get in contact with us firsthand. Discover what learning should be like everywhere. Discover the unique excellence that is the American Community School at Beirut.
Greg MacGilpin, Jr.
Head of School