Application Requirements

The Application Form contains information about the candidate, his/her parents or legal guardians, and all required documents necessary for initiating the application process. Application requirements for the 2021-2022 academic year are available as of December 7, 2020, in electronic / hard-copy forms.

In order to be considered for early admission (where vacancies are available), the completed Application and Medical Forms with all necessary documents including the Recommendation Forms and scores of the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) must be received no later than February 25th, 2021 for applicants to Elementary, Middle, and High School. For Early Childhood applicants, kindly check the Timeline Calendar below for application deadlines.

Applicants to all four divisions of the American Community School Beirut (Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, and High School) are required to submit the following:

  • Application Form

  • Medical Form plus a photocopy of the Vaccination Card

  • Official Transcripts / Progress Reports in English for the last three years including the current year

  • Recommendation Forms (4) for applicants to Grades 6-12:
  • Scores of ISEE, Independent School Entrance Exam (Grades 6 – 12)

  • Recommendation Forms (2) for applicants to Grades 1-5:

  • Early Childhood Confidential School Report

  • Four Passport Photos

  • Photocopy of a valid passport / ID / or اخراج قيد لبناني

  • A non-refundable application processing fee of $ 100 or L.L. 155,000

  • A non-refundable test fee of $ 100 or L.L. 155,000 for candidates approved for testing upon review of application

Additional Application Requirements

Early Childhood

Openings are available in Nursery and KG II, while there are limited openings available in KG I.

  • Applicants for Early Years are requested to complete and submit a certified copy of the Birth Certificate, a child / family personal history, and schedule an interview with the Admissions Office. Please check the Timeline Calendar below.

Elementary School

  • Applicants should submit two complete Recommendation Forms, results of all recent standardized test scores and/or individualized testing, if applicable.
  • Applicants residing in Lebanon must submit an attestation from their current school certifying their registration with the Lebanese Ministry of Education and successful completion of the previous academic year.
  • Overseas applicants for grades 3-5 must certify their transcripts / end of year report from the Lebanese Embassy or Consulate in the country they are leaving.

Middle and High School

  • Applicants must submit four complete Recommendation Forms, official transcripts and/or progress reports from the last three years of school(s) attended, to include the current academic year, and scores of the ISEE. Results of all recent standardized test scores and/or individualized testing should be submitted, if applicable.

ISEE Information 

  • Overseas applicants, who are unable to attend any scheduled testing dates, are requested to submit in addition to the above, two recently graded essays - one in English and one in Social Studies.

While placement tests and interview results are required from all approved candidates applying to ACS, members of the Admission Committee consider many other factors. The Committee looks for qualities of character and maturity in candidates, as well as the ability and willingness to contribute to the life of the school community. ACS actively seeks to cultivate a diverse student body with an international composition. Admission practices reflect the school’s desire to serve its diverse constituencies fairly.

English Language Proficiency

English is the language of instruction throughout the school, and students must be able to function at an appropriate level in English for the academic work that is required from them. English Language Learning (ELL) support services are provided for students who need minimal support in their adjustment to learning in the English language, but they must be able to perform in the program at an acceptable level. In the lower grades, beginning ELL students may sometimes meet the criteria for admissions. Students with significant ELL needs are generally not admitted to the Upper School.

World Languages

Nature of the Arabic Program

In ACS, Arabic is offered as a second language as students learn Arabic within the context of the Arabic class only. The language of instruction is the Modern Standard Arabic, a high variety of the Arabic language used in official documents, media, and literature. Where different Arabic countries have different dialects, Modern Standard Arabic is the official unified language across the Arab countries.

Arabic Program Offerings

Two Arabic programs are offered at ACS:

1) Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)
Offered in grades N-10. The program is designed for native and near-native speakers of the language. Students enrolled in this program will be ready to sit for the Lebanese Official exams in grades 9 and 12 or take the IB advanced courses in grades 11-12. Newcomers grades 2-8 will be assessed and if they do not meet the grade level Arabic course standards, parents and the school will work out a program including the summer to bring them up to grade level. Students who are motivated to join or need additional support to be in this program will be assessed as to how much support is required. The school will have some support for these students.

2) Arabic as a Foreign Language program (AFL)
Offered in grades 1-10. The program is designed for non-native speakers. The term “foreign” indicates that the students are non-heritage learners whose mother tongue or dominant home language is other than Arabic. Students coming to the High School already in this program may choose IB B level (second group) courses in grades 11-12.

Enrollment in the Arabic Program

New students will be placed in the above Arabic Programs depending on their background. A placement test will be given to all new students during admission to check their level in Arabic. Students enrolled in Modern Standard Arabic, the mainstream at ACS, may not join AFL as it is not designed for heritage learners. However, AFL students will be encouraged to stretch up to join MSA.

Nature of the French Program at ACS

The French Language Program at ACS is a foreign language program. The program starts in grade 3 through grade 12. Students joining ACS in ES will be offered introductory French course. Students joining the program with intermediate or advanced levels are taught in small groups with differentiation.

French in Middle School offers three language proficiency levels: level A1 (High Beginners), level A2 (Intermediate), and level B1 (Advanced). The students are placed in one of the three levels based on the teachers’ recommendations and/or placement test.

The French program in High School is offered at an intermediate level (SL) and advanced level (HL). By the time students are in High School, they can interact using the target language in a range of everyday situations and express themselves orally and in writing. A beginner’s level is offered in grade 11 to new students joining ACS with no or little French background.

Enrollment in the French Program

New students will be placed in the above French Program depending on their background and abilities. A placement test will be given to all new students during admission to check their level in French.

Special Needs

ACS does not provide a separate Special Education Program for students with significant learning difficulties or disabilities, and is therefore not able to accept such students. Students with mild learning difficulties may receive short-term support to address learning gaps, but must be capable of meeting or approaching grade-level standards.

Timeline Calendar

- Nursery / KG I / KG II / Gr. 1 / Gr.2

Early Childhood candidates are invited to come to school with their parent(s) for an observation on the following dates (each group is limited to 5 candidates):
Nursery and KG I: February 8, 10 and 11
KG II: February 12
Gr. 1 and Gr. 2: February 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 by appointment.

- Grades 3 Through 5

The Admissions Office receives and processes the completed and paid for Application Forms for review by the divisional team. Once the applicant’s file is approved, the Admissions Office will schedule the candidate for the placement tests, provided a vacancy is available.

- Grades 6 Through 11

The Admissions Office receives and processes the completed and paid for Application and Medical Forms. If vacancies are available, placement tests will be scheduled after the application material has been reviewed and approved by divisional teams. Applicants must submit the application material prior to the deadline announced in the Timeline Calendar above.

- Grade 12

Applicants from outside of Lebanon will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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