About Us

Established in 1972, the American Community School of Abu Dhabi (ACS) is a non-profit, U.S. accredited college preparatory school serving a culturally diverse student body. Our American, standards-based curriculum provides excellence in the four pillars of academics, the arts, athletics, and service. Service learning is a unique and emphasized pillar at ACS to the extent that as a graduation requirement all students must participate in a service learning project within the school, local community or internationally each year. 

The American Community School of Abu Dhabi serves approximately 1,200 students between the ages of 4 to18 to earn a high-school diploma. In grades 11 and 12 students can choose to enroll in the IB Diploma Programme (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) courses and challenging ACS coursework. The language of instruction at the school is English while second languages of Arabic, French, and Spanish are offered in Middle and High School.

At ACS students and faculty have access to state-of-the-art technology including Apple and Google educational products, virtual reality (VR), 3-D printing, a fully equipped production & design lab, and a video studio. Technology is integrated into all aspects of school life to inspire, help develop critical thinking skills and support creativity and collaboration. ACS focuses on the respectful, responsible and ethical use of technology in both academic and social contexts, including respecting others privacy. 

Mission: Our community empowers all students to define and shape their futures for learning, service, and global citizenship.

Vision: Together we are a compassionate, student-centered community of learners that engages, prepares, and inspires.

Core Values: Courage. Curiosity. Compassion. Integrity.

Learn more about our core values and beliefs here.

Welcome to ACS

The American Community School of Abu Dhabi campus is located in one of the best residential areas of the city, only two blocks from an outstanding beach on the Arabian Gulf and minutes from downtown and the Emirates Palace Hotel. Learning happens in two buildings, one which is dedicated to the Elementary School. Dedicated facilities are in place for fine and performing arts, athletics, playing and breaks, and dining. To learn more about our campus facilities click here.



Our Community

Community is the essence of life at ACS. The campus culture fosters a strong partnership between faculty, parents and students, as we work together to provide an exceptional environment for student learning and development.

Our international student body consists of approximately 1,200 students, representing over 80 countries. At ACS we have created a community of learners who feel a sense of belonging, are able to ask and answer questions and know the value of being life-long learners.