Application Requirements and Procedures

Thank you for your interest in ACS.

Please read the sections that follow to answer your application questions.

Applying for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Effective 10-April-2016


Due to the number of applications already received, the American Community School of Abu Dhabi is no longer accepting applications from all priority categories for the 2016-2017 academic year. Please see the details below.


Applicant Grade Level for 2016-2017

Priority Categories Considered on or after April 10, 2015

KG1-KG2

Only accepting applications for Priority Groups 1 and 2(a-c)

1st-5th

Accepting Applications

6th-8th

Accepting Applications

9th-12th

Accepting Applications


As required by ACS policy, the Board of Trustees has established the following priorities for admission to the American Community School of Abu Dhabi:
  1. Children of ACS Faculty Members
  2. Students bearing American passports or with a parent or legal guardian who bears an American passport, in the following priority:
    a. Children of employees of the American Embassy Abu Dhabi
    b. Children of employees of ACS Corporate Sponsors (PALs)
    c. Siblings of current ACS students
    d. all other such children
  3. Non-American students who are children of employees of ACS Corporate Sponsors (PALs)
  4. Non-American siblings of current ACS students
  5. Former ACS students and children of former ACS students
  6. Non-American students transferring directly from an American curriculum school abroad or in the United States
  7. All other students meeting admission requirements

Applying for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

  • We respectfully request that you read the following sections of our website before you begin the application:

    • Frequently Asked Questions -Important Admissions Dates
    • Preparing Documents for the Application
    • Application FormsYour child must meet the age requirement for KG1, KG2 and grade 1 before you apply. No exceptions will be made.
  • Please complete ALL sections on the application form. We want to get to know you and your child(ren) so we can make informed admissions decisions.
  • Please understand that we only review completed applications.

Admission Priority Categories

ACS was founded to serve the needs of American children residing in Abu Dhabi, and as such priority for admission is given to American students.

However, enrollment is open to any students who meet our admissions requirements provided space is available. Enrollment decisions are made by the school’s Admissions Committees.

The American Community School of Abu Dhabi (ACS) admits students of any race to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. ACS does not discriminate on the basis of race in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, athletic or other school-administered programs.

As required by the ACS policy, the Board of Directors has established the following priorities for admission to The American Community School of Abu Dhabi:

  1. Children of ACS Faculty Members
  2. Students bearing American passports or with a parent or legal guardian who bears an American passport, in the following priority:
    a. Children of employees of the American Embassy Abu Dhabi
    b. Children of employees of ACS Corporate Sponsors (PALs)
    c. Siblings of current ACS students
    d. all other such children
  3. Non-American students who are children of employees of ACS Corporate Sponsors (PALs)
  4. Non-American siblings of current ACS students
  5. Former ACS students and children of former ACS students
  6. Non-American students transferring directly from an American curriculum school abroad or in the United States
  7. All other students meeting admission requirements
If you are not sure if your company is a PAL/Corporate Sponsor of ACS then please call us before starting an application to confirm whether your company has made this arrangement with ACS.

Application Procedures & Requirements

Admission to ACS is based upon the student's application, previous school records, teacher, principal and/or counselor confidential assessments, work habits, and, in some cases, an admissions test.

Applications are reviewed throughout the year; therefore we do not have an application deadline. However, if you would like your student to enroll at the beginning of the academic year (typically in August), we strongly suggest that you submit a complete application before March 1st in order to finish the review process before the initial cycle of seats is released.

Preparing Documents Required for the Application

Please prepare an electronic folder for each of your applicants with the following files and note that:

  • All documents must be submitted in English
    • Report Cards that are written in another language must be officially translated to English (not by parent)
    • Birth Certificates in Arabic are an exception to this rule
  • File size 10 MB or less
  • Files cannot be password protected or have a digital signature

Official/Identity Documents

  • Student’s Birth Certificate (PDF)
    • English or Arabic only
    • Some will require attestation. See details HERE .
    • US citizens born abroad can use a Consular Certificate of Birth Abroad
  • Student’s Immunization Record (PDF)
    • Scan as one document and make sure student’s name is visible
    • English only (Please provide official translation if the original is not in English)
  • Student’s Passport Information Page (PDF)
  • Student Photo (JPEG)
    • Passport-sized photo
    • Full-face view directly facing the camera
    • Equal to or less than 120 x 160 pixels in dimension
    • Preferably in front of a white or off-white background
    • Scanned at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch (12 pixels per millimeter)
    • Equal to or less than 2 MB in size
  • Student’s UAE Residence Visa (PDF)
    • If already living in UAE, otherwise we collect it at the time of enrollment
  • Student’s Emirates ID Card (PDF)
    • If already living in UAE, otherwise we collect it at the time of enrollment
  • Sponsoring Parent’s Passport Information Page (PDF)
  • Sponsoring Parent’s UAE Residence Visa (PDF)
    • If already living in UAE, otherwise we collect it at the time of enrollment
  • Other Parent’s Passport Information Page (PDF)
  • Other Parent’s UAE Residence Visa (PDF)
    • If already living in UAE, otherwise we collect it at the time of enrollment
  • Letter of Employment (PDF)
    • From UAE employer on letterhead if UAE Residence Visa is not yet available

Academic Documents

  • Student’s School Reports for the last two complete years plus any progress reports for this academic year (PDF)
    • This is required of all applicants including those applying for KG1 and KG2 if they are currently enrolled in preschool or nursery school.
  • Student’s Standardized Test Scores (PDF)
    • Any that are available are helpful
    • MAP, SAT, PSAT, US State Testing, IGCSE
  • High School Transcript (PDF)
    • Applicants to grades 10-12 only, whenever available

Other Application Items

  • Confidential Assessment Forms
    • Shared with teachers, counselors and principals via email from the application checklist
    • Please have the following ready:
      • KG1-KG2 Applicants
        • Current teacher’s name and email address (preschool, nursery, Pre-K or reception)
      • Grade 1- 5 Applicants
        • Current teacher’s name and email address
      • Grade 6-12 Applicants
        • English teacher’s name and email address
        • Math teacher’s name and email address
        • Principal or Counselor’s name and email address
  • Application Fee
    • Payable by cash, UAE or USA check or wire transfer (please see details on Application Forms page)

Where applicable, we require the following additional information to assist us in the application review process. Failure to submit these document at the time of the application is grounds for ACS to withdraw a student’s offer of enrollment.

  • Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Academic Program Accommodations (504 plans)
  • Behavior Modification Plans
  • Psychological/Educational Evaluations
  • Please submit any of the above as PDFs

Important Admission Dates

01-November-2016

ACS staff and sibling applicants may contact the ACS Admissions office to discuss your intention to apply for 2017-2018.

15-November-2016

All applications for 2017-2018 accepted. We anticipate that we will open at 9:00 am Abu Dhabi time. No applications will be dated (or marked as complete) before noon on 17-November-2016 to allow teachers time to complete the Confidential Assessment Forms.

28-February-2017

Deadline for 2017-2018 applications to be considered in first wave of seat offers

13-March-2017

KG1 seat offers for 2107-2018

25-April-2017

KG2 - Grade 12 seat offers for 2017-2018