The American Community School of Abu Dhabi is a nonprofit, American-curriculum, co-educational school catering to approximately 1,200 students.

The American Community School of Abu Dhabi is a nonprofit, American-curriculum, co-educational school catering to approximately 1,200 students. Our community of learners is composed of dynamic and diverse individuals. ACS fosters a true sense of belonging. 

Welcome! Whether you are applying to the American Community School of Abu Dhabi from across the world or across the city, we are eager to show you what makes ACS unique. We know that finding the right school is a critical element of an expatriate move, and we strive to make the admissions process as smooth as possible. 

You are exploring ACS at an exciting time. In 2023, ACS plans to relocate from its current campus in downtown Abu Dhabi to a state-of-the-art campus on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island, six kilometers from our current location. 

Whether your students are four or fourteen, joining the ACS community means they will spend their days in a learning environment that celebrates courage, curiosity, compassion and integrity. Please reach out as you begin to consider schools for your children. We look forward to sharing more about our program and meeting you in Abu Dhabi!



Why Choose ACS?

High School

Our Misson & Vision

Our Mission, Vision and Core Values



K-12 Learning


Our Campus

Our Campus Move

Welcome from our Director of Admissions


 My husband and I are long-time expats and our four children have grown up in international schools around the MENA region. Our youngest child has been an ACS student since 2016 and we could not be happier that we chose this school for our daughter when we moved to Abu Dhabi. The faculty is dedicated and professional, the administrators are approachable and willing to listen, the parents are always happy to lend a hand and the students are curious, engaged, and supportive of one another. We encourage you to investigate our website and learn more about ACS. I look forward to meeting you.

Warm regards,
Jodi Lefort, Director of Admissions

Tuition & Fees

As a non-profit school, all tuition and fees go toward funding the cost of your child’s ACS education. Your child is the one benefiting most from your tuition fees, and we like to keep it that way. 


Application Requirements and Procedures

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

Families apply to ACS in two steps

Families fill out a Pre-Application form, creating an online profile in our system. (Current families applying for siblings skip this step.)
Families complete the application process within our Application Portal.

You will be asked to include the following documents in our online Application Portal: 

  • Report Cards (for previous two years of school, as well as progress reports for the current academic year)
  • Standardized Test Scores (any available)
  • Confidential Assessment Forms (to be completed and submitted by applicant’s current school, shared via email with applicant’s teachers, counselors and principals)
  • High School Transcript (Applicants to grades 10-12 only, when available)
  • Additional documents where relevant, including Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), Academic Program Accommodations (504 plans), Behavior Modification Plans or Psychological/Educational Evaluations
  • Application Fee

Additional Required Documents: 

  • Applicant's Birth Certificate 
  • Applicant’s Immunization Record
  • Applicant’s Passport Information Page
  • Passport-sized Applicant Photo
  • Applicant’s and Sponsoring Parent’s UAE Residence Visa (to be collected at enrollment if not yet living in UAE)
  • Applicant's Emirates ID Card (to be collected at enrollment if not yet living in UAE)
  • Sponsoring Parent’s Passport Information Page 
  • Sponsoring Parent’s Letter of Employment or Letter of Offer from UAE employer if not yet living in UAE
  • Other Parent’s Passport Information Page

Note: Details about each of the documents required are further outlined in the Application Portal.

Schedule a Visit

We can’t wait to meet you, whether virtually or in person. Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule a visit with us.

+971 (0)2 681-5115 x444

Visitors are asked to bring a valid ID (adults only) to exchange for a visitor’s badge that you will wear while on campus. Please note our campus tours include a number of staircases and, unfortunately, no elevators. Strollers can be left in the Admissions Office during the tour.


Admissions Timeline

Important Admissions Dates 

Mid-November 2021 Families may begin applying to ACS for the 2022-2023 school year; Admissions Portal opens.
Late February 2022 Application Deadline for first wave of seats
Early March 2022 Families receive admissions decisions for KG1
Early April 2022 Families receive admissions decisions for KG2-Grade 12

Note: We recognize that not all moves overseas align precisely with these dates and encourage you to reach out if the timing above proves challenging. We admit students after this first wave of seats as space allows.


ACS provides learning support to a managed number of students in a balanced service delivery model including consultative support, accommodations, small group instruction, some in-class support and Learning Labs at the Middle and High School. 

No. In many cases, children may enroll as soon as a seat is available. However, we must abide by any rules set by the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK).

Note: Typically, High School students must join us at the beginning of the year or at the semester break. Due to the COVID-19 situation, we will be as flexible as possible with enrollment dates.

ACS does not have a busing service. Some parents drive their children to and from school each day. Other families have private arrangements for a van from their compound or neighborhood. A number of our students walk or ride a bike/scooter to school.

If you want your child to start school at the beginning of the academic year (typically in late August), we strongly suggest that you submit a complete application before the end of February. This will allow ACS to finish the review process before the first cycle of seats is released.

Applications received after February 28 are considered after our first wave of seat offers is made. 

Non-discrimination statement

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.