Cairo American College
|Year of Foundation||1945|
|Enrollment Phase / Grades||PreK-12|
|Number of students||800+|
|Teacher Student Ratio||1:7|
|Accreditations||Council of International Schools, The International Baccalaureate, The Middle States Association for Schools and Colleges|
|Headmaster||Dr. Jared Harris|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Min)||$ 24,450|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Max)||$25,550|
Established in 1945, Cairo American College is a PreK -12 grade international school accredited by the Council of International Schools, The International Baccalaureate, and the Middle States Association for Schools and Colleges. CAC is the only US State Department Sponsored school in Cairo.The curriculum at Cairo American College is American-based following American curriculum standards. At CAC, we are proud of our diversity and our interconnected community. Students and families represent 50+ nationalities, 65+ multinational corporations, 10+ embassies, 25+ NGOs and many of Egypt’s leading companies.CAC alumni live and work in 90+ countries and remain important contributors to their alma mater.
CurriculumAt CAC, students are involved in traditional subject areas: Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, World Languages, Arts, and Physical Education. The curriculum for PreK-12 emphasises inquiry-based learning and in Elementary and Middle Schools have standards-based grading and reporting. Students demonstrate their learning through tests, written assignments, oral presentations, projects, demonstrations, and discussions. Students in grades 3-9 participate in MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing. The High School offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in grades 11 and 12. High school students participate in the SAT and ACT assessments as part of their college application process. Students attend school Sunday through Thursday. Elementary school students follow a five day rotation and Middle and High School students follow an eight-day rotation of eight blocks, going to four blocks (85 minutes) per day. After school, students are involved in clubs, sports, or after school activities.
Languages of instructionEnglish
Foreign languagesSpanish, French and Arabic
I was fortunate enough to attend CAC from 86-91 (grade 1-6). It wasn't until I left Egypt and came to Canada that I truly appreciated the greatness of the CAC. As a kid I remember loving the soccer fields, tennis courts and that huge library. The academics were amazing because the teachers were great, but today I look back at arts class and music class and see how important those are to a well rounded education from a young age! There are probably very few schools who can combine that world class education with the local tapestry of culture and history and greatness that you find in Egypt.
The moment I saw the CAC campus nine years ago, I knew that my children would love the school. After we met the faculty and administration, we were duly impressed by their enthusiasm and forthcoming spirit. They alleviated our concerns about living in Egypt and helped with our growing fondness of our host country. I can honestly say that if the CAC hadn't existed, we probably wouldn't have accepted this posting. We hope that, in the coming years, CAC will continue to be the great school that it is now.
I loved CAC; I can't imagine having gone to high school any where else. The teachers were excellent, the students were friendly, and the community was wonderful. I can only hope that my children will have as great a high school experience as I did.
CAC played a significant part in my life. Coming from a very small town on the coast of Maine, it truly opened my mind and expanded my world view. I'm grateful every day for the experiences I had and the friendships I made at CAC! My mom started the gifted and talented program in the elementary school and then went on to be the reading/resource teacher. One of my greatest memories was the graduation ceremony at the Pyramids – when I share that with people today, they are amazed! It truly has to be one of the most unique among high school graduation ceremonies. My only regret is that I didn't get involved in more activities such as the model UN group. I hope someday to bring my kids to Egypt and share the rich history with them. Thank you to all the excellent teachers and hello to all the people in the class of 1984!