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The American School Foundation (ASF) was founded in 1888. The school’s mission statement reads: “The American School Foundation, A.C. is an academically rigorous, international, university-preparatory school, which offers students from diverse backgrounds the best of American independent education. In all aspects of school life students are encouraged to love learning, live purposefully and to become responsible, contributing citizens of the world.” ASF works to cultivate diversity and celebrate achievement, especially in the areas of academics, the arts, athletics, community service, and entrepreneurship. ASF offers an educational program from early childhood (age 3) through grade 12 for qualified students of all nationalities. The school year is composed of two semesters extending from mid-August through mid-December and early January through mid-June.

Organization: The school is governed by a 15-member board of trustees elected for three-year terms by The American School Foundation. Foundation membership is open only to U.S. citizens living in Mexico. A nominal membership fee is charged and the School has been designated a tax-exempt organization in the U.S. and Mexico. The school is accredited in the U.S. through Cognia and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). ASF has special agreements with Mexico’s Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP) and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), under which students’ studies may be certified in order for them to transfer to other Mexican/Latin American schools and universities.

Curriculum: The curriculum offers a U.S. college-preparatory program and the opportunity to meet all requirements for U.S. and Mexican university admission. Instruction is in English, with extensive Spanish options offered as well. ASF expects all students to become bilingual. ASF is an IB World School and is authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, to provide the Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma Programs. About a quarter of the graduating class will complete the full IB Diploma, and many more will receive IB certificates for their coursework. ASF also offers a rich assortment of Advanced Placement courses at the upper school level, giving students the opportunity to challenge themselves and earn university credit. About a third of our graduates attend colleges and universities in the United States, with the rest attending universities in Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere.

Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 288 full time faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 2,518 (early childhood: 318; grades 1-5: 881; grades 6-8: 561; and grades 9-12: 757).

Facilities: The school occupies a 14.6-acre campus on the west side of Mexico City. There are 16 buildings, including administrative offices, the early childhood center, the lower school (with a MakerSpace), the middle school, the upper school, a cafeteria, a snack bar, a covered pool, an underground parking lot, a bus transportation center housing 78 buses, a football field with outdoor track, other athletic fields, two multipurpose gyms, a fine arts center, and a wellness center.

Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, approximately 95% of the school’s income derived from tuition and registration fees. Annual tuition fees for 2020-2021 are as follows: early childhood: $174,900 pesos; grades 1-5: $226,100 pesos; grades 6-8: $244,300 pesos; and grades 9-12: $249,600 pesos. Annual registration fees are as follows:  early childhood: $34,980 pesos; grades 1-5: $45,220 pesos; grades 6-8: $48,860 pesos; and grades 9-12: $49,920 pesos. A one-time admission fee of $7,000 U.S. dollars is charged to all students. (All fees, except the admission fee, quoted in Mexican pesos.)

Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and are provided by the school.

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