The American School of Kinshasa (TASOK), founded in 1961, is an independent, coeducational day school offering an educational program from preschool through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school year is comprised of two semesters running from September 1st through mid-June.
Organization: The school is governed by the TASOK School Association which elects the school board. Membership in the association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children attending the school.
Curriculum: TASOK is accredited as an U.S. college-preparatory school. The secondary school is an authorized International Baccaulaureate World School implementing the Diploma Program (DP) and currently completing authorization for the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) and Middle Years Program. (MYP). Common Core standards are used for curriculum development, and students are assessed twice per year using the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). All instruction is in English. Community service is emphasized in their curriculum. French is taught at all levels taught as a foreign language. The school does accept some students with mild learning disabilities, but resources are limited in Kinshasa. There are two full-time learning support teachers offering support based on their learning support guidelines. The school offers English language support. The school is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Council of International Schools.
Faculty: In the current 2020-2021 school year, there are 42 faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 300.
Facilities: The elementary school (PS-grade 5) consists of seven buildings, including the library and computer lab. English-as-an-Additional-Language classes, French classrooms, art room, fully equipped playground, basketball court, and soccer field are all part of the elementary school facilities. Secondary school consists of 20 classrooms: library, administration building, design lab, and sports area (including swimming pool, covered basketball court, two volleyball courts, and a soccer field). The school theater is a free-standing building with the capacity to seat 350. This facility serves as the performing arts venue, all school assemblies, large meetings, and cultural activities. All the school facilities, including residences for all foreign-hired staff, are located on a 42-acre tract of gardens and rain forest in the metropolitan area. TASOK has created a botanical garden on site with plants and trees representative of the region. The Campus Master Plan under works calls for LEEDS standards of renovation of every building on campus, with each roof ready for solar panels and water catchment built into the design. At present 10 new buildings have been completed (secondary school classrooms, secondary library, elementary classrooms for preschool and kindergarten and grade 1, a secondary art and design space, secondary school humanities and performing arts classrooms). In addition, completion of a new TASOK Community Center (TCC) and campus security entrances with state of the art access controls.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, approximately 97% of the school’s income derives from tuition and fees. The annual tuition rates are: preschool: $8,350-$8,930; K-grade 1: $13,410-$14,350; grades 2-3: $15,100-$16,160; grades 4-5: $16,780-$17,950; grades 6-8: $20,960-$22,430; grades 9-10: $24,520-$26,240; and grades 11-12: $25,870-$27,680. The school charges an English-as-an-Additional-Language fee of $3,000-$3,150, a Learning Support fee of $3,000-$3,150, and Special Education Support Services fee of $9,750. There is a one-time Capital Development fee of $4,000 for K-grade 12, and a one-time Admission fee of $300. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars).
Information and statistics are current as of October 2020 and are provided by the school.