American Cooperative School of Tunis

The American Cooperative School of Tunis or ACST (Arabic: المدرسة التعاونية الأمريكية بتونس) is a comprehensive American, international, non-profit, private school located in El Aouina, Tunisia

American Cooperative School of Tunis
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2045 Laouina

CoordinatesCoordinates: 36°51′09″N 10°16′12″E / 36.85250°N 10.27000°E / 36.85250; 10.27000
School typePrivate, Non-Profit, Elementary/Middle/High School
Faculty62 teachers, 31 TA's, 11 Administrators
GradesPre-school 3year old-12
Enrollment250 (2022)
Hours in school day8:00 AM - 3:00 PM (7 hours)
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools and CIS
Tuition$6,500-$24,470 (depending on Grade Level)
AffiliationUnited States Department of State

The school enrolls more than 450 students in grades Pre-school-12.

The school is widely known for its International Baccalaureate Diploma Program which it has used since 2000. It is currently the only IB World School in Tunisia.[citation needed]


The American Cooperative School of Tunis was founded in 1959, originally as an American Elementary School only teaching Grades PreK-8. A ninth grade was added in 1982 and a tenth grade in 1993. Eleventh and twelfth grade were added in 1995 and 1996 respectively with the first graduating class being the class of June 1997.[citation needed]

The school's enrolment increased dramatically following the temporary relocation of the African Development Bank from its headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire to Tunis, Tunisia in 2003.

Following attacks on the nearby US Embassy, protesters torched the school building containing the Elementary School Library on September 14, 2012. Fire and smoke damage spread to 12 adjoining classrooms rendering them unsafe. The entire block was condemned. The remainder of the campus was ransacked and looted for several hours resulting in over $5.5 million in estimated damages and loss.

However, the school commenced within a few days and is now back and flourishing better than ever, thanks to rebuilding efforts from the many countries and persons involved.[1]


ACST is located on a 10-acre (40,000 m2) campus with completely new or renovated building dedicated to pre-school, elementary, middle and high school. A three-year expansion project was completed in May 2006 and includes a new elementary playground space with new equipment, an amphitheatre and green space. A new facility in currently in the works and should be finished in 2016/17.

The admin/preschool building contains an elementary library with an amphitheater and elementary computer lab. For the secondary school there are two science labs, two computer labs, two art rooms and the main library with more than 12,000 volumes and a computer research area. Other buildings house a large music classroom, school store, copy center and warehouse.

The school has a full gym/auditorium (with three classrooms), a second newly constructed gym, a cafeteria and a regulation sized grass-covered soccer/softball field with a 300-meter track being renovated this year. An on-campus parking garage for 74 vehicles was constructed last school year. ACST shares use of a newly constructed 25-meter swimming pool located at the nearby United States Embassy to Tunisia.

Bus transportation is available to and from the school from most residential areas of Tunis, La Marsa, Gammarth, El Manar and Carthage.

Secondary schoolEdit

The American Cooperative School of Tunis has American-style high school graduation requirements offering their own "ACST Diploma" in addition to the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The ACST Diploma can be obtained by earning credits. These credits consist of four credits of English, Social Studies, and Mathematics as well as three credits of Science. In addition, two credits of Foreign Language, two credits of Physical Education, one course of Art, Music, Technology, and Health are also required. An additional four credits must be obtained by taking other courses to earn the required total of 24. Earning the International Baccalaureate Diploma constitutes automatic fulfilment of the ACST Diploma requirements.[citation needed]

Initial yearsEdit

The initial years of the ACST high school also known as grades 9 and 10 or Freshman and Sophomore years consist of American style high school courses designed for 14- to 16-year-olds created and regulated solely by ACST. The school offers English, Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and ESS as core subjects. ACST also offers electives that students may take in addition to the core subject. The high school electives for the 2007–2008 school year include: Music, Art, Advanced Art, Modern Standard Arabic, Technology, Model United Nations, Drama, Introduction to Research, 20th Century African History, and German.

IB Diploma ProgramEdit

A basic IB Diploma Program is offered to all students in Grades 11 and 12 (or junior and senior) years as well as American style high school electives for non-IB Diploma students who only seek the ACST Diploma. The school grades student using both their own American style grading scale as well as having their students take the IB Exams which are externally marked by the International Baccalaureat Organization.


  1. ^ "Eight Months After Embassy Attack, U.S. Remains Cautious in Tunisia - Tunisia Live : Tunisia Live". Archived from the original on 2014-05-21. Retrieved 2014-05-21.

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