The American Community School opened its doors in 1955, when Mr. and Mrs. Ben Parker opened their residence to American families interested in a school with an American curriculum. During that first year, there were only 12 students in grades 1 through 8. As the young Kingdom grew, so did the demand for an American day school, which could provide an education that would allow students to reintegrate into the American system back home.
In 1965, a small piece of land just outside of town was acquired with the vision of building a real campus. The students moved out of the Parker’s home and into a school with 5 classrooms, a library, and a round multi-purpose room. As the city expanded, so did the school; that rural plot of land is now in the center of metropolitan Amman. Today, ACS boasts 65 classrooms, a fully equipped sports facility, a performing arts center, and state-of-the-art science and technology labs.
Our location in the heart of the Middle East allows for an educational experience that our students are unlikely to experience elsewhere in the world. Jordan is home to Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the Dead Sea, which is located at the lowest point on earth, giving our students the unique opportunity to live and learn in a country steeped in history and tradition.
An ACS student’s adventures are not limited to Jordan; our students frequently participate in international academic, sports and fine arts competitions as well as local and international community service opportunities.
What started as a school for American residents in Amman became a melting pot of international students from over 40 countries. These students bring with them their unique traditions and cultural experiences, giving our students a global perspective on life from a small and historical country in the Middle East.
ACS helped us not just grow academically but also grow culturally and we were able to take that in to our future endeavors whether academic or in the workforce.Karmah McIlvain, Alumna