School Profile

The American School of Marrakesh is committed to providing an inspirational and well-balanced learning environment:

  • A safe and supportive learning environment for staff and students, from age 2 to University entrance
  • A well-rounded, international Curriculum
  • A solid foundation for studies in higher education, in Morocco and abroad
  • A culturally diverse community
  • Small Class size
  • Special Introductory courses for non-English speakers who wish to join the program after Kindergarten

We Have High Academic Expectations.

At the American School of Marrakesh the educational program is based on U.S. standards and benchmarks. Students in grades K-12 receive instruction in English in the areas of language arts, mathematics, social studies and science. Beginning in Grade 1, all students study standard Arabic for one period each day. Beginning in Grade 2, students also have French classes for two to four periods a week, depending on their grade.

Our students attend physical education, music and art classes each week. The computer lab at ASM is available throughout the week for students in Grades K-12. Children in grades K-5 have scheduled library visits on a weekly basis.

In High School, students can select courses at the Advanced level in all core subjects (Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science). They can also follow Advanced Placement preparatory courses in a range of subjects including Calculus, English, Chemistry, Physics, Economics, European History and French.

We believe that the development of good character is as important as academic success.  We work together with parents to develop children who are dedicated not only to improving themselves, but also to helping others. In addition to the academic program, students participate in character and values education at all grade levels, supplemented by character assemblies in the lower school, and advisory and a values curriculum in the Upper School.

Our focus on educating the “whole child” includes incorporating values such as trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship into our academic lessons and daily school life. Opportunities for participation in community service projects are encouraged at both the elementary and secondary levels.

Co-curricular activities are offered to all students in KG3 to Grade 12. These activities take place after school on the ASM campus and are designed to address the interests of students at each level.

Student athletes in Grades 6-12 may play on Varsity and Junior Varsity teams for Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, and Track and Field.  Students from Grades 3 to 12 play games and tournaments with local teams and with other schools in Morocco.

Depending on the year, Co-curricular/Enrichment programs include:  Arts & Crafts, Choir, Drama, Yoga, Karate, Chess, Environmental club, Community Service and outreach activities, Creative Writing, Flag Football, Board games, Model United Nations, Gardening, Student Council, Dance, Yearbook, Running, School Newspaper

Our graduates attend universities in the US, the UK, Canada, Europe or the Middle East.

We hold high expectations for all students, and work in partnership with parents to see that each child meets or exceeds our expectations.  We encourage our students to become critical thinkers and self-directed learners.

We offer an Introductory Program for Non-English Speakers

Would you like your child to have an American-style education?

It’s not too late if your child is attending a non-English speaking school and is matriculated in a class between Grades 2 and 8.  With our English Immersion Program, we are now able to welcome students who speak little to no English into our school.  Students follow a customized educational program and are mainstreamed into the regular classes as soon as they are ready.

What does a school day look like for students in this program?

Students attend the English Immersion Program for the core curriculum classes (English, Math, Science and Social Studies).  Throughout the week, students join their peers in the regular program for Art, Music, Computer, Physical Education, Arabic and French.   Students have the opportunity to socialize with their peers during recess, after-school activities, field trips, etc.  The program is designed to allow students to learn English in a highly specialized environment, while also being able to integrate school life and socialize with their peers in the regular education program.

What are the Admissions requirements for the Introductory Program?

  • Little to no English at the time of matriculation at ASM
  • Strong academic performance in all areas of the curriculum
  • Motivated, active and hard-working student

What does year II of the program look like?

After year one in the Introductory Classes, most students are mainstreamed into the regular educational program.  Lower School & Middle School Intro. students continue to receive specialized attention from our Learning Support Department to maximize their learning and to accelerate their full integration at ASM.

We offer:

  • A Lower School Introductory Program: for students in Grades 2 – 5 (7 to 10) years of age)
  • A Middle School Introductory Program: for students in Grades 6 – 8 (11 to 13 years of age)

Staff

Our staff includes 50 foreign teachers and instructional leaders, mainly from the US, but also from the UK, other European countries, Canada, Australia, the Philippines or the Middle East. Our team also includes 15 Moroccan teachers and 20 Moroccan Teaching Assistants. Our facilities are maintained by 20 local employees, and the administrative team is composed of a mix of foreign and Moroccan employees.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes benefits such as a generous Health Insurance, a free apartment and airfare to, and from the country of origin to employees recruited abroad.

Most foreign staff members live downtown Marrakech, in modern apartments provided by the school. They are at a walking distance of most amenities. The school is at about 25 minutes from downtown: we provide transportation to and from the school everyday.

Marrakech is a vibrant city whose industry is primarily based on tourism. Staff members take advantage of its ideal location to travel within Morocco to the desert, the mountain or the sea, all located within two hours of the city. They also travel frequently to European cities, most of which reachable in three hours or less.

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