School Profile

The Rabat American School is an independent college preparatory day school located in Rabat, the capital of Morocco.

RAS is a non-sectarian, non-profit school supported by tuition and fees. English is the language of instruction.The program is co-educational and non-residential. Policies are created by the Board to provide guidance for day-to-day operations.

The Board also works closely with the Director to set employment terms for personnel, set budget and authorize major projects and initiatives. Board policies are available to the school community online and in the school libraries.

Our History

The school was founded in 1962 as a K-8 school to meet the needs of Americans affiliated with U.S. Government agencies and/or private companies.

A ninth grade was added in 1974. Grades ten, eleven, and twelve were added in 1978.
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Our Accreditation

RAS is accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges, and is authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

RAS enjoys membership in MAIS, AAIE, NACAC and OACAC.
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Our Curriculum

The curriculum at the high school level is designed to accommodate students seeking admission to colleges and universities in the U.S. as well as in other countries.

Both the International Baccalaureate diploma and an American high school diploma are available. Limited support is offered for English language learners and students with exceptional learning needs. A wide variety of extracurricular activities are available to students. These include National Honor Society, Student Council, drama, music, math club, as well as intramural and interscholastic sports. There is a strong commitment to community service.

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Student Body

The RAS student body consists of students from over 44 different countries.

Approximately 22% of RAS students are American citizens, 31% are Moroccan citizens and 47% represent other nationalities. In the high school, 18% of the students are American citizens, 34% are Moroccan citizens and 48% represent other nationalities.

Student Life
Faculty and Administration

A nine member Board of Trustees, elected by the parents and faculty, govern the Rabat American School.

There are 58 full-time and 6 part-time faculty members. Additionally, 28 instructional aides assist in the classrooms, computer and science labs, PE department, and libraries.   Approximately, eighty percent of the faculty holds advanced degrees beyond the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences. Ninety percent of the faculty is certified by U.S. criteria. Faculty members average at least ten years of teaching experience. RAS offers a student-faculty ratio of 8:1.

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The school year begins in late August and ends in mid-June.

There are 180 days of instruction. The high school calendar is based on a trimester system with three equal grading periods in the school year.

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Grading System

The student’s final grade is calculated on the basis of the three trimester grades and a final examination.

The cumulative grade point average (GPA) is based on grades earned at the Rabat American School. Given the small size of our senior class and the transient nature of our student body, class rank is not calculated.

The grading scale is as follows:
Grade Percent Grade Points
A+ 97-100 4.0
A 93-96 4.0
A- 90-92 3.7
B+ 87-89 3.3
B 83-86 3.0
B- 80-82 2.7
C+ 77-79 2.3
C 73-76 2.0
C- 70-72 1.7
D+ 67-69 1.3
D 63-66 1.0
D- 60-62 0.7
F 0-59 0
Graduation Requirements

A graduation requirement ensures that students are well prepared for post-secondary education.

Meeting the graduation requirements for the RAS diploma successfully prepares students to meet the academic challenges of competitive or select colleges and universities. In order to receive a high school diploma from Rabat American School, each student must earn a total of 27 credits. Students earn 1 credit for each year-long course that is successfully completed.

Course Credits
English 4
Second Language 2
Social Studies 4
Science 3
Mathematics 2
Course Credits
Fine Arts 2
Physical Education 2
Technology 1
Elective Courses 6
Total 27
Mean SAT Scores
Course Reading Math Writing
2010 507 529 522
2011 500 524 521
2012 534 541 531
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Class of 2008 Class of 2009 Class 0f 2010 Class of 2011 Class of 2012 Class of 2013
Percent and (number) of Full IB Diploma Candidates 64% (16) 72% (13) 48%(12) 48% (14) 58% (11) 64% (18)
Percent and (number) of Diploma Candidates Earning the IB Diploma  88% (14) 84% (11) 50% (6)  93% (13) 91% (10)  88% (15)
Average Course Score Obtained by Candidates Earning IB Diplomas  5.2 4.7 5.0  5.06  4.85  5.04
Average Total Points Awarded to a Full Diploma Candidate 33 30  30  33  30  32
Highest Diploma Points Awarded to a Full Diploma Candidate 40  36  36  37  40  37
Percent and (Number) of Seniors Taking One or More IB Courses 100% (25)  100% (18)  100% (28)  100% (29)  100% (19)  100% (28)
College Acceptances

This is a list of universities and colleges attended by RAS graduates in the past five years.

This is a list of universities and colleges attended by RAS graduates in the past five years.

United States
  • American University, DC
  • Bard College
  • Brigham Young University
  • Brown University
  • Boston University
  • Calvin College
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • College of William and Mary
  • College of Charleston
  • Columbia University
  • Duke University
  • Elon University
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • George Washington University
  • Hastings College
  • Hiram University
  • Hofstra University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Lafayette College
  • Lynn University
  • Macalaster College
  • Middlebury College
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Pace University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Providence College
  • Rutgers University
  • Suffolk University
  • Tufts University
  • University of California – Berkeley
  • University of California – Santa   Barbara
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Utah
  • University of Tampa
  • University of Virginia – Charlottesville
  • University of Washington
  • Washington State University
  • Whittier College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Brock University
  • Carlton University
  • Concordia University
  • Dawson College
  • LaSalle College
  • Laurier University
  • McGill University
  • Queens University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Toronto
  • American Business School - Paris
  • American University in Paris
  • Bellersby College
  • City University – London
  • Essex University
  • European Business School – London
  • European University – Barcelona
  • Glion Institute of Higher Education
  • Goldsmiths College – Univ. London
  • Hult International Business School
  • John Cabot University - Rome
  • Kent University
  • Leiden University
  • London School of Economics
  • Nottingham University
  • Queen Mary - Univ. London
  • Schiller International Univ. of Madrid
  • St. Louis University - Madrid
  • Suffolk University - Spain
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Exeter
  • Al Khawayn University – Morocco
  • American University in Cairo
  • Malaysia Institute of Art
  • University of Kuala Lumpur
  • University of New Delhi
Middle East
  • New York University in Abu Dhabi
  • Northwestern in Qatar