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CAC will seek, in line with its mission, to provide an exceptional educational experience by enrolling students from a broad range of nationalities to promote diversity, inclusion, and international-mindedness. 

In the event of space constraints, admissions categories and priorities are defined in Policy 8.202 as follows:

Category One:

  • Dependents of expatriate employees who are citizens of the United States with policy-mandated Board appointments.
  • Dependents of expatriate employees of organizations with policy-mandated Board appointments.
  • Applicants who receive tuition as a CAC contractual benefit. [CAC employees are expected to enroll their dependents at the beginning of the academic year. Those who are not enrolled at the beginning of the year will be placed on the waiting list].

Category Two:
Dependents of expatriates.

Category Three:
Qualified siblings of current CAC students.

Category Four:
Qualified children of CAC alumni.

Category Five:
Host country national applicants who have been enrolled in U.S. schools or overseas schools that offer an American or IB curriculum immediately prior to applying to CAC.

Category Six:
All other applicants.

In addition to these priorities, decisions regarding admission of applicants may be based on other factors including, but not limited to, an assessment of the student’s potential to be successful at CAC, contribution to the school’s educational and co-curricular program, and the school’s goal to maintain a cultural balance in the student body as well as the American character of the institution as prescribed by CAC’s mission.
When approaching facility or programmatic limitations, a waiting list for admission will be developed and administered by the Director of Admissions. Only applicants who have fulfilled application requirements are eligible for the waiting list.

Board approved and issued: May 11, 1993
 Revised: January 20, 1998, May 15, 2007, April 22, 2008, December 16, 2008, March 16, 2010, May 22, 2012, February, 2022

The school has limited academic support services. As with any applicant, those with special needs may be assessed to determine the appropriateness of admission based on their ability to succeed in the standard curriculum in a normal classroom setting, as required by school policy.

CAC seeks to offer an educational program which provides every student with the opportunity to succeed. Some students require additional support to meet grade level expectations, which might include one or more of the following: accommodations: learning support services; ELL services; speech and language therapy; occupational therapy; counseling; etc.  

The school can accommodate and provide support to students whose needs can be described as Level 1 or Level 2 (see Addendum for precise descriptions of each level).

The number of students that CAC can serve through its Student Support Services program and ELL program combined is limited to 20% of any grade level.

Students with emotional/ behavioral problems that require consistent attention cannot be served. At present, the layout of the campus prevents accommodation of some students requiring physical assistance.

  • Students with significant emotional/behavioral problems will not be admitted.
  • Non-native speakers of English who are not fluent in the language may be admitted if space is available in the ELL (English Language Learner) program. In the secondary school, admission to the ELL program also depends upon the applicant's achieving a sufficient score on the English language placement examination.  The ELL program must be successfully completed by the end of Grade 10.


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