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

Cairo American College was established primarily to serve American children in Egypt. The following categories guide the admissions process.



Category One:

Dependents of US expatriate employees of organizations with policy-mandated Board appointments.

Category Two:
Dependents of expatriate US citizens or US permanent residents.

Category Three:
Dependents of non-US expatriate employees of organizations with policy-mandated Board appointments.

Category Four:
Dependents of non-U.S. expatriate employees.

Category Five:
Qualified siblings of current CAC students.

Category Six:
Non-U.S. applicants who have been enrolled in U.S. schools or overseas schools that offer an American curriculum immediately prior to applying to CAC.

Category Seven:
All others.
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

The school has very 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 the following: accommodations to the environment, equipment, or format; learning support services; ELL services; speech and language therapy; occupational therapy; counseling; etc.  

CAC 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 lay-out 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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