ACS International Schools

ACS International Schools is a group of four private schools, three in England and one in Qatar. Until 2005, the organisation was known as American Community Schools. The four campuses are in Cobham and Egham in Surrey, the London Borough of Hillingdon, and the city of Doha in Qatar, the latter of which opened in September 2011. Full boarding fees are £46,930 ($60,000) per year.[1]

ACS International Schools
Cobham, Surrey
Egham, Surrey
Hillingdon, Greater London
Doha (opened in September 2011)

England, Qatar
School typePrivate Pre-school–12th grade
FounderGordon E Speed and Emmanuel J Poularas
ChairmanDavid Thomas
Age2 to 18
CampusFour locations: Cobham, Egham, Hillingdon, Doha
MascotCobham: Cougars, Egham: Jaguars, Hillingdon: Hawks, Doha: Dolphins
AccreditationThe New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Tuition£4,000-£46,930 (per annum)

The head office is in Heywood House in Cobham.[2]


ACS Cobham

Situated in Surrey, 15 miles from Central London, ACS Cobham offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma and an American curriculum including the Advanced Placement courses. Accommodating both day and boarding requirements, with separate-wing dormitory facilities for over 100 boys and girls grades 8 to 12. ACS Cobham is home to 1,500 students from over 60 countries. ACS Cobham's biggest rival is the American School of London.

The sports facilities at ACS Cobham were used by FC Barcelona for a youth academy in 2011.[3] Due to ACS Cobham's close proximity to Chelsea FC's training ground, it was subject to media attention when Brendan Rodgers was noticed there in 2015.[4]

ACS Egham

A day school situated on a 20-acre (8.1 ha) campus, in Surrey, opposite Windsor Great Park. ACS Egham specialises in the International Baccalaureate.

ACS Hillingdon

A day school that is located less than 15-mile (24 km) from Central London. The nearest Underground stations are Uxbridge and Hillingdon. The school is centred on Hillingdon Court, purchased by the organisation in 1978.[5] New buildings adjoining the mansion were built in 1986 incorporating a gymnasium and cafeteria; a new wing was built in 1997. ACS Hillingdon rests on an 11-acre campus that encompasses a mansion house and modern wing extension with libraries, science and IT labs, art studios, cafeteria, gym, auditorium, and a dedicated music centre called Harmony House. ACS Hillingdon offers a wide range of academic curriculum that to bests prepares their students for attending university internationally. Their academic program offers courses that satisfy the requirements needed for the International Baccalaureate Program, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, US High School Diploma, and Honors program. [6][7]

ACS Doha

The newest campus opened in September 2011, initially enrolling students from 3 to 18 years of age. The campus is located in Al-Garrafah.[8]

Notable alumni


  1. "Tuition & Boarding Fees". Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  2. "Contact Us ACS Head Office." ACS International Schools. Retrieved 17 April 2016. "ACS International Schools, Heywood House, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1BL, England"
  3. "Barcelona to set up academy near Chelsea". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  4. "Rodgers' visit to school near Chelsea training ground sparks rumours". London Evening Standard. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  5. Pearce 2007, p.50
  6. "Who We Are". ACS Hillingdon International School.
  7. "History of the estate, ACS Hillingdon". ACS International Schools. 2011. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  8. "ACS Doha International School opens in Qatar". Qatar is Booming. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  9. "Meet the woman rumoured to have matchmade Meghan and Harry". Evening Standard. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  • Pearce, Ken. (2007) Hillingdon Village. Stroud: Sutton Publishing ISBN 978-0-7509-4675-9
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