laid down the staff of travel in his glorious land, having assured myself after
unbiassed [sic] consideration that it is the best of countries, for in it
fruits are plentiful, and running water and nourishing food are never
exhausted. Few indeed are the lands which unite all these advantages, and well
spoken are the poet's words:
all the lands the West by this token's the best:
Here the full moon is spied and the sun speeds to rest."
(Ibn Battuta, on his return to Morocco in 1349)
The above passage was written after Ibn Battuta’s legendary
trip throughout the then-known Islamic world, and even today these words
reflect the richness and potential of Morocco. For centuries Tangier has served as the
gateway to Morocco and North Africa, as its position on the Straits of
Gibraltar makes it a border town, an outpost, and a very special mix of culture
and character unlike any other place.
The American School of Tangier, opening in 1950 when Tangier
was internationally administered, reflects a diversity of spirit consistent
with that of its location. Founded on
principles of excellence, inclusion, and curiosity, AST has attracted families
who appreciate this spirit and who wish to have their children exposed to an
approach which will foster and develop it.
The curriculum is American in character and is designed to promote
independent thinking, creativity, and a sense of responsibility that extends
beyond the student to the school and to Tangier. At the heart of it all is a multi-national
faculty who are committed to doing the very best for the children in their
Located in the center of Tangier, the six-hectare campus lies
close to the Kasbah, the Medina, and the Mohammed V Mosque. The beautiful plantings and attractive
buildings, combined with the athletic facilities, playgrounds, and outdoor pool,
provide an environment that is aesthetically pleasing within which our students
grow and prosper. We invite you to visit
the American School of Tangier to see first-hand how these elements combine to
provide our students with a world class education.
Richard E. Lussen
Head of School