Morocco

The American School of Tangier in Morocco

In 2016, the American School of Tangier (AST) joined Brooks as an exchange partner school. Nabil Alami, who taught at Brooks for more than 15 years and has been on the faculty of AST for the last four years, coordinates the exchange at AST. Brooks is excited to expand the geographic and cultural reach of its exchange programs with this initiative in Morocco.

Founded in 1950, the American School of Tangier enrolls approximately 350 students in its elementary and high schools. Students in AST’s high school division follow an American curriculum that prepares them for university opportunities in the US, Europe, and Morocco. The majority of AST students have their sights set on US universities; most of the curriculum is taught in English, and includes a four-year English requirement. AST is a day school — its student body is drawn from Tangier and also includes a few international students whose families are living in the city. Set on a spacious campus, AST’s neighbors include the Spanish International School of Tangier and the University of New England’s Tangier Center, which offers academic programs to US university students.

Across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain, Tangier’s reputation as a cosmopolitan city continues today — a variety of languages can be heard on its streets including Arabic, French, Spanish, and English. Well-developed road and rail links to Rabat (Morocco’s capital), Casablanca, Marrakesh, and Fez provide exciting opportunities for experiencing Morocco beyond Tangier.

Projected Participants | 2 students

Dates of Travel | February 28 – March 29

Website | theamericanschooloftangier.com

The Brooks School Exchange Program, founded in 1986, promotes the global education of students from Brooks and its partner schools in Botswana, Hungary, Scotland, Spain, France and Peru. By living abroad as residents in other school communities, our students are challenged to extend themselves to another place, another culture, another people – and, most importantly, to be affected by them, to be changed by them. We are confident that experiencing this transformative process of enculturation makes our students more empathetic and engaged global citizens.

Going on exchange to Morocco was nonpareil. Through this eye-opening experience of culture, language and religion, I found myself learning more about myself. And there is something special about having a host brother. Speaking Spanish, French, and English together while communicating gave me a whole new language of ideas.
Sebastian Alvarez-Martinez '18