The American School of Tangier
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.
"My host family and the students and teachers at the school made me feel very welcome, and so comfortable. Tangiers is a beautiful, historic city. It was like nothing I had experienced before."
Andrew Iferenta '19
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.
Participants 2 students
Dates of Travel End of February/Early March 2020, for five weeks
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