AAN-Private English School

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Welcome to The American Academy Nicosia. Founded in 1922, The Academy has a rich history of providing quality education in a caring environment. At The Academy, we care for all our students and our highly dedicated and qualified teachers ensure that each one of our pupils reaches their full potential. I hope you find our website useful and informative but it is no substitute for a visit. Please arrange a visit with our Admissions Department and discover for yourself everything that The Academy has to offer.

Sincerely, Mr Alecos Katartzis, CEO
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At the American Academy Nicosia we aim to:

Provide students with a supportive learning environment which will enable every student to develop their whole person and so to achieve their maximum potential – intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.

Encourage each individual student to develop those personal qualities which will make them responsible, thinking and caring adults, set within the context of a Christian ethos and principles.

Motivate the students to love and respect their fellow human beings, no matter the difference in their culture, ethnicity or religion.

The Academy’s aims are to  

Provide our students with an all-round, innovative quality education, through a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, with a choice of subjects which will qualify them for entry into universities in Cyprus and abroad and a wide range of future employment opportunities.

Cultivate and support a learning environment that enables every student to achieve their maximum potential – intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.

Maintain a disciplined environment where students feel secure and happy and have love, respect and concern for others.

Promote high quality teaching by recruiting dedicated professionals who not only teach well, but also care for the children.

Work in partnership with parents and others from the wider school community.

Develop in the children an attitude of learning and a keen understanding of the amazing world in which God has placed them.

Today the school opens its doors to both girls and boys and has expanded to also provide education for Pre-school & Kindergarten and Primary aged children. Students from all over the world now make the Academy a truly International School. This multinational environment not only creates a stimulating atmosphere but it offers a broad range of global perspectives to its students.

The American Academy Nicosia is a private English Language school located in the heart of Nicosia. The Academy provides Pre-school & Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary level education following the British Curriculum. As a school certified by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus its curriculum also reflects local variations to ensure that it also provides students with the Cypriot Certificate of Education Apolytirion. The school operates as a non-profit organisation, ensuring maximum investment in educational development together with attractive levels of school fees.

Our Heritage

Opening - 1922

The American Academy Nicosia is a school which first opened its doors on October 16th, 1922. The founders, who had earlier started an Academy for boys, established the school in response to local demand for an English language school for girls; the American Academy for Girls.

Rapid Growth - 1927

School and Boarding House were originally in the West of the old city of Nicosia. Growth was quite rapid and by 1927 enrolment had reached 89 students.

Present Premises - 1955

Relocation to its present premises outside the city walls in 1955 provided more extensive grounds and larger buildings.

Coeducational -1977

In 1977, the school became coeducational and in the years that followed, there was an expansion in both its enrolment, its grounds and its buildings.

Early Years

In its early years, it was both a Boarding and a Day school. Thirteen students enrolled in its first year, two of them were boarding students. The teacher who headed up the work was Miss Lola Weir; with Miss Ada Wilson as her Assistant. Helen and Iphigenia Aegyptiades, refugees from Smyrna and former teachers at the American University there, joined the staff to teach Music and Home Economics.

Evacuation- 1941,1942

The school year 1941-1942 saw the Academy evacuated to Kyrenia, due to the fear of enemy action in World War II, with a return the following year.

Board Formation - 1976

In 1976, the school became independent from its founding mission with a board of Cypriot educationalists and other professionals set up to manage it.

Present Years

With a rich history stretching back almost 100 years we continue the work of our predecessors with the same enthusiasm and zeal offering quality education in a caring environment.