Dear Future Eagles,
Welcome to our website, and thank you for your interest in Cairo American College (CAC), the premier American international school in Cairo, Egypt. Once students enroll at CAC, they and their families embrace the CAC Mission and Core Values and become lifetime members of our community!
Founded in 1945, CAC has a long-standing history of offering an exceptional American education experience in Egypt. Currently we have 800 students enrolled from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, representing more than 50 countries. Our diverse faculty bring with them many years of teaching experience, a global outlook, a genuine love for kids, and a desire to see students succeed.
CAC emphasizes holistic learning and supports students as they discover their skills and passions. Students participate in a diverse array of courses and co-curricular activities including athletics, student clubs, and visual and performing arts. We explore our host country by incorporating Egypt’s history and culture into our curriculum and sending students on experiential learning trips around Cairo and Egypt. CAC is a member of several associations of international schools. Through these affiliations, our students attend educational trips and athletic competitions on four continents.
At the high school level, we work one-on-one with students to research, apply to, and matriculate to top institutions of higher education around the world. Our learning community is tight-knit, and older students serve as role models and mentors for younger students. Alumni also return to campus to speak in classes and lead student activities. Graduates join a global community of more than 15,000 CAC alumni and former students who are at the forefront of business, research, the arts, social innovation, and political service. The friendships that students form at CAC last a lifetime. Though our alumni are spread across 90 countries, they are constantly connecting and collaborating with one another.
What truly makes CAC stand out among international schools is our close community. Parents are welcome on campus and are here every day to bring their children to school, support student activities, attend performances, and coach sports teams. Families engage in social activities and join organizations that positively impact CAC and greater Cairo. Every new family adds unique value to our community. My family has been at CAC for five years, and we all feel privileged to be a part of this exceptional school.
We look forward to learning more about you, helping you to learn more about us, and perhaps welcoming you into our community!
Head of School
Mr. Rutherford is an US citizen from the state of Oregon. He has been Head of three international schools: CAC, the International School of Dakar, in Senegal; and Hokkaido International School in Sapporo, Japan. He started his career overseas in 1991, teaching high school English and ToK at the International School of Manila. Mr. Rutherford holds two degrees from Stanford University (BA '90, MA '91). Mr. Rutherford is in Cairo with his family, and his daughter graduated with the Class of '18, and his son will graduate with the Class of '19. An international family, Mr. Rutherford's wife is from Japan and their children are dual-national and bi-cultural TCKs.