Dear CAC Community,
The CAC campus was buzzing with excitement today as our new and returning students and families arrived for the 2022-2023 school year. We look forward to having our little ones (PreK) start tomorrow. Our faculty, staff and administrators have been working diligently and passionately in preparation. We welcomed the largest number of students back on campus since 2014! This year we have enrolled 870 students representing 56 different nationalities with 188 new students and 132 new families. We also recruited 20 new experienced faculty from some of the most reputable international schools in the world. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am thrilled to welcome you all to our vibrant and warm CAC family.
We took advantage of the summer to enhance the safety and accessibility of the CAC campus. You will notice that several of the overhanging structures were removed from the elementary and middle schools. In the high school terrace, we have installed a new canvas shade. The much anticipated removal of the construction caravans behind the high school have finally been removed and replaced by a pleasant multi-use patio area.
The class of 2022 has made us proud, having over 50% of the IB Diploma cohort scoring 38 or higher, an outstanding achievement. They garnered acceptances at Ivy League Universities in the US, Russell Group Universities in the U.K. and received two million dollars offered in scholarships. Thank you to our faculty, staff and administrators for the care and attention they provide and for developing global citizens of the world and exemplary ambassadors for CAC.
As Board Chair, I am blessed with a group of high caliber, highly capable board members who volunteer their expertise and countless hours to safeguard the school’s mission and secure the necessary resources to continue CAC’s tradition of excellence. It's an absolute pleasure to work with Dr. Jared Harris, our head of school, who is relentlessly focused on student wellbeing and the future of CAC. With the CIS/MSA reaccreditation completed with flying colors, the new PK3 program implemented, the new PYP program authorization received, and the High School Building completed, the board looks forward to focusing on its vision for the future. The board will meet on the first weekend of September in our annual retreat and will share its goals during our first open board meeting on September 27, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. Please be on the lookout for email announcements regarding board business from Nawal Gamal, our board assistant extraordinaire.
The board works to maintain a fine balance between the short term operational needs of the school with a strategic, forward-thinking vision. Board work requires strong leadership, expertise, vision, planning, and teamwork combined with the support of its active community. Our success depends on your contribution. Your interest and involvement in our work is essential to the well-being of this school.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank departing board members Randall Budden, Ursula Hammerich and May Oweiss for their service to the board. It has been a pleasure to work with them and we will miss them dearly. I would also like to welcome Hassan Khalifa, Dalia Khorshid and Chahrazed Sioud as our newest board members for the 2022-2023 school year. We look forward to working with them.
CAC has been my home since I arrived in Egypt in 2004. I am a proud parent of 3 kids who are now CAC alumni graduating in 2008, 2019, and 2020 and we are grateful to call this warm, resilient, and loving community our family. I am honored to be serving my fifth year as CAC board chair and the AUC representative to the CAC Board of Trustees. I look forward to getting to know each of you, and working with all of you in service of our beloved CAC.
CAC Board Chair
2022-2023 CAC Board Members: Hassan Abdou (Appointed), David Chi (Apache), Maha ElShinnawy (Board Chair, AUC), Stuart Farquhar (BP), Ericka Galegher (Secretary), Nawal Gamal (Board Executive Assistant), Jared Harris (HoS), Hassan Khalifa (Elected), Dalia Khorshid (Appointed), Sam Levin (NAMRU), Tarek Sakr (Elected), Chahrazed Sioud (US Embassy), Amal Soliman (Treasurer), Tarek Zaghloul (Facilities Committee Chair).