Students at the Senegalese American Bilingual School can opt to be either in the Senegalese or the American program, which both cover 4 years in preschool, 5 or 6 levels in elementary school and another 6 levels, in secondary school (middle and high schools). 


Students graduate with either the Senegalese Baccalaureate (Scientific or Literary tracks) or the American High School Diploma, with Advanced Placement coursework (AP) approved by the College Board. In 2017, SABS became one of only 1,000 schools worldwide and the only school in Senegal selected to implement the prestigious AP Capstone Diploma- an innovative diploma program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for university success: research, collaboration, communication, as well as critical thinking and a problem solving in a cross curricular context. 


AP Capstone is a two-year College Board program with students taking AP Seminar and AP Research in 11th and 12th grades. All students in the American High School Diploma Program are required to take Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition, AP French Language and Culture, AP Environmental Science and AP comparative Government and Politics, AP Calculus (for some). Courses to be offered in the near future include AP Psychology, AP Spanish and AP Computer Science. Students may also choose to self-study an AP course, if approved by their counselor and the head of their academic track. There are more than 38 Advanced Placement courses to choose from. 


As part of our commitment to bilingualism, students from both the Senegalese and American tracks must take certain courses in English and in French. 

The Right Attitude: A Growth Mindset


Every student at SABS has the right to a great education. All behavior in the school should help to establish and maintain an environment within the school which fosters maximum learning and mutual respect. Students are expected to be respectful of the learning process and to take responsibility for their own learning.


  • Students should, and are highly encouraged to, take advantage of all available resources to enhance their education. (Teachers, tutors, academic support staff, libraries, etc.) 

  • In class, students must be active, cooperative learners, listening, asking and answering questions. Students are expected to help establish an orderly, active learning process.



Our program is influenced by the Montessori educational philosophy, with a focus on child development and easy integration into diverse education systems.




The French-taught, Senegalese program cycle lasts 5 years (CP - CM2) is part of the C.F.E.E. As our program is bilingual, 30% of lessons are taught in English, and the rest in French. 


The English-taught, American program lasts 6 years (1st - 6th Grade), with 70% of the courses taught English and the remaining 30% in French. 


A typical class size for both is under 25 students. 


Secondary: Middle & High School


In 7th and 8th grade, 50% of the subjects are taught in English and the remaining 50% in French.

The following subjects are taught in French: 

  • History

  • Geography

  • French

  • Music

  • Physical Education

  • Art


The following subjects are taught in English:

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • English 


After 8th Grade, students have the option to go for the Senegalese program or the American program. Here is a breakdown of the two programs:


  • BFEM (4ieme - 3ieme) where all the lessons, except for English, are taught in French; Note: After the BFEM students who wish to follow the American program can do so by taking a test.

  • The American program (9th - 12th Grade) which culminates with the American High School Diploma and AP Capstone Diploma.


Joint AHSD and BAC Diploma


This program is for students who join the American High School program after having obtained the BFEM. Students, while following the SABS American curriculum simultaneously prepare for the BAC L in French, Spanish, Philosophy, History and English. Students in this program may have an extended school day in 11th and 12th grade.


Other Minimum Requirements (for all programs):


  • Get involved in a club each semester;

  • Do 75 hours of community service in the school from 3ieme/9th  through Terminale/12th grades;

  • Have a research project;

  • Pass all your main subjects with at least 75% mastery rate.


No student will matriculate into the next school year without passing all required coursework. Seniors who have not passed all coursework will not graduate until, and if, all courses are recovered. Courses must be made up in the summer to continue at SABS the following year.

Standardized Testing (SATs, TOEFL, IELT) 


SABS is proud to be an official SAT test center in Dakar, Senegal. The SAT, or Scholastic Aptitude Test, is a standardized examination offering students the opportunity to demonstrate academic capabilities in mathematics, reading and critical reasoning. The SAT II subject tests are subject specific and allow students to highlight strengths in particular subject areas across the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and language arts. 


We offer both the SAT I and the SAT II subject tests. The SABS School Code is 635101 (also called CEEB Code) and the SABS SAT Test Center code is 79326.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, May SAT tests have been cancelled worldwide. Our next scheduled test will be August 27, 2020.