Welcome from the Director

Welcome to the American School of Yaounde! Founded in 1964, ASOY serves the community in Yaoundé, Cameroon through example and service as a beacon of educational excellence. Our mission is to ensure that all students achieve high academic success, develop critical thinking skills, and become responsible, compassionate, and global citizens.

We place great importance on academic excellence and on the social and emotional development of our students. Our broad and balanced program is grounded in our mission and objectives, and we strive to integrate not only the IB Learner Profile attributes, but the values of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness,  and citizenship into all areas of the school.

Together, the faculty and staff of ASOY continue to offer the highest quality international education.  Our aim is to promote a learning community that is challenging, nurturing, and focused on academic excellence. Blessed with small classes, our students have the opportunity to practice the skills of attentiveness and listening, of respectful discussion and inquiry, and inquisitiveness and curiosity.   Our students will be expected to ask questions and to share their views with their classmates, because we know that this is a much more exciting and effective way for young people to learn and because we know that this is not only the best possible kind of preparation we can provide them for university, but one that will also transform their relationship to the world.  Our stated objectives speak of developing “independent, creative and critical thinkers” and our curriculum and methodologies will support that worthy goal. We will also prepare young people for independence by giving them real responsibility and opportunities for meaningful engagement beyond the classroom.  Our co-curricular program is an important part of the way we teach habits of engagement.  The many activities we provide students offer not only an important change of pace and break from the structure of the academic day but also opportunities for service, citizenship, leadership, teamwork, competition and creative expression.

Every year, we welcome many new faces that bring a wealth of experience and varied perspectives to our school.  ASOY is a dynamic, challenging, and caring learning community, and our goal is to promote the academic achievement and overall well being of our students.

We hope you enjoy exploring our website and are able to discover useful information and insight into our distinctive school. In fact, we encourage you to come visit us in person!

With warm regards,


Sheena Nabholz, Director