The American English Academy was established by Frank and Ruth Munsey in 1992 as one of the first international schools founded in Bulgaria. Initially a school following the ABeka curriculum, AEA now provides a U.S. standard-based Common Core curriculum and Advanced Placement program. Established to teach just a few international students, currently the school has a total population of 200 students, coming from over 35 countries and representing different races, ethnicities, and cultures.
In addition to its international program, AEA is unique in offering an optional Dual Language Program based on both the U.S. and Bulgarian educational standards. Although it was originally aimed towards the specific educational requirements of local Bulgarian children when established in 2014, now the Dual Language Program also attracts international students interested in studying the Bulgarian language and culture. The AEA Dual Language Program is delivered in cooperation with the conjunct Abraham Lincoln School and is fully accredited by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education.
AEA opened its new state-of-the-art campus in 2014 located in the outskirts of the capital city of Sofia and granted with the prestigious “Building of the Year” National Award.
The AEA Board and Leadership team is dedicated to developing the American English Academy as an innovative and modern educational institution of the 21st century. We are oriented towards the future while also drawing inspiration from the highest achievements and teaching methods of educators all over the world.
Our missions is to train global citizens who are passionate about all the aspects of life and learning. Our entire team is dedicated to prepare our students for a successful life and career in our ever-evolving world by teaching them values, critical thinking and leadership.
The AEA teachers are qualified and entrusted to bring a wealth of ingenuity and excitement to their classrooms while at the same time contributing to the mission and objectives of the school. Our teaching staff is comprised of teachers from the United States, Bulgaria, Canada, India, United Kingdom, and Macedonia. The variety of educational and experiential backgrounds support an atmosphere of learning, community spirit and mutual respect.
Accreditation and License
The American English Academy is fully accredited by U.S. Middle States Association – Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS), Accreditation International, and U.S. National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA).
Students who graduate from the American English Academy receive an American High School Diploma recognized around the world. Upon the successful completion of a grade level, students receive a certificate of promotion.
American English Academy offers an optional Dual Language Program designed for the specific educational needs of local Bulgarian students. The program meets the requirements of a standard Bulgarian education and it is delivered in cooperation with the Abraham Lincoln Private School, fully licensed by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education. Students of the AEA Dual Language Program receive double certification – in accordance with the American and Bulgarian standards.