The Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) was established on April 2, 1951 in Rocquencourt, France. It was intended to be a military arm of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The headquarters continued in that location until 1967 when, upon France's withdrawal from NATO's integrated military structure, SHAPE was relocated to its current location in Casteau, Belgium.
SHAPE is currently composed of NATO member countries and additional Partnership for Peace (PfP) nations, making it one of the most culturally unique military settings in the world. Within this vital and diverse community, SHAPE American Elementary School (SAES) exists not only to educate the children of American servicemen and women assigned here, but also to educate the children of all other NATO and PfP nations. In addition, the Department of Defense Educational Activity (DODEA) SHAPE school coordinates with 11 other nation schools on the international installation.
In August 2014, SAES moved to its brand new building with an area of over 114, 057 square feet housing over 58 classrooms. Over six-hundred students are currently enrolled in the SAES, ranging from Preschool through Fifth Grade. American students make up just over half of the student population, while NATO and PfP nation students comprise the remaining half. This multicultural component results in SAES having the most diverse student population among the 11 nation schools on SHAPE, as well as among all schools in the DoDEA system.
School Colors: Green and Gold
Mascot: SHAPE Knights
Grades Served: PSCD;K-5
Computer/Student ratio: approximately 1 / 1.5
Student/Teacher ratio: K=17:1; 1-3 = 18:1; 4-5 =23:1