The American School of Bombay, founded in 1981, is an independent, coeducational day school. The School offers a U.S.-style educational program from prekindergarten (Early Childhood Education) through grade 12. The school year comprises 4 quarters extending from mid-August to early June.
Organization: The School is managed by the American School of Bombay Education Trust set up under the terms and conditions laid down by the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. The School is governed by a Board of Trustees elected by the parents and faculty.
Curriculum: The School’s structure, curriculum methods, and general approach integrate an American approach to education with the International Baccalaureate program. The school offers a college-preparatory curriculum, conferring its graduates with an American High School Diploma and/or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. IB courses of study are offered in ECEC – grade 5 and grades 11-12. The structure is divided into the Primary Years Program in the elementary school, Pre-IB Program in grades 9-10, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma program in grades 11-12. The middle school, grades 6-8, offers students a full program to prepare them for high school.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 113 full-time and 3 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 710 (EC3-grade 12). ASB expects the enrollment to grow to approximately 750 students, Early Childhood through grade 12, for this school year.
Facilities: In 1981 a group of international parents started the American School of Bombay with just 12 students in a room at the American Consulate. As the School grew, it moved from the American Consulate to nearby residential apartments. In November of 1998 the School moved to its new state-of-the-art campus in Bandra Kurla, a Mumbai suburb. The air-conditioned facilities include 38 classrooms, 2 libraries, a cafeteria, a gymnasium/multipurpose hall, 6 state-of-the-art science labs, 2 choir rooms, 1 band room, 1 drama room, 2 heated swimming pools with a health room and a sweat room, playground area for the elementary school students, and sports grounds developed for basketball, tennis, soccer, and track and field, as well as a health clinic. The School uses a wireless tablet program in the secondary school.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, the School’s income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates range from $15,250 to $32,400 for ECEC-grade 12. In addition, the School charges a one-time registration fee of $1,000 and a one-time capital levy of $25,000. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)