The American School of Doha (ASD) is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program for children of all nationalities from prekindergarten through grade 12. The School was founded in 1988. The school year comprises 4 quarters extending from September 8 to November 15, November 16 to January 31, February 1 to April 12, and April 15 to June 14.
Organization: The School is governed by an appointed Board of Trustees and Board of Directors. Nine are appointed and 3 are elected by ASD parents. The director is responsible to the Board for the overall management of the School. The School is licensed by the Qatari Ministry of Education, Office of Private Schools.
Curriculum: The School is divided into 4 sections consisting of prekindergarten through grade 2, upper elementary (grades 2-5), middle school (grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12). The classes are small, with an average class size between 18 and 20 students, providing for individual attention to each child. A U.S. curriculum is offered which includes mathematics, science, language arts, computer applications, global social studies, English-as-a-Second-Language, Arabic, French, Spanish, physical education, music including vocal and instrument instruction, and art. Classroom instruction is in English. Children in grades 1 through 8 must choose either Arabic or Spanish as a foreign language. The prekindergarten classes meet from 7:55 until 12:25; students in kindergarten and grades 1-12 meet from 7:55 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The School week runs from Sunday through Thursday. The School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 206 full-time faculty members. The instructional support staff consists of the director, a high school principal, a high school associate principal, a middle school principal, a middle school associate principal, an upper elementary principal, an upper elementary associate principal, a lower elementary principal and a lower elementary associate principal, one director of curriculum and professional development, an aquatics director, one IT director, one network manager, one data manager, 8 IT support personnel, 8 guidance counselors, one director of human resources, one director of admission, one director of development, one director of safety and security, one chief financial officer, an accountant, a business manager, a registrar, one assistant registrar, an executive assistant, a theater manager, a purchasing coordinator, 3 nurses, 4 librarians, 5 assistant librarian aides, 3 library AV technicians, 2 science lab assistants, 61 teacher aides, 3 receptionists, 12 office coordinators/assistants, 3 maintenance/shipping personnel, security guards, two expeditors, 3 life guards, and a driver.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 1,980 (PK-grade 5: 959; grades 6-8: 452; and grades 9-12: 569).
Facilities: The School has expanded from its original 8-acre site to a 20-acre site that houses a new facility for the middle and high schools that includes a new library, dining hall, 2 computer labs, 2 presentation rooms, 8 science labs, 6 project rooms, common areas for each grade level, a double gym, a fitness center, an indoor 25-meter pool, a theater that seats 630 students, 4 art studios, a band and chorus room, a softball field, a 400-meter track, and a full-sized soccer field. The “old” school has been converted to an all elementary facility with 42 classrooms, 2 science labs, 3 music rooms, 3 art rooms, an expanded library and cafeteria, new multipurpose room, 2 computer labs, one playground for early childhood, a small playing field for younger children, a soccer pitch, 2 covered playgrounds, a gym, and an outdoor swimming pool.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 99% of the School's income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $8,105; Kdg.-grade 5: $13,516; and grades 6-12: $17,577. There is a capital fee of $4,000 per year for K-12 and a PK capital fee of $3,000 per year. The School also charges a one-time registration fee of $1,000. These fees are payable in Qatari riyals. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)