The American School of Bombay, founded in 1981, is an independent, coeducational day school in Mumbai, India. The school offers a U.S.-style educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12. The school year extends from mid-August to early June. The school’s structure, curriculum methods, and pedagogy integrate an American approach to education with the International Baccalaureate Program.
Organization: A Board of Trustees elected by the parents and faculty governs the school. The American Consul General is the chairman of the Board of Trustees and appoints 2 other members.
Curriculum: 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 in prekindergarten–grade 5 and grades 9-12 include Primary Years Program in the elementary school, Pre-IB Program in grades 9-10, and the Diploma Program in grades 11-12. The middle school, comprising grades 6-8, offers students a full program to prepare them for high school. The rigorous program is about developing critical thinking skills while acquiring academically relevant content knowledge. The school recognizes all students’ unique abilities and aims to develop their individual skills to become compassionate citizens who understand that their choices can make an impact on the world.
Faculty: In the 2019-2020 school year, ASB has 124 faculty members.
Enrollment: The current enrollment is 733 (Pre-K through grade 12).
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. In August 2012, ASB evolved from a single campus school to a dual campus school, and in August 2019, it became a three-campus school: early childhood campus (Powai Learning Village), elementary campus, and secondary campus. Located in the central suburbs of the city, the three campuses offer 220,000 square feet of custom-designed instructional spaces for delivering unique and individualized programs to the students. The 100,000 square feet elementary campus is designed around adaptable learning spaces with movable walls and purpose-built modular furniture. Common learning and multipurpose spaces allow teachers to reconfigure the learning environment to personalize the learning experience. The elementary campus also has a roof-top swimming pool, fully covered and air-conditioned playgrounds, and a sensory learning hub. Features include stream, sandbank, learn-to-swim pool, atelier art studio, meeting piazza, ant gym, play loft, treehouse, and sensory learning hub, along with engaging and flexible learning spaces. Housing the middle and high schools, the secondary campus has 100,000 square feet of air-conditioned facilities including classrooms with configurable partitions and expandable spaces, online-blended learning center, 2-level library, a cafeteria, multiple science labs, choir rooms and band facilities, drama room, black-box theater, art studios, fitness center, heated swimming pool, open-air atrium, and sports grounds developed for basketball, tennis, soccer, and track and field. The school has invested heavily in effective clean air systems for all indoor spaces.
Finances: In the 2019-2020 school year, the school’s income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $15,250; K-grade 5: $31,450; grades 6-10: $33,130; and grades 11-12: $34,020. The school also charges a one-time registration fee of $1,000; a one-time enrollment fee of $25,000 for grades K-12 (for prekindergarten $12,500 and balance of $12,500 with enrollment in kindergarten); and a school bus fee of $1,050. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2019 and are provided by the school.