The American School of Doha (ASD) is an independent, coeducational, nonprofit day school, which offers an educational program for children of all nationalities from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The school was founded in 1988. The school year comprises four quarters extending from late August to mid-June.
Organization: The school is governed by an appointed board of trustees and a 12-member board of directors. The U.S. Ambassador serves as chair of the board of trustees (membership includes representatives from both U.S. and Qatari businesses). Nine of ASD’s board members are appointed by the U.S. Ambassador and three are elected by ASD parents. The school’s director is accountable to the board of directors for the overall management of the school. The school is licensed by the Qatari Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Office of Private Schools.
Curriculum: ASD consists of four school divisions: lower elementary (pre-kindergarten through grade 2), upper elementary (grades 3-5), middle school (grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12). ASD provides a U.S. standards-based curriculum across the school divisions. Mathematics is aligned to the Common Core standards, while English/language arts is anchored in the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards, which closely align to the Common Core State Standards. Science is guided by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) across all divisions. The social studies program uses the AERO Framework which combines standards with some elements of the C3 Framework (College, Career and Civic Life). The National Core Arts Standards are used for the music, visual arts, media arts and drama. Standards from the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) are implemented to guide instructions for physical education. Regular classroom instruction is provided in English. ASD confers a U.S. accredited diploma to all high school students meeting requirements. In addition, ASD offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB) and a wide variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses at high school level. Children in grades 1 through 5 must choose either Arabic or Spanish as a world language. French is introduced as an option starting in grade 6. The Modern Standard Arabic program is available from kindergarten-grade 12 for native or near-native speakers. The school week runs from Sunday through Thursday. The school is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Faculty: In the 2021-2022 school year, ASD has 369 total staff including 240 teachers.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, enrollment was 2,276.
Facilities: The school is located on a 26-acre site. The high school and middle school facilities include a library, dining hall, robotics lab, two presentation rooms, eight science labs, common areas for each grade level, two gymnasiums, a fitness center, an indoor 25-meter pool, a theater that seats 630 students, two art studios, band and chorus room, a softball/baseball field, a 400-meter track, and a full-sized soccer field. The elementary facility has 42 classrooms, two science labs, four music rooms, four art rooms, a library and cafeteria, multipurpose room, a playground for early childhood, a small playing field for younger children, a soccer pitch, two covered playgrounds, two gymnasiums, and an outdoor swimming pool and learner’s pool. Classrooms are equipped with digital projectors, interactive whiteboards and document viewers. Elementary students have access to laptops, iPads, and iPod Touches. Students in grades 5 – 12 participate in a 1:1 device program and are issued school-provided laptops or iPads. Wireless networks and internet access are available throughout the school.
Finances: Annual tuition rates are as follows: prekindergarten: $9,452; kindergarten-grade 5: $15,761; and grades 6-12: $20,497. There is a capital fee of $3,400 per year for kindergarten-grade 12 and a prekindergarten capital fee of $2,550 per year. The school also charges a one-time registration fee of $1,040. These fees are payable in Qatari riyals. Note: all fees quoted are in U.S. dollars.
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Qatar, Doha) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
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