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 chairman 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-Grade 2), upper elementary (Grades 3-5), middle school (Grades 6-8), and high school (Grades 9-12). The class sizes vary, with a maximum capacity between 18 and 22 learners. ASD provides a U.S. standards-based curriculum, PK-12. 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) and the social studies curriculum additionally aligns to the AERO standards with a framework that closely matches the C3 Framework (College, Career and Civic Life). World Languages (Arabic, Spanish and French) use the AERO World Language standards, while Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) curriculum is anchored to the National Qatari Standards. Learners in Grades 1-5 select either Arabic or Spanish as a world language, while French is an additional option starting in Grade 6. The Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) program is available from K-12 for native or near-native Arabic speakers. The National Core Arts Standards are used for the music and the arts. Standards from the Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) are implemented to Physical Education. Library and Technology are anchored by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards. English is the language of instruction across the curriculum. ASD provides a U.S. accredited diploma to all high school students meeting requirements. In addition, ASD offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB) and the Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone program. 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 2020-2021 school year, there are 233 full-time faculty and leadership team members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 2,250 (PK-5: 1,018; 6-8: 528; and 9-12: 704).
Facilities: The school is located on a 26-acre site. The high school and Middle School facilities include library, dining hall, robotics lab, two presentation rooms, eight science labs, common areas for each Grade level, two gymnasiums, fitness center, indoor 25-meter pool, theater that seats 630 students, two art studios, band and chorus room, softball/baseball field, 400-meter track, and full-sized soccer field. The elementary facility has 42 classrooms, two science labs, four music rooms, four art rooms, library and cafeteria, multipurpose room, playground for early childhood, small playing field for younger children, soccer pitch, two covered playgrounds, two gymnasiums, and outdoor swimming pool and learners pool. Classrooms are equipped with TV monitors, digital projectors, interactive whiteboards, and document viewers. Elementary students have access to laptops, iPads, and iPod Touches. Middle and high school students are issued with school-provided laptops. Wireless networks and Internet access are available throughout the school.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, about 99% of the school’s income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Pre-Kindergarten: $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 Pre-Kindergarten capital fee of $2,555 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 in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.