The American School of Dubai (ASD) is an independent, not-for-profit, American community school, dedicated to challenging and inspiring students to achieve their dreams and becoming a passionate learner prepared to adapt and contribute in a rapidly changing world. The school was founded in 1966 and serves 1,948 students from 77 countries on a purpose-built campus opened in August 2010. The school year is from late August to early June.
Organization: The school is governed by a self-appointed board of trustees. The superintendent is responsible to the board for the overall management and operation of the School.
Curriculum: A U.S. standards-based curriculum is offered which includes: English/language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, Arabic, French, Spanish, physical education, music (including vocal and instrumental), and art. Classroom instruction is in English. The School is divided into three divisions consisting of an elementary school (Pre-K-grade 5), middle school (grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12). The classes are small, with an average class size of 18-20 students, providing for individual attention to each child. The student’s school day begins at 8:15 am and runs until 3:15 pm, Sunday through Thursday. The school is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 192 faculty members. The school benefits from the services of: a director of student services, a psychologist, twelve counselors, an athletic director, an associate athletic director, an activities coordinator, a service learning coordinator, a student information systems specialist, a digital communications specialist, a video broadcasting engineer, four nurses, two librarians, and fifty-six instructional assistants. The leadership team consists of: the superintendent, the associate superintendent, the high school principal, the high school associate principal, the middle school principal, the middle school associate principal, the elementary principal, the elementary associate principal, the director of early learning center, the director of learning, the associate director of learning, the director of language, the remote chief innovation officer, the IT director, the director of finance/business operations, the director of human resources, the director of admissions, director of facilities & operations, and school physician.
Enrollment: 2020-2021 school year enrolment is 1,948 (Pre-K: 50; KG1-grade 5: 758; grades 6-8: 451; grades 9-12: 688).
Facilities: In 2010, the school expanded from its Jumeirah location to a 23-acre site that consists of three main buildings in 2010. The Al Barsha campus offers 100 classrooms, two libraries, two multi-purpose gymnasia, and a purpose built 630 seat performing arts theatre. The facilities provide for band and choir, five art rooms, four science labs, four computer labs, a video & broadcasting studio, and two cafeterias. The campus also includes one regulation and two practice baseball diamonds, two outdoor basketball courts, grassed playing fields, six tennis courts, several outdoor playgrounds, a fitness center to include an indoor climbing wall, two 25-meter swimming pools, and covered parking. In 2020, the School added Pre-K program to allow entry for three-year old learners into an active K-12 community and to benefit from connections to older learners, world-class facilities, and extra-curriculars.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year tuition rates are: Pre-KG: $15,250; KG1: $16,136; KG2: $17,615; and grades 1-12: $22,490. There is a facility fee of $3,535 per year for K2-12. The school also charges a one-time capital fee of $5,991 (payable over three years). Fees payable in UAE Dirhams. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.