Welcome to the American School of Doha.

Welcome to the American School of Doha.

Welcome to The American School of Doha! Thank you for visiting our website; we believe it offers prospective families a fine chance to see the array of programs and opportunities available to students. We hope that by taking even a brief look at our assembled information you will gain a better understanding of the school’s view of learning, admissions, student opportunities, community activities, strategic planning, and much, much more.

ASD is a school committed to respect, honesty, responsibility, and compassion. These core values undergird our mission and vision, and in this exceptional year, these values guide and sustain us. Our mission — to inspire and empower students to become positive and active global citizens — claims a lofty and necessary aspiration for challenging times.

Established in 1988 by the U.S. Embassy and prominent members of the Qatari community, ASD has witnessed and met the growing needs of international families in Doha. Now, more than 30 years later, ASD has become one of the premier American international schools in the world. The diversity of cultures and backgrounds in our community is an exciting strength of the school, and the world-class facilities provide spacious and dynamic spaces for our committed teachers and coaches to offer extraordinary opportunities to all of our learners.

Classroom and common spaces all communicate a message that high-quality learning is our main purpose and is highly valued at ASD. With the support of the Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors, the Leadership Team and the highly supportive parent community, ASD provides comprehensive programs and education which are second to none in the region.

Our vision sets us on paths to create collaborative, fun, and creative environments for children and young adults. We choose sustainable practices, we harness current technology, and we promote evidence-based approaches to the study of real-world problems. At ASD, learners are challenged to extend their learning and to become both positive and active global citizens.

American School of Doha’s focus on student learning in a safe, secure environment ensures that each of our students is encouraged to reach his or her potential. Schools routinely become a hub for families in international environments. Our focus on community development, our comprehensive set of programs and activities to support student learning, and our amazing campus offer students and families a true place of belonging and connection here in Doha. 

Thank you for taking the time to look at ASD as a potential student, parent or employee;  I look forward to welcoming you personally to our school.

Stephen M. Razidlo

Director of the American School of Doha

Stephen M. Razidlo
Director of the American School of Doha

Welcome to The American School of Doha (ASD), and thank you for visiting our website. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to this exciting school dedicated to the learning and development of every child in our care. On our website, you will learn about ASD’s Mission and Vision, which form the basis of all our decision-making.

I hope that by spending time on our website, you will gain a better understanding of the school’s view of learning, admissions, student opportunities, community activities, strategic planning, and much, much more.

When you visit ASD you’ll see a vibrant school community with exceptional educational professionals, recruited from around the world, who are committed to delivering a true American education in an international setting.

ASD was established in 1988 by the U.S. Embassy and prominent members of the Qatari community to meet the growing needs of students in Doha, and now, 30 years later, ASD has become one of the premier American international schools in the world. The diversity of cultures and backgrounds in our community is an exciting strength of the school, and the world-class facilities provide the best possible spaces for our committed teachers and coaches to inspire and educate students to become positive, active global citizens.

Technology, music, art, physical education, theater, library, classroom and common spaces all communicate a message that learning is the core purpose and highly valued at ASD. With the support of the Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors, the Leadership Team and the highly supportive parent community, ASD provides the comprehensive programs and education which are second to none in the region.

Our values of Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Compassion guide our actions and promote a culture of inclusiveness and engagement. Our focus on student learning in a safe, secure environment ensures that each of our students is encouraged to reach his or her potential each day. And our focus on community development to support student learning means that ASD can be your lifeline here in Doha.

Thank you for taking the time to visit ASD’s website as a potential student, parent or employee, and I look forward to welcoming you personally to our school.

Thomas L. Hawkins, Ed.D

Director of the American School of Doha

ASD @ 30

1988

The American School of Doha (originally named American International School, AIS) opens in a small villa consisting of Grades 1-5.

With support from the US Embassy and generous financial contributions from the Qatari business community, ASDoha was founded by Omar Al-Mana, US Ambassador Charles Dunbar (1983-1985), Mr. Jassim Jaidah, US Ambassador Joseph Ghougassian (1985-1989), and Sheikh Mohammed bin Hammad Al-Thani, Minister of Education for the State of Qatar.

1989-90

American International School (AIS) moves to purpose built campus and expands to house Middle School, Grades 6-8, and our first overseas administrator joins staff.

1994

AIS earns accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NESAC), and the new campus undergoes facilities improvements; The library was expanded, and computer/technology capabilities and a language center added to the new campus.

1995-96

AIS expands to High School and in 1996 AIS has it’s first graduating class.

1997

School changes name to the American School of Doha. Enrollment reaches nearly 500 students.

1998

In 1998, ASD opens the new campus in Al Bustan.

2004

ASD receives land adjacent to campus from the Emir.

2005

ASD Campus Expansion Project begins on the new land donated from the Emir. The expansion will be home to the new Middle/High School campus.

2007

The new Middle/High School campus opens and renovations to the Elementary School campus begin.

2009

Elementary School campus renovations completed.

2011

Student enrollment reaches 2000.

2013

The American School of Doha turns 25 and the school begins its Campus Improvement project. 

2017

Campus Improvement Project is finalized and ASD reaches max enrollment of 2,250 students.

2018

The American School of Doha turns 30! Celebrating 30 years of Community, Trust, and Excellence.

1988
The school (originally named AIS) opens housed in a small villa and consisting of grades 1-5.

With support from the US Embassy and generous financial contributions from the Qatari business community, ASD was founded by: Omar Al-Mana, US Ambassador Charles Dunbar (1983-1985), Mr. Jassim Jaidah, US Ambassador Joseph Ghougassian (1985-1989), and Sheikh Mohammed bin Hammad Al-Thani, Minister of Education for the State of Qatar.

1989 – 90
American International School (AIS) moves to purpose built campus and expands to house Middle School, Grades 6-8, and our first overseas administrator joins staff.

1994
AIS earns accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NESAC), and the new campus undergoes facilities improvements; The library was expanded, and computer/technology capabilities and a language center added to the new campus.

1995 – 96
AIS expands to High School and in 1996 AIS has it’s first graduating class.

1997
School changes name to the American School of Doha. Enrollment reaches nearly 500 students.

1998
In 1998, ASD opens the new campus in Al Bustan.

2004
ASD receives land adjacent to campus from the Emir.

2005
ASD Campus Expansion Project begins on the new land donated from the Emir. The expansion will be home to the new Middle/High School campus.

2007
The new Middle/High School campus opens and renovations to the Elementary School campus begin.

2009
Elementary School campus renovations completed.

2011
Student enrollment reaches 2000.

2013
The American School of Doha turns 25 and the school begins its Campus Improvement project.

2017
Campus Improvement Project is finalized and ASD reaches max enrollment of 2,250 students.

2018
The American School of Doha turns 30! Celebrating 30 years of Community, Trust, and Excellence.