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Our school day at the American School of Doha (ASD) is from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 and from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm for Pre-Kindergarten, Sunday through Thursday.. However, on Tuesdays of a full-school week, students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. so that the teachers may work collaboratively on school improvement initiatives.

The Office of Admissions provides tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week during the school year from (8:00 am to 3:00 pm), and between (9:00 am and 1:00 pm) during the summer.

To schedule an appointment for campus tours please click here.

For any further information, please contact our office at +974 4459 1511 or via email at [email protected] in order to schedule your visit.

Admission to the American School of Doha (ASD) is based upon previous school records, the candidate’s completed application, ASD’s confidential school recommendations, work habits, standardized test scores and/or an onsite admissions assessment. New or waiting pool students will be admitted according to our Board prioritization sequence and seat availability:

Lower Elementary School

Candidate’s applying to our Lower Elementary School (LES) are invited for an Admissions Assessment based on our Board prioritization sequence and seat availability. Assessments will take place with the Elementary School Counselor, teacher, and/or English as an Additional Language (EAL) specialist prior to an acceptance decision being made.

Depending on the age and grade level of your child, the assessment will vary from readiness skills to a math, reading, and writing assessment. An assessment to determine your child’s level of English may also be given.

The Admission Assessment and file review will be the final determination of your student’s academic level and readiness for our program, leading to an acceptance decision from the committee.

Upper Elementary School

Candidates applying to our Upper Elementary School (UES) are invited for an Admissions Assessment based on our Board prioritization sequence and seat availability. Assessments may take place throughout the year as seats become available, and/or during the Spring of each academic year. The initial Admissions Assessment does not guarantee a seat to be held. Admission to ASD is based upon previous school records, confidential recommendations, work/learning habits, and an academic admissions assessment.

UES candidates applying for Grades 3 through 5 will be asked to sit the MAP (Measurement of Academic Progress) assessment, for both mathematics and reading comprehension, as well as provide a written essay.

Candidates applying for UES may also be required to sit for the English Proficiency Assessment (EAL/ELL), prior to acceptance to determine your child’s level of English.

The review of the completed file for the UES applicant, as well as the assessment,  will be the final determination of your child’s academic level and readiness for our program, leading to an acceptance decision by our committee.

Middle School

Candidates applying to our Middle School (MS) are invited for an Admissions Assessment based on our Board prioritization sequence and seat availability. Assessments may take place throughout the year as seats become available, and/or during the Spring of each academic year. The initial Admissions Assessment does not guarantee a seat to be held. Admission to ASD is based upon previous school records, confidential recommendations, work/learning habits, and an academic admissions assessment.

MS candidates applying for Grades 6 through 8 will be asked to sit the MAP (Measurement of Academic Progress) assessment, for both mathematics and reading comprehension, as well as provide a written essay.

Candidates applying for MS may also be required to sit for the English Proficiency Assessment (EAL/ELL), prior to acceptance to determine your child’s level of English.

The review of the completed file for the MS applicant, as well as the assessment,  will be the final determination of your child’s academic level and readiness for our program, leading to an acceptance decision by our committee.

High School

Candidates applying to our High School (HS) are invited for an Admissions Assessment based on our Board prioritization sequence and seat availability. Assessments may take place throughout the year as seats become available, and/or during the Spring of each academic year. The initial Admissions Assessment does not guarantee a seat to be held. Admission to ASD is based upon previous school records, confidential recommendations, work/learning habits, and an academic admissions assessment.

HS candidates applying for Grades 9 through 12 will be asked to sit the MAP (Measurement of Academic Progress) assessment, for both mathematics and reading comprehension, as well as provide a written essay.

The review of the completed file for the HS applicant, as well as the assessment,  will be the final determination of your child’s academic level and readiness for our program, leading to an acceptance decision by our committee.

The initial admissions assessment for a candidate does not guarantee a seat to be held. Seats will be offered based on our Board prioritization sequence and seat availability once a student qualifies.

At the American School of Doha (ASD), we admit children from the age of four.

Pre-k students must turn four years of age by Aug 31st of the year which they are applying.

Students who are coming from other educational national systems will most likely be placed at ASD in accordance to their age-appropriate grade level. If a student has completed a particular grade level, we will look to our admissions assessment in order to determine proper placement.

Students applying for enrollment coming from Southern Hemisphere educational systems will be placed at ASD in the grade level they are currently in and not the following grade level.

It is important that students have completed a full grade level before advancing into the next grade level.  If a student has not completed a full grade level when enrolling at ASD, the student will be placed in the same grade to ensure the completion of that grade.

The American School of Doha admits students who meet grade level expectations. Admission for students needing limited support will be determined on a case by case basis, and is dependent upon whether a particular student’s needs match the level of support available.  ASD does not offer the full continum of special education programs as mandated by law for public schools in the United States. ASD has limited resources to support students who, due to severe disabilities (i.e. learning, physical, and/or behavioral), require major staffing, curricular, or assessment modifications.

Parents are required to submit their application, pay the application fee, and provide complete documentation for the Admission Committee to review, in order to determine appropriateness of admission based on the student’s ability to be successful in a normal classroom setting.

Documentation required includes; previous testing and/or evaluations (other than standardized national based testing)

  • IEP (Individualized Education Program)
  • 504 Plan (modifications and accommodations needed to support a student with special needs)
  • Psycho-educational evaluation/Psychiatric evaluation
  • Reading, writing and/or mathematical assessment(s)
  • Speech and language evaluation
  • Neurological testing
  • Occupational Therapy Assessment]

The American School of Doha (ASD) has a rolling admission process, which means that applications are accepted, and students are admitted throughout the academic year. Prospective parents are advised to begin the application process for the following school year as soon as possible beginning with the submission of our online inquiry form beginning in August of each year.

The IBDP is a two-year academic program that is open to students aged 16 to 19—in other words, high school students. Upon successfully completing the program and all its requirements, students can earn the IB diploma, which is a significant credential for college applications and other purposes. Students sit a final exam for each subject in May of the second year.

The IB Diploma Program (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The DP was established to provide students with a balanced education, to facilitate geographic and cultural mobility and to promote international understanding.

The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups.

Made up of the three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.
The three core elements are:
  • Theory of knowledge in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and how we know what we claim to know.
  • The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
  • Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.
The six subject groups are:
  • Studies in language and literature (English, Spanish and Arabic)
  • Language acquisition (Spanish,Arabic and French)
  • Individuals and societies (Global Politics, Economics, Psychology and History)
  • Sciences (Chemistry, Physics and Biology)
  • Mathematics (Math Analysis and Approaches and Math Applications and Interpretation)
  • The arts (Theatre, Film and Visual Arts)

There are more topics in the Higher level courses and you are expected to go into more depth with these extension topics. Each of those are explored in far more depth than in SL courses, as a result, most universities often give a greater weighting to HL courses. SL courses are not easier but do carry less content.

Pick Quick Transportation Services offers safe, professional and reliable bus transportation for ASD students.

For more information please contact the transportation office via email at [email protected] or by phone at +974 4499 1154

Scott Barnwell

Director of Admissions

Esraa Zakout

Admissions Coordinator

Mona Soliman

Registrar

Admissions Guide

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