American School of Dubai - (Private)
The American School of Dubai, an independent, nonprofit organization, offers what is best about American education in order to provide an educational experience designed to promote the maximum potential of its students. The school will challenge and assist students to become intellectually adept, thoughtful and ethical contributors to a global society.
- Education is a shared responsibility of the administration and faculty, students, parents, and the school community.
- A safe and secure environment that is marked by respect for the rights of others and acceptance of personal responsibility is conducive to effective learning.
- Education must encompass the development of the whole individual: academic, aesthetic, creative, social, physical, and emotional.
- Students are individuals whose learning is influenced by age, prior knowledge, background, experiences, personality, and physiology.
- The learning environment and educational process should recognize and accommodate different abilities, learning styles, and interests.
- Education is most effective when the learner is actively engaged in the learning process.
- Education should provide meaningful and relevant experiences that are valuable beyond the classroom.
- The students' school experience should foster self-esteem and self-confidence, which are integral components of the successful learner.
- Education encourages each student to develop positive character traits and assist them in understanding themselves and how their values relate to the world in which they live.
- Education should foster independent thinking to encourage creativity, thoughtful decision-making, critical analysis, and an appreciation and understanding of differences in opinion.
- The school experience should promote positive interpersonal relationships where students can work cooperatively with a partner, group, or team to become caring, sharing individuals, aware of the concern of others.
- The establishment of realistic, yet challenging, expectations and the learner's responsibility for their achievement promotes excellence.
- Education should encourage responsible citizenship and global awareness.
- Education should instill in students a desire for lifelong learning.
- Well-planned change and purposeful institutional and personal renewal will lead to continuous improvement and enable the educational community to adapt to a rapidly changing world.
ASD follows a traditional American school year of approximately 180 school days. Classes commence in late August/early September and conclude mid June. In the middle and high school the school year is divided into two semesters each comprised of two nine-week grading periods. The elementary school is divided into trimesters. In addition to local holidays, the school observes a two week winter holiday in late December/early January and a week-and-a-half spring holiday in late March/early April.
School Week / Day
Students attend classes five days a week from Sunday through Thursday. The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. for all students. Students in K1 are dismissed at 12:00 noon, K2 dismisses at 1:45 p.m. and Grades 1 - 12 students are dismissed at 3:00 p.m.
The average class has from 18 to 24 students. The overall student/teacher ratio is 11 to 1. ASD recognizes the importance of suitable class sizes to maximize the educational program. When necessary, to maintain low student/teacher ratios, the school will either limit enrollment or add additional staff if personnel and facilities are available.