Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a deadline for application submission?

The American School of Doha 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.

Q: Does ASD accept students with special needs?

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

Q: How do I know what grade my child is eligible for at ASD?

At ASD, we admit children from the age of four.

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 in to 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.

ASD Grade Levels - 2017/2018


Q: Are there tests required during the application process?

Admission to the American School of Doha 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 assesment. 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 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 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 the American School of Doha is based upon previous school records, confidential recommendations, work/learning habits, and an academic admissions assessment.

Upper elementary school 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 upper elementary school 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 upper elementary school 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 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 the American School of Doha is based upon previous school records, confidential recommendations, work/learning habits, and an academic admissions assessment.

Middle school 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 middle school 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 middle school 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 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 the American School of Doha is based upon previous school records, confidential recommendations, work/learning habits, and an academic admissions assessment.

High school 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 high school 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.

Q: How do I schedule a school tour?

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.

Please contact our office at: +974 4459 1511 or via email at: admissions@asd.edu.qa in order to schedule your visit.

Q: How long is the school day?

Our school day at the American School of Doha is from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm for students in Kindergarten through Grade Twelve. 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.

Students in our Pre-kindergarten program attend classes from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm each day, Sunday through Thursday.

Q: What does the school calendar look like?

Please click on the links below in order to view/download our academic calendars:

School Calendar

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