The American School of Doha has created a standards-based curriculum that is based on research and best practice. Curriculum is developed using a curriculum review team approach. Each curricular area has a mission statement, a set of Essential Agreements and Pre-K – 12 standards and benchmarks. Common standards span from Pre-K to Grade 12. Performance Indicators are being developed by grade level for Pre-K though 8, and by course in the High School. We recognize the fact that curriculum review is an ongoing process and our curriculum is constantly monitored for appropriateness, alignment and rigor. The Director of Curriculum and Professional Learning oversees all curriculum work in conjunction with the leadership team and faculty.
The American School of Doha uses the AERO (American Education Reaches Out) standards as the basis for curriculum design and also utilizes the work of national and international benchmarking organizations. The ASD curriculum is closely aligned to current best practices in the United States. At the same time we also recognize our uniqueness as an international school that embraces a global perspective as we prepare our students to become positive active global citizens.
Units of study are developed around the principles of Understanding by Design (Wiggins and McTighe) and include enduring understandings, essential questions and assessments that are aligned to the ASD standards and benchmarks.
The ASD Curriculum is housed on our Atlas Rubicon site, and on the ASD website at www.asd.edu.qa.
Definition of Learning
“Learning takes place when new knowledge, understanding and skills are obtained or when prior knowledge, understanding and skills are being consolidated”