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American School of Dubai Q & A

Established in 1966, the American School of Dubai is one of the oldest co-educational K-12 schools in Dubai. It is a not-for-profit independent school, governed by a Board of Trustees. There is no owner of ASD.
Parents' Rating
3.3 out of 5 based on 45 reviews
At a glance
School type
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2021/22
No data
Availability 2022/23
No data
Annual fee average
AED 77,500
Annual fees
AED 56,000–82,581
Price band help
Opening year
School year
Aug to Jun
Teacher turnover help
Dr Paul Richards
Main teacher nationality
United States of America
Main student nationality
United States of America
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Welcome to the American School of Dubai official Q and A page. Here we ask the questions, and the school answers directly. It is its chance to have its say on specific areas you have told us you want to know about. If you think there are additional questions we should be asking you may contact us here.

Does your school have a waiting list? In which years?

Due to strategic and intentional enrollment management, ASD has experienced managed growth over the last 5 years. As a result, we have openings in each class for each new school year. We encourage all interested families to contact us as soon as possible to learn more about availability and the application process.

What are qualities and characteristics that define your school and its students?

The ASD community is defined by our Core Values of Compassion, Excellence, Integrity, Respect, and Responsibility.

How many nationalities are represented in your school? How international would you say your school is?

Our community represents more than 75 different nationalities.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

More than 70% of our community hails from North America.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?


What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?

Generally speaking, school begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.

Is there a school uniform?


Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?

We will have an EAL program in the Elementary School beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year. We encourage interested families to contact us for more information.

This school is in a Best School by parents ranking

American School of Dubai is a Best of school, a ranking determined by parent surveys on the site. It can be found in the following Best of rankings:

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