The American School of Kuwait

School Profile 2016 - 2017

CEEB CODE: 683-080
  • Mrs. Rebecca Ness, Superintendent
  • Mr. Fawzi Hassan, Executive Advisor & Administrative Manager
  • Dr. Scott Dennison, Superintendent of Curriculum
  • Mr. Michael Murphy, High School Principal
  • Ms. Monique Livsey, High School Assistant Principal
  • Ms. Nancy Abdul Ghafoor, Middle School Principal
  • Mr. Tim Allen, Middle School Assistant Principal
  • Mr. Steven Caley, Elementary School Principal
  • Mrs. Ana Allen, Elementary Assistant Principal
  • Mrs. Pauline Roberts, Elementary Assistant Principal
  • Mr. Nicholas Stroh, Elementary Intern Assistant Principal


The American School of Kuwait, founded in 1964, is an independent co-educational college-preparatory school whose curriculum is essentially American and prepares its student body for the higher educational experience found in U.S. colleges and universities.

Mission Statement

At the American School of Kuwait we inspire life-long learners empowered to excel in American Higher Education and the global community as productive, compassionate citizens.


The American School of Kuwait is privately owned, operates with the approval of the State of Kuwait and is associated with the U.S. State Department through the Office of Overseas Schools.


ASK is the designated American school in Kuwait, enrolling students from the U.S. Embassy, U.S. military, and U.S. oil companies. Admissions criteria include satisfactory standing in previously attended schools and grade level scores on the admissions entrance examination and writing sample.

Current enrollment (September, 2016) is 2037: (1000, Pre-K-5); (446, 6-8); and (591, 9-12). Of the total, 396 are U.S. citizens, 1109 are host country nationals and 532 are of 65 other nationalities. In the high school there are 137 seniors, 146 juniors, 156 sophomores, and 152 freshmen.

ASK is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

2015 - 2016
Mean SAT Results
Critical Reading 496
Math 512
Writing 495

SAT National
Critical Reading 494
Math 508
Writing 482

Subject test score averages of students in 2015/16

Test Mean Students
Math Level 1 609 13
Math Level 2 666 17
Chemistry 599 9
Physics 665 12
U.S. History 654 7
Biology 576 5

ASK does not eliminate non-native speakers from its statistical representation

Class Rank and Grade Point Average

The cumulative grade point average of a student is based on a differential scale. The following point system is used:

Letter Grade % GPA Regular Courses GPA AP Courses
A   93-100 4.0 5.0
A- 90-92 3.7 4.7
B+ 87-89 3.3 4.3
B   83-86 3.0 4.0
B- 80-82 2.7 3.7
C+ 77-79 2.3 3.3
C   73-76 2.0 3.0
C- 70-72 1.7 2.7
D+ 67-69 1.3 2.3
D   63-66 1.0 2.0
D- 60-62 0.7 1.7
F   <60 0 0

In calculating class rank, the following is used:

  1. GPA and class rank will be calculated on the basis of all semesters of high school work. Grades from transfer students are accepted at our percentage value.
  2. Class rank will be calculated at the end of each semester.

2015 - 2016
Mean SAT Results
Course Mean
Art (Drawing) 3.67
Biology 3.72
Calculus A/B 3.75
Chemistry 4.25
Computer Science 3.33
Economics - Macro 4.13
Economics - Micro 4.13
English Language/Comp 3.91
English Literature/Comp 2.73
French 4.25
Human Geography 3.25
Music Theory 3.50
Physics 1 3.67
Physics 2 3.63
Psychology 4.67
Research 3.79
Seminar 4.42
Spanish 4.68
Statistics 3.00
U.S. History 3.73
World History 3.50

Graduation Requirements

Thirty Carnegie units are required for graduation and must be earned over a period of eight semesters in the following distribution:

Course Carnegie Units
English 6.0
Math 3.0
Science 3.0
Social Studies 3.0
World Languages 2.0
Physical Education 1.5
Fine Arts 1.0
Computer Science 1.0
Electives 9.5

Ninety-eight percent of ASK graduates enroll in colleges and universities

The American School of Kuwait

Acceptances for Class of 2017

United States

  • American University
  • Arizona State University
  • The University of Arizona
  • Auburn University Montgomery
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Babson College
  • Bard College
  • Beloit College
  • Bennington College
  • Berkeley City College
  • Binghamton University
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brigham Young University
  • Brown University
  • California Baptist University
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • California State University, Chico
  • California State University, East Bay
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • California State University, Northridge
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • California State University, Stanislaus
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • The Catholic University of America
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Clarkson University
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Dallas
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Delaware
  • DePaul University
  • DePauw University
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • Eastern Florida State College
  • Eckerd College
  • Flagler College
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State University
  • Fordham University
  • George Mason University
  • The George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Guilford College
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • University of Houston
  • Humboldt State University
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Institute of Technology at Bandung
  • Iowa State University
  • Ithaca College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kenyon College
  • Kettering University
  • Knox College
  • Lake Forest College
  • Lehigh University
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Louisiana State University
  • University of Louisiana
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Lynn University
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • Marymount University
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • Master’s College and Seminary
  • University of Miami
  • Middlebury College
  • Mississippi State University
  • University of Missouri Kansas City
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Muhlenberg CollegeNew College of Florida
  • The College of New Jersey
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Oklahoma Wesleyan University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Oregon State University
  • Pace University
  • University of the Pacific
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Portland State University
  • University of Portland
  • Purdue University
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • University of Redlands
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rice University
  • University of Rochester
  • Roger Williams University
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • Saint Leo University
  • San Diego State University
  • University of San Diego
  • San Francisco State University
  • Scripps College
  • Smith College
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of South Florida, Tampa
  • University of Southern California
  • Southern Methodist University
  • St. Edward’s University
  • St. John’s University - Queens Campus
  • State University of New York at Albany
  • Stony Brook University
  • Suffolk University
  • The University of Tampa
  • Texas A&M University
  • The University of Texas, Austin
  • The University of Texas, San Antonio
  • The New School
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Toledo
  • Trinity University
  • Tulane University
  • United States Coast Guard Academy
  • University at Buffalo The State University of New York
  • Utah State University
  • Valparaiso University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia State University
  • University of Virginia
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • University of Washington
  • West Virginia University
  • Whitman College
  • Whittier College
  • College of William and Mary
  • Wittenberg University
  • Xavier University
  • Youngstown State University


  • University of Alberta
  • University of British Columbia
  • Brock University
  • University of Calgary
  • Carleton University
  • Concordia University
  • Dalhousie University
  • University of Guelph
  • University of King’s College
  • Lakehead University
  • McMaster University
  • University of New Brunswick
  • University of Ontario Institute of
  • Technology
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
  • Saint Mary’s University
  • St. Thomas University
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • University of Windsor
  • York University


  • City University
  • De Montfort University
  • University of Exeter
  • King’s College
  • London South Bank University
  • Ravensbourne
  • Royal Holloway
  • School of Oriental and African Studies
  • The University of Northampton
  • Universiteit Maastricht
  • University for the Creative Arts
  • University of Kent
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Sussex
  • University of the Arts London


  • American University of Kuwait
  • American University of the Middle East
  • Gulf University for Science & Technology
  • Kuwait University


  • American University of Beirut
  • American University in Cairo
  • American University in Dubai
  • American University of Sharjah
  • University of Cape Town
  • The Hong Kong University of Science &
  • Technology
  • Lebanese American University
  • Northwestern University in Qatar
  • Royal College of Surgeons - Bahrain

The American School of Kuwait



TASK is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Its most recent accreditation was completed in the fall of 2012. The school is also formally recognized by the Kuwait Ministry of Private Education, which has equalized the school’s diploma with Kuwait’s general secondary certificate.


The curriculum is similar to that of college preparatory schools in the United States. Most graduates attend colleges and universities primarily in North America. The school’s testing programs include the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and MAP. The language of instruction is English, and Arabic, French, and Spanish are taught as foreign languages. Religious instruction is offered for Muslims. The elementary program features specialists in science, art, language, computer studies, music, drama, and physical education. The middle school, which includes sixth through eighth grades, uses a comprehensive curriculum following a rotation schedule. The high school currently offers twenty AP courses. Guidance counselors are employed at each level.


The academic year is divided into two semesters: the first semester begins on August 28 and ends on January 24. The second semester begins on January 25 and ends on June 8. Graduation for seniors is on May 31. Grades are sent home on a quarterly basis. The school week starts on Sunday and ends on Thursday with Friday and Saturday being the weekend. The school day begins at 7:15 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m., at which time co-curricular activities begin.


There are 183 full-time faculty members in the 2017-2018 school year, including 95 American citizens, 31 Canadian citizens, and 57 teachers of fifteen other nationalities.


Students in grades Pre-K-12 may participate in a well-balanced program of activities ranging from ecology to the performing arts. Most sports are offered for both girls and boys on varsity and junior varsity levels. Cultural activities include forensics, theater, and jazz band. The school also offers opportunities to participate in student government, academic games, Model United Nations, and National Honor Society. The core curriculum is supplemented by a co-curricular program of cultural, social, service and athletic activities in all three schools.

Through its membership in the International School Activities Conference (ISAC) and the Kuwait School Activities Association (KSAA), students in high school and middle school are offered opportunities to interact with students of other international schools in a variety of athletic and academic activities.


In August 1994, the school moved to Hawalli. This larger campus now houses 145 classrooms including: eight computer labs, four music rooms, four art rooms, ten science labs, two large library/media centers, two gymnasiums; a fitness center and weight room; an indoor 25-meter pool, a large multi-purpose auditorium, and three large outdoor play areas.