General Information for Prospective Students
The American School of Kuwait was founded in 1964. It is a privately owned, independent coeducational 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. The school year is comprised of two semesters extending from September through mid-December and from January through mid-June. It is primarily designed to serve the needs of children in Kuwait’s community who aspire to American higher education. Committed to excellence in all aspects of a student’s education and development, the American School of Kuwait is dedicated to the preparation of students for active membership in a global community.
Session A: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
KG1 & KG2:
8:25 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. (An extension day is offered for KG 1 & KG2 students.)
Grade 1-Grade 5:
8:25 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.
For Elementary School: 8:25 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. Walk-and-Talk and 8:40 a.m.to 8:55 a.m. Morning Meeting
Grade 6-Grade 12:
8:30 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.
ASK is accredited by the “Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools” in the United States of America. Its most recent accreditation was completed in 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 U.S. general academic, college preparatory schools. Most graduates attend colleges and universities throughout the world, primarily in the U.S. The school’s testing programs include the SAT, PSAT, Plan, Explore, ACT and the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress). The language of instruction is English. Arabic, French and Spanish are taught as foreign languages. Religious instruction is required for Muslims. The elementary program in which teachers are organized into grade-level teams, features specialists in science, art, computer studies, music, drama, physical education, Arabic and Islamic Studies. The middle school, which includes sixth through eight grades, utilizes a curriculum based on a rotating schedule. The high school, which currently offers seventeen AP courses, is constantly re-evaluating its programs to better serve the needs and interests of students. Guidance counselors are employed at each level.
Students in grades Pre-K to 12 may participate in a well-balanced program of activities ranging from ecology or the performing arts. To this: Most sports are offered for both boys and girls from the under 12 to the varsity level. 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.