The American School of Kuwait

School Profile 2018 - 2019

CEEB CODE: 683-080
  • Mr. Michael Murphy, Superintendent
  • Mr. Fawzi Hassan, Executive Advisor & Administrative Manager
  • Dr. Scott Dennison, Superintendent of Learning
  • Dr. Cassandra Hazel, High School Principal
  • Mrs. Monique Livsey, High School Assistant Principal
  • Mr. Joseph Dunn, High School Assistant Principal
  • Ms. Kristi Fowler, Middle School Principal
  • Mr. Justin Hazel, Middle School Assistant Principal
  • Dr. Steven Caley, Elementary School Principal
  • Ms. Katie Wichser, Elementary School Assistant Principal
  • Ms. Salma Taha, Elementary School 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 innovative, 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, 2018) is 2101: (1012, Pre-K-5); (471, 6-8); and (618, 9-12). Of the total, 420 are U.S. citizens, 1122 are host country nationals and 555 are of 65 other nationalities. In the high school there are 144 seniors, 151 juniors, 160 sophomores, and 163 freshmen.

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

2017 - 2018
Mean SAT Results
Reading & Writing
Math 562
TOTAL 1118

SAT National
Reading & Writing
Math 531
TOTAL 1068

Subject test score averages for students in 2017/2018

Test Mean Students
Math Level 1 618 9
Math Level 2 650 11
Chemistry 615 17
Physics 696 7
U.S. History 610 5
Biology 640 5

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 Percentage 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.

2017 - 2018
Advanced Placement Courses
Course Mean
Art (Drawing) 4.00
Biology 3.00
Calculus A/B 3.83
Chemistry 3.40
Computer Science 2.75
Macroeconomics 4.40
Microeconomics 4.60
English Language & Comp 3.56
English Literature & Comp 2.45
French 4.00
Human Geography 3.36
Physics 1 2.41
Physics 2 3.57
Psychology 3.80
Research 4.40
Seminar 4.25
Spanish 4.75
Statistics 3.52
U.S. History 3.35
World History 3.94

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-seven percent of ASK graduates enroll in colleges and universities

The American School of Kuwait

Acceptances for Class of 2018

United States

  • University of Alabama
  • American University
  • University of Arizona
  • Baylor University
  • Boston Architectural College
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Bryant University
  • University at Buffalo
  • California College of the Arts, San Francisco
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Merced
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Central Florida
  • Chabot College
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Clark University
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University for the Creative Arts
  • University of Dayton
  • De Anza College
  • University of Denver
  • DePaul University
  • Diablo University
  • Drexel University
  • East Carolina University
  • Emory University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State University
  • University of Florida
  • Fordham University
  • George Mason University
  • The George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia State University
  • University of Hartford
  • Hofstra University
  • University of Houston
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Indiana University at Bloomington
  • Ithaca College
  • James Madison University
  • Lehigh University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • University of Maine
  • University of Mary Washington
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Mesa Community College
  • University of Miami
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • University of New Hampshire, Durham
  • University of New Haven
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • College Of New Jersey
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  • University of North Texas
  • Northeastern University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Ohio Northern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Old Dominion University
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Oregon
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Portland State University
  • University of Portland
  • Pratt Institute
  • Purdue University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Radford University
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rollins College
  • Salisbury University
  • San Diego State UIniversity
  • San Francisco State University
  • University of San Francisco
  • Santa Barbara City College
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • School of the Arts Institute of Chicago
  • University of Southern California
  • Stony Brook University
  • Suffolk University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Tampa
  • Temple University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • The New School - All Divisions
  • University of Tulsa
  • Utah State University
  • University of Utah
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Tech
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison


  • University of Alberta
  • Algoma University College
  • University of British Columbia
  • Brock University
  • University of Calgary
  • Carleton University
  • Concordia University
  • Dalhousie University
  • University of Guelph
  • McGill University
  • McMaster University
  • University of Ontario Institute of
  • Technology
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
  • Ryerson University
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • University of Windsor
  • York University


  • University of Arts London
  • Arts University Bournemouth
  • Birmingham City University
  • CEU Cardinal Herrera University
  • City University London
  • Coventry University
  • University College of Dublin
  • IE University, Madrid
  • King’s College London
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • Royal Holloway University of London
  • Swansea University
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Northampton
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Surrey
  • University of the Arts London


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


  • American University in Cairo
  • American University of Beirut
  • American University of Balamand
  • Lebanese American University
  • Texam A&M University, Qatar
  • Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar

The American School of Kuwait



ASK 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 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.


The academic year is divided into two semesters: the first semester begins on September 2 and ends on January 23. The second semester begins on January 26 and ends on June 11. Graduation for seniors is on June 4. 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 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:55 p.m., at which time co-curricular activities begin.


There are 182 full-time faculty members in the 2018-2019 school year, including 88 American citizens, 35 Canadian citizens, and 60 teachers of fourteen other nationalities.


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.


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,25-meter pool, a large multi-purpose auditorium, and three large outdoor play areas.