The American School of Kuwait

School Profile 2020 - 2021

The American School of Kuwait

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CEEB CODE: 683-080
  • Mr. Michael Murphy, Superintendent
  • Mr. Fawzi Hassan, Executive Advisor & Administrative Manager
  • Dr. Steven Caley, Assistant Superintendent & Elementary School Principal
  • Mr. Peter Palingo, Elementary School Assistant Principal
  • Ms. Salma Taha, Elementary School Assistant Principal
  • Ms. Katherine Lum, Elementary School Assistant Principal
  • Ms. Kristina Fowler, Middle School Principal
  • Ms. Katie Wichser, Middle School Assistant Principal
  • Ms. Monique Livsey, High School Principal

Due to COVID-19 and mandates from the Government of Kuwait, all courses for Spring Semester were conducted online and we are continuing with online school this Fall Semester 2020. We have maintained our school calendar, and conduct synchronous and asynchronous classes throughout the school day. There have been reductions in elective offerings with priority placement in electives going to seniors to meet graduation requirements. There have been no reductions in core courses or AP courses. Students not needing electives to meet graduation requirements were enrolled in Work Habits and Learning Skills, electives created for online schooling to support our Mission and give students the resources needed to be successful in the online environment.

Our grading scale remains unchanged. The only addition is the “NC” or No Credit designation which was introduced last semester to reflect exceptional circumstances during which some of our students were unable to complete elective classes.

Activity and athletic offerings were suspended from March 2020 for the remainder of the Spring Semester. For the Fall Semester of 2020, those have been limited due to COVID-19 and restricted to online participation. We will continue to assess and adapt our offerings as the situation changes with the health and safety of our school community as our primary focus.


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 lifelong 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.

Activities & Athletics

Students in grades Pre-K - 12 have the opportunity to participate in a well balanced program of activities & athletics, including leadership/service groups, fine arts, sports and club offerings. Leadership & service groups include student government, Model United Nations, National Honor Society among others. Cultural activities include theater productions, band & choir festivals, and more. Sports are offered beginning at the Under 10 division all the way to the Varsity division for both girls and boys including soccer, volleyball, basketball, badminton, track & field and swimming. There is a comprehensive list of club offerings for each of the ES, MS and HS divisions. The core curriculum is supplemented by this co-curricular program.

Through its membership in the Near East School Activities Conference(NESAC) and the Kuwait American School Activities Conference (KASAC), students in ES, MS and HS are offered opportunities to interact with students of other international schools in a variety of academic and athletic activities.


Current enrollment (September, 2020) is 1966: (919, K-5); (440, 6-8); and (626, 9-12). Of the total, 333 are U.S. citizens, 1,100 are host country nationals and 533 are of 62 other nationalities. In the high school there are 154 seniors, 164 juniors, 157 sophomores, and 156 freshmen.


ASK is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Its most recent accreditation was completed in the spring of 2020. 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 academic year is divided into two semesters. 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 PSAT, SAT, ACT, and MAP. ASK provides a diverse academic and Advanced Placement curriculum including the following:
❂ Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra 2, Honors English 9, Honors English10
❂ Honors SLC 9: Honors Geometry, Honors Biology, Honors World History, Honors English 9
❂ Honors SLC 10: Honors Algebra 2, Honors Chemistry, Honors English 10, AP World History
❂ Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma

The Small Learning Community (SLC) is a twoyear honors program designed to help students foster cross-curricular thinking while developing the skills necessary for success in AP courses. The language of instruction is English, while Arabic, French, and Spanish are taught as foreign languages. Religious instruction is offered for Muslim students.

Our entire school program, elementary, middle,and high school, 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. Guidance counselors are employed at each level.

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

2019 - 2020
Mean SAT Results

Due to the global pandemic (COVID-19), The American School of Kuwait has not been able to administer any SAT/ACT tests during the year of 2020. The last administered SAT test date was on December 7, 2019. The last administered ACT test date was on December 14th, 2019. As of present, we do not have any means to provide students the opportunity to take the SAT/ACT test. As the year progresses, any amendments will be updated on our digital profile.

2019 - 2020
Advanced Placement Courses
Course Mean
2D Art and Design 2.50
Biology 3.40
Calculus A/B 3.20
Calculus B/C 3.50
Chemistry 3.33
Comparative Government & Politics 5.00
Computer Science A 3.40
(Macro) Economics 5.00
(Micro) Economics 4.67
English Language & Comp 3.27
English Literature & Comp 3.25
Environmental Science 3.50
French 4.00
Human Geography 2.90
Music Theory 2.80
Physics 1 2.75
Physics 2 3.00
Psychology 4.00
Research 3.67
Seminar 3.27
Spanish 4.83
Statistics 3.04
U.S. Government & Politics 4.00
U.S. History 3.33
World History 3.89

Class 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

Class ranking is reported in quintiles:

  1. GPA and quintile rank will be calculated on the basis of all semesters of high school courses taken at ASK.
  2. Quintile rankings will be calculated at the end of each semester.

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 5.0
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 10.5

Ninety-six percent of ASK graduates enroll in colleges and universities.

The American School of Kuwait

Acceptances for Class of 2020

United States

  • American University
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  • Bentley University
  • Blinn College
  • Boston Architectural College
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  • California Baptist University
  • California College of the Arts, San Francisco
  • California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, Stanislaus
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Christopher Newport University
  • City University of New York John Jay
  • College of Criminal Justice
  • Clark University
  • Colgate University
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbia University
  • Dartmouth University
  • DePauw University
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • Eastern Conneticut State University
  • Eckerd College
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  • Emory University
  • Fordham University
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University
  • Grossmont College
  • Hofstra University
  • Indiana University at Bloomington
  • Irvine Valley College
  • James Madison University
  • Kean University
  • Layayette College
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Services
  • Merrimack College
  • Michigan State University
  • Minneapolis Community Technical College
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • North Hennepin Community College
  • Northeastern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Pace University
  • Parsons, The New School
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Purdue University
  • Rice University
  • Riverland Community College
  • Rochester Community and Technical College
  • Rollins College
  • Rutgers University, Newark
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick
  • San Diego State University
  • Santa Barbara City College
  • Seton Hall University
  • Simmons University
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • Southern California Institute of Architecture
  • St. John’s University
  • Suffolk University
  • SUNY at Buffalo
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  • Tufts University
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  • University of Maine
  • University of Mary Washington
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
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  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • West Virginia University
  • Yale University


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


  • Acadia University
  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • Concordia University
  • Dalhousie University
  • Lakehead University
  • McGill University
  • McMaster University
  • Queen’s University
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  • Trent University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Guelph
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  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Western Ontario
  • University of Windsor
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • York University


  • Brunel University London
  • City University London
  • Franklin University Switzerland
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • IE spain
  • INTO City University of London
  • King’s College London
  • London College of Fashion Design
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Loughborough University
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
  • University College London
  • University of Bath
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Bristol
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Reading
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Westminster


  • American University of Beirut
  • American University of Cairo
  • American University of Dubai
  • American University of Sharjah
  • Istanbul Bilgi University
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • New York University, Abu Dhabi
  • Notre Dame University-Louaize, Lebanon
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Medical University of Bahrain