What are ASD's age requirements for PreK-Grade 2 admission?
ASD’s PreK-Grade 2 curriculum is designed for children who have turned the age listed below by December 31 of the academic year for which they are applying. Preference is given to those having turned the age below by September 1.
- 3 years of age – PreK
- 4 years of age – K1
- 5 years of age – K2
- 6 years of age – Grade 1
- 7 years of age – Grade 2
After a student is admitted and offered a seat, additional enrollment documents are required to register students with the UAE Ministry of Education.
Does ASD only admit students at the beginning of the school year?
High school students are typically only admitted at the beginning of each semester but the final decision is subject to credit and course selection analysis. In middle and elementary school, students can enter when a space is available. The last intake of students is at spring break (mid-April).
Is there a deadline for applications?
K1 admissions applications are accepted beginning in September for the upcoming school year. There are priority deadlines for PreK-K2 (November 15) and Grades 1-12 (January 23).
How are PreK/K1 places allocated?
Spaces are not offered on a first-come, first-served basis. All applications are given the same consideration regardless of the date of application.
Is there a fee to apply?
No, there is no fee with the application.
Is there a corporate seat policy?
The Board of Trustees has authorized the sale of 64 additional corporate seats. The conditions are as follows:
- Corporate seats are sold for a 20-year term.
- The one-time Capital Fee of AED 22,000 is waived for each Corporate Seat purchase.
- The annual Facility Fee, currently set at AED 12,120 is waived for the 20-year tenure of the Corporate Seat.
- Corporate Seat holders are expected to internally maintain the following allocation as the minimum standard dedicated to serving the North American community; 60% (North American) and 40% (Non-North American).
What happens after my child's application is submitted?
After a completed application is submitted, the Admissions team processes and reviews the application. An email is sent acknowledging receipt of the application and will contain information about the next steps.
Will my child be assessed for admission?
All potential candidates will be assessed during the admissions process and this may include taking an entrance and/or placement test. Assessment and selection criteria include a review of report cards, grades, transcripts, recommendations, and standardized test results from the current and recent academic years.
Does ASD have a waitpool?
Yes. If a student meets ASD admissions requirements but is applying for enrollment in a grade level that is full, the student will be placed in our waitpool (waitlist). Movement from the waitpool is not determined by date of application.
How is my child's grade-level placement determined?
Grade-level placement depends on the child's current curriculum and grade level, academic ability, and overall developmental readiness. See Admissions Policy page.
How can I schedule a tour?
Campus tours are available by registering online. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at +971 4 395-0005; ext. 1570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there additional expenses aside from tuition and fees?
Yes, beyond expenses associated with uniforms, school supplies, and personal laptops for Grades 6-12, ASD offers a number of required and/or optional learning experiences that families should plan for. Examples include
- Week Without Walls trips for Middle School students
- INSPIRE trips for High School students
- School trips for arts, athletics, and additional activities for students.