What are the demographics of the students?
Current enrollment is approximately 2000 students from more than 80 countries. More than 70% of students hold North American passports.
Does ASD help with a new student's transition?
There are programs in Elementary, Middle, and High School to help ease a new family and student's transition to school. ASD conducts a new student and parent orientation, parent workshops, and transition programs from the Counseling Offices.
How long is the school day?
Classrooms open at 8:10 a.m. and learning begins at 8:20 a.m. On Monday to Thursday—PreK students finish their day at 1:00 p.m., K1 students at 2:00 pm, and K2-Grade 12 students at 3:20 p.m. On Fridays—all students finish at 12:00 p.m. School holidays for the current academic year are listed on the internal ASD School Calendar.
Where do ASD families live?
ASD families live in various residential areas in Dubai ranging from Jebel Ali, Jumeirah to Arabian Ranches, and even Sharjah. Many families live in Al Barsha, Umm Suqeim, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, Arabian Ranches, Motor City, and the Meadows.
Does ASD provide a bus service?
ASD's bus transportation provider is School Transport Services. ASD encourages the use of bus services to support the reduction of traffic congestion and as a means to better our environment.
Are students required to wear uniforms?
Yes. Students wear a school uniform that can be purchased from an official local vendor. Students also wear PE uniforms starting in Grade 1, that are available for purchase at the ASD School Store.
What is the governing structure of ASD?
ASD is a not-for-profit independent school governed by a Board of Trustees. There is no owner of ASD.
Is ASD affiliated with any other schools?
ASD has no “sister schools" but is a part of the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA). ASD collaborates with other NESA schools in a variety of areas.