Admission Policy and Process

The American School of Dubai admits students of any nationality who have the ability to successfully participate in the program. The school's college preparatory program is designed to meet the needs of students who fall within a normal range of abilities. ASD cannot admit students who have special learning needs or behavioral problems.

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Admission Priorities
As enrollment is considered and waiting lists exists, please keep in mind the following priorities used by ASD when new students are offered places:

First category
Students from families of companies holding a corporate seat(s)

Second category
Students holding a North American (American/Canadian) passport and have a sibling presently attending ASD

Third category
Students holding a North American (American/Canadian) passport

Fourth category
Students from families of any nationality who have a sibling presently attending ASD

Fifth category
Students who do not fall under category 1, 2, 3 or 4

Waiting List
If an applicant meets ASD admissions requirements but is applying for enrollment in a grade level that is full, that applicant will be placed on the waiting list for his/her grade level for that particular school year. Parents of wait-listed candidates can contact the school to inquire about their child’s chances of admission during that school year. Because of the school’s priority system, a student’s position on the waiting list may change if there are subsequent applications from families with higher priority, based on the factors considered for an admission decision.

Age Requirements and Grade Placement
ASD uses the cut-off date of September 1st for student placement.  This means that before September 1, all applicants for
  • K1 must be 4 years of age
  • K2 must be 5 years of age
  • Grade 1 must be 6 years of age
  • Grade 2 must be 7 years of age
Please note that no exceptions can be made. 

Language Proficiency Entry Requirements
Kindergarten 1
During the intake period, non-native English speaking students will be expected to demonstrate an acceptable level of fluency in English to be eligible candidates for admission. During the intake process, should language proficiency appear to be an issue, the student in question will be further assessed to determine whether or not their level of fluency in English is acceptable for admission.

Kindergarten 2 to grade 12
All non-native English speaking students admitted to the American School of Dubai from K2 and onwards are expected to demonstrate a grade-level mastery of the English language. In other words, they should be able to function in an English language environment with the same competency as their native English-speaking peers. During the intake process, should language proficiency become an issue, the student in question will be assessed to determine whether or not their level of fluency in English is acceptable for admission. Non-native English speakers, whose fluency in English (speaking, reading and writing) is found to be below grade level, will not be eligible for admission.

ASD does not offer an English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) program.

What happens with my application?

  • Completed application is submitted.

  • Application is reviewed by the Admission's Committee.

  • Spaces are offered in stages, starting March 1.

  • Student is
    • admitted without testing or
    • admission testing is required or
    • an interview or more information are required or
    • application is denied.

  • Parents are informed of admission decision by phone or email.

  • Official admission letter is emailed to parents.

  • Parents pay a deposit to secure the seat until enrollment.

Admisson Decisions


Admissions decisions are made once an application is complete and has been reviewed by one of the admission committees. Parents are then informed of the student’s status based on one of the following four categories:

Accepted
The applicant is accepted (based on the student's academic records and standardized testing results) to ASD and a space is reserved for him/her in a particular grade level. A letter of acceptance is issued and a deposit is required.

Accepted but space is not available
The applicant meets ASD's admission criteria. However, no space is available at the time. The student is placed on the waiting list until a space becomes available.

Eligible for the Entrance Exam
The applicant looks to be an eligible candidate for admission. Once a vacancy is confirmed, an appointment is scheduled for the student to take the entrance exam. Upon successfully passing the exam, the student is officially accepted.

Denied
The applicant does not meet ASD eligibility and requirements for admission. Each year some applicants are denied admission on (1) the basis of academic and/or behavioral records, (2) when the applicant’s mastery of the English language is not proficient for the grade he/she is applying for or (3) when ASD lacks a program to meet the applicant’s needs.

Deferred
Deferrals are given when, in the judgment of the admissions committee, the applicant needs additional time to improve his/her academic or behavioral record. Deferrals are also given if the applicant does not pass our entrance exam and wishes to retest the following year.