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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As enrollment is considered and waiting lists exists, please keep in mind the following priorities used by ASD when new students are offered places:
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
Please note that no exceptions can be made.
Language Proficiency Entry Requirements
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.