The American School of Dubai, an independent not for profit American community school, offers what is best about American education to provide learning experiences designed to promote the maximum potential of its students.
We challenge and inspire each student to achieve their dreams and to become a passionate learner prepared to adapt and contribute in a rapidly changing world.
THINKER: Creative, Critical, Reflective, Adaptable, Persistent
CONTRIBUTOR: Aware, Ethical, Respectful, Open-Minded, Compassionate
COMMUNICATOR: Effective, Confident, Collaborative
LEARNER: Engaged, Responsible, Self-directed, Inquisitive
LEADER/ROLE MODEL: Inspires, Guides
The Middle School Student
Early adolescence is a unique time in a child’s life when physical and emotional characteristics are rapidly changing. Society’s expectations of these emerging young adults increase. The middle school years are clearly a period of transition.
The school day is from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Middle School students are expected to congregate in the courtyard, cafeteria or library in the morning before school and exit the building by 3:15pm each day. Students can enter the building at 7:50am to access their locker and go to advisory. Students and parents with scheduled appointments with teachers or administration must check in at the MS office. Students may use the library at 7:45am to print or work before school begins and after school until 5:00pm. Exceptions may be given for before and after school modifications with a specific teacher under that teacher’s supervision. Students are responsible to communicate ahead of time to a parent if such an arrangement is being made. Parents are responsible for supervision of students remaining on campus after the school day or prior to and after ASD sponsored events.
Teachers are flexible to assist you if you need help before school, but please, plan ahead and schedule a time to meet with them the day before as teachers need time to prepare for the school day.
If you have a late school activity and time in between, the library is open for study purposes until 5:00pm. After 5:00pm check with your parent regarding where you should be during your free time.
We believe that our approach to monitoring and redirecting student behavior is aligned with the values of responsibility and personal growth outlined in our ASD Core Values and Middle School Philosophy and Goals. Behavior expectations for students are outlined in the MS Code of Conduct. Students are expected to follow the Code of Conduct in support of a positive school climate.
To this end, we believe that students are individuals and are responsible for their choices and actions. We also believe that students learn from their choices, and consequences are a way for students to reflect on their behavior. In order to support students to make positive choices, teachers provide redirection to help students learn and reflect. Parental support and ongoing communication between the school and home essentially reinforce students’ positive behavior choices.
Faculty strive to support students to "live" this code during the school day and in their daily life. To this end, individual student behavior is redirected mainly by teachers in the classroom setting. Reoccurring or severe behavior is referred to administration for appropriate consequences which may include detention, suspension, or expulsion.
Compassion: It is our responsibility to give help where needed.
Excellence: Striving for excellence is critical to our success.
Respect: Every person has equal inherent value.
The following rules are the most important ones in our school. These rules are to be followed at all times at ASD or when involved in an ASD activity. They are also good guidelines to follow at all times.
The school has the right to search locked areas if there is reasonable belief that the student has something not allowed on campus. A student may also be asked to show what is contained in pockets, bags, or containers if there is reasonable suspicion of the possession of objects that are disruptive to the school.
When a student is referred to the principal for disciplinary action, the student will be informed of the offense and will have the right to tell their side of the incident before any further action is taken. Every attempt will be made to proceed and process the matter fairly and within the spirit of the rules and goals of the school. If a student or parent disagrees with a disciplinary action or general school action, an appeal may be made to the principal for reconsideration. If this still does not resolve the conflict, the student or parent may continue to appeal to the superintendent of the school. Expulsions must be approved by the Board of Trustees.
After the investigation and substantiation of an incident, the actions taken by the school will be communicated directly to all parties involved,
including appropriate faculty/students as well as parents/guardians of the victim, perpetrator, and witnesses (as applicable). In addition, ASD will offer proactive and sympathetic support to those directly involved with counseling, mediation, or assertiveness training. All incidents/actions will be documented to assess the effectiveness of ASD’s interventions in enforcing a policy of zero tolerance for harassment and bullying.
Dangerous articles are prohibited on campus and at school sponsored activities. Articles considered dangerous include, and are not limited to knives, firecrackers, air or toy guns, as well as explosives and firearms. Any projectile can be considered a dangerous article. Possession of these items may lead to suspension or expulsion.
A teacher redirection is defined as a teacher meeting with a student to assist in identifying undesired behavior, remind student of
expectations, and agreement towards redirection of behavior. It is expected that most Level 1 student behavior infractions will be resolved in this manner. Teacher redirections can occur during lunch or at any time appropriate with the teacher, where detentions occur after school at a designated time with a designated teacher.
An infraction is used when a student does not learn to resolve a behavior infraction through a teacher redirection. The teacher informs the
student of the infraction and issues an infraction to the student. This is a formal documentation of the undesired behavior. Both the student and his or her parents are notified of all infractions via email. Students who accumulate three infractions over the course of a trimester will qualify for a detention.
A detention is issued by a teacher or an administrator when the student has accumulated three infractions, or exhibit an undesired behavior that warrants a detention. The purpose of a detention is for the student to take time to reflect on his or her behavior and create a plan for making positive choices in the future, and/or to take restorative action. Detention involves a reflective conversation with a teacher about a behavior concern as well as a written reflection by the student. Both the student and his or her parents are notified of the assigned detention session via email. Three detentions in a trimester warrant a redirection by administration, and when necessary a meeting with the student and his or her parents is scheduled.
Restitution is defined as action taken by the student to restore relationships and/or property that has been damaged as a result of a negative behavior choice.
A suspension is for behavior that is deemed serious, disruptive, unsafe or for behavior that has been addressed previously and not corrected. It is a redirection reminder to the student for a behavioral change. The type and length of suspension will be determined by administration based on the circumstances of the incident(s). It is the student's responsibility to make up any tests, quizzes, or work missed during the time of suspension. The student and the parents will be informed of the length of the suspension by phone call or meeting at school.
The student is not allowed to participate in school activities during the days and evenings of the suspension. This includes after school and evening activities. The administration will decide if additional activities such as school dances, activities, intramurals, school trips, or tournament attendance should be included in the suspension.
A student will be placed on behavior probation if the student is consistently in violation of school rules and regulations or if the severity of the student behavior warrants further attention, but not to the degree of expulsion. The student will reflect on their behavior and identify goals for improving their behavior, highlighting how the student will take corrective action. These goals will be reviewed and signed by the student, administration, and the parent. The administration will decide the length of the probation on a case-by-case basis. If the student's behavior continues to be a problem during the probationary period, the student will not be allowed to enroll at ASD for the following school year. The parents and students will be informed of this in writing and with a conference.
Expulsion shall be defined as a permanent dismissal of a student from school. It will be enacted only as a last resort after other means of motivation, intervention and correction have failed and/or attendant circumstances of crime, scandal, morality, or disruption necessitates this extreme disciplinary action. Authority for the expulsion of a student rests with the Board of Trustees and is usually considered after recommendation by the Superintendent.
Regular school attendance provides students the optimum opportunity for learning. Student attendance is recorded using PowerSchool at the beginning of each block during the school day. Parents and students can monitor this information and should contact the MS office with questions or concerns.
Parents are to notify the Middle School Office and their child’s teachers on the morning of any unexpected absence either in writing or by phone.
Planned absences carry the following responsibilities: (1) Parents are to notify the Middle School office and teachers of the dates of the absences, and (2) Students are responsible for communicating with their teachers two days prior to the absence in order to obtain any assignments they will miss. Teachers will determine due dates based on when the students return to school. Students should also make sure they know when and how to take any make-up tests.
As a general rule for planned absences as well as absences due to illness, students should take two days for each day missed to make up work. For further information please see the Grading Policy
Students must attend at least 75% of the class periods to receive report card grades for a trimester. If a student misses more than 25% of class periods during a trimester and cannot make up the work (determined by school personnel) the student will receive an “NG” (no grade), and a grade will be noted in the comment section for work completed to date.
All individuals entering ASD campus are required to obtain and wear an identification badge at all times. A current picture badge is required for all ASD parents or otherwise designated family members dropping, picking-up or entering campus (this would include drivers etc.). Badges are obtained at the beginning of each school year and available from the school reception area.
Students are expected to attend school at the assigned time right after a trip or major activity. The following chart indicates the guidelines for returning to school after a school trip.
Arriving to class on time is important for the overall education of the student. Students arriving late to any class, including advisory, will be marked tardy. Tardies are recorded using PowerSchool at the beginning of each block during the school day. Parents and students can monitor this information and should contact the MS office with questions or concerns. A student is tardy when he or she is not physically in the classroom when class begins. When a student arrives to class more than 20 minutes late, the tardy will be changed to an absence. If students have been released late from their previous class, the teachers will notify affected teachers.
Students arriving after 8:00am must be signed in by an adult in the MS office and receive a pass for admission into class. Student tardies will be monitored by the teacher in charge, advisory teacher, counselor and/or, administration. If a student demonstrates consistent tardiness, the student will conference with their advisory teacher, counselor and/or administration to determine the cause of tardiness. The parent will be contacted by the counselor to identify any potential underlying cause and develop a plan for changing the student behavior in order for the student to arrive in school and/or classes on time. Additional consequences, such as detention, may be issued to the student to redirect tardy behavior.
Formal reports of progress are communicated at the end of each trimester, which is 12 weeks in length and will receive a formal report three timesper year in an online format sent to the student's family email address. Mid-trimester progress reports, which are 6 weeks into the trimester, are issued by email to parents for students receiving a C- and below.
Students are the first source of information for parents when reviewing reports from school. If further understanding or clarification is needed a parent should contact the teacher through e-mail or leave a message in the office for a return call. Regular and ongoing communication between school and home is important and encouraged. Teacher sites are another important source of information.
Parents and students can monitor current grades in all courses by logging in to the PowerSchool family portal at specified times during the school year. Teachers regularly update the online gradebook with assignment scores and make note of missing assignments. Questions or concerns regarding specific grades should be brought forward to the teacher.
An incomplete or “I” is given to students who do not have all graded work completed by the end of the grading period and/or eligibility check. Normally, a student has a maximum of two weeks to make up all incomplete work. This requirement may be changed only under special circumstances.
Citizenship grades are given according to the Middle School Citizenship Scale - please visit the online document for full details.
ASD holds honesty and academic integrity as high ideals. Students are expected to adhere to honesty, trustworthiness, and personal integrity at all times. Cheating, plagiarism, or any form of academic deceit will not be tolerated. Students who are found to be cheating or providing answers will be given a zero on the assignment or test. Repeated or serious instances of academic deceit could result in a parent conference and suspension. A record of offenses will be kept on file in the Middle School office. Academic dishonesty is defined as (but not necessarily limited to) the following:
Student Code: It is an honor to represent ASD, not a right. Students participating in co-curricular programs are considered to be in positions of leadership. They represent the school and the community.
Students are not eligible for co-curricular activities when:
Students will be assessed for eligibility before the beginning of each co-curricular activity. Report card grades will be used to determine eligibility when possible. Communication of eligibility regarding MESAC and U14 athletics will be provided by the Athletic office. Communication of eligibility regarding the Arts will be provided by the Fine Arts Department Chair.
In addition, students must demonstrate punctuality and regular attendance at school. Any student deemed to have excessive tardiness or absences from school or individual classes may also be ineligible to participate in co-curricular events. In every case, a student must be in school on the day of an after school event, and in school the day before an away trip in order to participate.
In order to prepare students for high school, there will be a culminating experience at the end of the year in grade 8 for the core academic classes of Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, and World Language. This experience may include a written test, a project, a presentation, or activity that would incorporate the skills and objectives of the class. This will be included as part of the third trimester grade. In the case of a mid-semester exam, it will be averaged into the second trimester grade.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP tests) are computerized tests that are offered twice per school year (Fall and Spring) in the area of Reading and Math. All students in grades 6 through 8 will participate in this testing. MAP tests provide teachers with an efficient way to assess achievement levels and academic growth of individual students. The global data gathered from the tests also help inform school curriculum development. The results from these tests are available to parents and informative sessions to understand the results will be held.
The student support services offered at ASD include the learning support services (LSS) and the counseling department. Each program works closely with the CORE teachers to reach all students through the advisory program and within their CORE classrooms.
The Student Support Team is comprised of the LSS teachers, Counselors, and Middle School Administration Representative. This group meets to discuss students needing academic and or social emotional support.
The primary role of ASD Middle School Counselors is to advocate for students during these critical years of early adolescence. This is the time when students experience significant changes emotionally, socially and physically. The counselors serve all students and seek to enhance student learning by focusing on three interrelated areas: Academic Development, Personal and Social Development, and Career Exploration.
The American School of Dubai provides services for students who are identified as having mild learning differences. ASD does not have an expansive educational program for children with moderate or severe learning disabilities. The Learning Support Services (LSS) Program offered at ASD, has a qualified teacher who provides the classroom teachers with teaching strategies and accommodations (accommodations are changes in the teaching methods, environments, modalities) for all students who have been admitted into receiving learning support services. Students are admitted to receiving LSS through the Student Review Team Meeting process, which takes place after a student has received identified and documented interventions. Modifications, changes in learning objectives according to the standards, are not included as part of the policy at this school.
The LSS teacher collaborates with the Language Arts and Math teachers. Co-teaching is one of the methods used to integrate the LSS teacher into the classroom environment. The LSS teacher takes the lead on some workshops and mini-lessons. LSS students are integrated into small group sessions with either the classroom teacher or the LSS teacher. LSS teachers interact with many classroom students by giving feedback, questioning, and conferencing. Recognizing that some MS students may be self-conscious to receive LSS Support, LSS teachers interact.
The LSS program also runs a Homework Club, that meets everyday during the lunch period. All Students, grades 6-8, are encouraged to attend after eating their lunch. There they can receive one to one or small group attention to get help on homework assignments or make up assessments that their CORE teacher have assigned them with.
The purpose of the Student Review Team Meeting is a multi-disciplinary review on students who have been identified for support. Parents are first informed by letter that a meeting will take place. The meeting is held with the following people in attendance: Principal, counselor, LSS teacher, at least two core teachers, and referring teacher (other teachers may be asked to attend). A list of recommendations are made which is shared with parents. Possible outcomes include: LSS Inclusion Program, further testing, academic warning, academic probation, and counseling.
All Middle School activities are sponsored by student groups under faculty supervision. Faculty supervisors are required to fill out the activity request and turn it into the MS office for approval.
Students may participate in any ASD middle school activity if they have attended one-half day of school and have not been suspended. This same rule would apply to all athletic, academic and arts activities. Students should follow the ASD dress code for all events unless otherwise communicated prior to the activity with approval from administration. Only students enrolled in ASD may attend the grade level sponsored events. Parents must pick up students within 15 minutes after the end of the event. Students are to be in attendance for the entire activity unless otherwise communicated to the faculty sponsor by a parent for early pick-up. This is for student accountability and safety. A student may not return to the activity after leaving.
Pick-up times are set prior to the activity and communicated to students and families. Parents are expected to arrive on time for pick-up taking into consideration Dubai traffic. Parent pick up of students is within 15 minutes of scheduled ending time. The first late pick-up will result in a warning, and the second violation will result in the student being prohibited from participating in the next event. Parents are responsible for communicating to the Middle School office alternative pick-up or arrangements before 3:15pm on the day of the event.
The range of activities available to students, faculty and parents is extensive and designed to support the school mission. This includes intramurals, athletics, and service learning clubs. More information regarding campus recreation can be found on the ASD GO Page.
The American School of Dubai joined the National Junior Honor Society in 1984. The purpose of the society is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character, and to encourage citizenship. Students do not apply for membership but are selected by the faculty council. The selection for membership is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities.
An approved school uniform purchased from the ASD vendor is required of all students. The ASD clothing vendor is Zaks. There are several Zaks location in Dubai, you may visit their website for a store near you (http://www.zaksstore.com/). Our ASD approved shirts carry the approved logo. The ASD school uniform is designed to display sensitivity to our host country while at the same time reflect the style of smart/casual attire found in the United States. The ASD approved uniform allows students some choice and flexibility and ensures that students are dressed neatly and appropriately when at school or participating in school sponsored events during the school day. Non-ASD items of clothing that appear similar to the school uniform do not serve as approved uniform clothing items. Uniform items may only be tailored for fit.
Unless a specific non-uniform day has been identified by the administration, students will be expected to be in uniform at all times. When representing the school at after school events and on weekends, students must dress in a respectful, conservative fashion. Returning students must be in school uniform on the first day of school. New students have three school days to be in uniform.
Boys and Girls Tops: White polo shirt, Navy blue polo shirt, White button front shirt, Light blue button front shirt, Navy blue cotton sweater
Boys Bottoms: Khaki shorts, Khaki long pants, or Navy long pants
Girls Bottoms: Khaki shorts, Khaki long pants, Navy long pants, Navy skirt (regular), Khaki skirt (regular or long), Khaki skort
Middle School students appearance should be neat and clean. Torn or ripped clothing is not allowed. The length of shorts, skorts and skirts should fall at the knee or slightly above the knee. Shirts may be tucked or untucked. If a t-shirt is worn underneath, it should not be longer than the regular school uniform top and be white in color without a design. Shirts must be buttoned at least to the top two buttons. When the school sweater is worn, it must have a school uniform shirt under it.Students must wear comfortable shoes or sandals with a hard sole. Sandals and open heeled shoes are acceptable if they fit securely and do not present a safety issue. For physical growth and safety reasons, students are not permitted to wear:
Occasionally we have non-uniform days where students do not have to wear the uniform to school. The ASD dress code must be followed. Tummies and bare shoulders must not be seen. Tops should not be low cut or sleeveless. Shirts with unacceptable messages or advertising are not allowed. Shorts and skirts should extend to the knee or just above the knee. Swim wear shorts are not acceptable. Students should ask their advisory teacher before the day to determine any questionable clothing choices. Jeans are acceptable provided they are neat, clean and not torn.
All students must wear white socks, gym shoes and the school P.E. uniform with their name clearly printed on it for P.E. classes. The P.E. uniforms can be purchased at the school store. Students may be required to take showers and must change back into their school clothes at the end of P.E. class. The P.E. uniform is not allowed in the regular classrooms. It is the responsibility of the student to take his/her uniform home at least once a week to be laundered.
The following awards are given at the Middle School Recognition Ceremony at the end of the year:
This special award is presented to the outstanding academic student in the eighth and twelfth grades. To qualify, the student must have received an Honor Roll Certificate and exhibited the following character traits: leadership, positive attitude, courtesy, respect for others, and integrity. The faculty and the school administration select the winner in a group meeting. To receive this award, a student must have attended ASD for a minimum of one academic year.
This award is given in memory of Massimo and Andrea Fabbri. The recipient of this award will be a student who, like Max and Andrea, demonstrated enthusiasm and excellence in the fine arts while attending our school. The recipient’s dedication and commitment has been demonstrated by his/her appreciation for, sensitivity to, and accomplishments in the Fine Performing Arts.
An award is presented to the outstanding student in each grade section and at each trimester assembly. To receive the award, a student must maintain at least a B- average throughout the trimester with no grade being less than a C-. Also, the teacher who gives the award must feel that the student demonstrates something special that goes beyond just earning a good grade.
This award goes to an outstanding scholar/athlete. The recipient will have a final year average of at least a B- in all subjects and a high standard of athletic ability, participation in school sports, and sense of sportsmanship. The faculty nominates students and ranks them according to academic ability and achievement. The athletic department nominates three athletes. The recipient is decided upon in a group meeting.
This award goes out to an outstanding student who not only excels academically, but also who best characterizes the Student Profile and the ASD Core Values. The faculty and the school administration select the winner in a group meeting. To receive this award, a student must have attended ASD for a minimum of one academic year.
While unlikely, in the event an emergency occurs, ASD will communicate to your mobile phone via SMS. Contact information should be current in order to receive any SMS notification from ASD. The system is tested throughout the year.
Information is communicated primarily through electronic means. On occasion print media is used. Each family is assigned log-in information for online access that includes the family surname and a 4-digit number. This info can be obtained by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the IT Department. Some examples of important communication that can be accessed once logged-in to the website are:
Students are expected to abide by the Technology Responsible Use Policy (RUP.) Any infractions of this policy are strictly enforced and documented and will be subject to the outcomes set forth in the policy. It is expected that all ASD students and parents read the RUP before accessing any of ASD technology resources. For more information regarding technology at ASD, please visit the Technology Responsible Use Policy and Laptop Program on the MS website.
Gum chewing is not allowed in the school buildings before, during or after school.
Students will not be allowed to carry their backpacks during the school day.
Students need a hall pass in order to access the hallways and community spaces outside of passing time. Students also need a hall pass if they need to access the MS building during the lunch hour. Students in the MS building before or after school and during lunch need to have a scheduled meeting with a teacher. Students need an elevator pass to use the elevator and can receive one from the MS office.
Mobile phones, personal music devices such as IPODS or MP3 players, and cameras may be used before and after school or under teacher direction. These items must be turned off and stored in lockers from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Violations will result in the item being confiscated, and an infraction issued; and the device will be left in the school office. The student will receive the item from the middle school office at the end of the day. If a student needs to call a mobile number for emergency reasons, he/she may use the phone in the middle school office.
Pets are not allowed on campus unless they are part of an organized school activity. This is for the health and safety of our school community.
Public displays of affection should always be in good taste as a sign of respect for one’s self as well as others and the host country.
Skateboards, roller blades, and scooters are not allowed on campus unless they are part of an organized and supervised activity. This is for safety reasons and for the protection of school property.
Please be aware that a few of our students have allergies to nut products. Therefore, we ask that you remain sensitive to these students and refrain from using nut products on campus.