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The American School of Kuwait Dr. Peter Nanos, Superintendent
The American School of Kuwait
P.O. Box 6735 Hawalli
32042 Hawalli, Kuwait (Arabian Gulf)
Tel: 965-266-4341
Fax: 965-265-0438
E-mail: askkwt@kuwait.net or ask@ask.edu.kw


The American School of Kuwait is an independent, coeducational day school, founded in 1964, which offers a general academic program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from late August through mid-December and from early January through mid-June.

Organization: The School is privately owned and operates with the approval of the State of Kuwait.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. general academic, college-preparatory schools. Most graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States and elsewhere. The School's testing program includes the College Board tests and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. The language of instruction is English. Arabic, French, and Spanish are taught as foreign languages. Religious instruction is offered for Moslems. The elementary school (PS-grade 5) is organized into grade-level teams and has specialists in science, art, computer studies, music, physical education, Arabic, and Islamic Studies. The middle school (grades 6-8) is organized into interdisciplinary teams and uses a block schedule. The high school (grades 9-12) is departmentalized and offers 12 Advanced Placement courses. Guidance counselors and specialist teachers are employed at all levels. There is a wide range of extracurricular activities available for all grade levels, including forensics, theater, ballet, jazz band, student government, academic games, model United Nations, honor society, and sports, among others. The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is formally recognized by Kuwait's Ministry of Education which has equalized the School's diploma with Kuwait's general secondary certificate.

Faculty: There are 115 full-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 62 U.S. citizens, 32 Canadian citizens, and 21 teachers of 9 other nationalities.

Enrollment: Enrollment at the opening of school year 2000-2001 was 1,294 (PK-grade 5: 499; grades 6-8: 350; and grades 9-12: 445). Of the total, 369 were U.S. citizens, 610 were host-country nationals, and 315 were of 36 other nationalities. Of the U.S. enrollment, 47 are dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees, 121 of U.S. business and foundation employees, and 201 of other private U.S. citizens.

Facilities: The facilities include 93 classrooms; 32 laboratories including 5 for computers, 5 for music, 5 for art, 7 for electronic media, and 10 for science; 2 large library/media centers; 2 gymnasiums; an indoor semi-Olympic pool; a large multipurpose auditorium; and 3 outdoor play areas.

Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, 97 percent of the School's income derives from regular day school tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK (half day): $4,029; Kdg. II: $5,495; grades 1-5: $7,143; grades 6-8: $7,694; and grades 9-12: $8,609. The School also charges a busing fee of $720. These fees are payable in Kuwaiti dinars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. Dollars).

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs, and the like.