The American School of Dubai ( ASD), previously known as the Jumeirah American School, is located in the Jumeirah community of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. An independent, nonprofit school, ASD was founded in 1966 to serve the needs of North American families and other expatriate populations in Dubai. It was the first American curriculum school established in Dubai and is still the only nonprofit American school located in the emirate. With a faculty of approximately one hundred, ASD follows an American curriculum and offers pre-K (K1) through Grade 12 instruction. The school is accredited by the US Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Admission to the school is based on the approval of ASD's Admissisions Committee and a student successfully meeting the admission criteria, including assessments in varying forms depending on grade level. Students attend classes five days a week, Sunday through Thursday. The school day for grades K2 through Grade 12 begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. Students in pre-K (K1) attend from 8:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. All students are required to wear ASD regulation school uniforms.

International Academic Reputation
The American School of Dubai has a strong reputation for excellence in its academic programs and extracurricular activities. It was reviewed by the Good Schools Guide International as "One of the best thought-of and long established schools in Dubai". The school is organized into three divisions: elementary school (K1-Grade 5); middle school (Grades 6-8); and high school (Grades 9-12). The elementary school curriculum includes math, science, language arts, social studies, Arabic language, computer, art, library, music and physical education. The middle school years are viewed as a transition from the elementary school to the high school. Students take the basic core classes and, in Grades 7-8, can also choose from a variety of electives, including, but not limited to, independent reading, journalism or adventure education. At the high school level, students must complete at least 24 course credits in order to graduate. Students are required to enroll in a minimum of four core academic courses each year (math, science, social studies, English, and/or world languages). Advanced Placement (AP) courses are available to juniors and seniors over a variety of subjects. AP courses are first year college level courses. Students enrolled in the courses sit for external exams. The results of these exams could earn students credit at the university level. Top schools that ASD students have entered include Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, University of California, Los Angeles ( UCLA), University of California, Irvine, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Vanderbilt University, Carnegie Mellon University, Wake Forest University, Lehigh University, California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of British Columbia, Queens University, The United States Coast Guard Academy, Arizona State University, McGill University, and the University of Toronto.

Technology
Technology is integrated throughout the American School of Dubai curriculum through the use of computers located in full-size labs, portable laptop labs, mini-labs, all ASD classrooms, as well as the elementary and middle and high school libraries. Computer instruction is offered at every grade level. Labs are available for class work or independent projects.

Famous Speakers and Visitors
Famous guest speakers who have visited the school include U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, North Carolina Senator and 2004 Democratic Nominee for Vice-President John Edwards, anthropologist Jane Goodall, and even the Harlem Globetrotters.

Athletics and Extracurricular Activities
The American School Parents Association sponsors athletic and other activities for students in Grades K1-6. At least twice a week, throughout most of the school year, sports activities such as basketball, baseball, volleyball, and soccer are available to the students. Additional activities include ballet and dance, scouting programs, chorus, drama, swimming, sailing, computer club, and an environmental club. Social, service, and academic-related clubs and activities are organized for middle and high school students. Clubs include Kids For Wish Kids, Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), Habitat For Humanity, Global Awareness Inner Awakening, a Student Government Association, Thespian Society, the International Student Association, and Mettle. ASD supports strong vocal, instrumental, and drama programs. High school students perform two major productions each year. The Middle School stages one-act plays as well as variety shows. The school also offers intramural programs as well as varsity and junior varsity sports, including volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball, track and field, badminton, performing arts, forensics, swimming, wrestling, cross-country, and tennis. ASD is a member of the Middle East School Activities Conference (MESAC) and ASD students in Grades 7-12 travel to other countries in the region to participate in MESAC sports. Students also travel regionally to take part in Fine Arts Festivals, Model United Nations, Habitat for Humanity, and forensics competitions. Students are able to tour most cities and historical sites when traveling to tournaments and festivals. These events allow students to develop friendships with students in other international schools.

New Campus
In the summer of 2010, the American School of Dubai is moving to a new campus in the Al-Barsha area of Dubai. The school will have many more facilities than the present campus in Jumeirah, including spacious classrooms with state-of-the-art equipment to support technology integration, a stand-alone auditorium, a regulation soccer field, and separate secondary and elementary school libraries. The campus is designed to accommodate many more students and enrollment will be increased in stages. Set to open its doors in September 2010, the American School of Dubai will offer world-class facilities and a continuing tradition of strong academic standards, coupled with an extensive student and community life.