American School of Doha

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The American School of Doha
Coordinates 25°15′48″N 51°28′52″E / 25.26333°N 51.48111°E / 25.26333; 51.48111Coordinates: 25°15′48″N 51°28′52″E / 25.26333°N 51.48111°E / 25.26333; 51.48111
Type Private
Established 1988
Founder Joseph Ghougassian
Campus Director Dr. Tom Hawkins
Grades Pre K–12
Enrollment 2100
Color(s) Red and green
  • At the heart of learning
  • Our Vision, Your Future
Mascot Dragons
Nickname ASD
Rival Doha College
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges
National ranking 1
Newspaper trimesterly
Yearbook changes

The American School of Doha (ASD) is located in Doha, Qatar. The school was founded in 1988 by United States Ambassador Joseph Ghougassian to serve the needs of the American community in Qatar. Sponsored by the US Embassy, it operated until 1997 as the American International School (AIS).[1]


The school is an independent, U.S. accredited, college preparatory school. At the high school level, the academic program is supplemented with Advanced Placement (AP) courses and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program for students who choose them. It receives sponsorship from the U.S. embassy but is a private entity.


ASD has approximately 220 faculty members. 60% of them hold advanced degrees. The faculty is made up of 17 different nationalities, with 77% from North America.

Student body[edit]

There are about 2100 students, with approximately 630 in the high school and 500 in upper elementary. More than 70 countries are represented by the students of ASD.[1] Approximately 38% of the students are U.S. nationals, 10% are Qatari nationals, and approximately 52% are nationals of other countries.


In 2007, the school opened a new building adjacent to the old American School. It was designed to be “one of the top five international school facilities in the world, as far as design for learning is concerned."[2] The former building was renovated, to include an expanded library, a new and larger multi-purpose room, an expanded cafeteria, two elementary science labs and a new central office complex.[1]


Students who have graduated from the American School of Doha have been accepted at Yale University, Harvard University, Caltech, Columbia University, University of Chicago, McGill, Stanford, Brown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Northwestern University, and many other prestigious schools.[1]


The school was formerly a member of the Eastern Mediterranean Activities Conference (EMAC). In 2010, ASD collaborated with five other schools from the conference to create a new, smaller conference called the Middle East South Asia Conference (MESAC).[3]

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External links[edit]

  • American School of Doha Website: [1]