The American School of Kuwait

School Profile 2018 - 2019

CEEB CODE: 683-080
  • Mrs. Rebecca Ness, Superintendent
  • Mr. Michael Murphy, Assistant Superintendent
  • Mr. Fawzi Hassan, Executive Advisor & Administrative Manager
  • Dr. Scott Dennison, Superintendent of Curriculum
  • Dr. Cassandra Hazel, High School Principal
  • Mrs. Monique Livsey, High School Assistant Principal
  • Mr. Nathan Walker, High School Assistant Principal
  • Ms. Nancy Abdul Ghafoor, Middle School Principal
  • Mr. Justin Hazel, Middle School Assistant Principal
  • Mr. Steven Caley, Elementary School Principal
  • Ms. Salma Taha, Elementary Assistant Principal
  • Mrs. Pauline Roberts, Elementary Assistant Principal


The American School of Kuwait, founded in 1964, is an independent co-educational college-preparatory school whose curriculum is essentially American and prepares its student body for the higher educational experience found in U.S. colleges and universities.

Mission Statement

At the American School of Kuwait we inspire life-long learners empowered to excel in American Higher Education and the global community as productive, compassionate citizens.


The American School of Kuwait is privately owned, operates with the approval of the State of Kuwait and is associated with the U.S. State Department through the Office of Overseas Schools.


ASK is the designated American school in Kuwait, enrolling students from the U.S. Embassy, U.S. military, and U.S. oil companies. Admissions criteria include satisfactory standing in previously attended schools and grade level scores on the admissions entrance examination and writing sample.

Current enrollment (September, 2017) is 2091: (1034, Pre-K-5); (467, 6-8); and (590, 9-12). Of the total, 415 are U.S. citizens, 1154 are host country nationals and 522 are of 65 other nationalities. In the high school there are 139 seniors, 142 juniors, 157 sophomores, and 152 freshmen.

ASK is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

2016 - 2017
Mean SAT Results
Reading & Writing
Math 551
TOTAL 1125

SAT National
Reading & Writing
Math 533
TOTAL 1070

Subject test score averages for students in 2016/2017

Test Mean Students
Math Level 1 618 9
Math Level 2 650 11
Chemistry 615 17
Physics 696 7
U.S. History 610 5
Biology 640 5

Class Rank and Grade Point Average

The cumulative grade point average of a student is based on a differential scale. The following point system is used:

Letter Grade Percentage GPA Regular Courses GPA AP Courses
A   93-100 4.0 5.0
A- 90-92 3.7 4.7
B+ 87-89 3.3 4.3
B   83-86 3.0 4.0
B- 80-82 2.7 3.7
C+ 77-79 2.3 3.3
C   73-76 2.0 3.0
C- 70-72 1.7 2.7
D+ 67-69 1.3 2.3
D   63-66 1.0 2.0
D- 60-62 0.7 1.7
F   <60 0 0

In calculating class rank, the following is used:

  1. GPA and class rank will be calculated on the basis of all semesters of high school work. Grades from transfer students are accepted at our percentage value.
  2. Class rank will be calculated at the end of each semester.

2016 - 2017
Advanced Placement Courses
Course Mean
Art (Drawing) 3.00
Biology 3.64
Calculus A/B 3.00
Chemistry 2.87
Computer Science 3.00
Macroeconomics 3.30
Microeconomics 3.60
English Language & Comp 3.20
English Literature & Comp 3.32
French 4.50
Human Geography 3.74
Physics 1 3.40
Physics 2 3.67
Psychology 3.79
Research 3.80
Seminar 4.11
Spanish 4.17
Statistics 3.55
U.S. History 3.75
World History 3.62

Graduation Requirements

Thirty Carnegie units are required for graduation and must be earned over a period of eight semesters in the following distribution:

Course Carnegie Units
English 6.0
Math 3.0
Science 3.0
Social Studies 3.0
World Languages 2.0
Physical Education 1.5
Fine Arts 1.0
Computer Science 1.0
Electives 9.5

Ninety-seven percent of ASK graduates enroll in colleges and universities

The American School of Kuwait

Acceptances for Class of 2017

United States

  • Academy of Art University
  • American University
  • Amherst College
  • Arizona State University
  • The University of Arizona
  • Baylor University
  • Bentley University
  • Boston Architectural College
  • Boston University
  • Bradley University
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Merced
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • The Catholic University of America
  • University of Central Florida
  • Chicago State University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Clark University
  • Clarkson University
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • University of Colorado at Denver
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Connecticut College
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Delaware
  • DePaul University
  • Drew University
  • Drexel University
  • Elon University
  • Emory University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Fordham University
  • George Mason University
  • The George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Goucher College
  • Hampton University
  • Hollins University
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Indiana University at Bloomington
  • Iowa State University
  • Jefferson College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Kentucky
  • Lamar University
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Lesley University
  • Liberty University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Manhattan College
  • Manhattanville College
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • University of Miami
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Michigan
  • Middlebury College
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • University of Missouri Columbia
  • New School of Architecture & Design
  • New York University
  • University of North Texas
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oglethorpe University
  • The University of Oklahoma
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Oregon
  • Pace University, New York City
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pepperdine University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Purdue University
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • University of San Diego
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • South Plains College
  • University of Southern California
  • Stony Brook University
  • Suffolk University
  • Syracuse University
  • Temple University
  • Texas A&M University
  • The University of Texas, Austin
  • The New School - All Divisions
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Toledo
  • Union College
  • The University of the Arts
  • Valencia College
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Vermont
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Tech
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Wesleyan University
  • West Virginia University
  • Wheaton College MA
  • College of William and Mary
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Youngstown State University


  • University of Alberta
  • University of British Columbia
  • Brock University
  • University of Calgary
  • Carleton University
  • Concordia University
  • Dalhousie University
  • University of Guelph
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • McGill University
  • McMaster University
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
  • Ryerson University
  • Saint Mary’s University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • University of Toronto
  • Trent University
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • University of Windsor
  • York University


  • The American University of Paris
  • City University London
  • University of Debrecen Medical and Health Science Center
  • Durham University
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • IE University
  • King’s College London
  • King’s University College
  • Lancaster University
  • Leiden University College The Hague
  • Met Film School (Berlin)
  • Newcastle University
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Saint Louis University, Madrid
  • School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Universiteit Maastricht
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Liverpool
  • The University of Nottingham
  • University of Reading
  • The University of Sheffield
  • University of Surrey
  • University of the Arts London


  • American University of Kuwait
  • American University of the Middle East
  • Gulf University for Science & Technology
  • Kuwait University


  • The American University in Cairo
  • American University in Dubai
  • American University of Beirut
  • American University of Sharjah
  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (Qatar)
  • KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
  • Korea University
  • Lebanese American University
  • University of Malta
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Medical University of Bahrain
  • University of Sharjah

The American School of Kuwait



ASK is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Its most recent accreditation was completed in the fall of 2012. The school is also formally recognized by the Kuwait Ministry of Private Education, which has equalized the school’s diploma with Kuwait’s general secondary certificate.


The curriculum is similar to that of college preparatory schools in the United States. Most graduates attend colleges and universities primarily in North America. The school’s testing programs include the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and MAP. The language of instruction is English, and Arabic, French, and Spanish are taught as foreign languages. Religious instruction is offered for Muslims. The elementary program features specialists in science, art, language, computer studies, music, drama, and physical education. The middle school, which includes sixth through eighth grades, uses a comprehensive curriculum following a rotation schedule. The high school currently offers twenty AP courses. Guidance counselors are employed at each level.


The academic year is divided into two semesters: the first semester begins on September 5 and ends on January 23. The second semester begins on January 24 and ends on June 7. Graduation for seniors is on May 31. Grades are sent home on a quarterly basis. The school week starts on Sunday and ends on Thursday with Friday and Saturday being the weekend. The school day begins at 7:15 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m., at which time co-curricular activities begin.


There are 182 full-time faculty members in the 2017-2018 school year, including 88 American citizens, 37 Canadian citizens, and 57 teachers of fourteen other nationalities.


Students in grades Pre-K-12 may participate in a well-balanced program of activities ranging from ecology to the performing arts. Most sports are offered for both girls and boys on varsity and junior varsity levels. Cultural activities include forensics, theater, and jazz band. The school also offers opportunities to participate in student government, academic games, Model United Nations, and National Honor Society. The core curriculum is supplemented by a co-curricular program of cultural, social, service and athletic activities in all three schools.

Through its membership in the International School Activities Conference (ISAC) and the Kuwait School Activities Association (KSAA), students in high school and middle school are offered opportunities to interact with students of other international schools in a variety of athletic and academic activities.


In August 1994, the school moved to Hawalli. This larger campus now houses 145 classrooms including: eight computer labs, four music rooms, four art rooms, ten science labs, two large library/media centers, two gymnasiums, a fitness center and weight room, an indoor 25-meter pool, a large multi-purpose auditorium, and three large outdoor play areas.