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School Spotlight: American School of Kuwait (ASK)

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Snapshot: American School of Kuwait (ASK)

Year founded: 1964
Public or private: Private
Profit/Not for profit: Profit
Day or boarding: Day
Segregation type: Co-Educational
Religious affiliation: None
Curriculum: Advanced Placement, United States of America
Instructional language: English
Alternate instructional language: None
Start grade: PreK
End grade: 12

 

About: American School of Kuwait (ASK)

The American School of Kuwait (ASK) was established over fifty years ago when a group of American parents came together and selected a Board of Trustees for the purpose of establishing an international school patterned authentically after the American school model.

In September 1964, the American School of Kuwait welcomed its seventy-five students and began its first official term under the name of the “International School of Kuwait” in a large villa in the Dasman Area of Sharq. A full curriculum for all grades, including kindergarten and all through twelfth grade was created. These initial students came from several different countries including the United States and Kuwait. The school’s original faculty consisted of sixteen full-time teachers and three part-time teachers.

In 1969, the school moved to a new location in Surra and eventually the current Hawalli campus. These larger and improved facilities led to a significant increase in student enrolment and a variety of extra-curricular activities which supported the vision and mission to deliver a well-rounded American education to students.

After the early years’ growth and success, the school changed its name to the “American School of Kuwait” to better reflect its mission and educational philosophy. Subsequently, the high school received its initial US Accreditation from The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1971.

ASK prides itself on offering the best in American curriculum and instruction in the State of Kuwait. ASK seeks enthusiastic, caring and dedicated educators to play an integral part in fostering excellence and a sense of community within a student-centred environment.

 

Ethos: American School of Kuwait (ASK)

The American School of Kuwait (ASK) is committed to providing a quality education and promoting high standards in an English language preparatory school. ASK prepares multi-national student population for success in American and other universities.

Mission: Inspire life-long learners empowered to excel in American Higher Education and the global community as innovative, compassionate citizens.

Beliefs:

  • A partnership among families, teachers, and students is essential for successful learning.
  • Successful students require a safe, supportive, and rigorous learning environment.
  • Learning empowers the individual by expanding opportunities as global citizens.
  • Students’ active engagement and critical reflection in their own learning is a key to their ongoing success.
  • Diversity and inclusiveness are essential within the school community.
  • An enriching school experience encourages independent thinking, fosters self-esteem, and builds self-confidence.
  • Education encompasses the development of the whole individual.

 

 

Facilities: American School of Kuwait (ASK)

The American School of Kuwait (ASK) boasts a large PreK to 12 tri-campus facility complete with 140 classrooms, first-class library/media centres, recreational areas including an indoor pool, a fitness centre, gymnasiums and a large multipurpose auditorium.

 

Location: American School of Kuwait (ASK)

American School of Kuwait (ASK) is located in Hawally, Kuwait, one of the country’s largest cities. The cost of living in Hawally is relatively affordable compared to other Gulf cities, allowing for a comfortable lifestyle with access to world-class amenities.

Hawally’s central location provides easy access to key areas of Kuwait City and beyond, facilitating convenient transportation and exploration of the country’s cultural and natural treasures. Residents can enjoy a variety of recreational activities, from dining at gourmet restaurants to relaxing on pristine beaches.

With its blend of modernity, cultural richness, and opportunities for professional success, Hawally stands as an attractive destination for those seeking a fulfilling life in the heart of the Middle East.

 

Benefits: American School of Kuwait (ASK)

Taxes: Kuwait does not have income or sales tax. Your gross salary and your net salary are the same.

Savings Potential: Recent feedback from teachers indicates that the savings potential can be above 50% of your annual salary with a comfortable quality of life and modest travel.

Accommodation: The school provides housing to foreign hired teachers. Families will be provided a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, spacious apartment. Single teachers are provided a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment. The housing area includes a spacious and private courtyard with a gym, swimming pool, play room, and recreational room available to all teachers.

Flights/Transport: The school provides round trip annual airfare for teachers between Kuwait and their home of record at the time of their hiring.

Dependent Opportunities: The school will provide benefits (tuition, flights, and insurance) for one dependent per teaching contract.

Medical: Private insurance is provided with world-wide coverage. There is limited benefits in the US and Canada covering only emergency medical needs.

 

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