High School Curriculum Overview

American School Dhahran offers three programs of study  in high school:

- The American curriculum, college-preparatory program which consists of more than 60 courses including 10 courses at the honors level.

- The Advanced Placement program offers 20 AP courses as well as the AP Capstone Diploma.

-The full International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) with 13 courses from over six groups.  Each of these can be taken individually as certificate courses.

Both the AP Capstone program and the IB Diploma Programme are academically challenging courses of study and receive the “most demanding” classification from university admissions departments.

With an emphasis on developing critical thinking, research, collaboration and time management skills, students at American School Dhahran are well prepared for post-high school education and beyond.


Athletics and Activities

Competitive sports is a big part of American School Dhahran and we are proud of our Scorpions at the Varsity and Junior Varsity level who continuously win medals in tournaments in Kingdom and abroad.

Throughout the year, several annual events engage our high school students such as Week without Wall, International Day, Saudi National Day, National Honors Society, Best Buddies and more.

ASD High School Activities

High School students develop new skills and participate in leadership opportunities in our After School Activities program.  These include Best Buddies, National Honor Society, Compassion Club and Compassion Summit.

Week without Walls (WoW Week) is an anticipated time at ASD  where high school students sign up for international trips that offer cultural and social experiences, with a community service project planned with every trip.

ASD ISG High School Walkathon
2023 Graduate Exam Results

ISG College and University Preparatory Program

When our students enter high school, we encourage them to start thinking about their future after ISG.  We provide opportunities to take SAT practice tests and share information about TOEFL, IELTS, the Misk program, and the Aramco CPP program.

Our school counselors meet with students regularly to  give guidance on choosing universities based on students’ aspirations.  They remind them of deadlines, assist in preparing applications and share important resources, references and scholarship information.

High school students also engage in a number of college fairs, career fairs and university presentations and learn about the admissions processes to universities in the US, Canada, UK and the Middle East.  

College representatives also have regular visits to speak about writing essays, speak about different majors and answer questions from our students.