Who owns the American School of Douala?
ASD is a non-profit school, owned by the parent community. It is governed by an elected board of 9 parent volunteers who serve 2-year terms. All money generated by the tuition goes directly back into funding the school.
Is the American School of Douala only for Americans?
ASD’s student population is made up of students and teachers from over 30 different countries. The mission of our school states that we provide a multi-cultural environment as we seek to develop student who will contribute to our global community.
What is the school’s curriculum?
Our curriculum is based on the American Common Core Standards. These standards, which are used at international schools throughout the world, were developed by educators who recognized the value of consistent, real-world learning goals and launched this effort to guarantee all students, regardless of where they live, are graduating high school prepared for college, career, and life.
What are Advanced Placement (AP) classes?
In grades 11 and 12, our students are offered AP classes. These classes are designed to give students the rigorous experience of an introductory level university class. At the end of the course, students sit for an exam. Based on their score, students may receive university credits or qualify for more advanced courses when they enter college.
Where do graduates of ASD go to university?
Graduates of ASD have been accepted to universities around the world, including countries such as the US, France, Canada, UK, and Lebanon. We are proud to say that 100% of our graduates have been accepted to university.
Can students attend the American School of Douala if they do not speak English?
Yes! Students have joined ASD from all corners of the world. We have a team of learning support teachers who specialize in meeting the language needs of students who do speak English. These teachers work closely with our subject teachers to ensure that students are supported as needed.
Can you transfer from a Cameroonian national school to the American School of Douala?
Yes, many of our students have transferred from local Cameroonian schools and have successfully integrated into the ASD community.
When does the ASD school year begin and end?
ASD begins school in August of each year and ends the following June. For more information about our schedule, please see our school calendar here.
What are the school days and school hours at ASD?
School days are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 2:55 pm for grades 1 through 12. Preschool and kindergarten attend school from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm. After school activities are Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Competitive sports practices vary in start and end time.
What exams are written at the American School of Douala?
Students in both the Lower School and Upper School participate in an assessment called the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) three times a year. This online assessment provides teachers, parents, and students with valuable information about individual student learning. Student in the Upper School are also given to option to take exams in preparation for university, including the SAT and AP.
How can parents get involved at ASD?
One way that parents can get involved at ASD is through our Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The PTA helps in the organization and hosting of various school events such as International Day, Talent Show, and our school’s literacy week,, as well as social events for parents and fundraising. This is a fantastic way to meet other parents!
ASD also has many community events, which parents are invited to attend. Examples of our community events include Parent Orientation Night, Family Fun Day and International Day.
What after school activities are offered at ASD?
ASD holds after school activities Tuesday-Thursday from 3:00-3:55, which rotate on a quarterly basis. We seek to offer a variety of activities for all age groups, including activities such as robotics, swimming, dance, taekwondo, cooking, web design, soccer, drama, guitar, and fashion design.
What competitive sports are offered at ASD?
Competitive sports include volleyball, swimming, soccer and basketball. Our teams compete locally, against neighboring schools, including the American School of Yaounde, and internationally, as we are a part of the West African International Schools Activities League. Tournaments are held in locations such as Senegal, Ghana, Abidjan, and Nigeria.
How is ASD involved in giving back to the community of Douala?
As our mission states, we aim to develop compassionate students who positively contribute to our global community. We believe that this starts with our local community in Douala. ASD provides opportunities for students to serve our community through connections with local schools, orphanages, hospitals, and environmental projects.