Doha, Qatar Report of what it's like to live there - 08/10/11
Personal Experiences from Doha, Qatar
1. Are you the parent of a child(ren) attending this school? A teacher at the school? Or both?
2. What grade or grades do/did your children attend at the school? During what year(s) did they attend the school?
8 and 10
3. During what years were you affiliated with this school?
2009 - Present
4. What was your reason for living in the city where the school is located (e.g., government, military, corporate, NGO, retired)?
Spouse of someone in the corporate business
Admissions & Welcome:
1. Are the admissions and placement procedures clearly stated to prospective families, either on the school website or through other means of communication?
2. How would you rate the school's support and welcome/integration of new students and their families, and why?
Administration & School Procedures:
1. Describe the general climate of the grade level that you teach or your child attends:
Middle school and high school are both amazing - challenging to students both academically and as people.There is a real sense of working with the whole child.
2. For the following attributes, down to the next blank box, grade your experience at the school on a scale of A (excellent) to F (unacceptable/terrible) and provide comments:<br><br>Overall fair and equitable treatment of all students and families:
3. How is the overall communication between teachers and parents, and the administration and parents? How is communication facilitated?
4. Services for gifted students who need academic challenge and students with learning difficulties:
5. Availability and variety of after-school activities for various ages:
6. Maintenance of appropriately high standards for all students:
7. Homework assigned (quality, quantity):
8. Administration-parent communication:
9. Teacher-student communication:
10. Academics, answer the following questions "yes" or "no" with an explanation if appropriate:<br><br>Are there any classes or subjects where students are not appropriately challenged?
11. Does your child receive any special-needs assistance or instruction at this school? If yes, what types? Who provides services and where:
12. Do you believe the special-needs assistance is appropriate and fills your needs? Explain:
13. Does the gifted and talented program meet the needs of students? Please explain:
14. Does the school offer a wide variety of elective or non-core classes such as art, music, and drama?
15. Please describe any classes or programs that you believe are missing:
Sadly, no American football!!LOLOther than that, a program for special needs kids would be great.
16. Are there academic requirements such as trips or other activities that cost money in addition to school fees?
Nothing that's mandatory, although at the high school level there are tons of opportunties for travel during breaks, usually quite pricey.
17. What activities do you feel are missing?
Like I said, American football would be nice, but there are activities that appeal to everyone.
18. Have your children participated in the activities offered? If no, please indicate why:
My kids aren't sporty, but have partaken in Forensics, guitar classes, study clubs, rock climbing clubs, you name it.
19. Does the school provide appropriate assistance to new students?
The HS counseling department is good at keeping up with new students and teachers are always open and willing to talk.
20. Please describe any problem areas or challenges in social interaction at the school:
Like any school, there can be cliques.But truthfully, kids at ASD are generally great, proving to be welcoming and inclusive.
Academics & Resources:
1. What personal or academic counseling resources are available at this school? Is there a dedicated college counselor at the school? Is he/she familiar with universities worldwide?
College/career counseling - AProblem-solving - BFamily support - B
2. Does the school have a library? How large is it? How updated are the books? Can students borrow books to read at home?
3. How are information technology resources at the school. Are they up-to-date? Is there a computer lab?
4. Describe the physical education resources at the school. Is there a gym? A swimming pool? Are there playing fields or tennis courts available?
5. What is the approximate teacher-to-student ratio in the grades that your child attended?
6. Are Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses available in upper grades? If this is an IB school, is the full diploma required of all students?
7. Is the amount and type of homework generally appropriate for the age and grade of the students?
Yes, but can be rigorous.
8. What fine arts electives are available (music, drama, visual arts)?
9. Are the teachers at the school required to speak English as a first language--or at least fluently?
10. What services are available for gifted/advanced students at the school? Please describe your experience with these services, if applicable.
No G&T programs, but students won't be bored.
11. What extra-curricular activities (including sports) are available at this school? Have your children participated in these activities? What activities do you feel are missing at the school?
Yes, tons of sports, band, orchestra, vocal groups, drama, art, after school activities - you name it.
Social & Emotional Well-Being:
1. Do expatriate students socialize with local students at the school? Are both groups successfully integrated into the school culture?
Local students tend to stick together.Some break the mold and socialize with expats, but it's not the norm.
2. Are there are any problems with exclusionary behavior, cliques, or bullying at this school? Please describe any problems your children may have experienced in this area.
No - the school is about 85% expat, so they are in the majority.However, relations between local and expat are generally great with no conflict.
1. What is the greatest strength of this school?
The facilities are amazing, the teachers are wonderful and the administration is great.We have no complaints.
2. Greatest challenge?
Honestly, I can't think of any.
3. Would you choose this school again? Why?
Absolutely.Putting our children at ASD has been great for them, challenging them academically.We've seen tremendous growth in them since enrolling at ASD.