ACS International School Doha is ready for the future.
With over 50 years’ experience, ACS International Schools have been getting generations of students ready for a rapidly changing world. Established in 2011 and building on their heritage, ACS Doha – the sister school to ACS’s three UK-based schools – quickly became a leading international school in Qatar. The exciting next step in its journey is the introduction of a broader curriculum and preparing to move to a state-of-the-art new campus.
Offering globally-renowned curriculums of the International Baccalaureate and from 2020 the US’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program, with a range of career-related qualifications to follow, students enjoy the best of both worlds, extended choice and a more personalised approach to their education, ensuring they are ready for what comes next. ACS graduates continue to be accepted into some of the world’s most prestigious universities, and have taken up places in the UK, USA, Canada, and Egypt, as well as in Education City universities and Qatar University.
The introduction of the AP curriculum opens up more opportunities and choice – particularly for those students who wish to attend a US or Canadian university – although the qualification is widely accepted around the world. The challenging AP courses provide students with a taste for college classes, with most being similar to what they would experience in the first year of university. They learn essential time management and study skills to get them ready for college and career success, while focusing on what interests them. This curriculum taps into their creativity and problem-solving skills as they navigate the demanding course.
The AP is in addition to the long-established International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, which in 2019 saw excellent results for ACS Doha, with 100% of students passing the rigorous programme, with the highest score of 41 a whole ten points above the global average. ACS Doha students will enjoy even more choice from 2020 with the introduction of new career-related pathways, developed together with partners in Qatar to give young people the opportunity to pursue industry-relevant qualifications and skills to get ready for a rapidly changing, competitive world.
In order to thrive, students need the right learning experience. Young people at ACS Doha benefit from a happy, supportive, nurturing and inspiring learning environment, made possible by quality teaching and rigour. It is a unique environment where every individual is celebrated. The school enjoys a vibrant sense of community – something its students, parents and staff value as a defining characteristic of their ACS Doha experience.
In August 2020, due to strong parent demand for places for their children, ACS Doha will open its new school in Al Kheesa with capacity for 2,500 students. The 60,000sq-metre campus will feature world-class academic, outdoor and recreational facilities, from future-ready science labs and libraries to dedicated buildings for Lower, Middle and High Schools, and ample parking.
Good natural light, fresh air, acoustics and a mix of spaces are all design essentials for a new school, says ACS Doha’s Head of School, Robert Cody. The floorplan has been carefully considered to mirror the characteristics of the way the students learn. Fostering collaboration is key to all of ACS Doha’s programmes.
“ACS Doha offers a unique type of education, which is something that will be reflected in our new school. There will be lots of space to collaborate, with small group rooms and breakout spaces, with classrooms situated around a communal cluster for this purpose,” Robert explains.
“But we’ve also needed to consider how to maintain the sense of community that is so important to us here. We have paid particular attention to ensure the space includes key areas where we know our community will want to meet and catch-up.”
Read more about ACS Doha’s new school here and contact the Admissions Team for a tour of the campus.