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WHAT ARE THE SCHOOL DAYS AND SCHOOL HOURS?

School days are Monday-Friday

Elementary School Campus Hours:

  • Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K3): 8:00am - 12:00pm (Optional Aftercare Program until 3:00pm)
  • Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K4): 8:00am - 2:10pm (Optional Aftercare Program until 3:00pm)
  • Kindergarten - Grade 5: 8:00am - 3:00pm
  • After School Activities: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Secondary School Campus Hours:

  • Grades 6 - 12: 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • Co-curricular programs run before school, after school, and on the weekends

WHAT GRADE LEVELS DOES ASB SERVE AND WHERE ARE THE CAMPUSES LOCATED?

ASB's grades are named after the United States' school system

    • Elementary School Campus-Kurla (West)
      • Pre-Kindergarten (3 and 4 year olds)
      • Kindergarten - Grade 5
    • Secondary School Campus-Bandra Kurla Complex
      • Middle School: Grades 6-8
      • High School: Grades 9-12
        • IB Diploma and IB Certificate candidacy begins in Grade 11 and finishes in Grade 12

WHEN DOES ASB'S SCHOOL YEAR BEGIN AND END?

ASB’s school year is from August through June. You can see ASB's calendar here.

During the autumn, winter, spring, and summer holidays, ASB offers its Intersession Program.

WHAT ARE THE SCHOOL TERMS?

  • Elementary School: Semesters (August-December, January-June)
  • Middle School: Trimesters (August-November, November-February, February-June)
  • High School: Semesters (August-January, January-June)

WHAT IS ASB'S CURRICULUM?

ASB has been an IB World School since 1998 and is authorized to offer both the Primary Years and Diploma Programmes. As a school for the future, our curriculum, textbooks, instructional materials, and teaching methods are among those found in the top international and independent schools worldwide. While focusing on the development of the whole child, ASB offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that awards graduates an American high school diploma and/or the International Baccalaureate Diploma equipping them to enter top universities worldwide.The school is accreditated by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (USA). The language of instruction is English.

Follow the links below to learn more about each division’s curriculum:

WHO ARE ASB'S STUDENTS?

More than 50 different nationalities are represented amongst ASB's 750 students:

  • 25-30% US nationals
  • 10-15% Indian nationals
  • 55-60% third country nationals

WHO ARE ASB'S FACULTY?

Globally and aggressively recruited, ASB’s faculty is what establishes it as the best international school in Mumbai. More than 90% of our teaching faculty are trained and bring a variety of teaching experience from overseas, providing them with the skills and ability to work with our diverse student population. Utilizing the most recent brain-based educational research of how students learn best in the 21st century, ASB’s faculty are innovative and growth-oriented using best practices to equip our community to be global citizens with a passion for lifelong learning. Learn more about our teachers here.

HOW DO I BEGIN THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR MY CHILD?

Contact our Office of Admission Team or complete our short Online Inquiry Form so we can better be prepared to answer specific questions about your family's situation.

HOW ARE PARENTS INVOLVED WITH ASB?

Research supports, and ASB believes, that in order for children to best succeed, there must be a home-school partnership. With that, there are many ways in which ASB parents are invited and engage within the ASB community. Through the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Grade Level Parent Representatives, Parent Ambassadors, ASB’s Parent Learning Academy, Research & Development parent group, divisional parent coffees, sharing assemblies, there is rarely a week when parents are not invited or encouraged to join ASB in being the best school community in Mumbai. Read more about ASB's Parent Learning.

Parents are welcome to access ASB’s wireless network and often you will see them in the Parent Cafe or Atrium doing work, research, or catching up with friends over a cup of chai.

I AM NOT COMING FROM AN AMERICAN STYLE EDUCATION SYSTEM. HOW DO I KNOW WHAT GRADE MY CHILD IS ELIGIBLE FOR AT ASB?

For those applicants coming from non-US school systems, please reference this weblink Grade Map for ASB Grade equivalencies to help determine appropriate ASB grade levels.

Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 1 applicants from schools whose age cut-off is after August 31st, (as in France, Spain, Belgium, Norway, etc) need to apply to the grade level that is age appropriate for the applicant.

Applicants applying from schools using calendar year school years, from January/April until November/March, (as in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America, Singapore, Japan, Korea) need to apply to the grade level that extends their current school year. In other words, applicants applying for August enrollment should apply for the grade level they are currently attending; applicants applying for January enrollment should apply to join the grade level they are completing.

MY CHILD HOLDS AN INDIAN PASSPORT? HOW DO I KNOW IF I CAN PURSUE ADMISSION FOR HIM/HER?

In order for Indian nationals to be eligible to apply to the American School of Bombay, they must meet the following criteria:

  1. The parents of the student are likely to stay in India for an initial period of two or three years.
    • Parents shall provide a certified letter from their employer stating that their employment in India is for an initial period of two to three years.
    • If the employment tenure is extended, the parents shall provide an updated letter.

2. The student has come from an American/international system of education and has to return to the American/international system of education.

o Applicants shall provide official school records verifying their enrollment from accredited schools with an American/international system of education such as, but not limited to:

i. Schools following a national curriculum other than Indian (for example, German, Japanese, French, etc.)

ii. Schools following international curriculum (for example, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge International Examinations, etc.)

3.Students are at a critical stage of education and studying at ASB is important for the student’s education.

o Applicants must be a minimum of three years old by August 31st of the academic year in which they are applying.

Additional considerations:

  • Once the above criteria are met, applicants can seek admission to the American School of Bombay which requires completing the online application and required checklist items.
  • During the application process, parents of Indian nationals must sign a declaration confirming they meet all of the above criteria.
  • Siblings of eligible applicants may also apply.

IS MY CHILD REQUIRED TO COMPLETE ANY TESTS DURING THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

ASB's Admission Committee carefully reviews all academic records and communicates with the previous school personnel as appropriate. In many cases, additional information or tests are not required. There are times, however, when the Admission Committee does require additional assessments, information, and interviews with the applicant and parents. If external assessments are required, parents will be expected to facilitate such assessments at their own expense.

MY CHILD SPEAKS LIMITED ENGLISH. HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND ASB?

ASB provides English language support for EAL (English as an Additional Language) students at all grade levels. However, we only offer beginning EAL support for students through Grade 8. Students entering Grades 9 and above must meet ASB’s established minimum levels of English proficiency. Read more about our English Language Learners.

MY CHILD IS WORKING ABOVE GRADE LEVEL IN CERTAIN SUBJECTS. WHAT DOES ASB DO TO SUPPORT CHILDREN SUCH AS THESE?

For those students, regardless of grade level, who exceed proficiency and require a curriculum that differs significantly in pace, level, and complexity from age-level peers, ASB provides enrichment and extension opportunities throughout the school year, during and outside school hours. Learning Coaches, who have expertise in working with high achieving students, and classroom teachers collaborate regularly to ensure that all students are accessing the best learning opportunities and have an individualized and challenging academic program.

MY CHILD HAS LEARNING NEEDS. HOW DO I KNOW IF ASB WILL BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE THESE DIFFERENCES?

ASB’s board policy states, “The American School of Bombay is committed to meeting the needs of all our students, including those with special learning needs. However, the school does not have a comprehensive special education program and may not be able to admit students whose needs are beyond the scope of programs currently being offered by the School... Even though prior communication might have taken place, the School still reserves the right to deny enrollment if the child’s special learning needs are beyond the scope of programs currently being offered by the School. The School expects that parents will provide all of the appropriate documentation one would expect when seeking to enroll a child in a new school, especially if the child has previously been enrolled in a special education program.”

During the admission process, it is important to begin the application process as soon as possible and to be open about your child’s specific needs from the beginning. We will ask that you provide ASB with as much information regarding their needs as possible, including, but not limited to, a most recent psycho-educational assessment, past testing, support plans (IEP’s, behavioral contracts, etc), as well as narrative comments from previous schools. Read more about our Learning Support Program to gain further information about ASB's model.

WHAT STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES DOES ASB OFFER?

  • School Psychologist
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Division Level Counselors and College Counselor
  • Academic Support Services
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) Support Services

AT WHAT AGE IS MY CHILD ELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION TO ASB?

All applicants must be toilet trained and meet the minimum age requirements below:

Applicant Applying for:

Age Requirement by August 31st of the school year enrolled

Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K3)

3 years old

Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K4)

4 years old

Kindergarten

5 years old

Grade 1

6 years old

WHAT COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES DOES ASB PROVIDE FOR ITS STUDENTS?

The Community and Social Responsibility Program at ASB supports our mission by providing students the opportunity to learn about their communities, serve others in those communities, and learn from those experiences. Service has a long tradition at ASB - we value our role as a member of the community of Mumbai and seek to enhance the lives of others through our collective initiative, programs, and resources.

Beginning in the elementary school, students participate in community-oriented activities. Throughout the year, classes engage in enrichment expeditions that connect them with their community organizations. Middle and high school students connect individually and through all-class experiences with more than twenty community organizations.

To learn more, you may visit the CSR page.

HOW DO ASB STUDENTS ACCESS TECHNOLOGY?

  • ASB has wireless technology and internet access throughout the campus
  • ECEC3-Kindergarten: one laptop in the classroom per two students
  • Grades 1-3: one laptop in the classroom per student
  • Grade 4-Grade 12 students purchase their own laptop to be used with all subjects (BYOD-Bring Your Own Device)
For more information, please reference ASB's webpage about Technology Integration

WHAT MODERN LANGUAGES ARE OFFERED?

Hindi: From ECEC until Grade 1, ASB introduces students to Hindi through our Host Country Studies program. Grade 2-Grade 5 students are more formally introduced to reading and writing skills in Hindi with options of native or non-native Hindi strands.

French: middle and high school students

Spanish: middle and high school students

Mandarin: ab initio for IB Diploma students beginning in Grade 11 and through the High School online elective courses

Please note, ASB provides native language instruction to English speakers only. ASB is unable to provide modern language instruction for the many non-English languages spoken at the school, including French and Spanish, which we offer as non-native language courses of study.

ASB is currently looking at how we can allow additional languages through the course of study throughout the middle and high schools. ASB has provided it facilities to support families seeking to expose their children to other languages after school. Currently, our Dutch, Spanish, French, Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean communities have organized instructors for our students.

WHAT CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ARE OFFERED?

Included in ASB's tuition is our extensive co-curricular program with a wide range of offerings throughout the school year.

Elementary School After School Activities for Kindergarten-Grade 5 students occur five days a week from 3 pm to 4 pm as well as some offerings on Saturday mornings. E3 (Extensions, Enrichment, and Explorations) offerings vary from term to term and enrollment is limited.

Click here to learn more about our current ASB E3 activities.

Middle and high school clubs occur during the school day and after school (days and meeting times vary) with many options to travel on cultural exchanges.

ASB's intramural and interscholastic middle and high school athletics program occurs before school, after school, and on weekends (days and meeting times vary) with options to travel on cultural exchanges. Competive sports include swimming, volleyball, basketball, soccer, badminton, tennis, table tennis, and track and field with teams competing in the SAISA league (schools from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Oman).

Click here to learn more about our Athletic and Activity Program.

IS FOOD AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS?

Vegetarian and non-vegetarian hot and cold food is available for all students. Food can be brought from home, or in the case of our elementary students, parents can order snacks (INR50) and/or lunch (INR150) online. All food is prepared on our campuses.

Parents and middle and high school students can utilize the cafeteria throughout the day (breakfast, snack, and lunch).

WHAT HOLIDAY PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE?

Included in ASB’s tuition is our Intersession Program. Follow this link to learn more about this growing and very popular part of our curriculum - ASB’s Intersessions

IS THERE A HEALTH CLINIC ON CAMPUS?

ASB has a Health and Wellness Department with one Health Clinic on each campus. The Health Clinics are staffed by 5 qualified, experienced nurses. Additionally, we have a paediatrician and a physician on campus one day per week who are also available on an as needed basis through the health clinic to coordinate health care. Both health clinics provide care for acute and chronic illnesses, health screening, first aid, and health education for children, teachers, and parents.

The nurses help to ensure that all staff at ASB have current first aid and CPR certification through the American Heart Association. First aid kits are provided around the campus and for field trips and each campus has an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). We also provide a resource for the school community about health care in Mumbai.

For more information about our Health and Wellness Department, please click here.

IS THERE A SCHOOL BUS SERVICE?

ASB’s fleet of buses covers almost all of the suburbs of Mumbai and provides service in the mornings, after school, and for after school activities. Each air conditioned, non-marked bus has a trained driver, security guard, and female attendant. All adults are CPR and first aid trained and seat belts are required to be worn at all times. Buses run before and after school, and following after school activities.

IS THERE A SCHOOL UNIFORM?

While there is no school uniform, ASB does have a dress code all students are expected to follow. Additionally, in the Elementary School, students have Physical Education class 60% of the time and are required to wear a PE uniform on those days.

WHERE DO ASB GRADUATES ATTEND UNIVERSITY?

Each year, over 135 colleges and universities visit ASB's campus to recruit our seniors. This leads to nearly 95% of graduating seniors enrolling in one of their top choice schools. Of those applying to attend US News and World Reports' 100 Top Colleges and Universities, approximately 90% are accepted. Furthermore, of the students who applied to The Guardian's Top 25 UK Universities, approximately 80% are accepted. To learn more about our university admissions, reference our High School Profile.

HOW DO ASB'S GRADUATES SCORE ON THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE EXAM?

Despite the fact that ASB has an open admission policy and encourages all of our students to pursue the full IB Diploma, our students consistently score higher than the world average. To learn more about our IB scores, reference our High School Profile.

HOW DOES ASB MAP TEST RESULTS COMPARE TO THOSE OF OTHER SCHOOLS?

ASB uses the Measures of Academic Progress to assess its Grade 2-9 students at different points of the academic year.

The MAP data compares ASB student results with the following schools’ whose students also take the MAP assessment:

  • NESA* member schools
  • Worldwide international and American international schools
  • United States private and public schools

    *ASB is a member of the NESA (Near East South Asia) Council of Overseas Schools

To see how ASB's students compare with other students taking the same assessment worldwide, click here.