Located in the heart of Mumbai, India, the American School of Bombay is a coeducational, independent, IB day school from Pre-K to Grade 12.
We know choosing the right school for your children and family can be overwhelming. To help you understand some of the essentials about ASB, here are some of the essentials to help you understand our routines.
ASB welcomes students from over 50 nationalities in our purpose-built Elementary and Secondary campuses. We have a rolling admissions policy, whereby we accept applications and new students at any time of the academic year.
ASB’s school year is from August through June. The school year comprises 180 days.
During the autumn, winter, spring, and summer holidays, ASB offers intersessions.
The Middle School is divided into three trimesters, and the High School into two semesters. In Middle and High school, the timetable operates on a cascading block schedule whereby all courses meet every other day for 75 minutes.
School Days are Monday to Friday
Elementary School Calendar
|Kindergarten - Grade 5||8.00am||3.00pm|
|After School Activities||3.00pm||4.00pm|
Secondary School Calendar
|Grades 6 - 12||8.30am||3.30pm|
Co-curricular programs run before school, after school, and on the weekends
Our remarkable educators engage students in unique and individualized learning experiences. The student-teacher ratio is 5:1.
ASB is committed to providing a safe environment for its students and all members of the community. To this end we strive to ensure the safety and well-being of every child.
Child abuse is a violation of a child’s human rights and is an obstacle to a child’s education and/or their physical, emotional, and spiritual development. ASB endorses the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which our host country, India, is a signatory.
The school relies on preventative practices to reduce risk and ensure child protection and will respond effectively to situations that are harmful to our students and our school community.
For more information, please read ASB’s Student Safeguarding Policy.
ASB is a beacon of education, and is accredited and associated with various organisations and peak bodies globally.
Class and group excursions are integral to the school’s educational program and are linked directly to our school’s Mission and Core Values. In addition to field trips and CSR projects, each of our schools undertake an annual adventurous journey:
The designing of assessments is an integral part of the overall curriculum design process at ASB. Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves making expectations explicit and public, setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning quality, systematically gathering, analyzing and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches expectations and results, and using the resulting information to document, explain and improve performance.
Assessment of, and assessment for, learning is a critical aspect of ASB’s teaching and learning, at all levels of the school. We issue report cards:
Approaches To Learning (ATLs) are trans-disciplinary skills and habits that support and enhance student learning, both now and in the child’s future learning experiences beyond ASB. Our ATLs reference the IB Approaches to Learning and link closely to the IB Learner Profile dispositions. We believe the development of these skills and their habitual use, inspires continuous inquiry and allows students to pursue their dreams and enhance the lives of others.
Appropriate and meaningful homework is one of many instructional strategies that guarantee student learning and success.
At ASB we believe that internal motivation is the most powerful driver of learning and success. Students’ work at home should be independent, relevant, self-motivated, in the pursuit of dreams, time flexible, and focused on the acquisition of skills. Our home learning expectation throughout Elementary is that children will be read to, with or alongside, at least four times a week. In addition to reading, teachers will guide students in the pursuit of home learning assignments appropriate for the students’ learning needs and grade level. The kind of home learning activity will vary through the year. As a guide for parents to help facilitate a balanced life for their child, we recommend that homework, exclusive of reading time, not exceed:
Homework enables students to learn through further practice and application of the material, develop independent study habits, enable students to complete assignments, and preview new units of study.
Homework is given for many reasons in High School:
Grades 9-12 can expect between 2-3 hours of homework nightly
Class and group excursions are integral to the school’s educational program and are linked directly to our school’s Mission and Core Values. In addition to field trips and CSR projects, each of our schools undertakes an annual adventurous journey:
Field trips are a part of many school programs. Parents are expected to sign a general release form for all CSR and other school field trips at the beginning of the year. Parents will be informed about each field trip and provided with the contact details of the teacher-in-charge.
ASB is a leading educational institution in the use of Information Technology. In our increasingly virtual world, including times of wholly virtual learning and other times of hybrid learning, we understand the importance of technology in enabling innovative teaching and learning practices. Our technology infrastructure provides extraordinary opportunities to enhance student learning with a variety of technology tools and services, and we continually strive to innovate through technology to help facilitate a world-leading educational platform for our entire community.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
Students from Grade 4 upwards bring their own laptops, tablets, and smartphones to use in class; they become better prepared to participate in tomorrow's world. Elementary (Grades 4-5), Middle, and High School students can bring any laptop that meets the minimum requirements, and our Tech Team will install the required software, for both PC and Mac laptops.
We recognize the important role that activities play in the total education of our students. ASB’s wide varieties of academic, art, music, service and theater activities are designed to cater to our students’ different and diverse needs.
The After School Activity and Studio: ES programs come under the umbrella of Student Life in the Elementary School. These programs are driven by some of the key components in our school mission - Passion, Dreams, Skills, and Inquiry. Students from grades KG – 5 are inspired to follow their passion, extend an area of interest or explore a new learning opportunity by engaging in a comprehensive range of co-curricular learning opportunities that will balance and complement their academic experiences. Some programs run solely after school and others extend the school day and occur on Saturday mornings.
Students in Middle School participate in American Schools in India Activities Conference (ASIAC) events, such as sports tournaments and festivals, cultural conventions and a range of other activities such as Model United Nations (MUN), Student Council, Quiz Bowl, and MathCounts.
Students in High School participate in South Asian Inter-Scholastic Association (SAISA) events, such as sports tournaments and festivals, cultural conventions and a range of other activities such as Model United Nations (MUN), Student Council, Quiz Bowl, theatre productions, art projects and music performances.
To extend learning and social interaction beyond the classroom, ASB offers ‘Intersessions’ during Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring breaks.
The MS & HS Community and Social Responsibility (CSR) programs enable students and teachers to develop a greater awareness of social and environmental issues. By engaging with local organizations, students begin to understand how their collective actions can make a positive difference in the world around them. In the process, they develop empathy and humility, as well as an appreciation for the interdependence of our community with the world around it.
Field trips are part of many school programs. Parents are expected to sign a general release form for all CSR and other school field trips at the beginning of the year. Parents will be informed about each field trip and provided with the contact details of the teacher-in-charge.
The American School of Bombay opened our purpose-built Elementary Campus in August 2012, during which time our Secondary Campus was completely refitted. Both campuses offer a state-of-the art ambient educational environment, featuring multi-modal learning spaces, fine and performing arts studios, science suites, sophisticated technology integration, unrivalled sports facilities in Mumbai, and on-site cafe.