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A class above

February 19 - 25 , 2020

Gulf Weekly Naman Arora
By Naman Arora

Gulf Weekly A class above

A new school focused on 21st century learning is now accepting admission applications and is set to open in September in Riffa near Bahrain National Stadium.

The American School of Bahrain (ASB), part of the Esol Education family of top-tier schools in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Cairo, Nicosia and Lebanon, will be offering a holistic standards-based American curriculum from Pre-kindergarten to Grade 12, with the option of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in Grades 11 and 12.

Currently, the school is offering admission for Pre-kindergarten to Grade 8, with Grades 9 to 12 to be added over the coming four years.

To augment academic study, the 17-acre (68,796sqm) campus, will be equipped with technology-enabled classrooms, art studios, music rooms, performance spaces, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) labs, maker spaces and separate libraries/media centres for junior and senior students.

Dave McMaster, founding director of American School in Bahrain, added: “Esol group and our partners have put a lot of resources into building a state-of-the-art facility. Outside the classroom spaces, we will be the only school in Bahrain to have an international size football pitch with a 400m running track around it. We will also have a 25m swimming pool, with an additional training pool.

“What really differentiates us from the other schools in Bahrain is the staff. I have been travelling all over the world for the last two months to find and recruit some of the best teachers around the world. Of those hired so far, 85 per cent have master’s degrees in education and more importantly, are passionate and energetic about a school where academic rigor and happy, engaged children are not mutually exclusive.”

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