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College Preparatory Programs

American School Dhahran is pleased to offer both the International Baccalaureate Diploma and the Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma. Both programs provide rigorous programs of study for university-bound graduates.

The International Baccalaureate began in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a two-year holistic program of study that incorporates six courses of study as well as three courses known as the core. In these core courses, students study theory of knowledge, write a 4000-word extended essay, and complete a program of creativity, activity, and service. The purpose of the program is to offer students a broad spectrum of coursework with high academic rigor, as well as a focus on character development, global-mindedness, and international perspective.

The AP Capstone program began in 2014 and was developed by the College Board to improve college readiness and critical thinking skills for university-bound students. Students earn an AP Capstone diploma by taking any four AP courses in addition to two required courses, AP Seminar and AP Research. Students complete university-level coursework focused on content related to the student’s interests while developing their skills of research, critical-thinking, and communication.

Both the IB Program and the AP Capstone programs are academically challenging courses of study and receive the “most demanding” classification from university admissions departments.



Contact Us:

Ewan Hunt, IBDP/AP Coordinator


Phone: +966.13.330.0555 ext. 2457