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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.


ASD IB DP Application Process, 2022-2024

Dhahran Baccalaureate Center International Baccalaureate Program (ASD) Application Process

Dhahran Baccalaureate Center (ASD) Application Instructions

Cohort 12 - Class of 2024

NOTE: The Dhahran Baccalaureate Center International Baccalaureate Program is a comprehensive two-year program. Applicants should be entering Grade 11 (Year 12) in August 2022 to apply.

Please follow these steps to complete your IB Diploma application:

Step 1: Complete the ASD application process at and receive acceptance into ASD High School. BSD students will also need to complete this step. Please contact for assistance. 

**Students currently attending ASD skip to step #2 

Step 2: Complete the IB Application Form  

Step 3: The IB office will collect confidential recommendations from the student’s current teachers in English (Language Arts), Math, and Science. An admissions committee consisting of the IBDP coordinator and a minimum of two IBDP teachers will review the completed application forms, teacher recommendation forms, and student academic achievements. All decisions regarding admission into the program will be made by the committee, with final decisions made by the IB Coordinator. Applications will be pending and will not be reviewed until all documents have been submitted.  

  • A student and parent interview or other additional information may be required when deemed necessary.
  • Admissions may be limited by enrollment capacity.  
  • After application review, the IB Coordinator will send a letter indicating the admissions decision.
  • After acceptance, students will have a course request meeting with the IB Coordinator.


  • March 1: IB application process opens
  • April 3: IB Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications in the order in which they are received
  • April 7: Deadline for complete applications
  • April 3-21: Admissions decisions and letters are sent out

IB Diploma Admissions Policy

Our admissions policies and procedures are designed to help parents, students, and the school make the best choices in regard to the individual needs of each student in relation to the requirements and philosophy of the IB Diploma Program. Therefore, this policy aims to ensure that students who are accepted to the Dhahran Baccalaureate Center IB Diploma Program understand the rigorous and comprehensive nature of the program and are also prepared to commit to the IB philosophy. In order to accept candidates for our IB Diploma Program, we use a combination of the following: 

  • student application form that requires…

    • Paragraph response questions related to the IB Learner Profile
    • Reflection on intrinsic motivation and curiosity  
  • current teacher recommendations that include comments on…
    • Subject-specific skills
    • Approaches to Learning skills
    • Character and learning behaviors related to the IB Learner Profile
  • student transcripts
  • student interview 



PO Box 31677 Al-Khobar, 31952 Saudi Arabia

Phone: (966-13)330-0555 ext. 2470

Fax: (966-13)330-2636 ext. 2436

IBDP Coordinator Email: Ewan Hunt @



Contact Us:

Ewan Hunt, IBDP/AP Coordinator


Phone: +966.13.330.0555 ext. 2457