The American School of Kosova (ASK) was founded in 2003. It is located in Kosova’s capital city, Pristina, and has become one of the landmarks of the city. The founding of ASK brought lots of hope and enthusiasm in the country for both the people of Kosova as well as the international community living in Kosova. For the local people, it meant the dream of getting an American education was being realized, without having to leave their country and family. For the international community,it meant that while they were working and living here they would be able to bring their children who would receive a high quality American education. For both, it also meant that a bridge was being built for our students to attend the best universities in the world.ASK, together with its wonderful community, has become the most desired school by most students and parents in the country.
The student population in 2003 was105, and has now grown to be approximately 500 students from pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 with 30% diversity of nationalities in grades k-8 and 10% diversity in grades 9-12.At present, we are on two different campuses with the elementary program, Ed Center, located in Matiqn, and grade 6-12 students enrolled in the Main Campus in Prishtina beside the Newborn Sculpture.
We work hard to prepare our students for the best universities in the world. Many of our alumni receive scholarships to American and European universities. In recent years, the average of the scholarships for graduating classes has totaled more than $2,000,000 every year.
The school operates with the principles of the American education system and provides a curriculum focused on the U.S Common Core Standards and the local MEST requirements. Recently we have introduced the use of MAP Testing (Measured Academic Progress), which gives diagnostic information to teachers for the adjustment of instruction and the ability to identify students for advanced courses, such as AP English and AP Math. Instruction is primarily in English, with the exception of courses of Albanian language, Albanian culture, Albanian history and foreign languages (German, Italian, and French). It is licensed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Kosova, and accredited by AdvancED, one of the largest accrediting agencies in the world.