Academic Program

The American School of Ulaanbaatar offers a dynamic, progressive and balanced academic program in a student-centered learning environment.

From Kindergarten through twelfth grade, the curriculum is both challenging and varied. Our youngest students explore their world and learn to get along with one another through age appropriate activities geared toward preparing them for the more rigorous academic curriculum found in our other divisions.

ASU is proud to offer a program that is based in the Ontario curriculum that results in students graduating with a diploma that is recognized by universities and colleges in English speaking countries around the world.

The school day is from 8:25 to 3:20.   Classes are heterogeneous in order for children to be able to learn from and with each other and to support each others strengths. The first 15 minutes of the day is devoted to home room time, with the teacher being the advocate of the children in that class. The limiting class size to a maximum of 24 students allows for the potential of each student to be maximized.

In Elementary, Middle School, High School, the core academic subjects of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, History and Social Studies, are complimented by a full range of enriching classes in Technology, Health and Physical Education, Music, Drama and the Visual Arts.


Pre-Kindergarten (children from 4 to 5 years of age)

Pre-Kindergarten is a critical time for children as they begin the adventure of a life time of learning. Activities are tailored to meet your child’s individual needs and our teachers provide opportunities to explore, question, communicate and create in a fun and supportive environment.

Areas of development:

  • Language and literacy  
  • Large motor
  • Fine motor
  • Mathematics
  • Science

The focus this year for your child is kindergarten readiness. All aspects of your child’s development continue to shape daily activities, from structured learning in academics and the arts to activities that help build confidence, self-esteem, social and physical skills. Our curriculum continues to focus on developing exceptional math and language skills. Children gain a greater understanding of sequencing and logical problem-solving, providing a strong foundation for advanced math skills. Our excellent language and literacy program promotes a  strong understanding of phonics, sentence structure and a heightened vocabulary. Continued development of computer skills enhances the educational and technological experience your child gains.

We continue to stimulate your child’s natural curiosity about the world through varying elements of science and social studies through theme-related elements. An appreciation of the arts and music enhances the whole experience at the American School of Ulaanbaatar and instills a love for learning as your child becomes ready to enter kindergarten. With ample time given to indoor and outdoor playtime, circle time and free play time your child will have also developed excellent skills in social interaction and physical skills and be ready to enter elementary school with poise and confidence.

Our Pre-Kindergarten (pre-k) program at ASU prepares your child for reading, math, science and much more. Your child needs more than just child care in this critical age.

Kindergarten (children from approximately 5 to 6 years of age)

The program runs for a full day, 9.00 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Unlike other schools, our Kindergarten is staffed by certified teachers who are qualified to teach up to Grade 6 so that the children are really being prepared for grade one. With a maximum class size of 20, the program consists of a daily program in General Studies, as well as intensive E.S.L.

Our goals are to increase socialization, develop motor skills and early skill and knowledge acquisition through thematic activities in language, science, and numeracy. Music, art and stories are part of a creative developmentally appropriate curriculum.  Although socialization outcomes and learning through play are still important, our children take on more responsibility and are expected to meet curricular outcomes in every subject.

Kindergarten is often a child’s first introduction to “formal education.” Therefore, they are the foundation upon which attitudes towards all subsequent education are built.

We believe that within the mind of every child lie the abilities of an Einstein, a Van Gogh, or a Shakespeare. Finding the keys to unleashing those abilities is one of our fundamental goals. It is thus imperative to provide a program which fosters a sense of enthusiasm towards learning, as well as one which facilitates the development of each individual to his/her fullest potential.

Because each child is unique, we recognize that they learn at their own pace and in their own way. Every child’s style of learning is identified through close observation, attention to the child’s needs, and most importantly, individual time with the teacher.

With supportive guidance, the children are encouraged to experiment, explore, create and problem solve as they play. All activities are designed to intrigue and excite the early learners and allow them to question, investigate and reach conclusions.

The early learning curriculum involves mathematics, reading, written and oral expression, and environmental studies. It also includes activities that develop social, physical, and creative skills.

The classroom environment is positive and stimulating, and whether the children are learning to count, read or paint a “masterpiece,” learning is fun! The children soon develop a sense of confidence in their abilities and are ready to take on new challenges. They learn to make decisions and to accept responsibilities.

If, during these most formative years, children build an eagerness to learn and grow in all developmental areas, then the groundwork is set. The children are successfully prepared to take the next step in their education.

Grades 1 – 5 (children from 6 – 10 years of age)

As in Kindergarten, the experiences children have in the early primary years continue to mold their attitudes to learning and provide the basic skills and impetus for their continuing education.

The program in the primary grades combines a creative and stimulating, yet structured and disciplined environment, allowing students to grow and develop at their own pace. We strive to provide students with successful experiences which are intended to bolster their self-confidence and self-esteem, and to motivate them to achieve to the best of their abilities.

The curriculum closely follows the Ontario Curriculum guidelines, and stresses the educational basics, building strong foundations in reading, writing, and arithmetic. Using a variety of resources and approaches, the curriculum also includes environmental studies, art, drama, music, and physical education. In all subject areas there is a strong emphasis on creating practical and hands-on activities which enhance the theoretical aspects of the subject. Computers are used as an educational resource, and special events, field trips and extracurricular activities round out the program.

Ongoing assessments allow us to evaluate our teaching and to monitor the academic achievement of our students.. Formal written report cards are issued to parents three times a year with teachers providing anecdotal summaries of individual student achievement. Regular parent-teacher conferences are scheduled to allow for personal insights to be shared.

We strive to provide students with successful experiences which are intended to bolster their self confidence and self-esteem, and to motivate them to achieve to the best of their abilities.