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I visited the American School of Bombay yesterday. ASB is a school of 700 students, PK-12. They exist to serve expatriate families that come to work in India, and the average stay at the school is 2.6 years. As most of the families who come have slightly younger children, their lower school comprises half the student population. There MS and HS programs are slightly smaller than Marshall, with 40-60 students at each grade level. Americans make up roughly one third of the student body, Indians slightly less, and third-country nationals comprise the rest. The school operates with the International Baccalaureate curriculum within all three divisions of the school, and is accredited in the United States. Most students go to the US for college.

The 700-student body is housed in a 2-acre complex in the city. An “urban campus” if you will. This presents many challenges. For example, the school gym has to double for a theater. However, an outdoor swimming pool greatly enhances their PE program. Space is at a premium in Mumbai, a city of nearly 20 million people. Land prices here are among the most expensive in the world.

I am here to work with the school on the development of their strategic plan. We will be reviewing their core values, mission statement, learning objectives, and strategic objectives. More on that in another post. The mission of the school is: “We inspire all of our students to continues inquiry, empowering them with the skills, courage, optimism, and integrity to pursue their dreams and enhance the lives of others.”

The outdoor cafeteria is below: