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The High School curriculum offers a broad range of course offerings, which enable students to pursue further education in the United States, Canada and institutions around the world. Each year AISD graduates are accepted at a variety of selective colleges and universities around the world.

Our mission statement is celebrated in many ways within our high school. We offer a broad range of secondary school options enhanced with an international perspective. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program as well as the AISD Program offer options for higher education access to colleges and universities worldwide. The IB Diploma along with our mainstream track, provide students a rich curriculum to prepare for further study and life beyond our walls.

AISD offers a truly international learning experience with students coming from all over the world.  Within this context teachers dedicate themselves to providing an education tailored to the individual needs of the students.

The commitment of our faculty can be seen in their support of an extra-curricular program that aims to provide opportunities for students beyond the classroom: athletics where our student participants enjoy our wonderful facilities as well as the possibility of high level competition with other international schools in the South Asia Inter School Association Conference; in the Performing Arts, where AISD truly excels; in activities such as Model United Nations and SAISA Math; in our many charity and service ventures including Habitat for Humanities, where our students’ contribution to the community and the environment has been extraordinary.

All of us here at the high school believe we offer the benefits of an exceptional learning environment where every student counts.

 

Link to our AISD High School Profile 2016-17 here.

Link to HS Course Descriptions 2017-18 here.

For currently enrolled families, download the High School Student Parent Handbook from here

 

AISD Diploma

All students are required to at least earn an AISD diploma for graduation. They must meet the minimum course and credit requirements to earn the degree, taking the requisite courses from Grade 9 to Grade 12. To receive a diploma from AISD, transfer students must have completed their Grade 11 at an accredited school where the medium of instruction is English. The entire Grade 12 year must be completed at AISD. Students must earn a minimum of 27 credits in these subject areas.

  • English  4.0 Credits
  • Social Studies 3.0 Credits 
  • Mathematics 3.0 Credits
  • Science 3.0 Credits
  • Modern Language (same language) 2.0 Credits
  • Fine Arts 2.0 Credits
  • Physical Education/Health 2.0 Credits
  • Senior Project/Extended Essay* 1.0 Credits
  • Electives 5.0 Credits
  • Service Learning 2.0 Credits

TOTAL: 27.0 Credits

In addition, they must complete a Senior Project and participate in the school’s Service Learning initiative.

IB Diploma

The International Baccalaureate Diploma program is a challenging, externally assessed and moderated, two-year course of study for students in grades 11 and 12. Academically comprehensive and globally recognized, the IB Diploma program prepares students for entry to university systems all over the world. It is a philosophically coherent program of studies that seeks to develop in students not only a respect for intellectual rigor in the arts and sciences but also an appreciation of internationalism, global awareness, and social service.

The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. In the IB learner profile an IB learner is defined as a student who strives to be an inquirer, knowledgeable, thinker, communicator, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-taker, balanced and reflective.

Discovery Trips

Discovery Week is  a week-long program for high school students designed to complement the traditional classroom instruction that students receive at AISD by providing a set of authentic, alternative educational experiences. Students are expected to complete the educational component of the trip, much like they would if they were in the traditional classroom.

During Discovery Week trips, students are encouraged to embrace the components of the IB Learner Pro!le, in that they strive to be: inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. Ultimately, this program will enhance and improve  the  students’ own lives, as well as the lives of those around them.

Each Discovery Week experience is designed to:

  • Offer direct exposure to explore the region of Asia, and to instill an understanding and appreciation for different cultures, geography, and people.
  • Enhance interpersonal and intrapersonal growth
  • Provide opportunities of service learning to enable students to develop a sense of personal responsibility and empathy that will help them to become international citizens and independent learners.
  • Give students opportunities to become more self-aware and confident in their abilities.
  • Provide students opportunities to develop new interests and ambitions.
  • To allow students to build ties to the classroom and outside world with diverse educational experiences through research, reading and writing.

 

College Counseling

AISD students seek postsecondary opportunities around the world. The school has an experienced college counseling professional who works closely with students and their parents, assisting in all areas of the college search and application process. This includes helping students identify good “fits”—schools where they will strive both academically and socially, where they can most likely be admitted, and places that suit the family budget. As we are a small school, each student receives personalized attention as the counselor strives to carefully get to know each individual.

The AISD counselor is a member of the following organizations: 

  • International Association of College and Admissions Counselors (IACAC) 
  • National Association of College and Admission Counselors (NACAC) 
  • Council of International Schools.

 

College Admission Testing
SAT, ACT and Subject Tests – what should you take and when? All universities in the U.S. do not require these tests nor are they required for university entrance in all countries. Today there are also over 800 universities in the U.S. that are test-optional, looking to other factors when considering a candidate (NYU is one example of a test-optional university). Students must work closely with their counselor to ensure they are taking the tests, if any, that make the most sense for them. This stands true for English proficiency tests as well, such as the TOEFL and IELTS. Learn more about each of the above-mentioned tests at the following links and speak with your counselor to find out the best time to test for you.

SATACT • TOEFL • IELTS

Naviance/Family Connection
Family Connection is a part of Naviance, a web-based service designed especially for students and parents. Family Connection is a comprehensive website that students and parents together use to help manage the college application process. Family Connection is linked with Naviance, the program that the counselor and teachers use to manage recommendations, transcripts, and other supporting documents. It also allows us to track and analyze data about college and career plans.  The counselor works with high school students in Advisory, introducing them to the specifics of Family Connection. Parents most often gain access come junior year.
 
For College/University Visitors

AISD welcomes college and university representatives from around the world.  School visits can take a number of forms, depending on the timing. The most common is a lunchtime visit, consisting of tabling during a 40-minute period in our heavily trafficked coffee shop. If you are traveling in a group, we may be able to provide some class time, evening, or weekend programming. Webinars are also possible. If for some reason it is impossible to find a time to meet with students, the counselor will always be available to learn more about your institution and share information about AISD and its students.

Link to our AISD High School Profile 2016-17 here.

Please contact Bridget Herrera, our High School College Counselor to arrange your visit. Once contacted, we will also share information on other schools and organizations that would appreciate your visit.