ACADEMICS

Our goal at The American School (TAS), is to educate students to become healthy and altruistic global citizens who understand and participate in all aspects of an academic program. Students are encouraged to explore their passions in the classroom, on the field, in the studio, and on the stage. We are committed to our vision of fostering individual talents, curiosity, and lifelong learning.

Across all school divisions: Early Childhood Center (ECC), Elementary, Middle and High School, TAS is privileged to educate a diverse group of students from more than a dozen countries. The broad range of nationalities provides opportunities for the TAS community to be exposed to a variety of new cultures and experiences. The majority of our students are learning English as an additional language (EAL) and our aim is for students to acquire the language while continuing to promote multilingualism and preserving each student’s culture and heritage.

The TAS curriculum follows American content standards (including Common Core, AERO and Next Generation) with English as the foundation for instruction. All teachers, across every school division and academic discipline, utilize Understanding by Design as the common format for unit development. “Understanding by Design (UbD) is a framework for improving student achievement. Emphasizing the teacher’s critical role as a designer of student learning, UbD works within the standards-driven curriculum to help teachers clarify learning goals, devise revealing assessments of student understanding, and craft effective and engaging learning activities,” (www.authenticeducation.org, 2017).

TAS is a college preparatory school that serves the needs of students intent on studying at colleges and universities in the United States while also maintaining an international and global perspective for students interested in pursuing other avenues. Graduation requirements exceed those of most American high schools and the curriculum provides a robust educational experience for every student. TAS is committed to providing Approaches to Learning that blend successful traditional instructional practices with modern pedagogy focused on the skills necessary for students to be leaders of the 21st century.

In addition to achieving the TAS High School Diploma, academically prepared students may enroll in the challenging and research-based Advanced Placement (AP) program.  Students, generally in Grade 11 and 12, taking AP courses will explore and build new skills across a variety of subjects. In addition to their college and university applications standing out among their peers, students may be eligible for academic credit in most U.S. colleges if they achieve a high enough mark on the AP Exam.