High School

High School—Guiding Transformation with Two Roads to Higher Education


The High School at the American Overseas School of Rome is made up of over 220 students in grades 9-12, from a wide variety of national backgrounds. High school courses are run on a block schedule with four periods of 80 minutes each day. Students take seven or eight classes each year.


Small Classes and a System of Support

High school class sizes average twelve students, offering substantial individual attention from our teachers. Our faculty focuses on the use of consistent assessment to gauge student understanding and to best focus lessons for student growth.

Over 95% of our students attend competitive universities after graduation from AOSR and 100% of students are accepted into university. 

A full time college counselor assists students in college application procedures.


Wide Range of Choices with Over 92 Courses Offered

Advanced Placement AP, International Baccalaureate IB, and College Preparatory Courses

The High School curriculum is marked by two rigorous curricular pathways - the International Baccalaureate IB and the Advanced Placement AP Programs. These programs offer students an opportunity to engage in deep academic inquiry and to explore new and intellectually demanding material.

AOSR offers a broad range of courses in:

  • Mathematics
  • Laboratory Sciences
  • Literature
  • World Languages (Italian, French, Spanish)
  • History

Elective course options include:

  • Philosophy
  • Art History
  • Studio Visual Arts
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • World Religions
  • Model United Nations
  • Computer Graphics
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Video Production
  • Web Design

For detailed information, see our High School Program of Studies

High School Academic Profile

Well Rounded Students

AOSR students stand out as well-rounded individuals with access to an enormous range of athletic, and artistic activities as well as clubs and organizations to engage in outside of class.


Our student athletes compete with pride and sportsmanship against their peers at schools across Italy and other countries throughout Europe.

  • Cross country
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Wrestling
  • Soccer
  • Cheerleading

Students learn to value creativity and think outside the box, becoming more comfortable with risk taking and more adept at honing a craft.

  • Music ensemble
  • High school chorus
  • Theatrical productions (including the annual Shakespeare festival)
  • Painting
  • Photojournalism
Clubs and Activities

Students are exposed to principles of leadership development, project planning and character building.

  • Environmental Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student Council
  • Global Issues Network (GIN)
  • French, Italian, and Spanish Honor Societies
  • Omnibus: the literary and art magazine
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Cinephiles: Film Club
Community Service

There is a premium on community service at AOSR and over 25% of our students participate in service efforts on and off campus.

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Recycling
  • Library service
  • Classroom helpers
  • Supporting a cultural center in the slums of Salvador Bahia, Brazil
  • Volunteering with Retake Rome
  • Volunteering at the Rome Refugee Center