Each student’s course of studies will be reviewed and approved by both parents and the guidance counselor to ensure that the courses selected are appropriate and meet both personal and program criteria. Our faculty and staff are willing to help students by recommending courses, but careful initial selection of courses by students and parents is very important. While the minimum core graduation requirements must be met over the four years in high school, students have many opportunities to select elective courses in the areas of computers, English, fine arts, world languages, mathematics, performing arts, physical education, science, and social studies.
9th and 10th grade students must enroll in eight classes per semester. 11th and 12th grade students must enroll in seven classes per semester unless they are IB or AP students. IB and AP students may take six classes if they are a full diploma IB student or taking at least 3 AP classes.
AOSR offers a broad range of courses in:
- Laboratory Sciences
- World Languages (Italian, French, Spanish)
Elective course options include:
- Art History
- Studio Visual Arts
- World Religions
- Model United Nations
- Computer Graphics
- Desktop Publishing
- Video Production
- Web Design
- Computer Programming
Mr. Jerry Duggan comes to AOSR from Cairo American College in Egypt, where he has been serving as High School Principal. He has worked previously in the United States, Panama, and Chile. Mr. Duggan has 32 years of experience in education, including 27 years in the classroom teaching English, speech and debate, drama, creative writing, electronic media production, and the IB courses of Literature, Language and Literature, and Theory of Knowledge.
Mr. Duggan earned his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude with distinction in English and a minor in Education, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching Humanities, from Colorado College. He holds a certificate in International School Leadership from ISL, based in Toronto, Canada.
Courses run on an alternating block schedule with four periods of 85 minutes each day.
Guidance to support Student Choice
We offer a wide variety of advanced courses and programs to meet the individual needs, interests, and goals of each student. Intentional selection of courses by students and parents is very important. Our experienced faculty and counselors also provide support and recommendations to help determine an appropriate course of study that is challenging, enjoyable, and meets personal and program criteria.
In addition to the core graduation requirements that must be met over the four years in High School, students have the opportunity to select elective courses in the areas of English, Fine Arts, World Languages, Mathematics, Computers, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Science, and Social Studies.
AP and IB Programs
Students at AOSR have the opportunity to further challenge themselves by taking accelerated programs. There are two rigorous academic paths to choose from; the AP Advanced Placement Courses for grades 10-12, and the IB International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for grades 11-12.
High school class sizes average twelve students, offering substantial individual attention from our teachers. Faculty members focus on the use of consistent assessment to gauge student understanding and optimize lessons for student growth.
High school students have access to a full-time AP & IB Coordinator and a College Counselor to assist with the college application and admission process.
- 100% of AOSR students who apply are accepted into university
- Over 95% of students attend competitive universities after graduation.
Secondary School Advisory Program
The Advisory Program acts both as an important support for individual students, and an avenue for building school community.
AOSR Advisory seeks to promote the development of effective learners, confident individuals, and caring contributors to the community.
The Advisory Program supports adolescent connections with responsible adults at school, and recognizes students as valuable members of the school community.
Goals of the Advisory Program:
- Create a caring community of learners
- Address students’ questions and concerns
- Support the development of AOSR's Student Profile
- Foster social and emotional well-being
- Help students better understand themselves and their relationships with others
- Build strong relationships between students and teachers
- Monitor and support student learning and personal growth
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