The ASD High School provides a challenging college preparatory program, offering what is best about American education by providing learning experiences that promote the maximum potential of students. ASD is aligned with Common Core State Standards and follows a Standards Based grading scale helping to prepare students for college and careers beyond high school.
The minimum graduation credit requirement for ASD high school students is 25 credits. In a four-year program, students have the option to enroll in a total of 32 credits. Each year, high school students enroll in at least four of ASD’s core academic courses: math, science, social studies, english, and world language. A broad range of electives are offered in creative arts, physical education, and information technology to allow students the flexibility to discover their co-curricular interests and abilities. In Grades 10, 11, and 12, students also have the opportunity to enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
The school year consists of two semesters. Students follow a block schedule, alternating between four 80‐minute classes on one day, and four other 80‐minute classes the next day.
The High School also offers INSPIRE Trips each November:
INSPIRE is a unique opportunity meant to help students demonstrate a passion for learning and contribute in a rapidly changing world by addressing a challenge, an opportunity or a situation. To meet the interests of our high school students, a diverse range of opportunities in both focus and geographic location has been compiled.
No matter the INSPIRE trip, students will have the opportunity to contribute and improve our world while also further exploring their passions. Students’ growth through the INSPIRE experience will be demonstrated through reflection and journaling. The self-assessment performed by students will be affirmed and validated by the INSPIRE teacher trip leaders through their own reflective narrative crafted at the end of the experience. Information about the trips is available by mid-May of each school year.
The trips for 2019 include the Balkans, Nepal, Jordan, several countries in Africa and Europe, and local UAE experiences.