High School Academic Overview
The American School of Kuwait High School is proud of its diverse academic and advanced placement curriculum. We offer a range of core and elective options for students in all areas of study including English, Science, Mathematics, Social Sciences, Performing and Visual Arts, World Languages, Physical Education, Information Technology, and Religion. Arabic is a required course for Native Arabic speakers and Religion is a required course for all Muslim students. In grade 9, all non-native Arabic speakers must take Arabic as a Foreign Language.
The ASK High School offers courses through a rotating schedule with 55 minute class periods to provide our students the time to more fully investigate the ideas and information shared in each classroom session. The eight-class schedule is divided into a four day rotation, with six classes taken per day, except Sundays, when students see all teachers for the start of the school week. The Sunday schedule includes a five-minute homeroom period in which students view the student produced Falcon Weekly News.
At ASK, we are committed to deepening student understanding of course content and skills. We provide varied instructional opportunities within the classroom to engage students and make learning accessible. Our faculty plan together on a regular basis via common planning teams and in departments. We are committed to using Best Practices in our instruction, and we offer a range of assessments to allow students to demonstrate understanding in multiple ways. We are committed to academic rigor, which we define as follows:
- Students are able to transfer knowledge among subjects.
- Students are able to analyze, evaluate and synthesize information.
- Students use critical thought to solve real-world problems.
- Students can see the relevance and application of content to areas outside the classroom.
- Students are engaged in activities that inspire curiosity.
- Students are assessed in authentic ways.
- Assessment is used as a tool for learning and reflection.
- Students take ownership of their learning.
The High School Staff consists of certified and talented teachers from the United States, Canada, England, Kuwait, France and Mexico and is supported by two counselors, technology support staff, secretaries, an assistant principal, and the principal.
- Learning is a reflective practice.
- We expect success and believe in learning.
- We expect rigor.
- We are all in this together.
We are committed to our school mission statement and reinforce that students should practice compassion, make a difference and learn for life.