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Curriculum

The high school curriculum provides students with a comprehensive and rigorous US secondary education, equipping them for success in and beyond ASL. The required program of study should be considered the minimum; almost all students fulfill more than basic graduation requirements. Most students choose to take four years each of English, math, science, social studies and world language, and they pursue advanced work in academic and elective areas where they have ability and interest. High school students also participate in the 1:1 laptop program.

The strongest college-preparatory program emphasizes steady progression in core academic areas. ASL offers an unusually wide array of options for students to extend their knowledge in several subject areas. ASL's curriculum is enhanced by broad offerings in technology, and in the visual and performing arts. Students learn to make thoughtful choices to achieve the best possible balance between breadth and depth. 

Underpinning the subject-based aims of the high school program are several essential skills. In addition to achieving specific curricular goals, every student should graduate with the ability to:

  • present ideas clearly and effectively, orally and in writing
  • understand and apply quantitative reasoning
  • think analytically and solve problems.

Furthermore, four years of high school education at ASL offers every student ongoing opportunities to develop in the four domains of the school's mission: learning, character, community and service.

In order to develop into active, thoughtful and compassionate participants in a global society, every student should:

  • understand that good character is essential for being a committed citizen in a global society
  • aspire to and model the qualities of kindness, honesty, optimism, courage, respect, compassion, humility
  • be thoughtfully, responsibly and actively engaged in school, and local and global communities
  • demonstrate authentic and effective leadership in school, and local and global communities
  • demonstrate a curiosity about and respect for other cultures and multiple perspectives.