( 9-12 Grade)
High School Philosophy
ASK High School facilitates students to develop an arsenal of knowledge, understanding, and skills to prepare them for college and lifelong learning. We guide students to learn to learn, and strive to become lifelong learners. We support our students to select classes across the years to meet their individual needs and career aspirations. In addition to critically important core subjects at progressive levels for English, Math Social Studies, and Science, we offer specialized courses that help students better choose a suitable college degree or career based on their preferences.
We offer Advanced Placement (AP) classes that are college-level courses. These courses are specific subjects such as but not limited to Biology, Calculus, English Literature, World History, and Government. Depending on the college or university, many institutions give students the opportunity to use these high school AP credits gained towards their undergraduate degrees.
Our credit system is based on an American credit system, known as the Carnegie Units, which requires that one US high school credit is based upon 120 hours of classroom instruction over the course of an academic year. Across the four years of High School, this results in an accredited American system high school diploma.
Beyond and in support of the academic courses, we guide and support our students with lifelong learning skills that will help them succeed in any career of their choices, such as self-directed learning, critical reading, research and writing, conversation and presentation, collaboration, and teamwork. In doing so, we ready our students to be well prepared to begin working toward their future careers upon graduation or to begin university studies with great confidence.
High School Curriculum
The curriculum at ASK is based on U.S Common Core State Standards that define what students should know and be able to do for each subject area. These standards provide clear and coherent learning targets and progression. Standards are divided into benchmarks, which describe the increasingly complex content and skills that students address as they move from one grade level to another. Standards and benchmarks help us focus on the process, as well as the product, and break learning into manageable steps that guide teachers and can be shared with students.
Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program offered in the United States and Canada created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. AP gives students the chance to tackle college-level work while they’re still in high school and earn college credit and placement. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. The AP curriculum for each of the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study. For a high school course to have the designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain that it satisfies the AP curriculum. If the course is approved, the school may use the AP designation and the course will be publicly listed on the AP Course Ledger. Some universities may require taking at least 3-5 AP courses during high school and scoring at least a “3” out of “5” on the final exam organized by the College Board and proctored by ASK Staff. ASK is an official Test Center for all AP Exams.
Current AP courses offered at ASK:
AP English Language and Composition, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP World History, AP Calculus AB, AP Biology, and AP Computer Science.
Students are encouraged to see the Guidance Counselor for assistance with personal, career development, or educational concerns. The Guidance Counselor is available for meetings each day and students may make an appointment directly.
The College Guidance Counselor meets with students individually and/or in groups to help them manage their schedules as they prepare for different universities worldwide. Once a month the counselor leads a “College Info night” that is designed for students and parents to learn about what is needed to prepare and apply for universities abroad and in Kosovo. College info sessions happen regularly and students have the chance to meet and talk to different representatives.
Students may also visit specially announced College and Alumni fairs that are organized by different institutions. Career tests are organized for all grade levels and results are shared with every student. The test is designed to assess their interests, values, and preferences towards their possible career. It will offer them an interesting look at themselves, provide information about what motivates and interests them. Additional information is shared regularly with students via emails regarding their recommendation letters, the application process, and how to write personal essays.
American “Credit” System
The American School of Kosovo follows the system of ‘Carnigie Units’(Established by the Carnegie Foundation in 1906) that requires that one US high school credit is based upon 120 hours of classroom instruction over the course of an academic year of not less than 180 student contact days. Thus, in the situation where a student does not pass a core class, he or she will need to repeat that class in order to obtain the necessary “credit” required for graduation.
Here you may find the Advisory Program Handbook
Student Services Handbook:
Here you will find the detailed Student Service Handbook.
Upper School Handbook: