The RAS High School curriculum qualifies students to earn a US High School Diploma. Student choice in all subject areas allows students to tailor their High School diploma to meet the requirements of desired future studies. Rigorous courses delivered with a focus on the RAS General Learning Outcomes are offered at varying levels of difficulty and commitment. The Advanced Placement (AP) offerings designed by the US College Board culminate in external examinations qualifying students for entry to their university of choice. Beginning in Grade 10 students work with a High School Guidance Counselor to assist in suitable course selection for potential university requirement. Graduation from RAS is, in itself, a passport to potential entry to virtually every university across the globe.
US High School Diploma
Students graduating from RAS are prepared to enter universities around the world. From Grade 10, students will receive individual counseling regarding their targeted region of university choice. RAS then assists students in choosing courses and co-curriculars necessary to achieve their goals.
RAS High School Diploma Requirements:
– English – 4 Credits
– Mathematics – 3 Credits
– Science – 3 Credits
– Social Studies – 3 Credits
– World Language – 2 Credits
– Physical Education – 2 Credits
– Arts – 1 Credits
– Health/Technology – 1 Credit
– Electives – 6 Credits
High School Curriculum with Advanced Placement Options
Students participate in book groups to investigate specific genres such as science fiction, micro histories, or myth-busting. Students are required to read the fiction and nonfiction of their choice in their own time. Authentic, real world writing tasks are presented in a writer’s workshop environment where students get individualized instruction in writing process and proofreading. Students produce analytical papers and learn to write personal essays. The strongest English track would include AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition.
High School students are required to complete three years of Mathematics. The basic track would include Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. The most challenging Mathematics track would include Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and Advanced Placement Calculus AB (AP). Alternatively a student may choose Statistics or Advanced Placement Statistics (AP). All Mathematics courses are based on the Common Core 8 Mathematical Practices. The practice of ‘Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them’ as well as ‘Attend to precision’ are consistently emphasized as applicable to all areas of mathematical study. Students engage in the Eight Mathematical Practices, involving critical thinking as they ‘Reason abstractly and quantitatively’ and ‘Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others’. Problem solving involves the ‘Use of appropriate tools strategically’ and ‘Model with mathematics’. Strategic thinking also require that students ‘Look for and make use of structure’ while ‘Expressing regularity in repeated reasoning’. These Practices, along with the development of the four learner outcomes, form the backbone of the mathematics curriculum.
High School students are required to complete three years of Science. The basic track would include integrated Science, Biology and Chemistry. The most challenging Science track would include Integrated Science, Chemistry, Advanced Placement Chemistry (AP), Physics and Advanced Placement Physics 1. A challenging Science track would include Integrated Science, Biology and Advanced Placement Biology (AP) with Chemistry or Physics in Grade 12. Directed reading of factual, informational text provides the basis for vocabulary and concept acquisition. Teachers engage students in experiments while emphasizing research, observation skills, safety, recording tools and communication of conclusions. Students are encouraged to interact with their environment, pose additional inquiries, research using the library and internet and share their thoughts collaboratively.
Students are required to complete three years of Social Studies. Students will examine concepts such as government, culture, society, environment, technology, conflict, and cooperation through the study of World History. High School Social Studies courses focus on developing students chronological reasoning and building students’ ability to craft arguments based on historical evidence, as well as compare, contextualize and interpret historical events. The most challenging Social Studies track would include Comparative Governments and Politics (AP) and Economics (AP).
High School students are required to complete two years of World Language. The World Language currently instructed at RAS include Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin. Communities, Connections, Cultures, Comparisons and Communication are the focus of the language units. Students will continue to advance their knowledge in reading, writing, listening and speaking in their target language.
Arts: Visual Arts
High School students are required to complete one year of either Visual or Performing Arts. Visual Arts Units include drawing and painting, ceramics, mixed media and sculpture. Students are encouraged to research current and past artists, to become familiar with the principles and elements of design and to communicate thought and expression through a variety of media.
High School students are required to complete two years of Physical Education.
The goal of physical education is to develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.
To pursue a lifetime of healthful physical activity, a physically literate individual:
- Has developed the skills necessary to participate in a variety of physical activity,
- Knows the implications and the benefits of involvement in various types of physical activities,
- Participates regularly in physical activity.
- Is physically fit and,
- Values physical activity and its contributions to a healthful lifestyle.
AP Course Offerings for the 2017-18 School Year:
AP Physics 1
AP Comparative Governments and Politics
AP English literature and Composition