The Upper School requires 26 credits for an American High School Diploma. These credits include four years each of English, History, Mathematics, Science, and a Foreign Language (or native language other than English); two years of Physical Education; two years of electives of which one must be a Fine Art; completion of the core requirements Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and CAS (Creativity, Activity, and Service).
Since all 11th and 12th Grade students are enrolled in the full International Baccalaureate Program, the Awty High School Diploma will be awarded to those Seniors who, in addition to satisfying the above coursework, have also completed all I.B. requirements in order to qualify as a candidate for the I.B. Diploma. These requirements include sitting for all exams.
Secondary Language Options
At Middle and Upper School, some students may take a third language. The School currently offers Arabic, German, Italian, French, Dutch, Chinese and Spanish. There is also some Latin available in the French Section. It must be understood clearly that the School does not guarantee instruction in these languages at every grade at all ability levels.
Furthermore, such courses are available only if there is a sufficient number of students at a particular grade level who are proficient enough in the language to follow the program, and if the hours can be scheduled. The School has the final decision on whether to run a class at a particular grade level and whether a student is suited to the class. In the Lower School, students are able to take a third language in the Awty Plus Program. Further questions regarding language options should be directed to the Language Department Chair, Mr. Javi Marin, (ext. 5855).
The Community Service Coordinator provides lists of community service opportunities both inside and outside the school and students may perform service during the summer months. Community Service inquiries should be directed to the Community Service Coordinator, Mrs. Marcelle Gharibeh (ext. 5845).
International Baccalaureate Program
The International Baccalaureate Program (I.B.) is a comprehensive and demanding two-year curriculum in 11th and 12th Grade that leads to examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The IB Diploma curriculum is made up of three Core elements and six subject groups. IB diploma candidates study six subjects, three (four) at higher level and three (two) at standard level. Prior to the examination session in May of the 12th Grade year, all International Section students participate in practice I.B. exams. These exams count as one test grade.
I.B. STUDENT SELECTION
At the end of the 8th Grade year, the faculty will meet with the Division Head to assess the students for acceptance into the Pre-I.B. Program. The following criteria will be the determining factors:
1. Adequate Grades (should not have more than one grade below 70);
2. Satisfactory CTP III (ERB) scores;
3. Appropriate levels of effort;
4. Good discipline record; and
5. Adequate language grades (in both first and second language).
If a student does not meet the criteria for progressing into the I.B. Program, he or she might be allowed to enter the 9th Grade on probation. The students may be required to take additional classes to improve language or math skills. At the end of the 9th Grade year, the students on probation will be reevaluated to determine whether or not they may stay at Awty. The teachers of these students will meet with the Division Head to make this decision.
At the end of the second term of the 10th Grade year, students will be formally selected to enter the I.B. Program. The decision will be made jointly by the Division Head, the I.B. Coordinator, and the faculty. The criteria includes:
1. Grades, both academic and for effort;
2. Motivation and discipline; and
3. Signatures from teachers for taking three Higher Level courses.
Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature
Language A is considered the student’s first language. Most students study English. For other language options, please check with Mr. Javi Marin in the Language Department.
Group 2: Language Acquisition
Language B is considered the student’s second language. Currently French and Spanish are the languages most desired by the students. We also offer “ab intio” course, the course for students who have very little or no experience with the language (for example Arabic, Chinese, or German). For other language options, please check with Mr. Javi Marin in the Language Department.
Group 3: Individuals and Societies
20th Century World History, Psychology, and Economics.
Group 4: Sciences
Experimental Science: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, or Environmental Systems & Societies SL.
Group 5: Mathematics
Mathematics: Higher Level (College Calculus); Standard Level (High School Calculus); Mathematical Studies.
Group 6: The Arts
Visual arts, theatre and music
Students may opt to study a subject from group 2 or 3 or 4 instead of a course in the arts. (e.g. computer science or third language)
In addition to these six subjects, the I.B. also requires the following:
I.B. CORE ELEMENTS
Theory of Knowledge (TOK): a course reflecting about the nature of knowledge
Extended Essay (EE): a 4,000 word research paper in one of the subject areas
Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS): students need to participate in a range of activities outside their regular school classes