Upper School

The Upper School approach to learning incorporates two linked objectives; we recognize the importance of excellent academic preparation for university coupled with the vital goal of outstanding character and social development. Students experience a rigorous curriculum presented in a positive, friendly manner which emphasizes independent and critical thinking. The school’s international diversity mirrors the larger world and constitutes the foundation of the educational experience at Awty. Through it, students learn tolerance, flexibility, and cultural sensitivity that helps position them for successful lives.

Awty’s high school program leads to graduates earning two of three distinct, overlapping diplomas. Students entering the 9th grade choose to follow one of two academic paths; both lead to the American High School Diploma, but they separately also culminate in either the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or the French Baccalauréat (French Bac) Diploma, accredited by the French Ministry of Education. While the American Diploma is credit based and internally monitored, both the IB and French Bac exams are objectively assessed by outside examiners, adding credibility to Awty’s superior results in these programs. For specific information regarding the overall curriculum and the two programs, please visit the IB or the French Bac web pages.

Recognizing the value of social education, the Upper School utilizes a small-group advisory program designed by the school’s counselors to augment what teachers inject into their daily lessons, and further reinforced by student council directed assemblies addressing topics such as tolerance or integrity. Freshmen in the International Program all take a first term course called ‘Life and Management Skills’ in which students are introduced to stress management, time management, managing peer pressure, and other current issues. Senior / Freshmen Girls’ Night In is a female-only evening event founded by a group of 12th grade girls over 20 years ago to peer-mentor their “sisters” upon entry into high school, largely run by the senior girls themselves, and facilitated by the school counselor. Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) is an organization which travels worldwide to engage in drug education in secondary schools. Awty has employed this group for over 25 years with consistently positive feedback from the students, faculty, and parents.