At The American School, our goal is to educate students to become healthy and altruistic global citizens who understand the importance of academics and the arts. From our Early Childhood Center, through to the Elementary, Middle and High School, we are privileged to teach a diverse group of students from more than a dozen countries, the majority of whom are multi-lingual. At TAS we see this diversity of nationalities and languages as an opportunity for all to learn about new cultures and enjoy a variety of new experiences with our friends from around the world.
The curriculum at The American School follows standards from America (including Common Core, AERO and Next Generation) with English-only instruction and is created using the Understanding by Design format. “Understanding by Design (UbD) is a framework for improving student achievement. Emphasizing the teacher’s critical role as a designer of student learning, UbD works within the standards-driven curriculum to help teachers clarify learning goals, devise revealing assessments of student understanding, and craft effective and engaging learning activities,” (www.authenticeducation.org).
In order to best serve the academic needsese and international students planning to study at high schools, colleges and universities in the United States, The American School provides a demanding American curriculum, in keeping with courses recognized by the College Board and taught at most American public and private high schools.
The college-preparatory course offerings and curriculum at The American School are taught with an international and global perspective, increasing awareness of a student’s global responsibilities but recognizing, articulating and celebrating the values inherent in their own culture.
Graduation requirements at The American School exceed the minimum number of credits found in most American high schools. They include four years of Mathematics, English Composition and Literature, Science, and Social Studies, as well as courses in Foreign Language, Creative and Performing Arts, Information Technology, Physical Education, Vietnamese Language and Culture, supplemented with ESL classes.
Academically prepared students in the 11th and 12th grades, recommended by their teachers and guidance counselor, may take the rigorous, challenging and research-based Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered in various subject areas, all taught with a multicultural, international and global perspective. By successfully completing an AP course and the AP exam for that course, students may earn university credit. Upon graduation from The American School, students completing a minimum of 5-6 requisite AP courses and passing the AP examination will be awarded the Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID).
To implement and support this curriculum, The American School faculty and students utilize many of the same textbooks and learning resources as those used by students at American high school programs across the United States.