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  • Universal American School (Kuwait)
    PO Box 17035
    Salwa
    Khalidiya
    KW
    72451
  • T (965) 822-827, reception: x100
  • E eagles@uas.edu.kw
  • W www.uas.edu.kw
  • Memberships: Member of ECIS
  • State/Independent: Independent: private non-profit
  • Lower School Sexes: Co-ed
  • Lower School Numbers: 1,600 students in PreK - year 12.
  • Senior School Sexes: Co-ed
  • Senior School Numbers: 1,600 students in PreK - year 12.
  • Teaching Language: English
  • SEN: SEN considered case by case
  • Boarding: Not available
  • Uniform: Yes
  • Religion: Non-denominational

Advanced Placement (AP) -

Advanced Placement courses are curricula and exams created by the College Board (who also run the SAT I and II) and are usually much more rigorous than the general course offerings (including those characterizedas "honours") at American high schools. They are also standardized: theAP Algebra III course and exam offered in Connecticut will be the sameAP Algebra III course and exam offered in Islamabad.

"Advanced Placement" means just that- many colleges and universities will award creditfor these coursesif the student has received a 3 or higher(orsome cases,just a 5) on the AP subject exam [All AP exams are for specificsubjects, and the highest score available is a5].Highly competitive first tier colleges and universities, however, do have their own set of requirements (see note below*).

Many good high schools offer 15-22 different AP courses, and - depending on the ones offered by that school- can allow a student to weight his course load with more things he really wants (ie Latin Literature, Latin Vergil or Physics B, Physics B: Mechanical; Physics B: Electricity and Magnetism), unlikemore circumscribedcurricula (ie the IB Diploma).

There are several advantages to taking AP courses:

  • They are transferable for students changing schools (a student taking the APWorld History coursein one school or country in the autumn can move to another school and continue on with the same course in the winter if the new school offers that course);
  • They give studentsstrong and challenging course work and show university admissions officesthat the student is taking the hardest classes available;
  • If the student's university is willing to award credit for courses taken,it can represent a significant savings on tuition fees (it is conceivable that astudent could taketen or fifteen AP courses in high school, and find himself with a couple or three terms of university core studies under his belt, if some or all of the AP courses are similar enough to courses offered by the university).
  • The American high school diploma does require that each student complete a certain range of subjects over 4 years to graduate, but there's room for electives and that's where serious students load up with their preferred AP (in addition to the AP versions of the required ones they're taking). That's probably the biggest advantage over other curricula....the advantages of a broad based curriculum, but one easier to fine tune for the more narrowly focused student.

AP coursesare now also accepted by some UK universitiesfor admission (except for some Oxford colleges).

*Top schools (for examplein the Ivy League)may not allow students to use AP courses for credit until their junior year in university, and then only if students achieved 5's on at least five of their AP tests in high school. Of course, they only admitted that student in the first place based on therigour of his course work (based on an IB diploma and/or a high number of AP courses!) and his excellent grades in same.

American High School Diploma (College Preparatory)

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) - Founded in 1885, the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) is the nation's oldest regional accrediting association and is one of the six regional agencies recognised by the US Secretary of Education to accredit schools; it serves more than 2,000 public and independent schools, colleges and universities in the six states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont and American/international schools in more than sixty nations worldwide- from pre-K to the doctoral level. From the NEASC web site: Accreditation of American and International Schools Abroad American and international schools located in foreign countries are eligible to seek regional accreditation through the New England Association of Schools and College's Commission on American and International Schools Abroad (CAISA). These schools must offer an educational program at the pre-K through grade 12 level following an American-style or international program of studies using English as the primary language of instruction. Normally, an overseas institution is expected to achieve accreditation status within three years of being granted candidacy.


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