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  • The American School in London
    1 Waverly Place
    London
    GB
    NW8 0NP
  • T 020 7449 1200
  • F 020 7449 1350
  • E admissions@asl.org
  • W www.asl.org
  • State/Independent: Independent: private non-profit
  • Lower School Ages: 4-9
  • Lower School Sexes: Co-ed
  • Lower School Numbers: Years K - 12; 1,325 pupils total.
  • Middle School Ages: 10-13
  • Middle School Sexes: Co-ed
  • Middle School Numbers: Years K - 12; 1,325 pupils total.
  • Senior School Ages: 14-18
  • Senior School Sexes: Co-ed
  • Senior School Numbers: Years K - 12; 1,325 pupils total.
  • Teaching Language: English
  • SEN: SEN considered case by case
  • Boarding: Not available
  • Uniform: No
  • School Year: School starts end of August and ends mid-June October Break 2 days Thanksgiving Break 2 days Christmas Break 2 weeks February Break 1 week Spring Break 2 weeks
  • School Hours: K 1& 2 daily except Wednesday 8:20am-2:30pm Wednesday 8:20am-1:30pm Grades 1-4 daily except Wednesday 8:05am-3:05pm Wednesday 8:05am-2:10pm Grades 5-12 daily except Wednesday 8:05am-3:05pm Wednesday 8:05am-2:10pm
  • Fee Currency: Pounds sterling
  • Fee Details: £20,200 - £23,550 p.a. Tuition covers books, lab fees and required activities.
  • Fee Extras: Travel associated with Middle and High School classes, extracurricular activities such as sports, Model UN or service learning. Door-to-door bus service.
  • 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 Elementary (or Primary) Curriculum - Although the elementary level US curriculum varies from state to state, it generally encompasses basic subjects with a heavy emphasis on reading, writing and arithmetic. Includes to different degrees ((usually dictated by the state or school board) instruction in the fundamentals of English (spelling, grammar, writing, reading), social studies ( including local, state, national and world history, civics), science (biology, physical science, ecology, physiology), maths (arithmetic, rudimentary algebra), physical education, fine arts etc.

American High School Diploma (College Preparatory)

Council of International Schools (CIS)

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS or MSA) - Although definitely one of the six regional agencies authorised by the US Department of Education (which usually have ACS or CAS at the end of their acronym), this one usually goes by MSA (Middle States Association), or CSS-MSA (Commission on Secondary Schools- Middle States Association).

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