In upper school, grades 6 -12, we offer a rich and purposeful curriculum filled with a range of countless electives and required courses. Students can take advantage of trying many classes at the beginning levels or take many levels and specialize in one area, such as advanced photography or advanced guitar . We offer many electives in the performing and fine arts, physical education, multimedia, journalism and broadcasting, as well as, literature, writing, and the sciences. Our list of electives is extensive and is offered to nurture each child’s talents, interests, and passions. Conversely, elective classes are also a great way to discover one’s passions. Our comprehensive curriculum also encompasses developing each students executive functioning skills through instruction and application.
Our curriculum is assessed and updated to meet our standard of providing the best practices, the best teaching methods, and the best opportunities to inspire our students be lifetime learners.Students in grades 9-12 must meet credit requirements in English, math, science, social studies, PE, technology, and fine arts to graduate. Students are also required to perform community service hours to graduate. Additionally, students also must be accepted into a college as part of the graduation requirement.
At American Academy, we believe frequent and effective communication is necessary. We offer a variety of ways to stay up-to-date on your child’s progress. Every week, an updated progress report will be posted on online. Students K-5, will still also receive a hard copy of their progress report in their Monday or Friday correspondence. Families will also receive a bi-weekly progress report from the reading specialist.
Parents/guardians are always welcomed to email or call teachers at anytime. Teachers will respond within 24 hours. Typically, teachers respond on the same day of the communication. If a child’s progress report shows a below a C-, teachers and/or guidance counselors will reach out to parents/guardians to ensure awareness of the grade(s) and what the student needs to do to raise their grade.
Report are issued at nine-week intervals with parent-teacher conference day scheduled at the end of each quarter. Midway through the nine-week quarter, interim reports are issued to students receiving a C- or below in any of their classes.
Teachers post important information on their individual portals and on an online planbook. There, you will see lesson plans, class assignments, and homework assignments.
The development of social and leadership skills is aided by participation in our expansive activities program. There are an abundance of clubs and student organizations to choose from. Students can join a club that matches their academic or social interests or they can dedicate their afterschool time performing on stage or in the band. They may find that being a part of AHS News team or developing the AHS Yearbook suits them more. Maybe the student would like to play sports and be on a team. We have a no cut policy giving students the opportunity to try any sport they would like. No matter the student’s interests, there is opportunity for everyone to participate in after-school activities.
Listed below are some of the clubs and organizations available to our students: