RAS Curriculum provides a strong foundation in language arts, mathematics, social studies and science. Art, Music, World Language and Physical Education are valued subject areas for students to explore their inner self and learn multiple methods of expression while demonstrating the RAS Learner Outcomes.
About High School (Grades 9-12)
Our High School curriculum will offer Advanced Placement Study for grades 11 though 12. High School Students may choose to continue with RAS courses designed to develop student growth in the four learning outcomes within each subject area or they may choose to apply extra effort toward preparing for future University entrance by enrolling in one of the many Advanced Placement (AP) courses w hich will be offered. AP courses are fast paced and rigorous in content. These courses will earn a RAS grade as well as the opportunity for the student to sit for the AP Examinations offered once a year by the College Board. A qualifying AP score usually translates to University credit in North American schools. Successful completion of an AP course also assists students in their successful application to the University of their choice.
Rooted in a firm belief in the importance of cultivating well rounded individuals, the physical plan of the school organizes the components of a student’s learning environment into a highly interconnected lateral network where all facets of a student’s development take equal footing.
Now more than ever, education must prepare its students for the fast paced, global environment that awaits them in adulthood. RAS places an emphasis on the theory of “multiple intelligences”. The academic pedagogy at RAS will seek to tap into every student’s potential by both exposing them to a variety of stimuli, and encouraging them to follow multiple pursuits in a range of areas (sports, arts, sciences, community involvement, etc.).
Through this web of activity and interaction, a student will be able to “cross pollinate” ideas, techniques and skill sets between their various trajectories, and often find a deeper understanding and mastery of each pursuit in the process.
Students participate in book groups to investigate specific genres such as science fiction, micro histories, or writer’s biographies. Students are required to read the fiction and nonfiction of their choice in their own time. Authentic, real world writing tasks are presented in a writer’s workship environment where students can fully develop their own writing process. Students produce analytical papers and learn to write personal essays. The strongest English track would include AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition.
High School students are required to complete three years of Mathematics. The basic track would include Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. The most challenging Mathematics track would include Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and Advanced Placement Calculus(AP). Alternatively a student may choose Math Studies, an integrated Mathematics course and/or Advanced Placement Statistics (AP). All Mathematics courses are based on the Common Core 8 Mathematical Practices.The practice of ‘Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them’ as well as ‘Attend to precision’ are consistently emphasized as applicable to all areas of mathematically study. Students engage in critical thinking as they ‘Reason abstractly and quantitatively’ and ‘Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others’. Problem solving involves the ‘Use of appropriate tools strategically’ and ‘Model with mathematics’. Strategic thinking also require that students ‘Look for and make use of structure’ while ‘Expressing regularity in repeated reasoning’. These Eight Mathematical Practices, along with development of the four learner outcomes, form the backbonefor the mathematics curriculum.
High School students are required to complete three years of Science. The basic track would include integrated Science, Biology and Chemistry. The most challenging Science track would include Integrated Science, Chemistry, Advanced Placement Chemistry (AP), Physics and Advanced Placement Physics B/C. A challenging Science track would include Integrated Science, Biology and Advanced Placement Biology (AP) with Chemistry or Physics in Grade 12. Directed reading of factual, informational text provides the basis for vocabulary and concept acquisition. Teachers engage students in experiments while emphasizing research, observation skills, safety, recording tools and communication of conclusions. Students are encouraged to interact with their environment, pose additional inquiries, research the library and internet and share their thoughts collaboratively.
Students are required to complete three years of Social Studies. Students will examine concepts such as government, culture, society, environment, technology, conflict, and cooperation through the study of World History. High School Social Studies courses focus on developing students chronological reasoning and building students’ ability to craft arguments based on historical evidence, as well as compare, contextualize and interpret historical events. The most challenging Social Studies track would include Comparative Governments and Politics (AP) and Economics (AP).
High School students are required to complete two years of World Language. The World Language currently instructed at RAS include Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin. Communities, Connections, Cultures, Comparisons and Communication are the focus of the language units. Students will continue to advance their knowledge in reading, writing, listening and speaking in their target language.
High School students do not receive credit for ELL. RAS offers support for English Language Learners (ELL) in Grade 9 at an advanced level. Raffles American School provides English Language Learners with an enriched, language-immersion education in which English is the primary language of instruction. Our school-wide instruction and assessment is designed to facilitate our students’ learning to meet our school wide Learning Outcomes. English is taught as a subject and through subject matter content, thereby developing both basic interpersonal communication skills and cognitive academic language proficiency skills. The ability to use English for social, intercultural and instructional purposes is our goal. ELL students are supported to reach a reasonable level of English proficiency by the end of the tenth grade as required by RAS’ Admission Policy.
High School students are required to complete one year of either Visual or Performing Arts. Visual Arts Units include drawing and painting, ceramics, mixed media and sculpture. Students are encouraged to research current and past artists, to become familiar with the principles and elements of design and to communicate thought and expression through a variety of media. Music is the performing art curriculum for high school students. The study of music engages students in the exploration of the elements of music, the components of performance, how music influences society, how we respond to music and current technology employed in the field of music.
High School students are required to complete two years of Physical Education. Health, Fitness and Wellness is the focus of the physical education program. Physical activity is critical to the development and maintenance of good health. The goal of Physical Education is to develop physically educated individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. Students demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities. Students develop an undertanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities. Participation in physical activities, development of social and personal respect for others in physically active situations and a life long enjoyment of physical challenges and expression are emphasized.