High School Curriculum with Advanced Placement Options

English and Mathematics: USA Common Core State Standards (CCSS)



Students participate in book groups to investigate specific genres such as science fiction, micro histories, or myth-busting. 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 get individualized instruction in writing process and proofreading. 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 AB (AP). Alternatively a student may choose Statistics 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 backbone for the mathematics curriculum.



Science: Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)



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 1. 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.



Social Studies: College, Career & Civic Life (C3 Framework)

Social Science


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).



World Languages: American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) - Bahasa Melayu & Mandarin

World Languages


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.



English Language Acquisition: English Language Learner Immersion (ELL)

English Language Learner


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.



Arts: National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS)

Arts: Visual Arts


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. 



Physical Education: National Standards for Physical Education (SHAPE America)

Physical Education


High School students are required to complete two years of Physical Education.

The goal of physical education is to develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

To pursue a lifetime of healthful physical activity, a physically literate individual:

  • Has learned the skills necessary to participate in a variety of physical activity.
  • Knows the implications and the benefits of involvement in various types of physical activities.
  • Participates regularly in physical activity. Is phyiscally fit.
  • Values physical activity and its contributions to a healthful lifestyle.



Advanced Placement (AP) Offerings

AP Course Offerings for the 2016-17 School Year:

AP English is Language and Composition

AP Chemistry
AP Physics 1
AP Calculus AB
AP Statistics
AP Comparative Governments and Politics
AP Chinese Language and Culture
AP Macroeconomics


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