Learning in a World Community

Welcome to the 2016/2017 secondary school year at Rabat American School.

The Secondary School is a stimulating, cheerful and safe environment where children can learn and grow.
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Welcome to the RAS Secondary School

We can look at any sphere of human life and endeavor and see either huge change taking place now or the potential for change just around the corner: never in human history has the world of 25 years hence been as unpredictable as it is today. One thing that has not changed is the role of schools as places that prepare young people for both their foreseeable future – high school graduation, university, etc. – and the unforeseeable, whatever that might be. At RAS we are approaching this responsibility by working to develop strong learning programs that remain true to our proud traditions as both an American international school and as a learning community that embraces instructional approaches that serve our student body well.

Much of the content that our students experience in their classes might be very familiar to their parents but how they engage with it will be significantly different. We don’t simply expect students to regurgitate rote-learned answers: rather, we know that if they can frame great inquiry questions this will drive their search for deeper understanding. We expect them to understand themselves as learners as well as the learning process, and then use this understanding to become more effective learners. We work with our students so that they connect their learning in the classrooms with the world beyond our school walls: they work independently, even when challenged by content or context, and they do not fear the mistakes that will guide them towards ever increasing mastery of their learning.

At RAS we recognize that some of the most important learning that goes on for our students takes place in the teams and activities they join, in the relationships they forge and in the broader life they lead in our community. Supporting this is our Personal Social and Health Education structure that ensures every student is part of a smaller cohort guided by a homeroom teacher who has daily contact with them and works with them in a pro-active manner to set the stage for their success in all aspects of their school life.

As an international school serving a globally-mobile population, RAS is a place that knows the importance of both welcoming people and valuing the time we have together.

Best Wishes,

Mark Exton

Secondary School Principal

Middle School

Grades Six, Seven and Eight

The life of the school has its foundations in the liberal arts approach to education, which offers students the opportunity to explore and learn in all of the academic disciplines as well as the arts.

We seek to educate the whole child, and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as team and individual sports, visual and performing arts and community service.

Our students learn responsible citizenship by actively participating in the governance of the school as members of the student government and strategic planning committees.

In the Middle School, our goal is to recognize and respond to the unique needs of early adolescent students. We seek to do this by:
  • Cultivating the spirit of discovery through activity-oriented instruction that encourages deep understanding.
  • Promoting the desire to learn, the awareness that learning is a lifelong process, and the recognition that there is a wide variety of resources for learning.
  • Encouraging a spirit of community among students, parents and faculty that fosters commitment to service, concern and respect for the environment and the celebration of cultural diversity.
  • Providing opportunities for students to explore their interests independently and collaboratively both in and out of the classroom.
  • Assisting students, while in this transition period, to understand their own needs, decisions, attitudes, and behaviors.
  • Providing opportunities for students to acquire an understanding and appreciation of Morocco.
  • Helping students develop the capacity to live as independent, self-motivated adults by encouraging self-discipline and independent work habits and providing opportunities for increasing responsibility.
  • Helping each student maintain a positive self-concept and the willingness to engage in constructive self-criticism.
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High School

Grades Nine, Ten, Eleven and Twelve

The life of the school has its foundations in the liberal arts approach to education, which offers students the opportunity to explore and learn in all of the academic disciplines as well as the arts.

We seek to educate the whole child and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as team and individual sports, visual and performing arts and community service.

Our students learn responsible citizenship by actively participating in the governance of the school as members of the student government and the strategic planning committees.

In the High School, our goal is to assure that our students are well prepared for success in post- secondary education and beyond. We seek to do this by:
  • Presenting a challenging program of instruction leading to an American High School Diploma, with the additional option of earning the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
  • Offering a balanced course of study in English, world languages, social studies, science, mathematics, fine arts, information technology, physical education and health.
  • Providing a learning environment in which students explore, question, evaluate, and analyze information and ideas through active participation and collaboration.
  • Offering elective courses, independent studies and extracurricular activities to allow students to pursue their interests.
  • Encouraging students to develop an awareness and understanding of global issues and prepare for their roles as responsible global citizens.
  • Ensuring that the school environment provides for the cognitive, emotional, social, aesthetic and physical development and well being of our students.

All high school students are required to pursue the RAS diploma, which is earned at the end of Grade 12.

The curriculum at the high school level is designed to accommodate students seeking admission to colleges and universities in the U.S. as well as in other countries. Both the International Baccalaureate Diploma and the American high school diploma are available, and all students take IB classes.

Meeting the graduation requirements for the diploma successfully prepares students to meet the academic challenges of competitive or select colleges and universities.

The purpose in establishing a graduation requirement is to ensure that students are well prepared for post-secondary education. In order to receive a high school diploma from Rabat American School, each student must earn a total of 27 credits. Students earn 1 credit for each year-long course that is successfully completed.

High School Subject

Credits

English

4

Second Language

2

Social Studies

4

Science

3

Mathematics

3

Fine Arts

2

Physical Education

2

Technology

1

Electives

6

Personal, Social & Health Education

Middle School and High School

Counseling services and PSHE Program provide a supportive environment where all students have the opportunity to realize their worth, strive for personal and academic excellence, and create global harmony.

To help ensure that our students are well-equipped to be successful, and to become the next generation of leaders and good world citizens, every student needs support, guidance, and opportunities to learn and develop their individual capabilities.

The school counselor offers both proactive and responsive services, designed to meet students’ immediate needs and concerns. These services may include counseling in individual or small-group settings or crisis response. Students and parents may access the counselor either through direct self-referral, or through the Student Support referral process.

The PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) program is at the heart of the development of the whole child. The program consists of structured lessons, delivered in a safe and positive learning environment. It is designed to help students attain self knowledge, attitudes, and skills, such as interpersonal relationships and study habits, appropriate for their developmental level.

The College Counseling program is a guidance based program that strives to educate students about their options for a post high school education.

Students who intend to apply to universities are advised to begin to investigate admissions criteria while in Grade 10 and 11. Generally, students who graduate from RAS are able to gain admission in a variety of U.S. and non-U.S. universities. The selection of an appropriate college requires serious consideration by the student and his or her parents. Interests, aptitudes, and abilities should be objectively and realistically evaluated. It is of paramount importance to settle on the type of college or university that will be the “best fit”. Factors that should be weighed include the size of the school, expense, curricular offerings, student body, atmosphere, rigor of the program, location, and entrance requirements.

Student Support Services are coordinated through the Student Support Services Team.

The team leads the special support services to ensure that all students’ special educational needs are addressed within and across the mainstream curricular programs: Guidance Counselor, Academic Resource Coordinator, EAL Head of Department, and the Principal.

The Team meets as needed to review student referrals made by parents, classroom teachers, or specialists. The team’s objective is to identify and meet individual needs through one of several intervention options. These include planning with the classroom teacher to differentiate instruction for more advanced or struggling learners; pull-out groups for EAL or Learning Support; “inclusion” during core subjects, where the specialist works with students  and teachers in the classroom.

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