Academic Program

Academic Program

Academic Program

The American School of Ulaanbaatar offers a dynamic, progressive and balanced academic program in a student-centered learning environment.

From Sixth through twelfth grade, the curriculum is both challenging and varied. Our youngest students explore their world and learn to get along with one another through age appropriate activities geared toward preparing them for the more rigorous academic curriculum found in our other divisions.

ASU is proud to offer a program that is based on the US common core standards culminating in students graduating with a diploma that is recognized by universities and colleges in English speaking countries around the world.

The school day is from 8:25 to 3:20. Classes are student centered in order for children to be able to learn from and with each other and to support each other's strengths.

The first 15 minutes of the day is devoted to home room time, with the teacher being the advocate of the children in that class. The limiting class size to a maximum of 24 students allows for the potential of each student to be maximized.

Middle, High School, the core academic subjects of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, History and Social Studies, are complemented by a full range of enriching classes in Technology, Health and Physical Education, Music, Drama and the Visual Arts.

Middle School

Grades 6 – 8

At ASU, we understand and support the development and growth that our students are experiencing physically, socially, emotionally and academically. The Middle School is a transition phase that follows a student’s journey from childhood towards life as a young adult. This phase demands a special program and our curriculum at this stage addresses students’ varied levels of emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Subjects are integrated to create rich learning experiences which will enable students to make meaningful links among their topics of study in the classroom and the “real world” beyond the school walls.

Grades 6, 7, and 8 make up our Middle School which is timetabled on a modified rotary basis, Students receive instruction from subject specialists who are able to guide our students in the application of the skills and knowledge they acquired in the lower grades. The core subjects include: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Computer Technology, Social and Environmental Studies, Mongolian, Physical Education, Music, Art and Drama. In addition to the core subjects, the Middle School curriculum features Health and Family Life Education. Co-curricular activities, community involvement, trips, visitors with expertise and out-of-school programming enrich our curriculum. The Middle School elects its own Student Council which gives students opportunities for leadership and plans special co-curricular programs. Our popular Buddy Program enables a Grade 6 student to partner with a Kindergarten student for a year long classroom program of learning and engaging in activities together guided by their teachers.

All of our Middle School subjects are based on Massachusetts curriculum guidelines so that our graduates are prepared for admission to a variety of international schools. As students at this stage often become deeply engaged with special interests and pursuits, they have new opportunities to investigate, use and share their growing skills and understandings. Students in the middle school are increasingly able to reflect on their capacities as learners. A strong emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of personal strengths and areas for growth, on building confidence, and skills for leadership. Our holistic approach to education enables students to explore many possible paths to success. This is a time of self-exploration, self-discovery, and a growing understanding of, “Who I am and who I can be.”

High School

Grades 9 – 12

At ASU, we understand and support the development and growth that our students are experiencing physically, socially, emotionally and academically. This final stage in our program prepares our students for success in post secondary education and life as an adult. The emphasis for learning and discovery is placed on self exploration and emphasizes personal responsibility, organization, and time management. These students are the leaders and role models within our school’s student body. With teacher support they organize large scale events for others students and the wider community.

Our high school program is a four year curriculum after students have successfully completed grade 8 or its equivalent. All students in their first two years of high school will study a full program of eight courses. Successful completion allows students to select a program of studies that meets their individual needs and prepares them for post secondary education. Students select an appropriate combination of academic courses to add to their knowledge and skills base, explore their interests and determine the type of education program they are best suited to undertake in their last two years of high school.

In the last two years of high school, students will focus more on their individual interests and identify and prepare for initial postsecondary goals. University and college preparation are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for specific university and college programs.

Our program aims at developing healthy, well balanced, and principled young adults. The rigorous curriculum offers opportunities to explore subjects in depth in preparation for success in universities and colleges. A strong emphasis is placed on critical thinking and develops the ability to appropriately and expertly question established norms and values while developing and questioning our own positions as well. Students are leaders in their own learning, exploring knowledge and reflecting on their context within a specific situation and within the world as a whole.

The American School of Ulaanbaatar is proud to offer a secondary school program that is based on the curriculum policy documents published by the US common core standards. Our courses of study are developed from these policy documents because of the high expectations and learning outcomes which are recognized by most colleges and universities in English speaking countries. Our school awards the ASU High school diploma that is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is recognized as an international diploma. High standards are expected of graduating students. All graduates must successfully sit the ACT, SAT and/or TOEFL, as well as complete 40 hours of Community Service, in order to earn a diploma from ASU. In addition, the secondary curriculum requires students to develop higher order thinking and learning skills.