AISZ Upper School provides a caring and diverse community where students experience a broad and balanced range of learning opportunities.
AISZ aims to challenge students to become self-directed individuals in both academic and social-emotional habits of mind so they can be persistent, resilient, open-minded and confident.
AISZ aims to give students ways to consider global perspectives and responsible action through Student Councils in both Middle and High School, Model United Nations, Creativity Activity and Service, Leadership and Service Learning, athletics and National Honor Society projects as well as student-initiated projects.
The AISZ medium of instruction is English, and applicant students must meet prerequisite levels of academic English proficiency, especially upon entering the International Baccalaureate Program in Grade 11. Students are provided English language learning support at all levels.
As an inclusive school, AISZ has no prerequisites for entry into the full IB program. We encourage even students who have not had strong academic records to try if they are well motivated. We believe that students of all abilities benefit from the coherent, holistic approach to learning that the IB DP offers. A student’s past academic preparation and performance are useful when planning a course of studies in grades 11-12, but we do not restrict participation in the IB Diploma on the basis of ability or grades.
We are proud of the high level of performance achieved by the school’s IB Diploma graduates. All AISZ graduates who have registered for the full Diploma Programme have received their IB Diploma. The average overall score for AISZ students is 32 points, above the world average.
We are proud of our diverse and caring community of learners and an environment nurturing a growth mindset. AISZ upper school is a place where we manage the balance between rigor and inclusion, aspiring to a become a place where students feel safe and empowered, motivated to engage in diverse learning experiences, supporting and inspiring themselves and others toward self-directedness.