Minicourses are an exciting part of our high school curriculum. It is a time when the doors to the classroom close and students leave Delhi with the purpose of exploring the expansive and fascinating country of India. AES is committed to providing this opportunity for students to deepen their appreciation of Indian culture, to gain a better understanding of the immense diversity found within the host country, to develop new friendships with other students and teachers, and to learn more about themselves as individuals.
Since Minicourse participation is a high school graduation requirement, successful completion of the requirement includes attainment of the learning outcomes. The outcomes are developed in collaboration by the students and faculty and are approved by the principal prior to departure. There is no additional charge for the Minicourse; the costs are included in the annual tuition.
In September, Minicourse descriptions, displays of pictures, and other information will be posted in the high school to assist students in deciding their course preferences. Full itineraries will be available on the AES high school web site. Parents are encouraged to participate in the selection process to ensure that the students prioritize trips appropriately. A random lottery system is used to assign students to the trips.
The Minicourse mission is to …
a) provide academic and direct exposure to India with the hopes of nurturing a better understanding and appreciation of Indian culture, geography, and people
b) strengthen acquaintances within the AES high school community among students and faculty, as well as the development of responsibilities commensurate with group living
c) increase respect for the environment through exposure to unique habitats, unique topographical features, and the visible impact of human populations on the land
d) provide opportunities for personal reflection, self-awareness, and self-reliance
e) provide opportunities to develop new interests and aspirations.