High School Essentials

School and Community

Founded in 1952, the American Embassy School is a non-profit tuition-based day school, located on a 12-acre campus. Enrollment from Pre-K – Grade 12 is approximately 1200. The high school serves 350 students with 77 students in Grade 12. AES is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

AES serves students whose parents are employed by foreign service agencies, embassies, USAID, United Nations organizations, and multinational corporations. At the high school, 46% of the student body are from the US, with the remainder representing 33 nationalities. The top six: Korea, India, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, and Canada.


The high school employs 46 faculty members (32 U.S. citizens). 
Qualifications: Ph.D. 4, M.A. 34, B.A. 8


The academic year is divided into two semesters beginning mid-August and mid-January respectively. Classes run from 8:30 am – 3:35 pm (early release at 2:30 pm on Wednesdays). The 2017-18 calendar is available here.

Community Service

AES’ motto, “Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve,” is actively upheld by the work of the student-led Service Council and 18 community service clubs. Over 75% of our students and 90% of our seniors participate in “meaningful service,” or a minimum of 10 hours over the course of a school year. AES service clubs work with local children, impoverished communities, human and animal rights, and environmental concerns.

Here’s a list of all the student-run service clubs in the current school year.


AES offers a rigorous college preparatory program which includes the International Baccalaureate Diploma and Advanced Placement options. Enrollment in the IB program and AP classes is open to all students. Students may not exceed four HL or AP courses (or combinations thereof) in a school year. Maximum class size is 21.Graduation Requirements: Students must complete a minimum of 23 credits to graduate. Specific requirements are: English 4.0; Social Studies 3.0; Mathematics 3.0; Science 2.0; World Language 2.0; Physical Education 1.5; Health 0.5; Fine Arts 1.5.

Grade Scale and Weighting 

Grades are reported on an “A” to “F” system based on percentages earned. IB Higher Level and AP courses are weighted. Theory of Knowledge is graded Pass/Fail.

GPA Points

Grade Percentage Normal Weighted
A+ 98-100 4.33 4.83
A 93-97 4.00 4.50
A- 90-92 3.67 4.17
B+ 87-89 3.33 3.83
B 83-86 3.00 3.50
B- 80-82 2.67 3.17
C+ 77-79 2.33 2.83
C 73-76 2.00 2.50
C- 70-72 1.67 2.17
D+ 67-69 1.33 1.33
D 63-66 1.00 1.00
D- 60-62 .67 .67
F 0-59 0.00 0.00


SAT Averages 2016

(includes native and non-native English speakers)

Mid-50th Percentile AES Average World Average
Critical Reading 610-710 659 494
Mathematics 620-780 702 508
Writing 590-750 651 482


International Baccalaureate Diploma

2014 2015 2016 2017
# of Diploma candidates 34 33 48 51
Pass rate 88% 100% 100% 96%
AES average score 33 36 35 36
World average 30  30 30 30

AP Exams

AES offers AP Biology, AP Computer Science A, AP Psychology, AP Statistics and AP U.S. History (and AP Calculus AB in years when student enrollment is sufficient). Students may also elect to supplement content covered in IB courses through self-study and sit for AP exams. Over the past two years, 103 AES students took AP exams, earning 3 or higher on 91 percent of the exams.