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.

Faculty

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

Calendar

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.

Curriculum

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 

Grade Scale & Weighting for HL/AP

AES has adopted a Standards Based Grading and Reporting system since July 2016. Grades are reported on a “A+” to “I” scale.

 

Grade

Unweighted / Weighted

2017-18*

Unweighted / Weighted

2018-19

A+ 4.33 / 4.83 4.33 / 4.83
A 4.00 / 4.50 4.00 / 4.50
B+ 3.33 / 3.83 3.50 / 4.00
B 3.00 / 3.50 3.00 / 3.50
C+ 2.33 / 2.83 2.50 / 3.00
C 2.00 / 2.50 2.00 / 2.50
D 1.00 / 1.00 1.00 / 1.00
I or NC Incomplete/No Credit Incomplete/No Credit

*Class of 2019 had this grade scale for their 10th and 11th grade   

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

IB Diploma
Year 2015 2016 2017 2018
Total # of IB candidates 104 79
# who are IBDP candidates 33 48 51 38
Pass rate (%) 100 100 96 97
Average Score 36 36 36 36
Highest Score earned 43 44 45 43
# earning 40+ points 8 7 13 9


AP Exams

In May 2018, 69 AES students took AP exams, earning 3 or higher on 86% of the exams for AP courses taught at AES.