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Parent FAQs

Where can I find more information about AAS with respect to school program and more?

Parents are always welcome to attend and participate in our Community Coffees, as well as many other presentations and meetings regarding AAS. You will find details about the curriculum in the Academic Curriculum Guide and the Family Handbook is an additional source of information.

AAS’ name is the Anglo-American School yet British and American students account for less than 25% of the student body. How does AAS, as an international school address different curricular approaches from different countries?

AAS works very closely with other international schools to ensure that our curricular approach is in line with what the best international schools have to offer while working to manage the reality that international schools are just that - international - with students from as many as 50 different education systems.

What can students and parents expect if they return to their home country in relation to education?

This will vary according to their home country; however, AAS is completely in line with the programmatic approaches of other international schools in our region as well as around the globe. Depending on country of origin and region of origin there may be differences. Such differences are generally due to timing related to when certain concepts are introduced and reinforced, as well as when students are exposed to new concepts.

What can students and parents expect if they relocate to another overseas destination in relation to education?

Parents should expect students to do well regardless of where they are posted. This is especially true in that AAS’ focus is on the habits of learning and understanding, which are transferable to different environments regardless of the content.

Where can one find the school’s curriculum?

Please see the AAS Academic Guide. However, the best place to learn more about a child’s instructional program is always the classroom teacher as a first stop.

How much autonomy do teachers have with respect to the delivery of the curriculum?

Teachers are expected to teach the school’s standards and programs for each grade level and subject. However, the techniques, pace, and delivery may be differentiated according to the needs, interests, and readiness of the students. 

My son was in grade two last year and his sister is in grade two this year - the program looks different now - how can this be?

Changes were made according to our accreditation standards, curriculum cycle and through the introduction of new courses. Therefore every program is regularly upgraded and subject to continuous improvement.  

How does AAS’s program compare to other international schools?

Our program is very similar to other international schools. In addition, we carefully vet each program (from our initial research of the IB Diploma Program to our writing program in K-5) to make sure we are using the best available program and resources to support student learning. Moreover, AAS students consistently perform above the world average and international school average with respect to common assessments such as the IB exams and MAP tests. For example, AAS students IB Diploma pass rate is 97% (with most years being 100%) and the world IB Diploma pass rate is 78% to 79% from year to year.

What is the school’s approach to world languages?

Our school offers instruction in four languages at this time: English, Spanish, Bulgarian, and French. The backbone of our language program is the Common European Framework of Reference, which is what most international schools in Europe are using.

How does the school communicate with parents in relation to student performance?

Our school has a trimester reporting calendar, in which parents receive specific information about their child’s progress every 12 weeks. There are also two parent (or student) conferences held each school year. Greater details regarding the above are found in the AAS Family Handbook under the subtitle  “Assessment and Reporting in Action” as well as the broader heading title of “Communication.”