High School Handbook

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from ASM, a student must satisfy each of the following requirements.  28 Credits are required for Graduation:

English 4.0
Math 4.0
Science 4.0
History 4.0
Foreign Language 8.0
Physical Education 1.0
Electives 3.0

In addition, each graduating senior will need to have documented community service activities in order to graduate. Starting in 2015-2016, each senior student will be required to accumulate 40 hours of documented community service time. Certain activities will be made available to students through ASM, but students may also seek out their own community service opportunities.  The manner in which community service activities will be documented and approved will be shared in a separate document.

Preparation for PSAT and SAT

The ASM curriculum is an excellent preparation to standardized tests for any student who works conscientiously. All tenth grade students write the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Tests (PSAT) in October. This examination is designed to prepare students for the American college entrance examination, the SAT Reasoning Test. Students in the eleventh grade and their parents will receive timely advice on sign-up for the SAT and subject area tests.  There are several online resources as well as books that can be ordered to assist students in their preparation for the SAT.

Homework

Homework is meant as a way for students to reinforce what they have learned in the classroom.

ASM believes that homework is of pivotal importance in reinforcing what students have learned in the classroom and in developing habits that are conducive to healthy and successful learning.  Homework helps students understand and enhance their level of achievement in any given academic subject.

Here are a few benefits of homework for students and their families:

  • Homework provides opportunities for extensions of learning and developing creativity.
  • Homework gives students another opportunity to review the class material.
  • Homework teaches students about:
  • Time management and the setting of priorities;
  • Taking responsibility for their part in the educational process;
  • Working independently;
  • The importance of planning, staying organized and taking action.
  • Homework helps teachers determine how well lessons are being understood by their students.
  • Homework gives parents a chance to see what is being learned in school.

For Grades 9-12, we recommend 90 to 180 minutes of homework per day.

At the high school level, students are expected to spend time reviewing information, reading, writing, and completing projects. Each teacher will provide students and their parents with written information regarding her/his homework policy for each class and will communicate and explain homework to students in a timely manner.

Dress Code

The ASM Dress Code contributes to creating an environment conducive to learning. By tradition, the Dress Code stands to ensure that students show good judgment, self-respect, and respect for others. Infractions to the Dress Code will be addressed fairly and consistently by all classroom teachers, division coordinators and the Head of School, and may result in serious consequences.

Acceptable Use of Technology - Students

Use of ASM resources is a privilege and not a right. All users must respect the rights of other users, the integrity of the physical facilities and controls, as well as all relevant license and contractual agreements. It is the policy of ASM that all members of its community act in accordance with these responsibilities, relevant laws, and contractual obligations. All use of ASM resources must be done with the highest regard for ethics.

Failure to comply with these regulations may result in the suspension of privileges, school disciplinary action, or even civil or criminal action under the laws of the Kingdom of Morocco. Guidelines that are applicable to the use of ASM resources include: the student code of conduct; policies on homework preparation, cheating, and plagiarism; and guidelines for personal safety.

For more information on specific guidelines for the use of technology and the Internet, please refer to the Students and Parents Handbooks.

Assignments and Class Notes

A student absent from school is responsible for all assignments and notes for the day(s) on which s/he is absent. Assignments made ahead of time will be due upon the student’s return to school.  If a student misses in-class work, his/her teacher will decide how s/he can make up any work done during class time.

Make-up Tests

Make-up tests should be taken the day of the student’s return to school after an absence. It is the responsibility of a student to arrange for a make-up test.  The make-up test should be taken during class time if convenient, or after school.

Student Leadership

The Upper School, Middle School and Lower School Student Councils are excellent vehicles for the development of leadership skills.

The councils are made up of students elected from specific grades. They meet:

  • To discuss matters of general interest to the student body,
  • To plan student activities and events. Each group is supervised by faculty sponsors.

Early Departure

In the case of illness, a student should see the School Nurse or the appropriate division coordinator who will determine whether or not the student should go home. A student leaving school before the end of the day, for any reason including illness, must sign out in the School office. The appropriate division coordinator will give final clearance for early dismissal and keep records of early departure.

Lateness

Students arriving late to school must go immediately to the designated office to sign in, before proceeding to class.

Students are expected to be at their desks when a class period begins. Those who are repeatedly late to class undermine their own learning, disrupt the learning of other students and develop behavior patterns that are undesirable in school, and later at work. Repeated lateness will be dealt with strictly by the child’s teacher(s) and by the student’s respective division coordinator.

If a student arrives after 8:45AM, s/he will not be permitted to attend classes until or unless a parent has called the receptionist or the division coordinator to explain the late arrival. If a student is to arrive after 10:30AM on any given school day, s/he must receive permission one day in advance from the division coordinator. Without this prior permission, a student will not be allowed to enter campus after 10:30AM.