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Welcome

Welcome, high school students and parents, to the 2016-2017 school year! This is a special year, as it marks our existence here in Mumbai for the last 35 years. As we reflect on our history, we also look ahead to the future: your future. Our goal is simple – we expect student growth and look forward to what lies ahead. I am excited about getting to know those of you who are new to ASB and continuing to work with returning students and families.

The faculty and staff in the high school are here to support and challenge the students academically as well as in the co-curricular program. Our students in the high school are empowered through the development of positive peer as well as adult relationships as they continue their educational growth. Our aim is to provide a rigorous and relevant curriculum while developing appropriate relationships with your child. We hope you take advantage of the many opportunities available to you to make this a successful and rewarding year.

Learning

The American School of Bombay focuses on preparing the students for a successful college experience. Our high school learning engages them in a challenging course of study. We inspire the students to continuous inquiry so that they become critical thinkers. Along with the ability to communicate better, they also develop creative approaches to challenges in life, at school, and the world.

Students working on a science project

The multi-cultural context in our international high school in Mumbai empowers the students in more ways than one. They develop positive peer and adult relationships while pursuing their course of study. Outside the academic day, our students have a broad range of programs to enrich their daily lives. From athletics to arts, service opportunities to after-school activities, they stay meaningfully engaged. Besides, our annual, week-long, outdoor-based experiential program offers a variety of growth opportunities.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma program assists us in focusing on the ASB Mission. We expose our Grade 11 and 12 students to this challenging curriculum as ASB Diploma, IB Diploma, or IB Certificate candidates. Grade 9 and 10 students undergo studies designed to prepare them for the IB program. Grade 10 students also complete a personal research project. The project is specifically planned to sharpen their research and writing skills. These skills are critical for the Extended Essay required to get the IB Diploma.

In the high school, we encourage students to pursue their dreams and enhance the lives of others. Clubs, sports, and leadership opportunities are plenty at ASB. They can join the student council, Jazz band, or Model United Nations. A variety of special interest clubs like photography is available too.

Requirements

Curriculum

ASB offers a college-preparatory program leading to an American High School Diploma and/or International Baccalaureate Diploma. Because students from almost fifty nations attend the American School of Bombay, curriculum and activities have been designed to meet the needs of our international student body.

Graduation Options

High School students at the American School of Bombay can opt for one of three possible graduation options:

  • American School of Bombay Diploma (equivalent to a High School Diploma in the United States). All students who graduate from ASB receive an ASB Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (described below)
  • American School of Bombay Diploma, as above, and IB Certificates in specific courses

Graduation Requirements - Academic

Successful completion of at least 23 credits in grades 9 through 12 as follows:

  • English - 4
  • Mathematics - 3
  • Social Studies - 3
  • Science - 3
  • Foreign Language - 2
  • Physical Education/Health - 2
  • Fine Arts - 1

Graduation Requirements - Other

  • Students in grades 9 and 10 are expected to participate in the CSR Program
  • Students in grades 9 through 12 are expected to participate in the Yatra Program
  • Students in grades 11 and 12 are required to complete 150 hours of CAS Program. They can do this throughout the final two years of high school
  • Students in grades 11 and 12 are required to complete the Theory of Knowledge

Graduation Requirements - EAL Students

EAL students are students with English as an Additional Language (EAL) program. They must meet all ASB graduation requirements, and it may need some students to remain at ASB beyond the normal four-year program. Some other aspects of EAL include:

  • An EAL student can earn at most one English credit per year while in the program
  • EAL students must take an English course every semester for four years. This is the normal grade requirement

Certificate of Attendance

Students who have attended four years of high school but have not met ASB’s graduation requirements may request a Certificate of Attendance, which allows the student to leave ASB in December or June. A Certificate of Attendance is generally not sufficient for acceptance into higher educational institutions.

Graduation

High school students at the American School of Bombay have three possible graduation options:

  • ASB Diploma (equivalent to a US High school Diploma)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • ASB Diploma with IB Certificates in specific courses