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High School is the natural place where young adults explore and strengthen their personalities and embrace individuality.

We focus on allowing our students to develop skills and competencies that enable independent and creative thought.

High School will quickly become a second home to our students. It’s the natural place where young adults explore and strengthen their personalities and embrace individuality.

We help them become confident, independent adults. Through a challenging academic programme, which includes the International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, we aim to equip each one with the ability to attend the university of their choice anywhere in the world.

Importantly, our teachers teach students before teaching subjects. Their insights help identify and guide each student’s ability, interests, and enthusiasm. We work together to ensure every student can see their own future clearly and achieve personal success. By encouraging them to do the things they most care about, we inspire them to hone the skills that will best equip them to meet their ambitions in full.

Our goal is to form a community of lifelong learners who can flourish at university and beyond.
Trevor Furness, Middle School Principal
Academic choice is a key component of our High School. We offer the renowned International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme alongside a US High School Diploma.
Trevor Furness, High School Principal

Both within and beyond the classroom, we continually push our students to cultivate the life skills necessary for success in an increasingly competitive world.

Our academic courses, student leadership and entrepreneurship programmes, and community engagement endeavours foster teamwork, develop emotional intelligence, and create internationally-aware young people who are well-equipped to surmount future challenges. 

We create bespoke educational journeys that cater to our learners’ individual needs. Through academic and career counselling, we carefully synchronise each student’s learning style and academic needs with an educational programme that suits them. We are therefore able to provide our students with personalised learning pathways that afford them the greatest possible flexibility and every opportunity to excel.

ACS Doha graduates 2018

University & Careers

The International Baccalaureate enables us to best prepare each graduate to succeed at the university of their choice. We understand our students as individuals, and motivate them accordingly through well-resourced, professional guidance. Our relationship with top universities around the world allows us to best direct the ambitions of our students.

High School curriculum ACS Doha students group work

Philosophy

Our High School programme provides our learners with an enquiry-based curriculum that is both academically rigorous and personally enriching. We focus on allowing our students to develop skills and competencies that enable independent and creative thought. Our goal is to form a community of lifelong learners who can flourish at university and beyond.

At ACS, we create bespoke educational journeys that cater to our learners’ individual needs. In their final two years of high school, pupils study for the American High School Diploma and can choose to either pursue the full IB Diploma Programme (DP), or supplement the High School Diploma with a selection of IB DP courses that align with their strengths and interests. Through academic and career counselling, we carefully synchronise each student’s learning style and academic needs with an educational programme that suits them. We are therefore able to provide our students with personalised learning pathways that afford them the greatest possible flexibility and every opportunity to excel. 

Along the way, our learners are supported by ACS’ diverse teaching community. As educators, we embrace new ideas and continually share international best practices – we teach students before teaching subjects. By encouraging our learners to develop their passions, we inspire them to develop the competencies that will best equip them to achieve their ambitions

Both within and beyond the classroom, we continually push our students to cultivate the life skills necessary for success in an increasingly competitive world. Our academic courses, student leadership and entrepreneurship programmes, and community engagement endeavours foster teamwork, develop emotional intelligence, and create internationally-aware young people who are well-equipped to surmount future challenges. 

Partnerships students discussing across table

About the programme

The High School programme covers Grades 9 to 12 (ages 14 to 18). Through a challenging academic offering which includes the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and the American High School diploma, we aim to equip our students with the intellectual and interpersonal skills to succeed in both their academic and professional careers.

Learners complete the IB MYP, first commenced in our Middle School, during grades 9 and 10. They then study for the American High School Diploma, to which they can either add the full IB DP or a selection of DP courses. The ACS American High School Diploma is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). To complete it, students must earn a minimum of twenty credits during their four years of high school.

These credits may be gained across the following disciplines:

  • English
  • Social studies and world languages
  • Science and mathematics
  • The arts (fine art, music or drama)
  • Physical education
  • An elective of choice
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If choosing the full IBDP

If choosing the full IBDP, learners will be required to study six courses – usually three at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). Students must choose one subject from the first five study groupings listed below. The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6, or the student may choose another subject from groups 1 to 4.

1. Studies in language and literature
2. Language acquisition
3. Individuals and societies
4. Experimental sciences
5. Mathematics
6. The arts or an alternate elective course

In addition, the IBDP also requires study and engagement in the following areas.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
This course is focused on developing interdisciplinary and critical-thinking skills.

Extended Essay
Students must select, research, and write an in-depth, independent essay of 4000 words in one of their six subject areas.

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
CAS is a fundamental part of the IB experience. It helps students grasp the importance of extracurricular activities as an integral part of life, and as a healthy counterbalance to the world of scholarship.