The English department offers a variety of courses in High School, from English 9 to AP English Literature using Common Core standards to guide instruction and assessment. Students are encouraged and supported in working independently, with partners, and in small groups. Multiple strategies are employed to discuss and evaluate literature. In addition, WBAIS High School students learn how to reflect upon their own interests and strengths.
The Math department offers a comprehensive math curriculum that is aligned with the Common Core Math Standards, and includes multiple AP offerings: AP Statistics and Calculus AB/BC, to name a few. Teachers promote strategies that emphasize conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and problem-solving skills. Our students become confident mathematical thinkers, learning to explore new ideas and articulate their insights and questions.
The Social Studies curriculum, which is based on the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework, builds critical thinking, problem-solving, and participatory skills so that students can better understand their place in the world. We offer many challenging history and social studies courses, including Global History, US History, and Middle East History, as well as Junior Seminar or AP Seminar: Citizens and States. In 12th grade all students complete Senior Project or AP Research, in which they develop and present an independent research project. Elective courses are available in Economics, Psychology, International Relations, and European History. Details can be found in the Course Description Handbook.
Science instruction follows the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and supports AP classes in Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry and Physics. The Science department's pedagogy is rooted in guided inquiry and stresses lab-based learning, capitalizing on our well-equipped labs.
Students in the Visual and Performing Arts program follow the Aero standards and explore drama, band, choir, varied media, 2D and 3D offerings. The Visual and Performing Arts department also extend student learning with AP courses in Digital and Fine Arts. Students participate in art exhibitions, which happen annually, as well as Drama, Band, and Chorus concerts.
The Physical Education program uses the SHAPE standards and engages students in a variety of sports, swimming, and other physical activities. In grades 11 & 12, we transition into Lifetime Fitness classes, which prepare students to remain active, fit, and healthy as they head off into their next step beyond High School.
The Modern Language and Culture department offers Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish and French (with AP offerings for the latter two). WBAIS High School students are able to engage with language in a collaborative learning environment, which supports students in learning all aspects of language, including the cultural nuances.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is an integral part of the well-being of all WBAIS students. High School uses the Wayfinder curriculum to teach these critical skills in weekly classroom lessons. The groups are small in size and guided by an advisor, trained in the Wayfinder curriculum. The program supports student development in the following areas:
Teachers in the Technology and Computer Sciences at AIS hold the belief that technology is embedded in just about everything we do, from communications to learning logistics, and should be learned, not just for the skills involved, but as an integral part of everyday life. The department provides a multitude of opportunities for students to engage in this area, with classes ranging from Digital Communications to AP Computer Science. HS Robotics is an additional program that takes place after school and builds upon the skills taught in the curriculum.