Upper School (grades 9-12)
2013-2014 Upper School Course Descriptions
The Andrews Osborne Academy Upper School curriculum emphasizes the importance of a lifelong engagement with the world. As a college-preparatory school, AOA offers a challenging curriculum that prepares students for future academic success and purposeful, fulfilling lives. AOA strives to graduate citizens who can think critically, discuss important matters articulately, write persuasively, and act responsibly. AOA's challenging program of study is balanced by a tremendously supportive faculty. An average class size of 12 allows faculty members to get to know their students and understand their individual strengths and weaknesses. AOA's talented faculty and diverse and challenging curriculum affords students abundant opportunity to realize their potential.
Straddling the traditional and progressive in its offerings, the academic program at AOA, despite its small size, provides students opportunities to pursue avenues of interest in depth while gaining solid grounding in all academic disciplines. Committed to offering its students a well-rounded program, AOA builds its curriculum upon a solid foundation of English, Mathematics, Science, History, Foreign Languages, Technology, and Fine Arts, offering many opportunities for advanced work in all areas. These core subjects are complemented and enhanced by AOA's electives in various disciplines, but whether it be Pre-Calculus or Biodiesel, the offerings at AOA all collaborate toward the development of critical thinking, communication skills, analysis, problem solving, logical thinking, and empathetic understanding of global social, political, and scientific issues. AOA's growing international population has necessitated the advancement of what is now a stable and strong ESL program that remains essential to the school's success as that contingent continues to grow.
AOA Upper School achieves this vision with each student through:
Cross-curricular offerings at AOA enhance the learning experience of our students. Interdisciplinary offerings at all grade levels encourage our students to discern connections between and among academic fields that enrich their understanding of each discipline.
Our course offerings accommodate the average to gifted learner, providing a diversity of curriculum that belies our size. AOA offers enough courses to cater to all abilities.
The intuitive variety of pedagogical approaches at AOA enriches the learning of each student, allowing for the success of students with a variety of learning styles.
AOA maintains a commitment to individualized attention for its students. Our philosophy celebrates it as a defining characteristic of an AOA education.
AOA has responded to the increasing percentage of international students with an outstanding ESL program.
Andrews Osborne Academy, a pre-k through 12th grade, day and boarding academy is considered to be one of the top premiere independent schools in Northeast Ohio and among the best private high schools in Cleveland, Ohio region.
Click HERE for the 2012-2013 Academic Handbook.