Grade 12

At American School of Kosova, we believe that curriculum must be based on a current, clearly articulated progression of Standards of Learning. These standards and corresponding Benchmarks must be sequential and dynamic to meet the needs of our unique students. At ASK we use standards of learning from the AERO curriculum, which we believe provides quality learning and success for our students in the 21st century.

Our goal in choosing this curriculum we believe provides opportunities for students in their studies to utilize problem solving, inquiry, discovery and self-direction as well as creative and critical thinking.

All students are expected to carry a full program of studies. Grade 12 core courses include English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Albanian Literature, Albanian History/Culture, and elective courses.

ENGLISH

English 12 is a study of language, literature,composition, and oral communication, focusing on an exploration of point of view or perspective across a wide variety of genres. Students use literary interpretation, analysis, comparisons, and evaluation to read and respond to representative works of historical or cultural significance for young adults in classic and contemporary World literature balanced with nonfiction. Students analyze how the ideas and concepts presented in the works are both interconnected and distinctly reflective of the cultures and the countries in which they were written. Students will write analytical responses to literature, reflective compositions, comparative evaluation of texts, fictional narratives, short stories and creative pieces.

Calculus- Advanced Math

The primary academic goal of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of differential and integral calculus. This course is intended to be a great preparation for the first year of university calculus. The three main areas of study are:

  • Limits and continuity of a wide variety of functions.
  • Differential calculus and its many applications.
  • Integral calculus. All three topics will be taught in terms of one variable calculus only. Students will be assessed on calculator aided and unaided problem solving processes and solutions. A TI-89 Titanium graphing calculator is recommended for this class

Physics

Students will explore the principles of Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple electric circuits. The course is based on six Big Ideas, which encompass core scientific principles, theories, and processes that cut across traditional boundaries and provide a broad way of thinking about the physical world. Problem

solving, communication and reasoning skills, active participation, and critical thinking are emphasized. Approximately 25% of the instructional time is devoted to hands-on laboratory work with an emphasis on inquirybased investigations that provides students with opportunities to apply the science practices. AP Physics 1 is intended to be equivalent of the first semester of an algebra-based introductory college course.

Comparative Government

Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings. The course aims to illustrate the rich diversity of political life, to show available institutional alternatives, to explain differences in processes and policy outcomes, and to communicate to students the importance

of global political and economic changes. Comparison assists both in identifying problems and in analyzing policymaking. Careful

comparison of political systems produces useful knowledge about the institutions and policies countries have employed to address problems, or, indeed, what they have done to make things worse. It is helpful to compare the effectiveness of policy approaches to poverty or overpopulation by examining how different countries solve similar problems. Furthermore, by comparing the political institutions and practices of wealthy and poor countries, students begin to understand the political consequences of economic well-being. Finally, course comparison assists explanation. Why are some countries stable democracies and not others? Why do many democracies have prime ministers instead of presidents? In addition to covering the major concepts that are used to organize and interpret what we know about political phenomena and relationships, the course will cover specific countries and their governments.

Chemistry

This course is structured to give students a broad, basic background in chemistry. Theoretical concepts are taught as much as

possible by “hands-on” activities, thus lab practicals constitute a large proportion of class time. Students will learn to think critically,solve problems and develop an awareness of the environment in which they live. They will also develop written communication and applied math skills.

Albanian Literature

Grade 10 Albanian Literature is considered a preparation for students to comply with the requirements of the Ministry of Education. Such preparation culminates in students writing the National Exam as a way of qualifying for university entrance.

Electives

Students in grade 12 are able to choose from a selection of electives which includes Art, Music, Business, Psychology/Sociology, IT, Photography, Graphic Design, Journalism and Film/Drama.