Welcome back to our returning families and a very warm welcome to our new families.
During my first two years here at LAS I experienced a high level of professionalism and commitment from our Board, our administrators and our teachers toward building a solid foundation for all our students. I also came to know a parent community who is interested, active, supportive and understands our efforts and our initiatives.
The messages I highlighted during the past two years will further be reinforced this year:
- Respect: Show respect for yourself, for others, for your education. This means coming to school on time, ready, willing and able to learn. Attendance at LAS is closely monitored.
- Staying informed: Read the announcements. Read the Friday Flash. Read and familiarize yourselves with the Secondary Handbook and other systems we have in place for communication. “I was not aware.” Is not an acceptable excuse.
- Support: If there is anything you are unclear of or do not understand, come and speak to us. If unclear, reach out to us in person or in writing.
- Partnership: We encourage the vital partnership between the home and the school. Let’s keep the channels of communication open. Keep us updated or any contact detail changes and utilize the parent nights, community talks and 3 way conference occasions – these are excellent contact times for parents and the school.
To be educated means more than to possess knowledge or skills; it’s about the ability to learn, and learning is more than grades. Learning is acquiring and developing a skill set. Learning is a process that each individual needs to follow in order to gain true understanding. Here at LAS, we believe the learning process is equally as important as achievement. We believe, too, that an educated mind is an open mind that has the ability to learn and understand different ideas and concepts, which in turn will equip the person with a broader, global perspective on our constantly changing world.
The learning process also requires students to demonstrate character, integrity, honor and the making of smart choices. Here at LAS we hold our students to a high standard. We have the responsibility, along with yourselves, to prepare young people for their entry into the wider world beyond the walls of LAS — a world where character, integrity and honor are needed to ensure they secure a respected position in the global community.
This year we will continue to evolve. I believe this evolution will be to the benefit of everyone, and aid our momentum to further improvement. Be sure to read our weekly Friday Flash to find out more about this. With an ever-changing world, change is not something to be feared. Change is good and education plays a key role in preparing students to be “change fit”. If your goal is that of a successful, empowered future, then place education at the top of your list. It is the best investment you can make.
The secondary team and I look forward to getting to know you and your children. Let’s make it another fantastic year! Welcome one and all.
Secondary School Principal
Lahore American School
High School Curriculum
High School Assessment
At LAS, we believe that the learning process is equally as important as achievement and that assessment is the collection of meaningful evidence and information about student learning. Learning is not limited to the acquisition and demonstration of skills, knowledge, and understanding, but to the process of learning itself where students engage in the learning process. Achievement is not limited to scores but to growth.
Meaningful evidence comes from a variety of assessments (types and frequency) to inform educators how well students understand a concept, skill, or knowledge in order to drive further instruction. In high school, students will experience more in-depth and more frequent forms of assessment than experienced in middle school. These assessment tools are employed in order to report on student achievement and growth.
The school year has four reporting periods (quarters) to communicate student achievement to parents. Parents can also monitor student progress by accessing gradebooks through our portal Parent Plus.
In addition to regular assessments in the classroom, LAS conducts standardized tests as another form of data collection and measuring levels of understanding. The SAT, PSAT, MAP standardized tests, along with the AP course examinations, are conducted and analyzed throughout the school year to help us improve our academic program.
The Lahore American School offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses for all students who wish to pursue college level study while they are still in high school.
The AP program is a cooperative educational endeavor between high schools, colleges and universities. It gives exposure to college level material and provides students with the opportunity to show what they have learned by taking an AP exam. Based on exam scores, colleges may choose to grant credit, advanced placement or both. Students who enroll in AP courses are encouraged to sit for the AP exams in May.
A student who wishes to enroll in AP courses will be expected to undertake rigorous and sophisticated assignments and to work independently. Most AP courses require multiple page papers and some research. It is important to be realistic about the level and number of AP courses a student can take and still be successful. All AP courses at LAS have strict prerequisites and several require a satisfactory score on an entrance exam.
AP Honors Recognition
The AP program offers several AP scholar awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college level achievement through AP courses and exams.