Welcome to HIGH School

The AAS Moscow High School is a dynamic, international learning environment in which students have a multitude of opportunities to learn, explore, and excel. We encourage students, teachers, and parents to take an active role in contributing to our school culture and community, working together to fulfill our mission to promote excellence for each student.


Our Diplomas

AAS HS Diploma and IB DIPLOMA Program (IBDP)

We are proud of our open enrollment IBDP at AAS. Our five-year average of 93% of students choosing to engage with the full program along with a 93% pass rate attests to the success of our students in this rigorous pre-university program.  While nearly all students take the IBDP, 100% of students will find success through our AAS HS Diploma. These two credentials provide access to top-flight universities across the globe.


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diagram showing the IB diploma programme


Future-proofing our students

One of the ongoing challenges of education is how do we equip students to face the uncertainty of the future. At AAS we address this challenge through a focus on our Impacts – those non-cognitive skills and dispositions that provide students with the abilities to transcend the boundaries of content and context as they apply their learning to the novel situations and problems they will meet in the broader world outside of school.

Personal & Social-Emotional Counseling

At AAS, the counselors support the transition into, through, and out of high school, including adjustment to Moscow and the AAS community. The counselors seek to:

  • Facilitate problem solving and communication among all members of the school community including students, teachers, parents and administrators.
  • Support students and families with immediate social-emotional issues.
  • Make referrals to outside support services where necessary.

list of outside counseling resources


The mission of the High School Advisory Program is to facilitate each student’s successful transition into, through and out of High School. Advisory activities correspond with the standards and benchmarks set forth by the International School Counselors Association, and fall under four domains: Academic Development, Career Development, Personal/Social, and Global Perspective Development:


  • Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and skills that contribute to effective learning in school and across the life span.
  • Students will complete school with the academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of substantial postsecondary options, including college.
  • Students will understand the relationship of academics to the world of work, and to life at home and in the community.


  • Students will acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions.
  • Students will employ strategies to achieve future career goals with success and satisfaction.
  • Students will acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions.


  • Students will acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and interpersonal skills to  help them understand and respect self and others.
  • Students will make decisions set goals, and take necessary action to achieve goals
  • Students will understand safety and survival skills.


  • Students will acquire an awareness of their own cultural identity, including  influences from their family, home culture, and host country.
  • Students will develop a personal practice for applying intercultural competence and bridging successfully across cultural differences.
  • Students will acquire knowledge and attitudes to manage transitions effectively.

CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service)

As we work towards our students achieving academic and holistic excellence, we acknowledge that learning is not confined to the classroom. The high school experience creates opportunities for students to engage in extra-curricular activities, community service, and student leadership. In the IBDP these are incorporated into the CAS component of the program. In grades 9 and 10, we prepare students as they aspire to contribute as globally aware citizens by our work with two local charities.

Students are required to keep a journal (which is housed in ManageBac) and engage in activities until the spring of grade 12. The guideline for the minimum amount of CAS activity is approximately three-four hours per week with a reasonable balance between creativity, activity and service. Participation in each of the three areas is required each year. Each student develops a program in consultation with the CAS coordinator and a record of work done must be maintained. Students usually fulfill these requirements by combining participation in extracurricular activities offered either in or outside the school and service to the school community or outside community.

Students and families should never assume that participation in any activity, even one sponsored or organized by the school, will fulfill the IB’s CAS requirements. Students should never undertake participation in any activity for CAS credit without first obtaining formal approval from the CAS coordinator.

Please direct your questions about the CAS program at AAS to the CAS Coordinator, Ms. Natalia Golovanova, at natalia.golovanova@aas.ru


IB Extended Essay

The Extended Essay process encompasses ten months of work on the 4,000 words essay on a topic of the student’s choosing in the assigned subject. The Extended Essay represents a college-level research paper, as well as the culminating product of the IB Diploma Program. Non-IB Diploma candidates work on an Extended Research Project through Associate Principal, Mr. Groves. 

Learn More about IB Extended Essay

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

Theory of Knowledge is a course that is quite unique to the IB Diploma Program and most likely, unlike any course a high school student has pursued. It focusses on the study of how we know what we know. It uses the subjects students tend to study in high school (Areas of Knowledge) and how we perceive them (Ways of Knowing) to explore connections between knowledge and us as knowers. It can be challenging but also very rewarding. TOK is a requirement to earn an IB Diploma.

Learn more about TOK on the IBO website

Discovery Week

Discovery Week is an integral part of our school program that offers enhanced educational experiences for all students. It is a week-long experience in March for Grade 9 - 11.

The trips are designed so students will:

  • Gain greater understanding of various regions of Russia. Through the trips, students learn about and appreciate the geography, history, people and customs of Russia.

  • Become closer and supportive of one another. By traveling together for five/six days, students get to know one another well, make new friends and learn skills in dealing effectively with others in a group.

  • Grow in self-awareness, self-confidence & independence. By traveling in a group, away from home and without parents, students will get to know themselves better, gain confidence through new experiences, and make decisions that increase their sense of self-reliance and independence.

  • Appreciate each other and their teachers in new ways. Through the common experiences of traveling, eating, and living together for five/six days, students and teachers will experience each other in new ways not possible in the classroom. These new experiences will provide an opportunity for students and teachers to build a positive and constructive foundation for interaction for the rest of the school year and future school years.

Learn More About Discovery Week

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