Upper School

A challenging and goal-oriented university-preparatory program characterizes the Upper School at ASF. Students develop analytical and creative abilities through coursework in core subjects.

Academic Overview

Through electives, clubs and student organizations, Upper School students explore long-term career skills, including through courses in art, photography, drama, speech, creative writing, music, media arts, and yearbook production.

All students follow program requirements for the United States high school diploma, with optional coursework available through other programs listed below. All students continue in the IB Middle Years Programme for grades 9 and 10. In order to graduate, they must complete units in English, language and literature other than English, humanities, lab science, math, fine arts, technology, health, physical education and electives. Participation in the grade 9 Week Without Walls and the grade 10 Personal Project Fair is also required. Also available:
  • The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme: A two-year program that offers students advanced level work in a variety of areas.
  • Advanced Placement: These courses offer college credit upon successful completion of a final exam. The Advanced Placement International Diploma is also available to students who qualify by meeting specific AP coursework requirements.
  • Mexican University Program: This program offers students in the Mexican program validation of coursework for entry into public and private Mexican universities. A registration fee is required.


The Upper School Counseling Office endeavors to support students throughout their four years with academic planning and achievement, social-emotional wellness, and career and college planning. In order to offer students support services, each of the four grade level counselors rotates with their class, creating lasting connections.
Additional support is offered to students through the college counselor and school psychologist.
Students and parents may make appointments to meet with the grade level counselor, college counselor, or school psychologist at any point in during the school year.

José Altamirano
Grade 9

Nagchielli Castillo
Grade 11
Kybran Machnizh
Grade 10
Fernando Hadad
Grade 12
Rachel Dillon
College Counselor
Mariana Hill

Student Activities

ASF not only cares about students' academic advancement. The arts, athletics and other activities play a key role. Sometimes there could be up to ten to twenty activities going on (or off) at campus at any given time. ASF is fortunate to have an Activity Specialist in each of the 4 divisions. The activity specialist is responsible for building a comprehensive program that focuses on student leadership and community building among students, faculty and parents. Each Division plans and oversees a broad range of activities and events that enhance the school’s overall social, cultural, service learning, recreational and educational efforts, particularly within the division. The activity specialist is responsible for overseeing all student activity organizations and social events and appoints and supports faculty sponsors and club sponsors.

Course Catalog

Please take the time to look at the Complete Upper School Course Catalog.


Chad Schwaberow
Head of Upper School


This 2018, 180 seniors graduated from ASF. See the infographic below to learn more about the Class of 2018.