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WHAT IS THE AMERICAN CURRICULUM?

ACCREDITED BY THE WESTERN ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES (WASC)

The fundamental idea behind American education within the United States is that each individual state maintains the right to deliver standards of its choosing, relevant to the state and region. American schools abroad that offer the American Curriculum choose the most recent and rigorous standards relevant to an international community within the host country.

A STANDARDS BASED CURRICULUM

For every school offering the American Curriculum, there are standards that students must master and demonstrate for every subject, at every grade level. Within each subject area, teachers help students master these standards, which have been adapted to reflect their geographic location. Over the course of one year, there are various benchmarks along the way to ensure that students are moving toward mastery in each standard within each subject area.

OVERALL STRUCTURE

The American Curriculum caters to students starting in Pre-Kindergarten (ages 3 and 4), who then move to Kindergarten (age 5), and then through grade 12. Traditionally, American schools are organized as Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, and High School.

LEARNING OUTCOME APPROACH

Learning outcomes encompass what the school truly believes all students should know and be able to do. All quality American schools abroad have adopted learning outcomes in some form and teach to achieve these outcomes.

STUDENT PROGRESSION TO SUCCESS

This standard guarantees that as students progress, and that they will possess the prerequisite knowledge and skills to move from one grade level to the next. It also ensures that schools clearly demonstrate continual self-improvement and are worthy of the trust that has been placed in them to provide high-quality learning opportunities.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)

Students who successfully complete the American Curriculum will earn an American High School Diploma, which is recognized by universities around the world as a valid qualification for entry. The American Curriculum also offers students college-level course work during their high school education in the form of Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

TRANSFERABILITY

Because of the strong emphasis on the achievement of standards through a Learning Outcome approach, the students learn how to learn, and the transferability to all other schools is quite strong. At the High School level (Grades 9 to 12) this transferability is even more important. Graduating from an accredited American High School is a passport to potential entry into virtually every university across the globe.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROGRAMS

American Schools strive to provide students with a rich variety of extra-curricular activities so that students can explore their interests and develop their passions. Strong sports, arts, technology, academic competitions, and service learning programs give students a venue for application of both content knowledge and learning outcomes. Extra-curricular activities are optional and allow students to pursue various interests or focus on developing a high level skill in a single passion.