American High School

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American High School 

This international study program and diploma is for students who wish to enter colleges or business schools in the US, Latin America and Canada, as well as in Switzerland itself. We intend to investigate state curricula with which to align our program, and are currently considering the California model.

The course offers a college preparatory curriculum with an emphasis on fulfilling or exceeding requirements for high quality university entrance. At the same time, our students enjoy the benefits of a unique international cultural experience through a wide enrichment programme, a strong emphasis on languages and exceptional opportunities for travel within and beyond Europe. Classes are small and meet the individual needs of each student for whom the timetable is personalised to meet her particular strengths and aspirations. 

Course Details

All students are tested on entry for their English level and if necessary, will receive individual or paired lessons in EAL (English as an alternative language). Some girls will benefit from ‘booster sessions’ as their IELTS exams approach.

For graduation a student must have a minimum of 24 units of high school coursework, distributed as follows:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 or 4 years of Mathematics
  • 3 or 4 years of Science
  • 3 or 4 years of Social Studies
  • 2 or 3 years of French or another foreign language
  • 4 years of Electives chosen from Foreign Languages, International relations, Fine Arts, cookery and etiquette (culture and customs) and others

In addition to high school coursework, universities wilI continue to use grade point average, entrance examination scores, and other information in making admission decisions. Since admission requirements may differ among higher education institutions, it is essential that candidates communicate with colleges and universities about specific requirements for admission and that the school is aware of each girl’s aspirations. Surval must receive all past transcripts and details of her proposed destination and requirements before entering grades 11 or 12.

Courses in the High School program can be combined where the timetable allows with IGCSE and A level options, as well as the Surval Culinary Arts (cooking and pastry) and etiquette (culture and customs) courses. Every girl will be involved in the ‘Expanding Horizons’  programme of activities, sporting, charitable, musical, and academic. All courses ensure that girls have a broad and exciting curriculum to prepare them for the next stage of education or career. Please see comments under Sixth Form.

The American High School Program encompasses a wide range of subjects to help prepare students for further university studies in the US, Canada, Business schools, or other institutions. 

Please click on the sections below to learn more about the subjects and course details for each grade level. 

High School Program (College preparatory) 9th Grade

Freshman English
Basic Mathematics
Algebra - 101
General Science (all three sciences will be taught separately at Surval)
Global Studies
French – 101 (or another foreign language)

High School Program (College preparatory) 10th Grade

Sophomore English
Algebra  (Maths is taught as a complete subject, but for those taking the High School Program there is an emphasis on discrete aspects such as geometry, trigonometry etc)
World History
World Geography
French – 202 (or another foreign language)

High School Program (College preparatory) 11th Grade

American Literature and Composition
Advanced Algebra
Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus
United States History
French – 303  (or another foreign language)

High School Program (College preparatory) 12th Grade

Students are only accepted to the 12th grade at the beginning of the academic year in the fall trimester. They must have credits in the core subjects: English, French (or another foreign language), Social Studies, Mathematics and Science.

World Literature
Math Analysis
European History
Global problems - world issues
Advanced French (or equivalent advanced foreign language course)


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Academic Programmes

Programme Details

Who the programme is for: Students aged 14 to 18 who wish to follow the American model with access to universities and Colleges in Latin America, US and Canada, and in Switzerland itself.

Programme length: One to four years of study that will lead in Grade 12 to an American High School Diploma - an entrance requirement for US universities

Qualification: Upon successful completion in Grade 12, students gain the American High School Diploma

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