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Stamford American International School’s Secondary Program recognizes and addresses the broad range of needs of young adolescent learners, while encouraging them to appreciate cultural diversity. We promote positive social interactions and provide opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for lifelong learning.

1st and Only School to Offer American and International Baccalaureate Curriculums

Stamford American is proud to be the first and only school to offer both the American and International Baccalaureate Curriculums. Graduating with either the IB Diploma or High School Diploma with Advanced Placement credits, or both, gives your child unparalleled choice and competitive advantage.

Grade 11 and 12 students can choose from 40+ IB courses and 20 AP courses. Please see our Secondary School Course Guide below for more information on individual courses.

40+ IB Courses 

IB DP English B HL IBDP English A - Language & Literature SL/HL
IBDP English A - Literature SL/HL IBDP Mandarin Ab Initio SL
IBDP Spanish Ab Initio SL IBDP Mandarin B SL
IBDP Spanish B SL IBDP Mandarin B HL
IBDP Spanish B HL IBDP Mandarin A:Language and Literature SL/HL
IBDP Spanish A: Language and Literature SL/HL IBDP Language A: Self-Taught Literature SL
IBDP Business and Management SL/HL IBDP Economics SL/HL
IBDP Biology SL/HL IBDP Psychology SL/HL
IBDP Physics SL/HL IBDP Psychology SL/HL
IBDP Math Studies SL/HL IBDP Design Technology SL/HL
IBDP Mathematics SL IBDP Mathematics SL
IBDP Visual Arts HL IBDP Theater SL/HL
IBDP Theory of Knowledge IBDP Music SL/HL
IBDP History - 20th Century World and History of the Americas SL/HL  

20 AP Courses 

AP English Language and Composition AP English Literature and Composition
AP Chinese Language and Culture AP Spanish Language and Culture
AP World Languages and Culture AP World History
AP United States Government and Politics AP Comparative Government and Politics
AP Macroeconomics AP Microeconomics
AP Psychology AP Chemistry
AP Computer Science A AP Environmental Science
AP Biology AP Statistics
AP Calculus AB AP Studio Art

Grades 6 to 12

At Stamford, we pay particular attention to supporting the emotional, social, physical and academic needs of all our developmental adolescents. Our qualified staff are caring, experienced and well trained to encourage the best from this special age group. Stamford is an authorized school for the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) and students in Grade 6 to Grade 10 receive instruction in eight MYP courses: Language A-English, Humanities, Technology, Mathematics, Science, Arts (Music, Drama, Choir and Art), Physical Education and Language B-Spanish or Mandarin. 

Stamford is an IB World School offering the IB Diploma Program (DP). Our Secondary School students will have the opportunity to graduate with AP credits, a High School Diploma, and a way of thinking that makes them contributing citizens within a global community. We believe this will serve them well as they make their way in society.

Stamford High School Diploma & Transcript

Students who graduate from Stamford can earn an American High School Diploma. Students must earn a minimum of 20 credits
including achieving the following required 18 credits on their school transcript:

  • English - 4 credits
  • Modern Language and Social Sciences - Overall 6 credits with a minimum of 3 credits in Social Sciences and 2 credits in Modern Language.
  • Mathematics including Computer Science and Experimental Science - Overall 6 credits with a minimum of 2 credits in Mathematics/Computer Sciences and 2 credits in Experimental Science.
  • The Arts (Art/Drama/Music) - 1 credit
  • Physical Education and Health - 1 credit

Honors Diplomas will be given to graduates meeting additional requirements including a grade point average greater than 3.0 on a 4.3 scale (in both their junior and senior years) and 24 total credits.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB DP)

Stamford’s Secondary Program in Grade 11 and 12 follows the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards in addition to the AP and DP. The DP is a comprehensive and challenging pre-university course of study that demands the best from motivated students and teachers. The two-year curriculum is one of the highest regarded academic programs for students age 16-19 available in the world. The DP is a unique program designed to prepare students for entrance to universities in the United States and worldwide. Research conducted in the UK reveals that university admissions offices recognize that the skills developed by DP students makes them highly desirable applicants for university. Beyond completing college-level courses and examinations, DP students are also required to engage in community service, individual research and an inquiry into the nature of knowledge. The DP curriculum contains six subject groups together with a core made up of three separate parts: extended essay, theory of knowledge and creativity, action, service. The two-year course of study leads to externally-assessed final examinations and a qualification widely recognized by the world’s leading colleges and universities for its high academic standards.

Assessment & Achievement

Each student’s achievements are continually assessed. Teachers use a variety of assessment techniques including testing for knowledge and skills, observations, portfolios of student’s work and analysis of book, project and practical work. Attitude, learning skills, social relationships and effort are considered equally important when looking at the overall development of the child.

Detailed descriptive reports are given to parents four times a year and parent/teacher conferences are also held to discuss each student’s social and academic progress. Achievement of students is benchmarked according to American standards in an external assessment held each Fall and Spring called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).

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