High School Curriculum
Stamford American’s High School program is aimed at meeting the academic, social and emotional needs of our learners in high school from Grade 9 to Grade 12. In addition to a rigorous academic syllabus, we advocate cultural understanding, positive social interactions and a thirst for lifelong learning.
Programs of Study: Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate & BTEC
Stamford American International School is the only school in Singapore to offer Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) and Business and Technical Education Council (BTEC) Diploma curricula. Students graduate with a US accredited Stamford High School Diploma alongside the opportunity to pursue the IB Diploma, AP International Diploma or BTEC Diploma that is aligned closely to their ambitions and future university or career plans.
Browse the High School Course Catalogue for the full list of courses.
Click here for CPE Approved Course Names.
All students graduate with a US accredited High School Diploma if they earn a minimum of 24 credits in the following subject areas:
- 4 credits in English
- 4 credits in elective units
- 3 credits each in Science, Mathematics, Foreign Language, and Individuals and Societies.
- 2 credits each in Physical and Health Education, and Arts
- Eight semesters [or the equivalent] of academic work beyond grade 8
- Completion of 2 semesters of Theory of Knowledge or Global Perspectives
- Completion of all objectives for Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS)
Middle Years Programme (Grades 6 - 10)
In Grades 9 and 10 all students are enrolled in the Middle Years Programme (MYP). Students in Grade 10 may choose to take up to two (2) AP courses in 10th grade, however they are still required to complete the Personal Project - the culminating project of the MYP. The Personal Project is mandatory for all Grade 10 students at Stamford. Successful students will receive the Personal Project Certificate. Students in Grade 10 may opt to take the MYP Certificate or Courses Certificate to enhance their HS diploma.
Advanced Placement Program (Grades 10 - 12)
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are one-year college-level courses where students can get a feel for the rigors of college-level studies while they still have the support of a high school environment. When students take AP courses, they demonstrate to college admission officers that they have sought out an educational experience that will prepare them for success in college and beyond. AP courses are available for students in grades 10, 11 or 12 here at Stamford, and students take AP exams at the end of the course in early May, measuring their mastery of college-level work. Rated 1-5, a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam can typically earn students college credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college in the USA—universities have different interpretation policies. For the exam-based university entrance systems (i.e., UK, Netherlands, Australia), AP exams can be taken instead. They are the equivalent of A-Levels.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (Grades 11 - 12)
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically sound and balanced programme of education for students in grades 11-12. It prepares students for success at university and life beyond through a programme that develops the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme is acknowledged and respected by thousands of universities worldwide. Students taking the full Diploma must take the classes for two years. Students not taking the full Diploma may take classes for two-years or one year and may change courses at the end of first year.
BTEC (Grades 11 - 12)
The Business & Technical Education Council (BTEC) International Level 3 is a vocational program of education for students in grades 11-12. It prepares students for success post secondary whether at university, work, or life beyond through a career related program that develops practical skills as well as the theoretical knowledge of the chosen field. The program is acknowledged and respected by thousands of universities worldwide. Students taking the full BTEC must take the classes for two years. Students not taking the full BTEC may take classes for two-years or one year and may change courses at the end of first year.
Stamford Courses (Grades 11 - 12)
These are most similar to what US high schools call “On-Level” or “College Prep” courses. Stamford courses are internally evaluated against assessments that ensure students have met the Common Core or AERO standards for that subject. Students earn a Stamford grade from 1-7 that will appear on their report card & transcript. However, since it is not an externally assessed subject, there is no ability to earn US university credit or to use these classes for entrance to university outside of North America. These courses are purely for students to accumulate the credits required for the Stamford US High School Diploma.
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