PREPARATORY, MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOLS’ CURRICULUM
FIA serves PreK-12 and grants an American high-school diploma after the successful completion of the 12th grade year (June 2023). Graduation requirements resemble American secondary standards and rigorous college preparatory studies found at the most selective private American day and boarding schools.
In the High School years (9th through 12th grades), basic introductory courses, taught at a college-preparatory level with an emphasis on independent learning skills, personal motivation and service, students are offered with a variety of electives for students to pursue their interests in depth. In the 10th and 11th grades, students are tested with the PSAT/NMSQT examinations. 11th and 12th graders take a variety of subject-area tests at the Advanced Placement and specialized topic areas typical of the CAPE and CXC examinations, depending on the student’s individual ability and interest level for future study. The Preparatory and Middle School years’ curricula focus on skill development, the discovery of self and one’s place in society, and the real-life learning that takes place around them.
The curriculum receives continuous review, from year to year, as part of FIA’s own mission and the requirements of FIA’s accreditation and certification standards, governed by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Commission on International Education (CIE).
All Middle and High-School students take 7 classes each semester of a two-semester school year, and Prep students are focused on shared classroom learning. Graduation requirements are determined by the year of entry into FIA.The grouping of the age groups is generally:
- PREP SCHOOL, grades PreK to 6
- MIDDLE SCHOOL, grades 7 and 8
- HIGH SCHOOL, grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
- POST-GRADUATE, a student who remains in secondary school after successfully receiving a secondary diploma.