FIA grants an American high-school diploma. Graduation requirements resemble American secondary standards and rigorous college preparatory studies found at the most selective private American day and boarding schools.
In the Middle Years (7th and 8th grades), students are exposed to traditional foundational subjects (language arts, visual and performing arts, sciences, mathematics, history, Spanish and physical education/health) with an emphasis on excellent habits, values and connectedness to the world around them.
After the Middle Years, 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 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 SAT II levels, depending on the student’s individual ability.
The middle-years’ 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 students take 7 classes each semester of a two-semester school year. Graduation requirements are determined by the year of entry into FIA.