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Academics

THE AMERICAN SCHOOL

American Academy was founded as an alternative to the international schools in Prague, Brno and, beginning in September 2019, in Bratislava. Most of the international schools in these cities teach primarily according to the British curriculum, while some of them also offer International Baccalaureate courses in the last two years of study. In contrast, the American Academy’s curriculum is based on American and Canadian scholar systems, which - unlike the British one - allow the students to choose the subjects they want to study and specialize in the fields they want to focus on later in life.

Individual approach

Our unique concept gives the students the freedom choose what they want to study at the level that best fits their needs and competences. The classes are not necessarily divided according to age, but rather level. This allows for an academic atmosphere where the differences in ability level between students are not so large, ultimately allowing our teachers to approach teaching more individually, and therefore, more effectively.

World-inspired curriculum

Thanks to the American and Canadian curricula which, contrary to the British system, do not use any standardized and centralized tests, we are able to apply school-wide thematic weeks each trimester. The inspiration for this comes from the Finnish scholar system, well-known as one of the best in the world, which focuses on project-based and thematic learning. Upon graduation from American Academy, our students receive a High School Diploma, equivalent of the czech “maturita”, which is widely accepted at universities around the world.

Preparation for a university study anywhere in the world

Much like the International Baccalaureate Diploma or British high school diploma, our students must get their diploma validated if they want to apply for a Czech university. It is a process which we are familiar with and we are happy to help the students go through it. American Academy also offers Advanced Placement courses, which are the highest level university courses in the American and Canadian systems. Students take exams from these subjects, which are accepted as equivalent to the IB exams and accepted by universities around the world.

Why study at the American Academy?

Freedom to choose the subjects

Subjects divided according to the level of difficulty

Thematic week every trimester

Experienced teachers from around the world

Advanced Placement courses

15 students in a class

Family environment

Possibility to study at universities around the world

Advanced Placement courses

American Academy offers AP (Advancement Placement) courses for students who want to apply for prestigious universities around the world. These subjects are typical for the American scholar system and the level of difficulty is generally similar as during the first year of university. Successful completion of AP courses improves the chances for a student to be accepted by a university. Foreign universities, especially, prefer students who are capable of studying subjects at the university level, already in high school. When these subjects are successfully completed, the student receives an AP International Diploma which is accepted not only by schools in the USA or Canada, but around the world as well.

SUBJECTS

The academic year of the American Academy is divided into trimesters. In each trimester, students choose 5 subjects from 6 categories to study every day. A lesson lasts 70 minutes. Students are awarded 1 credit for each successfully passed subject at the end of a trimester. In total, students are required to achieve 60 credits in order to graduate.

Each scholastic department features several subjects that students can choose from. Courses can last one to two trimesters or the entire academic year. Our counselors advise each student with his or her subject selections.

English
Classes

English Composition & Literature

World Literature*

Creative Writing*

AP English*

Poetry & Lyrics

Business Communications

Journalism

Publishing

iCommunicate

Myths & Legends

Students applying to AA:

are required to earn

12

credits in order to receive

high school diploma

Social Studies
Classes

United States History

Sociology

AP European History*

Systems of Government

International Relations

Macroeconomics

Microeconomics

Students applying to AA:

are required to earn

9

credits in order to receive

high school diploma

Math
Classes

Algebra I

Algebra II*

Geometry*

Personal Finance

Students applying to AA:

are required to earn

9

credits in order to receive

high school diploma

Sciences
Classes

AP Environmental Science*

Integrated Science

Biology*

Modern Technology

Students applying to AA:

are required to earn

9

credits in order to receive

high school diploma

World Languages
Classes

Spanish I

Spanish II*

German I

Chinese I

AP Chinese*

Students applying to AA:

are required to earn

6

credits in order to receive

high school diploma

Electives
Classes

High School Orientation

Physical Education

Dance

Business I

Business II*


* prerequisite

English
Classes

Creative Writing

English Composition & Literature

World Literature*

Journalism

Students applying to AA:

are required to earn

12

credits in order to receive

high school diploma

Social Studies
Classes

United States History

Systems of Government

International Relations

Students applying to AA:

are required to earn

9

credits in order to receive

high school diploma

Math
Classes

Algebra I

Algebra II*

Geometry*

Students applying to AA:

are required to earn

9

credits in order to receive

high school diploma

Sciences
Classes

Integrated Sciences

Biology*

Genetics*

Students applying to AA:

are required to earn

9

credits in order to receive

high school diploma

World Languages
Classes

World Languages

Spanish I

German I

Students applying to AA:

are required to earn

6

credits in order to receive

high school diploma

Electives
Classes

High School Orientation

Dance


* prerequisite

Subjects for Bratislava have not been published yet, we will add them soon.

The subject offer is valid for the academic year 2018/2019 only. We expect the offer to widen variety of subjects in the upcoming year.

When you begin your studies at the American Academy as a Freshman in 9th grade, it is possible to tailor your very own schedule for the math lessons (9 credits in 12 trimesters) throughout the 4-year American Academy program.

Thematic Learning

The last week of every trimester is dedicated to thematic learning. There are 3 topics chosen for each academic year. This learning method has been inspired by the current educational reform in Finland, where thematic learning has been universally implemented. In Finland, it is believed that students should study complex issues contextually.

Educational Counseling

We are a school for students with international ambitions. We put in the maximum effort possible into helping our students with the admissions process to foreign universities. We provide our students with

SAT preparation

Assistance with choosing the right school

Preparation for university interviews

Daily schedule

1. hour

8:30 – 9:40

2. hour

9:50 – 11:00

3. hour

11:10 – 12:20

Lunch

12:20 – 13:00

4. hour

13:00 – 14:10

5. hour

14:20 – 15:30

Academic Year Schedule

Choose a campus

School year 2018/19

29

Wednesday
August 2018

Welcome BBQ and Schedule & Yearbook delivery

03

Monday
September 2018

1st Day of School

28

Friday
September 2018

No School – National Holiday

01

Monday
October 2018

Parent Council Meeting

15

Monday
October 2018

Parent/Teacher Meetings

24

Wednesday
October 2018

-

- 31

Wednesday
October 2018

Theme Week – Term 1

01

Thursday
November 2018

-

- 04

Sunday
November 2018

No school, Fall Break

05

Monday
November 2018

Parent Council Meeting

30

Friday
November 2018

Last Day of Term 1

03

Monday
December 2018

First Day of Term 2

03

Monday
December 2018

Parent Council Meeting

20

Thursday
December 2018

-

- 06

Sunday
January 2019

No School – Winter Holiday

14

Monday
January 2019

Parent Council Meeting

04

Monday
February 2019

-

- 08

Friday
February 2019

Theme Week – Term 2

09

Saturday
February 2019

-

- 17

Sunday
February 2019

No school – Winter Break

04

Monday
March 2019

Parent Council Meeting

15

Friday
March 2019

Last Day of Term 2

18

Monday
March 2019

First Day of Term 3

01

Monday
April 2019

Parent Council Meeting

19

Friday
April 2019

-

- 26

Friday
April 2019

No school - Spring Break

30

Tuesday
April 2019

Parent/Teacher Meetings

01

Wednesday
May 2019

No School – National Holiday

06

Monday
May 2019

Parent Council Meeting

08

Wednesday
May 2019

No School – National Holiday

13

Monday
May 2019

-

- 17

Friday
May 2019

Theme Week – Term 3

14

Friday
June 2019

Last day of School

15

Saturday
June 2019

Graduation Ceremony
Schedule for Brno for the school year 2018/19.

02

Monday
July 2018

Course Selections open to new enrollees

31

Tuesday
July 2018

Last day to submit course selections

30

Thursday
August 2018

Welcome BBQ and Schedule & Yearbook delivery

03

Monday
September 2018

1st Day of School

28

Friday
September 2018

No School – National Holiday

18

Thursday
October 2018

Parent/Teacher Meetings

01

Thursday
November 2018

-

- 04

Sunday
November 2018

No school, Fall Break

05

Monday
November 2018

-

- 09

Friday
November 2018

Theme Week – Term 1

20

Tuesday
November 2018

Parent Council Meeting

30

Friday
November 2018

Last Day of Term 1

03

Monday
December 2018

First Day of Term 2

20

Thursday
December 2018

-

- 06

Sunday
January 2019

No School – Winter Holiday

22

Tuesday
January 2019

Parent/Teacher Meetings

29

Tuesday
January 2019

Parent Council Meeting

04

Monday
February 2019

-

- 08

Friday
February 2019

Theme Week – Term 2

09

Saturday
February 2019

-

- 17

Sunday
February 2019

No school – Winter Break

15

Friday
March 2019

Last Day of Term 2

18

Monday
March 2019

First Day of Term 3

02

Tuesday
April 2019

Parent Council Meeting

09

Tuesday
April 2019

Parent/Teacher Meetings

19

Friday
April 2019

-

- 26

Friday
April 2019

No school - Spring Break

01

Wednesday
May 2019

No School – National Holiday

08

Wednesday
May 2019

No School – National Holiday

09

Thursday
May 2019

-

- 17

Friday
May 2019

Theme Week – Term 3

14

Friday
June 2019

Last day of School
Schedule for Bratislava for the school year 2018/19.

02

Monday
July 2018

Course Selections open to new enrollees

31

Tuesday
July 2018

Last day to submit course selections

29

Wednesday
August 2018

Welcome BBQ and Schedule & Yearbook delivery

03

Monday
September 2018

1st Day of School

28

Friday
September 2018

No School – National Holiday

22

Monday
October 2018

-

- 31

Wednesday
October 2018

Theme Week – Term 1

01

Thursday
November 2018

-

- 05

Monday
November 2018

No school, Fall Break

22

Saturday
December 2018

-

- 06

Sunday
January 2019

No School – Winter Holiday

04

Monday
February 2019

-

- 08

Friday
February 2019

Theme Week – Term 2

09

Saturday
February 2019

-

- 17

Sunday
February 2019

No school – Winter Break

19

Friday
April 2019

-

- 22

Monday
April 2019

No school - Spring Break

13

Monday
May 2019

-

- 17

Friday
May 2019

Theme Week – Term 3

01

Wednesday
May 2019

No School – National Holiday

08

Wednesday
May 2019

No School – National Holiday

14

Friday
June 2019

Last day of School
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