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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, with some offering International Baccalaureate courses in the last two years of study. In contrast, the American Academy’s curriculum is based on American and Canadian school systems, which allow the students to choose the subjects they want to study and identify the fields they want to focus on later in life.

Individual approach

Our unique concept gives the students the freedom choose courses they want to study at the level that best fits their needs and competencies. The classes are not necessarily divided according to grade level, but rather academic ability. 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 school 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 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 equivalent to university courses in the American and Canadian systems. Students take exams in these subjects, which are comparable to the IB exams and accepted by universities around the world.

Why study at the American Academy?

Freedom to choose subjects

Subjects divided according to 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

College acceptance map Class of 2019

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 educational system and the level of difficulty is generally similar as during the first year of university. A good score on AP exams 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, while in high school. AA students can work towards AP International Diploma which is accepted not only by schools in the USA and 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 academic department features courses 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

AA students

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

AA students

are required to earn

9

credits in order to receive

high school diploma

Math
Classes

Algebra I

Algebra II*

Geometry*

Personal Finance

AA students

are required to earn

9

credits in order to receive

high school diploma

Sciences
Classes

AP Environmental Science*

Integrated Science

Biology*

Modern Technology

AA students

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*

AA students

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

AA students

are required to earn

12

credits in order to receive

high school diploma

Social Studies
Classes

United States History

Systems of Government

International Relations

AA students

are required to earn

9

credits in order to receive

high school diploma

Math
Classes

Algebra I

Algebra II*

Geometry*

AA students

are required to earn

9

credits in order to receive

high school diploma

Sciences
Classes

Integrated Sciences

Biology*

Genetics*

AA students

are required to earn

9

credits in order to receive

high school diploma

World Languages
Classes

World Languages

Spanish I

German I

AA students

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. The number of courses offered will increase every year.

Thematic Learning

One 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.

Academic counseling

We are a school for students with international ambitions. We support our students with the admissions process to universities. We provide our students with

SAT preparation

Assistance with choosing the right school

Help with college application essays

Academic Year Schedule

Choose a campus

30

Friday
August 2019

Welcome BBQ

02

Monday
September 2019

First Day of School

30

Monday
September 2019

Teacher inservice day - no classes

21

Monday
October 2019

-

- 25

Friday
October 2019

Theme Week

28

Monday
October 2019

-

- 01

Friday
November 2019

Fall Break

29

Friday
November 2019

Last day of 1st trimester

02

Monday
December 2019

1st day of 2nd trimester

20

Friday
December 2019

-

- 03

Friday
January 2020

Christmas Break

10

Monday
February 2020

-

- 14

Friday
February 2020

Theme Week

17

Monday
February 2020

-

- 21

Friday
February 2020

Winter Break

13

Friday
March 2020

Last day of 2nd trimester

16

Monday
March 2020

Teacher inservice day - no classes

17

Tuesday
March 2020

1st day 3rd trimester

10

Friday
April 2020

-

- 17

Friday
April 2020

Spring break

01

Friday
May 2020

Czech holiday

08

Friday
May 2020

Czech holiday

25

Monday
May 2020

-

- 29

Friday
May 2020

Theme Week

12

Friday
June 2020

Last Day of School

12

Friday
June 2020

Graduation

02

Monday
September 2019

First day of fall trimester

21

Monday
October 2019

-

- 25

Friday
October 2019

Theme Week

28

Monday
October 2019

-

- 01

Friday
November 2019

Fall Break

18

Monday
November 2019

Volno - Inservice Day

02

Monday
December 2019

First day of winter trimester

20

Friday
December 2019

-

- 03

Friday
January 2020

Christmas Break

10

Monday
February 2020

-

- 14

Friday
February 2020

Theme Week

17

Monday
February 2020

-

- 21

Friday
February 2020

Winter Break

16

Monday
March 2020

Volno - Inservice Day

17

Tuesday
March 2020

First day of spring trimester

09

Thursday
April 2020

Volno - Inservice Day

10

Friday
April 2020

-

- 17

Friday
April 2020

Spring break

01

Friday
May 2020

Czech holiday

08

Friday
May 2020

Czech holiday

01

Monday
June 2020

-

- 05

Friday
June 2020

Theme Week

12

Friday
June 2020

Last day of spring trimester

13

Saturday
June 2020

Graduation

02

Monday
September 2019

Welcome BBQ

21

Monday
October 2019

-

- 25

Friday
October 2019

Theme Week

28

Monday
October 2019

-

- 01

Friday
November 2019

Fall Break

20

Friday
December 2019

-

- 07

Tuesday
January 2020

Christmas Break

03

Monday
February 2020

Mid-year break

10

Monday
February 2020

-

- 14

Friday
February 2020

Theme Week

17

Monday
February 2020

-

- 21

Friday
February 2020

Winter Break

10

Friday
April 2020

-

- 17

Friday
April 2020

Spring break

01

Friday
May 2020

National Holiday

08

Friday
May 2020

National Holiday

25

Monday
May 2020

-

- 29

Friday
May 2020

Theme Week

12

Friday
June 2020

Last Day of School

Open Day

at the American Academy in Prague

January 23rd

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