Academics

U.S. EDUCATIONAL MODEL TAUGHT WITH A LOCAL FOCUS

Our programs are designed to help students explore their interests and provide a challenging curriculum to ensure cultural understanding and language acquisition and help meet the requirements of a student’s sending school back home.

  • SYA is an accredited school, and nearly all courses are taught at the AP or Honors level.
  • Students are graded on an A-F system.
  • Grades with teacher comments are made available to families and home schools on a quarterly basis.
  • SYA schools are official test centers for the College Board and, in our European schools, the American College Test (ACT). Each school has a college counseling liaison to help students along on their college journey.

STUDENTS ARE SUPPORTED BY DEDICATED FACULTY

  • Courses conducted in local language are taught by native speakers. The goal is to enable students to actively communicate with their host family and to participate in the culture of their adopted communities as soon as possible.
  • At the end of the year, the vast majority of our students – even those who came as beginners– take the AP Language and Culture exam relevant to their host country.
  • Courses conducted in English are taught by teachers hired from top U.S. schools.
  • 44 specialized faculty members accustomed to guiding U.S. high school students as they immerse themselves in the SYA experience at our four schools; 38 of them hold advanced degrees and the average tenure of local faculty is 13 years.

LEARNING BEYOND THE CONVENTIONAL CLASSROOM

SYA’s curriculum lives in and outside of the classroom:

  • Students engage in fieldwork in the local community including research and interviewing local citizens.
  • Opportunities to participate in collaborative projects with peers at other SYA schools and with organizations and partners like, Model United Nations, Global Issues Network and News-Decoder.
  • Co-curricular opportunities managed by onsite Activities, Service and Wellness coordinator.