While there is no central American curriculum, the common themes of enquiry based learning and student-centred planning run throughout. This has made American international schools a popular choice for students wishing to enter into further education in North America. Secondary students typically take the SAT exam and may have the opportunity for Advanced Placement as well.
An American international school starts with entry to Kindergarten at age 5. Students can study through to Grade 12, when they are awarded the American High School Diploma. The American Diploma is accepted for entrance by all US universities and colleges and is increasingly recognised by other universities around the world.
American curriculum schools are generally accredited by the Council of International Schools and/or the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.