The US High School Diploma

Unlock your true potential with an American high school qualification





Next intake

September 2022

English level

IELTS 4.5 or 41/100
on the EF English Test


1-4 years

Preparation course


The curriculum

The US High School Diploma follows an American-style curriculum that offers flexibility and breadth of subject options. This American high school qualification opens the doors to universities anywhere in North America and is widely recognized by international universities worldwide. Students build their own schedule from a range of required and elective courses. Courses are available at different difficulty levels, and your Pathway Manager will help you make a selection that match your learning level and interests.

At EF Academy, university advising and preparation for the SAT and ACT are built into the US High School Diploma program. On successful completion of this program, graduates are awarded a US High School Diploma accredited by the State Department of Education.


subjects per year


courses to choose from

The US High School Diploma is for you if:

Build your high school schedule

Below is a sample of the courses available to US High School Diploma students at EF Academy. Download our curriculum to see the full list of courses on offer this year.

Language and literature

Explore a range of literary texts and language techniques for different purposes and audiences in your native or a fluent language.

English language and composition

English literature

English language arts

World literature



Language acquisition

Learn an additional language or two to broaden your cultural horizons.




EAL Resource room

English as an additional language (EAL)

EAL Guided reading and writing


Study relevant social, historical, geographical and cultural topics to expand your understanding of the world, past and present.

American history and culture

Business studies

Foundations of learning and knowledge (FOLK)

Global history and politics

The 20th century

World history, culture and geography


Learn about our universe through the sciences and solidify your knowledge with hands-on experiments.


Combined science

Computer science


Environmental systems and societies



Develop reasoning and analytical thinking skills to become a better problem solver.



Fundamental math




The Arts

Exercise your creative thinking and expression through a range of artistic media.

Art and design


Communication arts



History of rock 'n' roll



Course offerings are subject to change. For our current list of courses, download this year's US High School Diploma curriculum.

Enrichment curriculum

The US High School Diploma curriculum encompasses co-curricular learning as well as academic courses in order to educate the whole student.


Regular, small group guidance meetings for academic support and personal guidance.

  • Organizational skills

  • Social and emotional development

  • Community-building

Creativity, Activity, Service

Involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies.

  • Creative expression

  • Physical activity

  • Service learning

Health and wellness

Developing a healthy lifestyle and mindset to live a balanced, fulfilling life.

  • Physical education

  • Mental wellbeing

  • Self-care

Graduate ready for university

As the most popular high school qualification in the US, the US High School Diploma is renowned for developing students into multitalented, resourceful graduates. At EF Academy, we complement the curriculum by assigning each student a University Advisor to provide personalized application advice, interview preparation and help highlight your strengths to universities.

Customize your high school program

Bridge Program + US High School Diploma

If you have your heart set on enrolling in the US High School Diploma but are unsure of your English level, we offer a preparation course to equip you with the skills to succeed in this full-time program in English. Talk to our admissions team to find out more.

US High School Diploma + IB Courses

Students who wish to demonstrate a keen interest in certain subjects can add a selection of IB Courses to the US High School Diploma. With this combination, students receive IB certificates for each course completed and do not need to complete the IB Core.

FAQ - US High School Diploma

Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about the US High School Diploma.