HOW DOES IT WORK?
The programme begins when students are 14 years of age as it is designed to be taken with a certain degree of comfort over two or three years, in such a way that students simultaneously study their subjects at their national educational centre along with 2 to 4 American subjects per year.
MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT
The control and monitoring of students both by programme supervisors and American teachers is extremely meticulous. Parents will be periodically informed of the students progress by the local programme supervisor who will meet all students regularly to help them resolve doubts and different questions related to the programme. At the same time, the local programme supervisor and American teachers will continuously monitor the achievements and progress and will contact students from time to time to make sure that they successfully follow and complete the programme, meeting all deadlines.
Parents will have access to the local programme supervisor and students assessments. Like this, they will be fully informed.
The assessment of students will be continuous through the observation of their progress in the fulfilment of their tasks and the educational goals of each module. Students must successfully fulfil tasks, projects and online tests and quizzes. The grade of performance and command over all these aspects will be assessed by the teachers. Marks will range from A to F. A being the highest mark and F being the lowest. Students will obtain a C mark as a minimum in every subject. If not the coursework or subject will need to be repeated.
Students are expected to make a genuine effort similar to other quality extracurricular activities such as at a music conservatory or an Official Language School. Their determination is essential to the success of the programme.
The professionality and qualifications of American High School teachers is another of the keys to the success of the programme. The interaction between participants and teachers should be constant and fluid, making students express themselves in English. Teachers duties will include:
Holding tutorial meetings
Solving possible doubts
Being accesible for students
Holding master classes
The different courses of the Dual Diploma Programme are taught by qualified, competent, native teachers with high-quality teaching tools and an excellent syllabus updated according to legislative changes. Students will be able to have live sessions with teachers which are fundamental for detecting the difficulties a student may be having, to strengthen knowledge, to clarify possible doubts and to practice their English.
NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN AHS DUAL DIPLOMA PROGRAMME
The importance of new technologies has been, and indeed is, an unquestionable matter. Its influence and vertiginous development is felt in all areas of society. These technological advances oblige educational institutions to follow the rhythm of social demands which characterise these modern times. This programme is the definitive tool towards the maximum knowledge of technological skills where ethical, scientific and social abilities are also relevant. Furthermore, it prepares students for the real working world which they will face in the years to come.
HOW DOES E-LEARNING WORK?
Communication is one of the keys to success of the American High School Dual Diploma Programme and the virtual learning environment. Therefore, communication between teachers and students will be constant and fluid. Every subject is taught by qualified, competent teachers with whom students can communicate via email, phone, instant messaging or video conference. All these means of communication are essential and expected to be regularly used.
Learning is developed on a digital platform where students have access to a personal storage cloud, where they will have access to the syllabus, exercises and academic contents. They will send their exercises, activities, projects and tests to the Learning Management System (LMS). Exams and tests will also be sat via this system.