Academics

Academics

American College Preparatory Academy has partnered with one of the best curriculum developers in the world to offer an extensive suite of rigorous high school coursework. With over 30 core classes and more than 100 elective classes to choose from our students are free to explore courses and areas of study not available in a traditional school setting.

Our bi-lingual teachers assist our students not only with course content but in helping each student to set high standards for themselves in academic mastery and intellectual growth. ACPA also believes that service, leadership skills and integrity are all essential components in a student’s education. The staff at ACPA actively encourages students to take part in serving their community through volunteer opportunities and outreach programs. When we seek to improve the world we live in, we improve our own lives as well.

 

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Important Facts

In the United States, there are public, private, and charter college preparatory schools, either parochial or secular. Admission is sometimes based on specific selection criteria, usually academic, but some schools have open enrollment. Fewer than 1% of students enrolled in school, in the United States attend an independent, private prep school, compared to 9% who attend parochial schools and 88% who attend public schools.

Some schools specialize in courses or curricula that prepare students for a specific field of study, while others use the label as a promotional tool without offering programs that differ from a conventional high school.

The term “prep school” in the U.S. is usually associated with private, elite institutions that have very selective admission criteria and high tuition fees.Prep schools can be day schools, boarding schools, or both, and may be co-educational or single-sex. Currently day schools are more common than boarding, and since the 1970s co-educational schools are more common than single-sex.Unlike the public schools which are free, they charge tuition ($10,000 to 40,000+ a year in 2014) Some prep schools are affiliated with a particular religious denomination. Unlike parochial schools, independent preparatory schools are not governed by a religious organization, and students are usually not required to receive instruction in one particular religion. While independent prep schools in the United States are not subject to government oversight or regulation, they are accredited by one of the six regional accreditation agencies for educational institutions.