All students who meet the graduation requirements earn an American High School Diploma. In addition, students must decide whether to participate in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and/or the Spanish National Program. ASV was authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in the 2004-05 school year by the IBO organization. Since that date, students at ASV have the option of following the IB Diploma Program alone or in combination with the Spanish National Program. This is an important decision that ASV students make in collaboration with their family, guidance counselor and high school administration.
Students have three options:
- Spanish National Program.
- IB Diploma + Spanish National Program.
- IB Diploma.
Students in 12th grade also receive classes in Spanish for science and mathematics in order to prepare them for the Selectividad exam.
The ASV High School Diploma is required for all Spanish nationals (except for special circumstances and with written approval of the H.S. Principal) and leads to convalidación (official recognition and acceptance) of the diploma with the Spanish Ministry of Education and subsequent registration for the Selectividad exam at the end of the 12th grade.
American High School Diploma Graduation requirements
4 years of attendance in Grades 9 through 12 at ASV or another accredited or recognized institution at the high school level.
The accumulation of the following credit units:
4 credits of English.
4 credits of Spanish Language and Literature.
4 credits of Social Science.
3 credits of Mathematics.
3 credits of Science.
1 credits of Physical Education.
19 credits in required subjects and 7 additional credits in elective subjects.
26 credits total for graduation.
Admission into Spanish universities
Admission to a Spanish university requires that ASV students meet the following criteria: The student has passed 10th grade which has subsequently been validated as Título de Graduado en Educación Secundaria. The student has achieved a ASV High School Diploma which has been validated as Título de Bachillerato. The student has passed the Selectividad (Spanish university entrance exam).
Recognition of American Studies by the Spanish Ministry of Education:
Upon completion of the 10th grade, validation of the Título de Bachiller is processed by the school.
A minimum of 16 credits is required including the subjects of Spanish Language and Culture in accordance with the Royal Decree 806/1993, art. 11, May 28th (B.O.E., 149, June 23rd 1993.
Students who have transferred from other schools should have their studies validated by the Spanish educational authorities prior to admission to ASV. Special cases will be reviewed individually by the ASV Administration.
Once a student has finished 12th grade and obtained the ASV High School Diploma, recognition of studies equivalent to Título de Bachillerato is procured from the Spanish Ministry of Education.
The School will arrange for those students who have obtained a High School Diploma, and who meet the requirements established by the Technical Secretary of the Spanish Ministry of Education, to take this test which is specifically designed for students coming from recognized and validated foreign studies centers.
Due to Spanish University entrance exams, the 12th grade calendar is designed to complete the academic year in mid-May in order to submit academic records to the Spanish Ministry of Education UNED by the established deadlines. For the remainder of the school year the student schedule is modified to allow for an in-depth review of subjects considered to be of prime importance for the exam.