At Rochester School, the academic path for high school consists of semester-based classes from Grades 9-12, as is the case at university, in which students choose their courses according to their preferences and GPA (grade point average). Students can choose between a Humanistic or Scientific focus, each of which has a differentiated academic course load to strengthen their knowledge and skills associated with their chosen path. Many of our students take Advanced Placement (AP) courses in their senior year, and these courses enable students to prepare for academic success at university, as well as obtain college credits in the following areas:
What is Advanced Placement?
It is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. Students with qualifying scores on the AP exams receive undergraduate course credits. Universities from around the world recognize AP courses as a standard of academic excellence, granting curricular equivalencies. During the admission process, most universities also give favorable consideration for those participating in these courses.
AP provides students with the chance to expand their opportunities. Being able to tackle university-level work, while still in high school, is a challenge, but at the same time, a unique benefit. Students get to see and feel what it is like to do college coursework. They set high goals, test themselves and overcome the challenges in a familiar environment, developing strong study habits and enjoying an excellent educational experience, going into depth in those subjects that they most like.
We are a Glasser Quality School where emphasis is placed on the development of leadership and autonomy for all of our students. These courses help our students foster informed and conscious decision making prior to entering university.
What other aspects contribute to preparing our students for post-secondary education?
Beginning in 9th grade, our students participate in the “Life Project.” The program’s purpose is to help students choose the college major that will enable them to realize their project. This is a program based on self-awareness, and it uses different methodologies, such as workshops, psychometric assessments, skills and interest inventories, interviews, and university visits.
In 9th and 10th grade, students take different standardized exams as grade-level requirements. Among these exams are the TOEFL iBT, the DELF (Diploma of French Language Studies, French proficiency exam), the Celpi-Bras (Brazilian Portuguese proficiency exam), and the national Prueba Saber exam. If the students so choose, they can also take the SAT, PSAT, and AP exams.