US high school diploma overview

All students who graduate from Leysin American School are awarded the LAS US High School Diploma, including students who undertake the full International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. This prestigious high school diploma is accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council for International Schools.

LAS offers an academically balanced curriculum from Grades 7 through 12 leading to this award, with an ESL option for those who need support in English. Over the course of the program, students will concentrate on the key academic areas required for university entrance—English, mathematics and science—as well as other important subjects that help to develop greater personal and social awareness—modern languages, social sciences, humanities and arts.

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US Diploma timeframe:

  • Start of year: August
  • End of year: June
  • Two semesters per year, beginning in August and January
  • Students take at least six subjects per semester
  • Each course provides one credit per year

US Diploma Credits

Our students come from many countries and bring the value of their cultural experience and education to the campus. To accommodate the differences in curriculum and academic focus of each country, and to give each student the best opportunity to succeed, students are guided to obtain a certain number of credits at LAS to graduate, based on the entry-level grade determined by their transcripts.

Students starting in:

  • 9th grade need 24 credits to graduate
  • 10th grade need 18 credits to graduate
  • 11th grade need 12 credits to graduate
  • 12th grade need 6 credits to graduate