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American Program

US Accredited


The American Program at Kingham Hill School is a fully accredited school by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

The American Program is a unique program allowing US pupils the opportunity to study at a traditional British boarding school while continuing to meet US educational requirements. The program is the first course in the United Kingdom to be developed in conjunction with and supported by the US State Department. In addition, Kingham Hill is the first (and only) British school to be accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and recognised by the US Department of Education.


American pupils attending Kingham Hill are fully integrated into the British educational system. A personalised academic plan based on a student’s year of entry and anticipated stay in the UK is developed for each American pupil.


For pupils who will not remain at Kingham Hill through to graduation, academic coursework is conducted to ensure that all pupils will continue working at grade-level to transition successfully to their next school. Pupils participating in the American Program are provided class time during the academic day to pursue course work in US History, American Government, or certified Advanced Placement (AP) courses, which give them the opportunity to earn U.S. college credit if they pass the AP exams. Kingham Hill is also an accredited test centre for APs® and PSATs®.


Participants in the American Program are provided with an American transcript upon leaving Kingham Hill. All coursework completed as part of the British National Curriculum is translated into American school credits and course grades. American pupils who remain at Kingham Hill through to 12th grade may earn a recognized US High School diploma and receive their qualification in a traditional cap and gown ceremony on Speech Day.


To support pupils joining the Kingham Hill community, the school’s Ambassador Program pairs each incoming student with a peer who shares similar interests, to help them with their social and academic transition.

Counselling services and placement advice are offered to graduating pupils planning to enrol at US or British colleges and universities. Support includes SAT and ACT prep, advice and feedback on college personal statements, and guidance on academic timetables to ensure that pupils take classes best suited to the college programs they aspire to be accepted to.

Best of both worlds

The American Program at Kingham Hill welcomes pupils from all nationalities who are interested in studying in the U.S. or taking accredited U.S. courses. Past British and international pupils who have benefited from the program are pupil-athletes who receive scholarships to play sport at a U.S. university, or pupils who aim to study at a U.S. institution, and need guidance in SAT & ACT prep and filling in an American university application form. All pupils receive personalised guidance and support based on their circumstances and aspirations.

Graduates of the American Program embark upon the next stage of their journey equipped to excel at the very best universities within Europe and the United States, prepared by the excellent academic and pastoral standards which are the cornerstones of Kingham Hill School.

For more information on the programme, please email Dani Heywood-Lonsdale, Director of American Program.


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