Kingham Hill School offers American pupils and their families the best of both worlds: a first class American education taught by dedicated experts, coupled with the rich cultural experience of learning within a school that has been educating and developing young people for almost 130 years.
The American Program is unique as it allows US pupils the educational opportunity to study at a traditional British boarding school whilst continuing to meet US educational requirements during their time abroad.
The program is the first of its kind in the UK and was developed in conjunction with the US State Department. Additionally, Kingham Hill School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) and recognised by the US Department of Education.
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 credits 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.
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.
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 include athletic pupils who have received scholarships to play sport at a U.S. university, or pupils who aim to study at a U.S. institution. The support and guidance provided in preparing for SAT & ACTs and completing American university application forms have led to a successful placements at U.S colleges. All pupils receive personalised guidance 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.
Ian, American Program Graduate
"Kingham Hill has given me a challenging academic environment with the opportunity to grow alongside peers and make lasting relationships. My grades have vastly improved since I have been here.
The communal feeling is very unique. No matter where you go, there's always someone to lend a hand or a member of staff to help you on your way."
Annis, American Program Graduate
"I like the fact that it is a small school, and being a border you really get to know your teachers well which makes it easy to get help when you need it.
The American Program is great as it helps bridge the gap between the British and American education system. It has also helped me with my applications to US universities, as I think it has given me a different experience, my learning more varied and I have a wider point of view and more opportunities than I would have had if I hadn't been here.
I like the family atmosphere, it is really unique to Kingham Hill. Even if you don't know someone, they don't feel like strangers, and I have made some amazing friends."
The strength of the school community is remarkable. Pupils receive a high quality education in a supportive, warm and beautiful environment. NEASC 2015.