High School & Beyond

High School Opportunities

Your child’s learning journey for the last four years of high school is assured. Our co-located neighbor school XCL World Academy grants automatic access to all graduates from XCL American Academy without requiring any up-front entrance fees. This gives students a seamless transition into the only premier school on the island that is laser-focused on providing students with the best preparation to be the leaders of tomorrow – by providing them with the necessary skills, knowledge, and exposure to advanced technology that our children need to succeed.

Students can choose from one of 12 available pathways to graduation (three pathways in Grades 9 & 10, and four pathways in Grades 11 & 12), including continuing their American curriculum studies, or pursuing the academically rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. During the final year of studies at XCL American Academy, each family will be provided with the opportunity to meet Counselors from XCL World Academy to help your child select the right pathway aligned to their personal goals.

What Your Child Can Expect

Starting from Grade 8 in XCL American Academy, and continuing every year in XCL World Academy, all students receive counseling and coaching every year, to help them choose the pathway that is a perfect fit for their learning styles and preferences.

XCL World Academy – Twelve Pathways for Your Child’s Future

When it comes time to choose a high school program that is right for your child, XCL World Academy offers more choices than any other school on the island.

Grades 9 – 10


Pathway 1: Advanced Placement (AP) Program*

Students can start earning college credits, starting from Grade 9, in the subjects they are best at. For students serious about further studies in the United States, obtaining AP college credits can be a great way to gain entry into some of the most prestigious colleges, and can potentially lead to high scholarship offers and waivers of the first year of studies, a significant saving for parents.

The Advanced Placement Program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue university-level studies while still in high school, with the opportunity to earn credit (points toward an undergraduate degree) or advanced placement (the opportunity to skip an introductory level university course).

AP is recognized in the admissions process by more than 4,000 universities worldwide and outside the US. Over 600 universities in more than 60 countries recognize qualifying AP Exam scores.

AP courses and exams are available in secondary schools and measure mastery of university-level course content. The program allows students to develop a global perspective, as well as skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving. AP is recognized as a highly desirable academic credential around the globe.

Pathway 2: US High School Diploma Track

Students can start taking courses towards a US high school diploma, accredited by WASC which is recognized globally.


Pathway 3: IB Middle Years Program

  • IB framework, philosophy, and learner profile
  • Interdisciplinary learning
  • Project/team-based learning
  • MYP e-Assessments
  • Early IB Diploma preparation

Grades 11 – 12


Pathway 1: Advanced Placement (AP) Program*

Students can continue selecting additional AP subjects and obtaining further college credits.

Pathway 2: US High School Diploma

  • WASC accreditation provides the same equivalency as High School Diplomas in the USA
  • Our High School Diploma is recognized in most English-speaking countries throughout the world
  • Access to Universities/Colleges is assured


Pathway 3: IB Diploma Program

The IB Diploma Program (DP) is an academically challenging two-year pre-university curriculum. It is a highly regarded qualification with final external examinations aimed at preparing students aged 16-19 for success at university and life beyond. The program has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

Pathway 4: IB Career-related Program

The IB Career-related Program (CP) is designed for students 16-19 years of age who wish to combine academic study with career-related learning in the last two years of senior high school. It rigorously integrates academic and practical learning and aims to develop skills, knowledge and competencies required for lifelong learning.

*The American Advanced Placement (AP) will tentatively be offered from AY 2024 onwards, subject to approval by the relevant government authorities.

Why Our Curriculum

Starting from Grade 8 in XCL American Academy, and continuing every year in XCL World Academy, all students receive counseling and coaching every year, to help them choose the pathway that is a perfect fit for their learning styles and preferences.

XCL World Academy offers the challenging IB Career-related Program (IB CP), which allows students to focus on their career passions, such as aviation and design and obtain College Credits at globally best-in-class universities.

Although still quite young, XCL World Academy punches above its weight, in terms of its average IB Diploma scores, ranking among the highest schools in Singapore, including a perfect score of 45 obtained in the last graduating class. Even better, XWA achieved a 100% pass rate for the past 3 years straight.

Students that choose to continue their studies at XWA will enjoy a learning environment like no other in Singapore. Your child’s High School years will take place within a brand-new, custom-designed Innovation Hub, created specifically for XWA students. Set for completion in 2023, this modern building will become an environment in which our students will thrive, with access to cutting-edge technology, design-think methodologies, a dedicated ‘Fab Lab’ (allowing experimentation and fabrications with 3D printers, robotics and other ‘maker space’ tools and resources), a student counseling suite, student lounge and study spaces, sustainable rooftop gardens, and centers of excellence in the sciences and business/economics fields. This new Innovation Hub is 100% dedicated to helping students prepare for their uncertain futures, and providing them with the necessary tools, resources and knowledge, and ready access to all key guidance counselors and advisors, to help them succeed in their further studies and beyond.

Message from the XCL World Academy Secondary Years Principal, Mark Petterson

“At the conclusion of Grade 8, it is our hope that all students attending XCL American Academy will transition into the High School program at XCL World Academy. Here, each student will benefit from our student-centred approach with a variety of educational pathways, such as IB and AP, on offer. With a shared ethos across both schools that focuses on preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow, I anticipate the transition to XCL World Academy will be seamless for all learners as they embark on this next phase of their educational journey.”

Mark Petterson, XCL World Academy Secondary Years Principal

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