The American College of Sofia provides a rigorous university preparatory education to our students. In addition to a strong emphasis on content mastery, ACS students are encouraged to think critically and to develop problem-solving skills and intellectual independence. We expect students to be able to articulate responses to questions during class as well as to ask insightful questions themselves, of the teacher, and of each other. Finally, we work hard to develop the formal writing and speaking skills of our students.
Our Bulgarian students follow the Bulgarian high school diploma program, the details of which are determined by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education. All Bulgarian students may, upon meeting additional academic and other requirements, be awarded an American high school diploma as well.
A summary of the ACS weekly academic schedule by grade level is below. In grades 9 and 10 all courses are taught in English except Bulgarian and foreign languages. During grades 11 and 12 all courses are taught in English except Bulgarian language and literature, foreign languages, Bulgarian geography and philosophy (in grade 12), and some profile classes. Profiles are areas of academic concentration. All ACS students take English as their first profile and mathematics as their second profile. Choices for third profiles include chemistry, physics, humanities and computers.
In the 11th grade, all of our international students begin the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Like our Bulgarian students, international students may also obtain the American high school diploma if they fulfill all additional requirements for this diploma.
Prior to the 11th grade, international students are placed in appropriate math, science, foreign language, and social science/history classes to prepare them for the IB program. In some cases this may depend upon a student’s level of preparation in various subjects before enrolling at the College. When scheduling and course offerings permit, international students take classes with Bulgarian students. In the table below, "IS only" indicates a class that only international students take.
Unified English Language and Literature Program
In an effort to integrate Bulgarian and international students and to provide a unified English program, we have adopted the IB English curriculum for all students in grades 11 and 12, and a pre-IB English curriculum for all students in grades 9 and 10.