Middle & High School

Middle & High School

The goal of our Middle & High School program (7-12th grades) is to provide students with the skills and information needed to be successful at the university level. Our Middle & High School students are enrolled in a full dual program, receiving both a U.S. diploma and a Mexican bachillerato. Students take the 24 Carnegie units required for a U.S. high school diploma. In a given year, all of their classes are taught in English save for one Spanish language arts and one Mexican social studies class (Mexican History, Geography, Law or Civics). Our graduates speak both English and Spanish fluently.

Small classes allow teachers to get to know their students and keep parents informed about their progress, as well as permitting students to be exposed to a variety of experiences because they receive more individual attention. Our graduation requirements are designed to offer dual certificates authorized by the Mexican Secretariat of Education (SEP), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) / Council on Accreditation Commission (CASI).

By the seventh grade, students are taking five courses in English and two in Spanish daily in our bilingual, dual-system program. The Spanish courses are in literature and social studies, whereas all mathematics and sciences are taught in English. There are currently several AP (Advanced Placement) and DC (Dual Credit) courses offered.


Advanced Placement (AP) courses (approved by the College Board) offered include Biology, Computer Science, Economics (Macro and Micro), English Literature & Composition, Psychology, and 2-D Studio Art. Students are accepted into an AP course based on MAP scores, GPA and teacher recommendations. All students enrolled in AP courses are required to take the AP exam. The American School of Puerto Vallarta is the first school in Mexico to offer Dual Credit university-level courses taught in high school by approved faculty. Dual Credit courses offered include Anatomy & Physiology, Calculus, Chemistry and Spanish Literature & Culture.


ASPV is the first school in Mexico to offer Dual Credit courses–university level courses taught in high school by approved ASPV faculty. Dual Credit gives students: An opportunity to gain university credit while still in high school, at an affordable tuition rate Course credits transferable to almost any university in the U.S. and Canada Preparation for the next steps in life while still enjoying high school To learn more about Dual Credit opportunities at ASPV, click here.


Director of Middle and High School
Adam Kilner