USA High School Diploma

SwitchedOn Education offers the US High School Diploma with a continuous assessment process, so there are no final exam body papers to sit. This highly acclaimed qualification has been benchmarked against the UK GCSEs and A-Levels and has been given a full UK statement of comparability by the UK Department of Education. Our American High School Diploma qualifications are accepted by all UK universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.
The SwitchedOn Education course of study is designed to prepare students for entrance into any university or college. Since each college and university has its own entrance requirements we recommend that you consult the one you select in order to confirm they will accept the American High School Diploma Qualification. This certificate has been given a full UK statement of comparability by the UK Department of Education.


The USA High School Diploma was reviewed and included for the 2015 qualifications guide and has been included thereafter.

Evaluation The American High School Graduation Diploma, can on its own, be considered acceptable in lieu of GCSE (grades A*- C or the new 9-4 grades) provided an average grade C-4 is obtained in subjects which have counterparts in the GCSE syllabus.

University of Cambridge

In addition to high passes in the High School Diploma and the SAT, (Cambridge accepts the High School Diploma which is comparable to GCSE + AP OR A-Level exams).

University of St Andrews

A rigorous curriculum available within your high school which should include: college preparatory curriculum, honours classes or equivalent (High School Diploma), SAT Subject Tests and/or Advanced Placement (AP) classes where available. Grades of A to B+ average on your high school record (High School Diploma).

Loughborough University

For students studying in the American education system, offers for entry onto undergraduate level courses are based on successful completion of the High School Diploma along with achievement in Advanced Placement Exams (group A) or SAT II Subject Specific Tests.

Frequently Asked Questions

What about handwriting? Is it all on the computer?

Younger children are encouraged to write their notes out on paper as well as their projects. Written questions can also be written out instead of typed on a computer.. All work is presented online but if home educators wish their students to complete work in written format this can be done when completing Projects or Science Experiments as well as any other manually graded work.

What are the recommended hours to be online daily?

Generally speaking, a student needs to be completing 2 assignments per subject per day. As the assignments are of varying lengths students should spend approximately 45 minutes per subject per day but this is subject to the length of assignment and number of sections per assignment coupled with the ability of the student. Please factor in all these components and remember to give students comfort and snack or food breaks throughout the day.

Will my student get their GCSEs?

The exit qualification is an American High School diploma that works on the credit system when completing subjects. If the student completes all the necessary work related to that subject, they will receive the assigned credits and when they have completed the necessary credits, they will receive the certificate. This certificate has been given a full UK statement of comparability by the UK Department of Education.

Does this curriculum cater for students with SEND?

Our Curriculum is recognized as a Certified Autism Resource by IBCCES. SwitchedOn Education allows teachers to create customised courses to meet the individual needs of each student.

Are there any additional costs?

The cost includes access to ALL subjects within the SwitchedOn Education curriculum. 

There will be a one-off additional charge of £150 on completion of the course to cover the cost of the Diploma, Transcript and Statement of Comparability which will be sent out in a presentation folder.

Who is the curriculum accredited by?

See ACSI accreditation and Cognia.

Where do I find the Placement Tests?

You will find the Placement Tests when you type in “tests” in the Course Assignment screen.

Here is a video on placement tests

Which Placement Tests do I assign?

I suggest that you assign the Math and Language Arts Placement Tests as these subjects are what I call CONCEPT subjects where prior knowledge is required and its learning is similar to building a wall where one brick needs to be securely in place before adding the next one. Mastery in these subjects is vital. The other subjects are CONTENT subjects where the students are presented with content at their chronological age level therefore I suggest that students begin on those subjects at their chronological or reading level.

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