Academic Success

K12 International Academy is home to a diverse population of students, our students span the globe.  Students interact and develop relationships with their peers around the world with varied interests and talents.  Class Connects, Virtual Field Trips, Clubs & Activities and College Counseling sessions are only a few examples of where these connections are made and established for our students, their teachers and academic coaches.  With shared experiences, their differences are celebrated and find common ground in their future plans and life goals.  The atmosphere we create aligns with the mission of K12 and the K12 International Academy as we are committed to bringing individualized learning to all kinds of minds, and removing barriers that keep children from reaching their true potential.  This global perspective will hopefully translate in their lives after graduation, as they meet and interact with others around the world.


From Harvard to Duke, Notre Dame to NYU, our graduates are pursuing their dreams. That’s because our school prepares students to be more independent, to learn how to learn, to take responsibility for their studies and to take charge of their own destiny. As an accredited school, K¹² International Academy offers its graduates a U.S. diploma accepted by schools, colleges, universities, and employers around the globe.

To graduate and receive a U.S. high school diploma from K¹² International Academy, students must be full-time and complete 24 credits in the following subject areas. Each full-year course earns one full credit:

English – four credits
Math – four credits
Science – four credits, including two lab sciences
History – four credits
World Language – two credits (must be two credits of the same language)
Health – 0.5 credit
Physical Education – 0.5 credit
Electives – five credits

Total Required Credits: 24

Of the 24 required credits, full-time students must complete a minimum of 6 credits (one full year) with our school to be eligible for a K¹² International Academy diploma.

For full-time students, K¹² International Academy will consider accepting credits earned at other institutions when an official transcript(s) has/have been received. Transfer of credits from a public school or accredited private institution will be considered on an individual basis. Transcript analysis will sometimes require further research and contact with prior institutions to determine eligibility of transfer credits. International records may require translation and/or evaluation prior to being considered for transfer credits. Transcripts from other institutions that have been presented for admission or evaluation become part of the academic file and will not be returned or copied for distribution.

Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID)

Students applying to universities outside the U.S. may be eligible to earn an Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID), a globally recognized certificate provided by the CollegeBoard for achievement on AP exams. The APID is not a substitute for the K¹² International Academy diploma but rather provides additional certification of outstanding academic excellence. Learn more about The Advanced Placement International Diploma.

2016 Graduation Ceremony

Our keynote speaker for 2016 was Catherine Rodriguez. Catherine Rodriguez is the Diplomat in Residence (DIR) at Florida International University and Miami Dade College.  She covers the Florida educational district that spans from Daytona Beach to Key West as well as Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.  As the DIR, she engages with university and high school students on raising awareness about career opportunities in the Foreign Service and Civil Service with the U.S. Department of State.  Catherine has served multiple tours of duty in South Asia including assignments in Pakistan and India.  She also served as the Regional Director of the Office of Foreign Mission where she was responsible for liaison and administrative support for the 3000 foreign diplomats stationed in nine states and two territories in the Southeastern United States.  Catherine was a Colin Powell Fellow and a recipient of the prestigious Una Chapman Cox sabbatical where she obtained a Masters in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.

Catherine attended Florida International University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Accounting.  She is a certified public accountant who began her professional career with the United States Agency of International Development where she served as an auditor for the Inspector General’s Office.  In that capacity, she served tours of duty in Washington DC, Costa Rica and El Salvador. 

The 2016 Valedictorian was Caroline Day. Caroline is seventeen years old and lives in Rockleigh, New Jersey.  She has attended K12 International Academy for her junior and senior years in high school.  K12 has enabled Caroline to successfully pursue her two passions, distance running and horseback riding, while continuing a strenuous academic schedule.  Caroline will be attending Lafayette College next year where she will continue to enthusiastically practice her sports while receiving an excellent liberal arts education. 

Earning a diploma from K12 International Academy is a true accomplishment that prepares students for success, no matter their path.  Many of our graduates have chosen to pursue a four-year degree, with the Class of 2016 being accepted to over 130 universities or colleges. Our students also received scholarship offers totaling over $1.5 million. Some of the schools accepting our students include; American Jewish University, Brown University, University of California, Dartmouth University, University of Georgia, Harvard College, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Pepperdine University, Royal Holloway-University of London, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M, University College London and University of Victoria.

2015 Graduation Ceremony

Our 2015 Graduation Ceremony was steamed live with staff, students, and parents attended online. We were fortunate to have an exceptional advocate for children joining us on  graduation day. Jane Swift earned her place in history as the first woman to serve as Governor of Massachusetts and as the first governor in our nation’s history to give birth while in office – to twin girls.  Swift’s term as Governor capped more than a decade in public service as a state senator, a lieutenant governor, a cabinet secretary and a governor. Today, Swift is the Chief Executive Officer of Middlebury Interactive Languages, LLC, a joint venture with K12, Inc.  Swift has been featured on national television programs such as 60 Minutes, The Early Show on CBS, The Today Show on NBC, The View on ABC, and Inside Politics on CNN. Glamour magazine once declared her “One of 11 Women Who Could Change the Country.”

Swift, who has received seven honorary doctorates and numerous awards, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1987.  She is currently the Class of 1948 Distinguished Lecturer in Leadership Studies at Williams College.

The 2015 Valedictorian was Haley J. Justice. In addition to attending school with us, she is a jazz and contemporary dance trainee with the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC, New York.  Haley’s passions include dance, fitness, travel, and cooking. She is now attending college in London, studying dance.  For her future, Haley intends to combine her academic excellence with her passion for leading an active lifestyle.  Haley’s ultimate goal is to financially support herself with a fulfilling and flexible fitness career; one that allows her to enjoy global travel while giving back to the community.

2014 Graduation Ceremony

Chris Evert Keynotes the 2014 Graduation for K12 International Academy!

K12 International Academy, honored its graduates during a 2014 ceremony that occurred Friday, June 27.  The keynote speech was provided by renowned tennis player Chris Evert. More than 130 students were honored for their scholastic achievement and awarded their diplomas during the live-streamed event.

Do Hee Kim, Valedictorian of the Class of 2014, and Olivia Konen, Salutatorian of this year’s graduating class, were honored during an awards presentation by Miriam Rube, Head of School at K12 International Academy.

While the accomplishment of a high school diploma is an achievement in itself, the vast majority of students from the K12 International Academy Class of 2014 have chosen to take their studies to the next level. This year’s graduating class has been accepted to more than 100 colleges and universities, including College of William and Mary, Arts Educational Schools London, Loyola University, Drexel University, Emerson College, Hofstra University, University of Pittsburgh, Louisiana Tech University, United States Naval Academy, Trinity University, University of Edinburgh, Pepperdine University, McGill University and more. Combined, the Class of 2014 earned $709,715 in scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year.