The Herberger Young Scholars Academy offers an education for our gifted community using the Cambridge International Examination curriculum. The academy distinguishes its cohorts in the following way:

Middle Years

Middle Years is the Academy's middle school experience using a highly integrated curriculum blending language arts, humanities, and science. The core content areas are team-taught with a student/teacher ratio of 13:1. Herberger Middle Years students can move through accelerated content with the potential to enroll in high school level courses for high school credit.

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IGCSE Integrated

The Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) engages students in a highly accelerated curriculum through the first two years of their high school experience. At the IGCSE level, coursework expounds upon topics from the Middle Years and introduces new and challenging content across the core areas of language arts, history, government, physical sciences, and biochemistry. Students are evaluated through Cambridge International Assessments taken throughout the two year period. The cohort model extends through the IGCSE years, as the students and highly qualified faculty stay together on their educational journey for both IGCSE years.

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The A-Level program is a two-year program intended to prepare students for higher-level learning at the post-secondary level. AS/A-Level courses from the Cambridge International Examinations curriculum are considered to be Pre-University level courses and are offered across four content areas (Language Arts, STEM, Humanities, and Global Perspectives). Students will choose many of their courses at this level based on individual interests and aspirations. Successful completion of A-Level courses and satisfactory scores on the A-Level examinations can earn college-level credit by examination and the internationally recognized Advanced International Certificate of Secondary Education (AICE) Diploma.

Also, during the A-Level years, opportunities outside Herberger Academy classrooms become available. Many students will take college level courses though Arizona State University/ These courses can be taken for credit or audit both online, and in person. Students can also participate in our exchange program with Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland. Students are expected to participate in a Herberger sponsored mentorship or internship.

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The Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy seeks and accepts students for admission without reference to race, color, religion, age, disability, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or gender. Admissions and financial aid decisions are made independently.