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Grade 9 -  Grade 12

Explore the Curriculum Framework

The high school program at Yangon Academy offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum based on the Common Core standards and Advanced Placement curriculum.  We use a wide variety of American textbooks and materials resourced from publishers from around the world together with the ever-increasing multitude of internet-based options. Students must earn 25 credits to graduate. Specialist classes are required until Grade 10 in Art, Music, Computer Studies, P.E., Myanmar Language and Culture classes. 

The nationalities of the teaching staff at Yangon Academy are predominately American, South African, and Myanmar. A high percentage of the secondary faculty hold advanced degrees with current teaching certifications. A large percentage of Myanmar teachers also hold Master's Degrees. Overall, our core secondary teachers average 15+ years of experience, with considerable prior experience in various international schools

Advanced Placement (AP) Program

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is an American-based program designed to offer the challenge of college-level courses for high school students in a variety of subjects. Students prepare for a rigorous external examination in May and routinely receive university credit in the US for high scores.


Currently, the school offers AP courses in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, English, Art, and Computer Science. The final determination for enrollment in AP courses will be made by the Assistant Principal in consultation with the Counselor and Subject Teacher. It is expected that any student taking AP courses will sit the exam in May. 

Admission to AP courses:

AP courses require a year-long commitment from students. For this reason, students must demonstrate the following before being admitted to any AP courses:

  • A high level of motivation and good grades across the majority of subject areas.

  • Fulfillment of course prerequisites as stated in the Program of Studies.

  • A high level of achievement in courses deemed a prerequisite to the selected AP courses.

  • An understanding and acceptance of the increased homework demands.

  • Written parent approval.

  • A commitment to complete all course requirements, including external examinations. All students enrolled in AP courses are expected to register for and sit the external exams.

  • Payment for exams is considered part of the family’s financial obligations. Any student who, for any reason, does not sit an AP exam will be required to sit internal exams at Yangon Academy.

  • These internal exams will be comprised of past AP exams

  • Requests for withdrawal from any AP course will be carefully considered by the Assistant Principal in consultation with the Subject Teacher and the Counselor.

Graduation requirements

Students must earn a minimum of 25 credits to graduate High School. Below are the required courses by grade level and subject credits.






Social Studies









Myanmar Studies


Computer Studies











Four Year Example Course Planner by Grade Level

Grade 9 – 8 credits

  • English 9 (1.0 credit)

  • Asian Studies 9 (1.0 credit)

  • Physical Science 9 (1.0 credit)

  • Geometry 9 (1.0 credit)

  • Art 9 (0.5 credit)

  • Music 9 (0.5 credit)

  • Computer Studies 9 (0.5 credit)

  • P.E / Health 9 (1.0 credit)

  • Myanmar Studies 9 (1.0 credit)

Grade 10 – 8 credits

  • English 10 (1.0 credit)

  • World History 10 (1.0 credit)

  • Biology 10 (1.0 credit)

  • Algebra 2 (1.0 credit)

  • Art 10 (0.5 credit)

  • Music 10 (0.5 credit)

  • Computer Studies 10 (0.5 credit)

  • P.E. 10 (0.5 credit)

  • Myanmar Studies 10 Elective (1.0 credit)

Grade 11 – 8 credits

  • English (1.0 credit)

  • Social Studies (1.0 credit)

  • Science (1.0 credit)

  • Math (1.0 credit)

  • College Advisory (semester 2)

  • Electives (3.5 credits)

Grade 12 – 8 credits

  • English required (1.0 credit)

  • Social Studies recommended (1.0 credit)

  • Science recommended (1.0 credit)

  • Math recommended (1.0 credit)

  • College Advisory (semester 1)

  • Electives (3.5 credits)

Our school community strives every day to live out our mission, vision, and values for our students.

Meet our High School Faculty

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David Miller

School Director

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Jill  M. Snedden




Jacoba M. Benecke

Guidance Counselor

H.S. Social Studies Faculty


Hiranmoy Gupta

M.S./ H.S. Mathematics


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Michael Kent Fluge

H.S. Science


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 William Marzen 

M.S./ H.S. Social

Studies Faculty

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Naw Aye Aye Set

M.S. / H.S. Myanmar Studies Faculty

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Kyaw Khaing Htun

M.S./H.S. Music


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Than Min Aung

Science Lab Technician

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Mike Gordon

Secondary Principal


Katelyn Kearney



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Robert George Powers

M.S./ H.S. English


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Rupert De Smidt

M.S/H.S. Mathematics


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Joshua Frank Thaller

M.S./ H.S. Social

Studies Faculty

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Khin Ma Gyi

H.S. Myanmar Studies


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Zin Yin Minn

M.S./ H.S. Computer Science Faculty

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Nyein Nyein Ei

H.S. Art


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Sai Aung Soe Moe

Physical Education Faculty

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Michael T. Schneller

Assistant Secondary Principal

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Marsha Lea Woodward

H.S. English Faculty/Guidance Counselor


Brett Landon Poncia

M.S. English


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Niclas Dechau Moller

M.S./ H.S. Mathematic/

Science Faculty

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Bernard Lesch

M.S./ H.S. Social

Studies Faculty

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Chit Loon Kyin

M.S./ H.S. Myanmar Studies


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Naw Lin Nandar Zaw

M.S./ H.S. Music


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Wai Wai Aye Kyaw

M.S./H.S. Art Faculty

After School Activities


Yangon Academy is a member of the Myanmar International Schools Athletic Conference.  Our sports program enjoys strong support from our community, teachers, and coaches.  This year we have over 70 students participating in a variety of sports from basketball, soccer and volleyball.  all this could not have been possible without the huge commitment and effort put forth by our great coaches.


School clubs are a great way to help develop a student’s character, though process and improve their skills that will benefit them not only in school, but their future career and in life. Their extracurricular involvement can help widen their experience and hone their communication skills, creative thinking, ability to work together effectively within a team and understand more about leadership.