Graduation Requirements


TIS offers a secondary program which leads to a Secondary School Diploma. Most graduates of TIS attend a college or university upon completion of their studies. Previous graduates of TIS have been very successful in obtaining admittance to colleges or universities of their choice. Three diplomas are offered by Tirana International School. (A vast majority of our students work toward the academic diploma.)

* Academic Diploma

* Academic Diploma with Honors

* Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma

* General Diploma

The Academic Diploma is a college or university-preparatory course of study. Students who satisfactorily complete this program should expect admittance into an American college or university, or in many cases, universities in other countries.

A total of 240 credits (including electives) are required for the Academic Diploma. Below are listed the minimum requirements in each department.

English (80 credits)
20 – Literature (Literature I & II)
20 – Writing (I & II) or demonstrated competency
10 – American Literature
10 – British Literature
10 – Research Project
10 – Technology (including 5 Keyboarding)

Mathematics (30 credits)

10 – Algebra
10 – Geometry
10 – Mathematics elective

Science (30 credits)

10 – Biology
10 – Physical Science
10 – Science elective

Cultural Studies (40 credits)
10 – World Geography
10 – Modern World History
10 – US-History
5 – World Governments
5 – Economics

Personal Health (20 credits)
5 – Fitness
5 – Health
10 – Physical education elective

Languages Other than English (20 credits)
20 in ONE language
OR demonstrated competencies in a second language

Creative Arts (10 credits)
10- Elective credits (art, music, drama)

The Academic Diploma With Honors is the most advanced diploma offered by TIS. Requirements are the same as The Academic Diploma but with the condition that the credits include at least two Advanced Placement (AP)* courses. A total of 240 credits (including electives) also are required for this diploma.

* The Advanced Placement Program: Advanced Placement (AP) courses challenge our TIS third and fourth year secondary students to think with the sophistication of college students. Depending on the enrollment, interest, and student capability, TIS will offer Advanced Placement courses. These courses provide rigorous preparation for the AP exams credentialed by the Educational Testing Service in the United States. Many colleges and universities in the USA give university credit for test scores of 3 and better (on a scale of 1 to 5).  Starting in 2018, TIS has been approved to offer the AP Capstone diploma.  

The General Diploma is available to students who experience English language difficulties, time restraints, or other problems which make it impractical to pursue a more advanced course of study. It is only available to students who are in their fourth year of secondary studies or who will turn 18 years old no later than 30 October following their graduation. In general, this diploma is designed for students requiring a sound general secondary education. A total of 220 credits (including electives) are required for the General Diploma.