PSHS American College Arcus® is a licensed institution of secondary education teaching students from grades 8 through 12. The College adheres to a curriculum largely dictated by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, which is similar to the curriculum of most European high schools. The curriculum is designed on the basis of rigid academic requirements, combined with strict behavioral expectations stated in the Interior Rules and Regulations manual of the school. Both the curricular and extracurricular activities have been planned to help the students achieve high levels of proficiency in all areas of study and develop the knowledge that will make them well-rounded individuals and responsible citizens. The main objectives of the curriculum are as follows:
The College offers a five-year course of study as it is licensed to teach students from Grades 8 through 12. There are three major fields of studies: "Foreign Languages", "Computer Sciences" and "Natural Sciences." The school also offers vocational training for the profession of a “Mechanical Technician”. The curriculum for the 8th grade preparatory year for all fields of studies includes intensive English courses, as the curriculum for both fields of studies “Computer Sciences” and “Natural Sciences” is the same. The chief aim of this first year at the College is to develop the English language proficiency necessary for students to successfully continue and complete their studies in grades 9 through 12, wherein English is the medium of instruction. During the preparatory year students attend 18 (eighteen) hours of English classes per week. They also study Mathematics, Bulgarian Language and Literature, Philosophy, Physical Education, Music, Art, German Language and Computer Sciences. In the English classes, along with the intended preparatory class curriculum, the students are gradually acquainted with the specific terminology, which allows the natural transition to the English classes in 9th grade. All subjects, with the exception of Bulgarian, are taught in English. Students are awarded a certificate upon the successful completion of Grade 10, and a Diploma for Secondary Education upon successful completion of the whole course of study.