Graduation Requirements and Curriculum

28 credits are required for graduation.

All students must be enrolled in seven classes all four years of Upper School. A year-long class earns one credit, and a semester-long class earns one-half credit. Specific requirements in disciplines are listed below. Placement exams and teacher recommendations are considered in creating a student’s schedule.

Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated at the end of every semester by adding up grade points earned and dividing by the number of classes. Cumulative GPA is calculated by adding up all of the grade points a student has earned in his or her high school years and dividing that number by the total number of classes taken.
A = 4 points
B = 3
C = 2
D = 1

Honor Roll is determined at the end of every quarter. Students with a GPA of 3.25 to 3.74 are placed on the Honor Roll. Students with a GPA above 3.75 are placed on the President’s Honor Roll.

For more information about any of the classes listed below, please consult the Upper School Curriculum Guide via the link below.

English: 4 credits
English 9 Freshman Composition and Reading Readiness
English 10 Sophomore Composition and Language Skills
English 11 The American Literary Experience
English 12 The British Literary Experience

Mathematics: 4 credits beginning with Algebra 1
Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Trigonometry and Precalculus
Applied Statistics

Social Studies: 3. 5 credits
The Americas and Colonial North America
World History
United States History
Government and Economics (0.5 credits)

Science: 3.5 credits
Advanced Biology
Environmental Science
Advanced Chemistry

Foreign Language: 3 credits in consecutive years
Spanish 1
Spanish 2
Spanish 3
Spanish 4
Hispanic Folk Art and Traditions

Religion: 2 credits
Covenant (Old and New Testament) 0.5 credits
World Religions 0.5 credits
Varying advanced religion and philosophy classes for juniors and seniors, each 0.5 credits

Computer Technology: 2 credits
Computer Applications and Graphics 0.5 credits
Advanced Graphics and Web Page Design 0.5 credits
Robotics Programming 0.5 credits
Digital Game Programming 0.5 credits

Physical Education: 1 credit
Semester-long PE classes are offered every year

Performing Arts: 2 credits
Drama, Chorus, Guitar, and Jazz Band

Visual Arts: Semester-long classes offered every semester
Art Fundamentals
2-D Art
3-D Art
Digital Photography

Capstone: 0.5 credits
Students work on a project of their choice throughout their high school years, culminating in a presentation the last week of class.