Typical Curriculum

In order to meet the requirements for graduation as well as the requirements for college, the best idea is to map out classes over four years. The general expected course load is five "core" majors plus a minor or two. In order to facilitate this process, the following are examples of curriculums at each grade level.


EnglishAll students take English IX
MathBased on 8th grade; Geometry, Accelerated or Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra II
HistoryWorld Religions in History
ScienceBiology
Freshman STEAMinarThe STEAMinar explores interdisciplinary topics such as coding, computational thinking, statistical literacy, and biotechnology.

LanguageFrench, Spanish, Latin, or Chinese
Optional 6th MajorStudents may add a second language
Minors and ElectivesStudents may choose to take Intro to Computer Science or Speech and Debate. In Arts courses, students start with the foundation class (e.g. Intro to Fine Art, Intro to Architecture, Intro to Furniture Design, Intro to Photography, or Intro to Ceramics). Minors also include several music electives and ensembles like Band, Orchestra, or Choir.

EnglishAll students take English X
MathBased on 9th grade: Algebra II, Accelerated or Honors Algebra II, Honors PreCalculus
HistoryAmerican History
ScienceApplied Chemistry, Chemistry, Honors Chemistry,
LanguageFrench, Spanish, Latin, or Chinese
Optional 6th MajorStudents may add a second language, a second History, a second Science such as Robotics, Introduction to Engineering, Energy Systems, Computer Science or an advanced Arts course
Minors and ElectivesStudents may choose to take Intro to Computer Science or Speech and Debate. In Arts courses, students start with the foundation class (e.g. Intro to Fine Art, Intro to Architecture, Intro to Furniture Design, Intro to Photography, or Intro to Ceramics). Minors also include several music electives and ensembles like Band, Orchestra, or Choir.

Students also take Health for one trimester as part of the PE requirement.
EnglishStudents may choose from a variety of electives for the first semesters, the second semester is the Junior Writing Seminar.
MathBased on 10th grade: Pre-Calculus, Accelerated or Honors PreCalculus, AP Calculus AB or BC, AP Statistics
HistoryStudents may choose from a variety of History, Religion or Philosophy classes, some of which are AP classes.
ScienceStudents may choose from a variety of courses, including Physics, Honors Physics, Robotics, Introduction to Engineering, Environmental Science, Energy Systems, Genetics, Anatomy, Astronomy, Research Experience (REX), AP Chemistry, AP Bio, or AP Physics.
LanguageFrench, Spanish, Latin, or Chinese
Optional 6th Major

Students may add a second language, a second History, a second Science, Computer Science or an advanced Arts course

Minors and Electives

Students may choose to take Intro to Computer Science or Speech and Debate. In Arts courses, students start with the foundation class (e.g. Intro to Fine Art, Intro to Architecture, Intro to Furniture Design, Intro to Photography, or Intro to Ceramics). Minors also include several music electives and ensembles like Band, Orchestra, or Choir.

EnglishStudents may choose from a variety of electives for the first semester, the second semester is a reading intensive course and the Senior Seminar, "A Life that Works."
MathBased on 11th grade; PreCalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB or BC, AP Statistics, Advanced Topics in Math Research
HistoryStudents may choose from a variety of History, Religion or Philosophy classes, some of which are AP classes.
Science

Students may choose from a variety of courses, including Physics, Honors Physics, Robotics, Introduction to Engineering, Environmental Science, Energy Systems, Genetics, Anatomy, Astronomy, Research Experience (REX), AP Chemistry, AP Bio, or AP Physics.

LanguageFrench, Spanish, Latin, or Chinese
Optional 6th Major

Students may add a second language, a second History, a second Science, Computer Science or an advanced Arts course.

There is also the Peer Leadership Program, a major encompassing leadership and guidance with 9th graders. By application and interview only.

Minors and ElectivesStudents may choose to take Intro to Computer Science or Speech and Debate. In Arts courses, students start with the foundation class (e.g. Intro to Fine Art, Intro to Architecture, Intro to Furniture Design, Intro to Photography, or Intro to Ceramics). Minors also include several music electives and ensembles like Band, Orchestra, or Choir.

Senior ProjectFor the final weeks of the spring semester, seniors are required to do a senior project, a wonderful opportunity to explore an academic or career interest. Students drop most classes at this time. However, graduation requirements may not be dropped, and AP classes continue until after the exam in mid-May.
9th Grade Students in Renovated Shepherd Commons