Upper School Grade-Level Charts

Look at the chart for your next year's grade to determine which courses are available to you. Read about any course that you know you will take or that you might be interested in taking, paying special attention to any prerequisites. If you wish to be recommended for an honors or AP course, you must speak to your teacher or the department chair. The recommendation of the department is required as noted in the course descriptions.

Check the requirements listed for your grade to be sure that you know what is required of you.  Be sure that you are on track for meeting your graduation requirements and that you are not postponing too many requirements (especially in the arts) for too long.

Unlike many colleges and public schools where the student must fit into a predetermined schedule, we make every attempt to design your schedule around your requests and needs. Our method takes a lot more time and effort, but we think it is worth it. Our goal is to give each student the best possible schedule; however, because of the number of courses we offer, it may not be possible for all students to be scheduled for precisely what they requested.  Based on staffing, enrollment and other considerations, the school reserves the right not to offer courses listed in this handout.

To be complete, your registration form must be signed by your parents and you and then returned to the college counseling office.

Typical Course of Study

9th Grade Courses

English Modern Languages Mathematics
English I
English I (H)
French I
French I (H)
Spanish I
Spanish I (H)
Algebra I
Algebra I (H)
Science History & Social Sciences Electives
Biology
Biology (H)
World History
Consult individual course descriptions for eligibility


10th Grade Courses

English Modern Languages Mathematics
English II
English II (H)
French II
French II (H)
Spanish II
Spanish II (H)
Geometry
Geometry (H)
Science History Electives
Chemistry
Chemistry (H)
Economics/Government

Consult individual course descriptions for eligibility

11th Grade Courses

English Modern Languages Mathematics
English III
AP English Language
French III
French III (H)
Spanish III
Spanish III (H)
Algebra II
Algebra II/Trig (H)
Science History Electives
Physics
Physics (H)
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
U.S. History
AP U.S. History

Consult individual course descriptions for eligibility

12th Grade Courses

English Modern Languages Mathematics
English IV Modern Literature
AP English Literature
AP French Language
Spanish IV (H)
AP Spanish Language
Algebra III
Pre-Calculus (H)
AP Calculus
Science History Electives
Physics
Physics (H)
AP Physics
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
Anatomy & Physiology
Forensic Science
U.S. History
AP U.S. History

Consult individual course descriptions for eligibility

Electives

  • Accounting
  • Band
  • Book Study Seminar
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Choir/ USJ Singers/ Concert Choir
  • Computer Coding
  • Criminal Justice
  • Digital Tools
  • Forensic Science
  • Intro to Theater/Advanced Theater
  • Journalism
  • Library Research & Operations
  • Personal Finance
  • Psychology
  • Psychology AP
  • Speech
  • Studio Art (I, II, and III)
  • Studio Art AP (I, II, and III)
  • Study Abroad*
  • U.S. & World Issues
  • Wellness
  • World Religion

* Study Abroad (1/2 credit elective)

  • Costa Rica Study Abroad Program: Students are immersed in Spanish for three weeks, earning more than 40 contact hours of instruction at the Intensa Language Institute. Trip is offered during summer of even years.
  • France Study Abroad Program: Students are immersed in French for three weeks, earning more than 40 contact hours of instruction at the Vanderbilt Language Institute in France. Trip is offered during summer of even years.