Curriculum and Grading
“Answers in the Toolbox,” a report by the U.S. Department of Education, notes that particularly for African American and Latino students, a strong academic curriculum is the most significant predictor of success in college. A strong academic curriculum is more significant than class rank, test scores, grade point average or socio-economic status. Based on these research findings, we require our students to fulfill the following requirements or their equivalent for graduation credit:
All students must pass all courses in order to be promoted to the next grade, including core academic subjects, Saturday courses and physical education.
Courses each have their own proficiency requirements. All must be completed with a minimum grade of C- (70%). Students who earn at least 60% in math/science courses are eligible for summer school. Students who earn below 60% are scheduled to repeat. The typical sequence of courses is:
4 years Humanities (History & Literature)
- World History and Literature I (grade 9)
- United States History and Literature I (grade 10)
- United States History and Literature II (grade 11)
- World History and Literature II (grade 12)
4 years of Math
- Algebra I (grade 9)
- Geometry (grade 10)
- Algebra II (grade 11)
- Pre-Calculus or Calculus (grade 12)
4 years of Lab Science
- Physical Science (grade 9)
- Physics (grade 10)
- Chemistry (grade 11 or 12)
- Biology (grade 11 or 12)
2 years of Foreign Language
- French I (grade 11)
- French II (grade 12)
4 years Physical Education/Wellness
1 year Studio or Performing Arts
8 Saturday Class credits
Field Work Requirements:
- 2 summers of approved enrichment programs with documentation
- 1 Internship experience
Additional Competency Requirements:
- Pass MCAS required tests.
- Demonstrate proficiency in use of technology to achieve learning goals.
- Demonstrate proficiency in writing and defending a persuasive essay.
- Demonstrate proficiency in public speaking in English.
- Demonstrate proficiency in financial literacy and health education by earning a passing score on the competency test [note: requirement starts with the Class of 2012].
- Demonstrate leadership and service through a successful internship experience.
- Complete portfolio requirements.