Pathways

We operate on a trimester system, in which a 2-trimester course counts as 1 credit and a 1-trimester course counts as .5 credits. Students take on average 4 courses in a trimester, and must earn at least 5 credits per year. For more on our graduation requirements, visit Expectations

One way to think about a student's course load is to consider each trimester as having 4 "slots", each holding .5 credits and allowing for 6 total credits in a year (.5 credits x 4 slots * 3 trimesters = 6 potential credits/year.)

 

A student may opt to leave one slot open for study time; this is known as a "free block" and a student may have a free block in up to 2 trimesters per year.

Certain core courses occupy more slots and count for more credits. The 9th grade integrated course Humans in the Natural World  occupies 2 slots for all 3 trimesters, for a total of 3 credits (1 English, 1 Science, 1 History). The 11th grade course American Studies occupies one slot for all 3 trimesters and is paired with Writing & Research in one trimester, resulting in 2 full credits (1 English, 1 History). 

Trimester System

Below are four examples of the myriad pathways a student might follow in order to satisfy our curricular requirements.

9th

Courses

Humans in the Natural World  Spanish 1 (1)
Geometry (1)
Sculpture (1)

Evening Arts

Figure Drawing
Afro-Cuban Drumming

Seminars

Health 9th, Technology, Music

10th

Courses

English: Composition &
Literary Analysis (1)
Chemistry &
Microbiology (1)
Independent Topics
in Science (.5)
History of the
Modern World (1)
Spanish 2 (1)
Algebra 2 (1)
Painting 1 (.5)

Evening Arts

Printmaking, Book Arts

Seminars

Health 10th 

11th

Courses

American Studies (1.5)
Writing & Research (.5)
Physics (1)
Biodiversity &
Conservation
Ecology (1)
Spanish 3 (1)
Precalculus (1)

Evening Arts

Printmaking, Latin Dance

Seminars

College Planning

12th

Courses

Introduction to Media Studies (.5)
Existentialism (.5)
Revolutions: A Comparative Study (.5)
Molecular Biology & Genetics (1)
Calculus (1)
Painting 2 (.5)
Printmaking 1 (.5)

Evening Arts

Animation
Stained Glass

Seminars

College Application 

9th

Courses

Humans in the Natural World (3)
Chinese 1 (1)
Algebra (1)
Music Theory 1 (.5)
Music Intensive (.5)

Evening Arts

Jazz 1
Digital Film Making

Seminars

Health 9th, Technology, Music

10th

Courses

English: Composition & Literary Analysis (1)
Chemistry & Microbiology (1)
History of the Modern World (1)
Chinese 2 (1)
Geometry (1)
Music Theory 2 (.5)

Evening Arts

Jazz Combo
Ceramics 1

Seminars

Health 10th 

11th

Courses

American Studies (1)
Writing & Research (.5)
Complex Systems: Agroecology (.5)
Chinese 3 ​(.5)
Winter Trimester in China (1)
Algebra 2 (1)
Music Composition (.5)

Evening Arts

Jazz Combo
Digital Photography

Seminars

College Planning

12th

Courses

Feminist Perspectives in Literature (.5)
Contemporary Short Fiction (.5)
American Studies (.5)
Anatomy & Physiology (.5)
Introduction to Economics (.5)
Revolutions: A Comparative Study (.5)
Comparative Religions (.5)
Statistics (.5)
Introduction to Investment & Finance (.5)
Music Intensive (.5)
Adv. Music Composition (.5)
Ceramics 2 (.5)

Evening Arts

Music Production
Meditation

Seminars

College Application

For a student entering in 10th Grade

 

10th

Courses

English: Composition &
Literary Analysis (1)
Chemistry &
Microbiology (1)
History of the
Modern World (1)
French 2 (1)
Geometry (1)
Elements of Theater (.5)
Theater Workshop (.5)

Evening Arts

Theater
Ceramics 1

Seminars

Health 10th 

11th

Courses

American Studies (1.5)
Writing & Research (.5)
Theater Workshop (1)
Physics (1)
Algebra 2 (1)
Photography 1 (1)

Evening Arts

Digital
Photography
Theater

Seminars

College Planning

12th

Courses

Creative Writing (.5)
Philosophical Themes
in Literature (.5)
Astronomy (.5)
Independent Study:
Astrophotography (.5)
Shakespeare (.5)
Comparative Religions (.5)
French 3 (1)
Social Documentary Studies (.5)
Elements of Dance (.5)

Computer Science 1 (.5)

Evening Arts

Traditional Photography
Theater

Seminars

College Application 

For a student entering in 11th Grade

 

 

11th

Courses

American Studies (1.5)
Writing & Research (.5)
Physics (1)
Biodiversity &
Conservation
Ecology (1)
Spanish 3 (1)
Precalculus (1)

Evening Arts

Printmaking
Latin Dance

Seminars

College Planning

12th

Courses

Introduction to Media Studies (.5)
Existentialism (.5)
Revolutions: A Comparative Study (.5)
Molecular Biology & Genetics (1)
Calculus (1)
Painting 2 (.5)
Printmaking 1 (.5)

Evening Arts

Animation
Stained Glass

Seminars

College Application