College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 3-12

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Curriculum

To prepare for life and leadership in a world that won’t stand still, the Holton curriculum is flexible, nimble, and interdisciplinary.

Because Holton is an independent school, faculty are free to be truly independent—never teaching to the test, shaping their lessons in response to current events, and collaborating with teachers in other departments to offer courses that mirror how the world actually works.

2019-2020 Curriculum Overview by Department:

English

In Lower School, students learn to be active and thoughtful readers and effective and eloquent writers. The Language Arts program is designed to foster a love of reading and writing and to give students the tools they need to be both knowledgeable consumers of written information and successful communicators of ideas.

Students take English each year in the Middle and Upper Schools. The English program provides students with the skills and insights necessary for academic competence and for growth as independent and creative individuals. It introduces students to the literary genres and to many of the great writers. It helps students to see literature as an art form, and as a way to know the world and to extend and understand their own experience. It trains students to be accurate, thoughtful readers and to write clear, correct, and fluent English.

LOWER SCHOOL

Literacy Reading 3, Grade level: 3

Literacy Writing 3, Grade level: 3

Literacy Reading 4, Grade level: 4

Literacy Writing 4, Grade level: 4

Language Arts 5, Grade level: 5

Language Arts 6, Grade level: 6

MIDDLE SCHOOL

English 7, Grade level: 7

English 8, Grade level: 8

UPPER SCHOOL

  • 12 credits of Upper School English and a final grade of at least 70 in Senior English are required for graduation.

English 9, Grade level: 9, Credit: 3

English 10, Grade level: 10, Credit: 3

English 11, Grade Level: 11, Credit: 3

Please note: Students prepare for the English AP Examinations in Language and Composition and in Literature in review sessions outside of class.

Creative Writing Workshop, Grade level: 10-12; Credit: 1 per trimester

SENIOR ENGLISH, Grade Level: 12, Credit: 3

Seniors elect one of the following sections of English 12. Course availability is subject to sufficient enrollment. All English 12 courses conclude with a term paper.

English 12/Love in Literature

English 12/Banned Books

English 12/Sixties Protest Literature

English 12/War and Literature

English 12/Shakespeare

English 12/African-American Literature

English12/Digitopia—The Implications of a Digitizing World

History & Social Sciences

In the Lower School Social Studies program, the content serves as the vehicle for teaching a variety of skills that help students access, assimilate, use, and evaluate information. An awareness of the diversities and similarities among cultures is fostered as the program integrates a global perspective across all grade levels. Hands-on activities, special days, projects, maps and globes, field trips, and technology enhance the students’ understanding of and appreciation for the area of study and provide valuable means for making connections. Through current events, the identification and understanding of local, national, and global issues are stressed. Use of nonfiction selections enhance reading and writing skills.

The History and Social Sciences faculty believe that an understanding of the past is essential to cultivating responsible global and democratic citizenship. Together with our students, we strive to make sense of a complex world by exploring the history of individual countries in a global context, utilizing themes to connect historical events, and deepening our understanding of world cultures. By sharing our passion for studying the forces that shape our world, we inspire lifelong learning and motivate students to "lead lives of positive influence.”

In seventh grade, students explore the seven elements of culture by focusing on civilizations in the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa. Eighth-grade students examine the historical development of the United States government. In ninth grade, students study the ancient and medieval world. In the 10th and 11th grades, students simultaneously study the history of the United States and Europe in a global context. Our elective program is designed to encourage students to pursue their interests in other social sciences and histories.

Lower School

Social Studies 3, Grade 3

Social Studies 4, Grade 4

Social Studies 5, Grade 5

Social Studies 6, Grade 6

Middle School

World Studies, Grade level: 7

U.S. Political History: Foundations of American Government, Grade level: 8

Upper School

  • 9 credits in history are required for graduation: The Historian’s Craft, US/European History I, and US/European History II.

The Historian’s Craft, Grade level: 9, Credit: 3

US/European History I: The West in the World: 1492-1870, Grade level: 10, Credit: 3

US/European History I Honors: The West in the World: 1492-1870, Honors, Grade level: 10, Credit: 3

US/European History II: The West in the World: 1871 to the Present, Grade level: 11, Credit: 3

US/European History II: The West in the World: 1871 to the Present, Honors, Grade level: 11, Credit: 3

Electives

Advanced Topics in Art History: Global Art History in Washington, D.C., Grade level: 11, 12, Credit: 3

Comparative World Religions, Grade Level: 11, 12, Credit: 3

Advanced Topics in Psychology, Grade level: 12, Prerequisite: Departmental Permission, Credit: 3

Advanced Topics in U.S. Government, Grade level: 12, Prerequisite: Departmental Permission, Credit: 3

Advanced Principles of Economics, Grade level: 12, Credit: 3

Global Perspectives, Grade level: 11, Required for students participating in Junior Journeys. Credit 1

Mathematics

Mathematics in the Lower School is designed to capitalize upon and enhance the problem-solving instincts of the students. Students are encouraged to use their informal “number sense” as well as their formal understanding of numbers as they collaborate to discover and explore number patterns and relationships and develop higher-level mathematical ideas. Students confront problems designed to highlight the pervasiveness and interrelatedness of mathematical ideas in the world around them. Mathematical concepts are introduced and increase in difficulty as students become developmentally ready, preparing them for a rigorous Middle School program.

In Middle School, students review and extend their understanding of skills and concepts in arithmetic, geometry, number theory, and probability and statistics begun in Lower School in order to apply their skills and conceptual understanding to the study of algebra. The Middle School Mathematics curriculum is designed to build a solid foundation in algebraic thinking and problem solving to enable students to be successful in studying advanced topics in mathematics.

After the building a solid foundation in algebra, all students study Geometry followed by Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. Goals for students throughout the sequence include mastery of fundamental operations along with development of calculator and problem solving skills and an appreciation for the structure and applications of mathematics. Students are required to have a TI-84 Plus graphing calculator beginning in Algebra 1. In addition, students will use computer and web-based technology to explore concepts.

The Mathematics Department recognizes the importance of having students work with data throughout the curriculum. In many courses, including Algebra 2 & Trigonometry and Precalculus, students are given the opportunity to learn about the modeling of functions by using data taken from real world situations. The girls will learn how to apply “continuous mathematics” to data taken from disciplines including science, politics, and current events.

Although any student’s greatest resource is herself, she will learn that even more can be accomplished through working with her classmates and teachers. Individual conversations and one-to-one help sessions between a student and her mathematics teacher are an integral part of the Holton experience.

Lower School

Math 3, Grade level 3

Math 4, Grade level 4

Math 5, Grade level 5

Math 6, Grade level 6

Middle School

Pre-Algebra Fundamentals, Grade level: 7

Pre-Algebra / Pre-Algebra Accelerated, Grade level: 7

Intro to Algebra, Grade level: 8 (required if not taking Algebra 1)

Algebra 1 / Algebra 1 Honors, Grade level: 7 or 8 Prerequisite: Permission of department, Credit: 3

Geometry 8 Honors, Grade level: 8, Prerequisite: Algebra 1; permission of Department, Credit: 3

Upper School

  • 9 credits are required for graduation: one of which is Algebra 2 & Trigonometry.

Algebra 1, Grade level: 9, Credit: 3

Geometry, Grade level: 9, 10 (required), Credit: 3

Geometry Honors, Grade level: 9, Credit: 3

Algebra 2 & Trigonometry, Grade level: 10, 11 (required), Credit: 3

Algebra 2 and Trigonometry with Data Analysis, Grade level: 9, 10, 11, Credit: 3

Algebra 2 and Trigonometry with Data Analysis Honors Grade level: 9, 10, 11, Credit: 3

Functions of Precalculus, Grade level: 11, 12, Credit: 3

Precalculus, Grade level: 10, 11, 12, Credit: 3

Precalculus Honors, Grade level: 10, 11, Credit: 3

Introduction to Calculus, Grade level: 12, Credit: 3

Statistics, Grade level: 11, 12, Credit: 3

Calculus I, Grade level: 11, 12, Credit: 3,

Calculus I & II, Grade level: 11, 12, Credit: 3

Multivariable Calculus, Grade level: 11,12 , Credit: 3

Electives (1 trimester)

History of Mathematics, Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12, Credit: 1

The Mathematics of Social Choices, Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12, Credit: 1

The Mathematics of Everyday Life, Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12, Credit: 1

Model Thinking, Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12, Credit: 1

Mathematical Modelling, Grade Level: 10, 11, 12, Credit: 1

Architectural Design with SketchUp, , Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12, Credit: 1

Geometry in Nature, Art and Architecture, Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12, Credit: 1

Pure & Applied Science

In a world increasingly shaped by and comprehended in terms of science and technology, it is important that our students be prepared to understand, evaluate, and use the knowledge and methods of those disciplines.

The Lower School Science program provides students with an inquiry-based curriculum that builds on their excitement as they discover new things. The Lower School Science curriculum consists of a wide variety of topics in the biological, physical, and earth sciences. Common unifying threads in scientific concepts, attitudes, and skills in these areas of study provide the central emphasis at all grade levels.

The Middle and Upper School Science program seeks to teach basic scientific principles, skills, and habits of critical and analytical thinking through strong foundations of learning in the biological, physical, and environmental sciences. Students with high interest and ability have the opportunity to pursue these disciplines at advanced levels. We strive to instill in each student an awareness of her natural environment, including the principles and processes that govern it. We also hope to offer students the opportunity to explore problem-solving through applications in forensics, engineering, robotics, computer programming, and our Science Research Program.

Lower School

Science 3, Grade level 3

Science 4, Grade level 4

Science 5, Grade level 5

Science 6, Grade level 6

Middle School

Science 7, Grade level: 7

Science 8, Grade level: 8

Upper School

  • 9 Upper School credits, including Biology, are required for graduation.

Physics, Grade level: 9, Credits: 3

Physics Honors, Grade level: 9, Credits: 3

Chemistry Foundations, Grade level: 10, Credits: 3

Chemistry, Grade level: 10, Credits: 3

Chemistry Honors, Grade level: 10, Credits: 3

Biology, Grade level: 11, Credits: 3

Biology Honors, Grade level: 11, Credits: 3

Introduction to Engineering, Grade level: 10, 11, 12, Credits: 3

Advanced Global Applications in Environmental Science, Grade level: 12, Credits: 3

Advanced Topics in Biology, Grade level: 12, Credits: 3

Advanced Analytical Chemistry, Grade level: 11, 12, Credits: 3

Advanced Analytical Physics, Grade level: 12, Credits: 3

Electives

Forensics: Analysis of Trace Evidence (1 trimester), Grade level: 11, 12, Co-requisite: Biology, Credits: 1

Forensics: Beyond the Crime Scene (1 trimester) Grade level: 11,12, Credits: 1

Microbiology (1 trimester), Grade Level: 11, 12, Credit: 1

Molecular Biology (1 trimester), Grades: 11, 12, Credit: 1

Science Literacy: Busting Myths in Science Media (1 trimester), Grades: 11,12, Credit: 1

Earth & Space Science (1 trimester), Grades: 11, 12, Credit: 1

Science Research Program, Grade level: 11, Credit: 1/3 (Pass/Fail)

Computer Science

In Lower School, technology education is comprised of Computer Technology and Design Technology. Computer Technology refers to computers and other electronic equipment. Design Technology refers to the process of designing, constructing, testing, and modifying structures. Both areas of technology play an important role in the Lower School program and are interwoven into the existing curriculum in a variety of ways.

Students in Middle and Upper Schools engage in creative problem-solving while modeling real-world situations through a hands-on approach to coding.

Lower School

Technology 3, Grade level 3

Design Technology 4, Grade level 4

3D Printing 5, Grade level 5

Design Technology 6, Grade level 6

Middle School

Computer Science: Problem Solving Grade level: 7 (required)

Computer Science: Web Development Grade level: 8 (required)

Upper School

  • 1 credit required for graduation.

Computer Science: App Development (1 Trimester) Grades: 9, 10, 11,12; Credit: 1

Computer Science: Web Development (1 Trimester) Grades 9, 10, 11, 12; Credit: 1

Computer Programming & Robotics (1 Trimester), Grade: 11, 12, Credit: 1

World Languages

The Lower School World Languages program introduces the language, along with cultural aspects of its native-speaking countries. Overall listening and speaking skills are further strengthened through the presentation of vocabulary and grammar concepts, and the introduction of reading and writing activities. Spanish/French is offered in grades 3 and 4. Chinese, French, and Spanish are available in grades 5 and 6.

The ultimate goal of world language study is to acquire linguistic, communicative, and global competencies. In Middle and Upper School, Chinese, French, Latin, and Spanish are offered.

LOWER SCHOOL

Chinese 5, Grade level 5

Chinese 6, Grade level 6

French 3, Grade level 3

French 4, Grade level 4

French 5, Grade level 5

French 6, Grade level 6

Spanish 3, Grade level 3

Spanish 4, Grade level 4

Spanish 5, Grade level 5

Spanish 6, Grade level 6

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Chinese 1A, Grade level: 7; Credit: 1.5

Chinese 1B, Grade level: 8; Credit: 1.5

French 1A, Grade level: 7 Credit: 1.5

French 1B, Grade level: 8; Credit: 1.5

Latin 1A, Grade level: 7 Credit: 1.5

Latin 1B, Grade level: 8; Credit: 1.5

Spanish 1A, Grade level: 7 Credit: 1.5

Spanish 1B,Grade level: 8; Credit: 1.5

UPPER SCHOOL

  • 9 credits in one language: successful completion of Level 3 required for graduation.

Chinese 1, Grade level: 9-12; Credit: 3

Chinese 2, Grade level: 9-12; Credit: 3

Chinese 3, Grade level: 10-12; Credit: 3

Chinese 4, Grade level: 10-12; Credit: 3

Chinese 4 Honors, Grade Level: 11 – 12; Credit 3

Chinese 5, Grade level: 10-12; Credit: 3

Chinese 5 Honors, Grade Level: 11-12; Credit: 3

French 1, Grade level: 9-11; Credit: 3

French 2 ,Grade level: 9-12; Credit: 3

French 3 ,Grade level: 10-12; Credit: 3

French 3 Honors, Grade level: 10-12; Credit: 3

French 4: French Conversation and Composition, Grade level: 11, 12; Credit: 3

French 4 Honors: Language & Culture, Grade level: 11, 12; Credit: 3

French 5: Cinéma et Francophonie, Grade level: 11, 12; Credit: 3

Latin I, Grade level: 9-11; Credit: 3

Latin II, Grade level: 9-12; Credit: 3

Latin III: Roman Prose and Poetry, Grade level: 10-12; Credit: 3

Latin IV: Advanced Readings in Latin Literature, Grade level: 11-12; Prerequisite: Latin III; Credit: 3

Latin IV: Advanced Readings in Latin Literature Honors, Grade level: 11-12; Credit: 3

Latin V Honors, Grade level: 11-12; Credit: 3

Spanish 1, Grade level: 9-11 Credit: 3

Spanish 2, Grade level: 9-12; Credit: 3

Spanish 3, Grade level: 10-12; Credit: 3

Spanish 3 Honors Grade Level: 10 – 12; Credit: 3

Spanish 4: Spanish Conversation and Composition, Grade level: 11-12; Credit: 3

Spanish 4 Honors, Grade level: 11, 12; Credit: 3

Spanish 5: Hispanic Culture through Media, Grade level: 11, 12; Credit: 3

Spanish 5 Honors: Spanish through Film and Theater, Grade level: 12; Credit: 3

Spanish Seminar, Grade level: 12; Credit: 3

Art

Holton's art curriculum actively engages each student in the process of discovering her creative vision while acquiring technical skills and gaining historical and cultural perspectives.

By engaging each student in problem-solving using a variety of media, the Lower School Art program capitalizes on children’s joyous affinity with art materials and activities of every type. “learning by doing” provides the basis for class activities. On-going discussion and reflection reinforce the hands-on, experiential aspect of each project. Through their years in Lower School Art, students grow in skill and artistic self-confidence as they encounter ever-more challenging ideas and materials. By acquiring the tools to express thoughts, feelings, and images in a personally satisfying way, and by gaining an awareness of art as a universally important human activity, students learn about art and their own relationship to it.

Art courses in the Middle School provide general introductions to studio art, photography, and ceramics, and reinforce skills and concepts learned at the primary level. Courses in the Upper School offer students opportunities to concentrate in one discipline. Students work closely with members of the art faculty, who encourage inquiry, experimentation, and excellence. Studios are spacious, well equipped, and open to students throughout the day. In addition to acquiring the various skills and techniques involved in a specific art discipline, the experience of creating art directly relates to development of critical thinking, mental discipline, self-confidence, and the ability to solve problems. The art curriculum provides developmentally appropriate and challenging training for each student to express herself while nurturing the artistic process so that it becomes incorporated into her daily life.

LOWER SCHOOL

Art 3, Grade level 3

Art 4, Grade level 4

Art 5, Grade level 5

Art 6, Grade level 6

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Art 7, Grade level: 7 (required)

Art 8, Grade level: 8

UPPER SCHOOL

  • 4 credits in the fine or performing arts are required for graduation.

Drawing and Painting, Grade level: 9-12, Credit: 1 per trimester

Ceramics, Grade level: 9-12, Credit: 1 per trimester

Photography, Grade level: 9-12, Credit: 1 per trimester

Advanced Drawing and Painting: Full Year, Grade level: 10-12, Credit: 3

Advanced Drawing and Painting: Two Trimesters, Grade level: 11-12, Credit: 1 per trimester

Advanced Ceramics: Full Year, Grade level: 10-12, Credit: 3

Advanced Ceramics: Two Trimesters, Grade level: 11-12, Credit: 1 per trimester

Advanced Photography: Full Year, Grade level: 10-12, Credit: 3

Advanced Photography: Two Trimesters, Grade level: 11-12, Credit: 1 per trimester

Applications in Graphic Design: Scroll, Grade level: 11-12; Credit: 1

Portfolio Collaboration Lab, Grade Level: 10-12; Credit: 1

Dance & Drama

We believe that a student finds her unique voice when given opportunities for self-expression. At the core of each experience in Dance and Drama is a commitment to collaboration, creativity, and risk-taking. Every creative process represents a journey and every aspect of a student’s Holton education informs that process. Likewise, a student’s experience in the performing arts will inform her work in every other academic discipline. Courses in dance and drama promote the acquisition of knowledge and technical skills while encouraging the development of the imagination and aesthetic sensitivity.

Course opportunities in dance, drama, and production technology are offered during the curricular day. Curricular study in dance and drama also extends beyond the school day. Opportunities include: dramatic productions and workshops (some require an audition), hands-on experience in technical theater and design, and the Orchesis Dance Ensemble (which requires an audition). Spacious dance studios and three theaters (including a Black Box and an amphitheater) support the performing arts experience.

4 credits in the fine or performing arts are required for graduation.

DANCE

Lower School

Dance 3, Grade level: 3

Physical Education 3-6 include a dance unit.

Middle School

Dance Workshop - Grade level: 7,8

Dance Composition Lab - Grade level: 7, 8

Dance for PE, Grade level: 7, 8

Upper School

Dance Composition and Choreography, Grade level: 9 – 12, Credit: 1 per trimester, (Credit is given for Physical Education or Performing Arts, but not both.)

Dance Technique (Spring Trimester), Grade Level: 9-12, Credit: 1 per trimester (Credit is given for Physical Education or Performing Arts, but not both.)

Intermediate-Advanced Dance Technique, After School (Fall Trimester), Grade Level: 9-12, Credit: 1 per trimester, (Credit is given for Physical Education or Performing Arts, but not both.)

Intermediate/Advanced Pointe Repertoire Class 1 trimester Grade level: 9-12; Credit: 1 per trimester

Orchesis Associate Member, After School (Fall, Winter Trimesters), Grade level: 9-12, Credit: 2 (for 2 trimesters) (Credit is given for Physical Education or Performing Arts, but not both.)

Orchesis Dance Ensemble, After School (Fall, Winter Trimesters), Grade level: 9-12, Credit: 2 (for 2 trimesters) (Credit is given for Physical Education or Performing Arts, but not both.)

* Participation by audition only.

Dance Technique, After School (Spring Trimester), Grade level: 9-12 (open to 8th graders, but not for credit), Credit: 1 per trimester (Credit is given for Physical Education or Performing Arts, but not both.)


DRAMA

Middle School

Middle School Acting Workshop, Grade level: 7, 8

Middle School Production Technology, Grade level: 7, 8

Upper School

Portfolio Collaboration Lab, Grade Level: 10-12; Credit: 1

Acting Workshop 1, Grade level: 9-12, Credit: 1 per trimester

Acting Workshop 2, Grade level: 9-12, Credit: 1 per trimester

Production Technology, Grade level: 9-12, Credit: 1 per trimester

Theatrical Design, Grade level: 9-12, Credit: 1 per trimester

Dramatic Performance: US Play or Musical, Grade level: 9-12; Credit: 1 per trimester (pass/fail)

Applied Technical Theater: US Play or Musical 1 trimester Grade level: 9-12; Credit: 1 per trimester (pass/fail)

Applied Technical Theater: MS Play or Musical 1 trimester Grade level: 9-12; Credit: 1 per trimester (pass/fail)

Music

The goal of the Music program is to help students discover the value of music and all the arts in their lives. The study of music develops cultural literacy and aural sensitivity. General music classes and performing ensembles promote the development of musical understanding and technical skills and encourage the development of the imagination and aesthetic sensitivity. Students explore music from a wide range of cultures, styles, and musical traditions. In doing so, they develop a deeper understanding of music as a reflection of society and humanity. Opportunities for making music are available to all interested students. The large performing ensembles (chorus, string orchestra, and wind ensemble) rehearse during the curricular day and do not require an audition. Additional ensembles for highly motivated and capable musicians meet before or after school and students are selected by audition. Outstanding rehearsal spaces, two theaters, a music technology lab, and individual practice rooms support the musical experience.

4 credits in the fine or performing arts are required for graduation.

Lower School

General Music, Grade levels 3, 4, 5, and 6

Band, Grade levels 4, 5, and 6

Winds, Grade level 3, 4, 5, and 6

Strings, Grade levels 3, 4, 5, and 6

Chorus, Grade level: 6

Middle School

Music 7, Grade level: 7 (required)

Middle School Chorus, Grade level: 7, 8

Middle School Handbells, Grade level: 7, 8

Middle School String Orchestra, Grade level: 7, 8; Co-requisite: Private study recommended

Middle School Wind Ensemble, Grade level: 7, 8; Co-requisite: Private study recommended

Upper School

Portfolio Collaboration Lab, Grade Level: 10-12; Prerequisite: Students must participate in an ensemble . Credit: 1

Music Composition & Arranging with Technology, Grade level: 9-12, Credit: 1 per trimester

Music Theory, 1 trimester Grade Level: 9-12, Credit: 2

Vocal Technique, Auditioning, and Cabaret, 1 trimester Grade Level: 9-12; Credit: 2

Upper School String Orchestra, Full Year Grade Level: 9-12; Co-requisite: Private study recommended, Credit: 3 for the full year

Upper School Wind Ensemble, Grade level: 9-12, Co-requisite: Private study recommended, Credit: 3 for the full year

Chamber Orchestra*, Grade level: 9-12, Co-requisite: Upper School String Orchestra or Upper School Wind Ensemble, Credit: 3 for the full year

Jazz Band*

Upper School Handbell Choir, Grade level: 9-12, Credit: 3 for the full year

Upper School Chorus, Grade level: 9-12, Credit: 3 for the full year

Chamber Singers* Grade level: 9-12, Co-requisite: Upper School Chorus, Credit: 3 for the full year

Swing Choir* Grade level: 9-12, Co-requisite: Upper School Chorus, Credit: 3 for the full year

* Participation by audition only.

Health Education

Seminar is a required course currently offered in grades 3, 5, 7, 8, and 9 that addresses health and well-being, diversity, equity and inclusion, and global competence, digital well-being, sustainability and environmental stewardship, leadership skills, and service. The curriculum is taught by the counselors and a members of the Health Department. The classes are also designed to help students learn developmentally appropriate communication skills with teachers, parents, and other adults in their lives; to help students gain life-planning skills that are in harmony with their needs, interests, and abilities; and to help students develop responsible social skills.

Lower School

Seminar 3

Seminar 5

Middle School

Seminar 7 Grade level: 7 (required)

Seminar 8 Grade level: 8 (required)

Upper School

Seminar 9 (1 trimester) Grade level: 9 (required) Credit: 1

Physical Education

Physical education is an essential component of a curriculum that serves to educate the whole child. Physical activity improves both physical and mental health, by implementing carefully selected and diverse activities, we hope to encourage and promote healthy habits. Risk taking is encouraged in an environment that is supported by respect and positive reinforcement. Cooperative team situations provide the student with the opportunity to problem solve and feel successful through a group effort. A major goal of the physical education program is to promote an interest in physical activity that continues throughout the student’s time and school and beyond.

All students must earn six credits and must have passed a swim competency test by the end of the second trimester of their senior year. If a student fails the swim competency test, she must enroll in, and pass, the Aquatic Fitness course. Credits can be accomplished by completing six activities, which may include taking physical education classes and/or participating on interscholastic teams. Students earn one credit for the successful completion of each of these activities. Freshmen must earn at least one credit during their ninth grade year. Students are required to take fundamentals of physical education for one trimester in either the ninth or tenth grade. Learn more about athletic teams.

6 credits are required for graduation

Lower School Program

Physical Education, Grade levels 3, 4, 5, and 6

Middle School Program

Middle School Physical Education/Athletics, Grade levels 7, 8

Fall Season

  • Cross Country
  • Dance
  • Field Hockey
  • Fitness
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Winter Season

  • Basketball
  • Dance
  • Fitness
  • Ice Hockey
  • Indoor Crew Training
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Swimming

Spring Season

  • Dance
  • Fitness
  • Lacrosse
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field

Upper School Program

Fundamentals of Physical Education, Grade level: 9-10, credit 1

Lifetime Fitness, Grade level: 9-12, credit: 1

Aquatic Fitness, Grade level: 9-12, Credit: 1

Strength and Conditioning, Grade level: 9-12

Dance Composition and Choreography, Grade level: 9 – 12, Credit: 1

Dance Technique (Spring Trimester) Grade Level: 9-12, Credit: 1

Intermediate-Advanced Dance Technique, After School (Fall Trimester), Grade Level: 9-12, credit 1

Intermediate/Advance Pointe Repertoire Class, Grade level: 9-12, credit 1

Orchesis Dance Ensemble, Grade level: 9-12 - participation by audition only

Interscholastic Athletic Program

Fall Season

  • Varsity and Junior Varsity Field Hockey
  • Varsity and Junior Varsity Soccer
  • Varsity and Junior Varsity Tennis
  • Varsity and Junior Varsity Volleyball
  • Varsity Cross Country
  • Club Strength and Conditioning

Winter Season

  • Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball
  • Varsity Swimming and Diving
  • Varsity Ice Hockey
  • Winter Club Crew
  • Club Strength and Conditioning
  • Winter Club Track

Spring Season

  • Varsity and Junior Varsity Lacrosse
  • Varsity and Junior Varsity Softball
  • Spring Club Tennis
  • Varsity Track and Field
  • Varsity and Novice Crew