Curriculum


Rooted in the Stripes, the core of Episcopal is its challenging academic program. The following provides a short list of topics and concepts explored in Upper School. View the Upper School Curriculum Guide for more details.

AP Courses

Languages: Latin, French, Spanish, Chinese

Math: AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Statistics

Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Computer Science – Java

Social Studies: U.S. History, European History, Government and Politics, Art History, Human Geography, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics

History

  • Pre-modern and modern world history
  • U.S. and European history
  • U.S government and politics
  • Macroeconomics and microeconomics
  • Global economics
  • Art history
  • Human geography
  • Psychology
  • Unique history courses include U.S. National Security and Foreign Policy, Military History: The Great Wars, History of Sport, Contemporary Global issues, Genocide, U.S. in the 1960s

Computer Science & Technology

  • 1:1 laptop program
  • Intro to programming
  • Computer science – Java
  • Digital video production

Religion

  • Chapel service every other day
  • Study of sacred texts
  • Study of ethics
  • World religions

The Arts

  • Visual arts: 2-D and 3-D design, photography, ceramics, digital design, video production
  • Music: music theory, music technology, concert choir, vocal ensemble, concert band, jazz, chamber orchestra, and chamber ensemble
  • Theatre and dance: acting, improvisation, film, theatrical design, technical theatre, and dance ensemble

Health

  • Outward Bound program in 9th grade
  • Ongoing health and wellness lessons through seminars
  • Focus on managing stress, drugs and alcohol, and personal safety

Math

  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Pre-calculus and Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Microeconomics

English

  • World literature
  • American literature
  • English literature
  • Creative writing

Science

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Environmental science
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Astronomy
  • Oceanography

Languages

  • Classical: Latin, Greek
  • World: Spanish, French, and Mandarin

Study & Research Skills

  • Study hall breaks offered for students to collaborate on projects, meet with teachers for extra help, or work on homework
  • Ninth graders may participate in workshops focused on organization and study skills

Athletics

  • All students participate in interscholastic or intramural athletics
  • 29 varsity sports offered across three seasons
  • 9th-11th graders must participate in three seasons of athletics
  • 12th graders must participate in two seasons of athletics

Extracurricular Clubs

In Upper School, students continue to pursue their passions and hone their skills through access to a wide variety of clubs and activities. These student-led groups, ranging from opportunities in politics and spirituality to arts and humanities, provide students with critical leadership skills. Learn more here.

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