The Upper School curriculum is responsive to the young adults in our community and the demanding environment in which they live. Through their coursework, they build the knowledge and skills necessary to be informed, participatory, and engaged citizens.
In addition to the wide range of courses available at Catlin Gabel, the school also has a partnership with the Global Online Academy (GOA), which gives students access to more classes available at more than 70 independent national and international schools.
Students are expected to take a minimum of four academic courses every semester, which does not include PE or Health. To graduate from Catlin Gabel, a minimum of 18 academic credits is required. Specific graduation requirements are listed by area of study below.
Required. Two years (four semesters). Honors courses and Global Online Academy courses available. Students can select from classes in performing and visual arts, including music, voice, podcasting and recording; performance, musical theater, and theater tech; ceramics, drawing, fashion design, photography, and woodworking. Go to The Arts page for more information.
Optional. Programming and honors courses, as well as independent research and courses through the Global Online Academy. Details regarding specific classes are listed on the Computer Science page.
Required. Four years. English 9, English 10, English 11 / American Studies; year of senior honors-level electives. For more information on required courses and electives at Catlin Gabel and through the GOA, visit the English page.
Required. Successful completion of geometry and algebra II / Honors Algebra II. Electives in general and honors courses in precalculus, calculus, calculus II, and statistics. More information on these classes and GOA courses are on the Mathematics page.
Required. Three years of the same language (French, Mandarin, or Spanish) or demonstrated proficiency, whichever occurs first. Classes include various language levels and an honors program. GOA offers courses in Arabic and Japanese. More information is available on the Modern Languages page.
Physical Education and Health
Required. Two semesters of PE. Classes include tennis, fitness, dance, independent PE, and outdoor ed programming. Two semesters of health, including Health 9 and Health 10, taken in 9th and 10th grades, respectively. The Physical Education and Health page has further details.
Required. Three years, including Science I (physics and chemistry), Science II (chemistry and biology), and a year of electives, which may include a semester-long GOA science course. General electives and honors courses available. Details are available on the Science page.
Required. Three years, including Human Crossroads, The Modern World, and U.S. History / American Studies. Electives and honors classes on topics such as economics, philosophy, and Modern Middle East. More information is available on the Social Studies page.