Upper School Curriculum

Focusing on Higher Goals…

For most students in independent schools, Upper School means gradually intensifying focus on college admission. That is true at Tattnall, 100 percent of all graduates are accepted into a college or university.

Our Upper School curriculum offers many choices to students, including numerous Honors and Advanced Placement courses and study at local universities. What is common to all Upper School students is that they are busy. Five core courses in English, social studies, mathematics, foreign language, and science, plus one or more electives make up a typical schedule. Extracurricular activities are especially popular among Upper School students, and the School works hard to assure that such opportunities can be fitted comfortably into the students’ schedules.

As your child moves into the junior and senior year, he or she will find Tattnall to be a strong ally in the college application process—and an enormous asset on the path to his or her higher aspirations.

 

English

The graduation requirement is 4 of the following units.

  • English 9 (104) or English 9 Honors (105) 
  • World Literature (113) or World Literature Honors (114) 
  • American Literature (106) or American Literature AP (115)
  • British Literature (108) or British Literature AP (109) or Dual Enrollment English (117/122)

 

Mathematics

The graduation requirement is four of the following units.

  • Algebra I (202)
  • Geometry or Geometry Honors
  • Algebra II (206) or Algebra II Honors (207)
  • Pre-Calculus (208) or Pre-Calculus Honors (220)
  • Calculus (210) or AP Calculus AB (211)
  • Statistics (212) or AP Statistics (230)
  • AP Calculus BC (229)
  • Advanced Algebra (238)

 

Science

The graduation requirement is 4 of the following units.

  • Biology (303) or Biology Honors (311)
  • Chemistry (304) or Chemistry Honors (312)
  • Physics (324) or AP Physics (307) 
  • Anatomy/Physiology (313) or Anatomy/Physiology Honors (305) or AP Chemistry (306)

 

Social Studies

The graduation requirement is 3 of the following units. 

*Note: History credits begin Sophomore year.*

  • World History (402) or World History Honors
  • U.S. History (404) or Dual Enrollment U.S. History (160/161)
  • U.S. Government & Politics AP (424) or Government/Economics (403)
Bible

The graduation requirement is 4 of the following units

  • Old Testament – Freshman 
  • New Testament – Sophomores
  • Proverbs – Juniors (1 Semester)
  • Life and Ministry of Christ- Juniors (1 Semester)
  • Senior Perspectives

 

Foreign Language

The graduation requirement is two of the following units from the same language

  • Spanish I (503) 
  • Spanish II (504) or
  • Latin I (506)
  • Latin II (507)

 

Electives
  • Academic Support 11 (609) 
  • Art I (003) 
  • Art II (004) 
  • Art III (005) 
  • Symphonic Band (086)
  • Guitar (145)
  • Music Theory AP (498)
  • Chorus (008)
  • Drama (010)
  • Contemporary Studies (412)
  • European History AP (421)
  • Communicative Arts/TNN (630)
  • Computer Science (328)
  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking (088)
  • Latin III Honors (508)
  • Spanish III Honors (505)
  • Yearbook Journalism (629) 
  • Sports Medicine (030) 
  • Functional Anatomy (151)
  • Dual Enrollment Humanities (031)
  • Dual Enrollment Political Science
  • Dual Enrollment Psychology Online (146) 
  • Dual Enrollment Sociology Online (147) 
  • Dual Enrollment Art Appreciation Online (148) 
  • Dual Enrollment Music Appreciation Online (162)
  • Dual Enrollment Intro to Spanish Language & Culture Online

No credit:

  • Weight Training (023)
  • Female Weight Training (606)
  • Aide (632)
  • Study Hall (627)

 


Graduation Requirements

4 Units of English
4 Units of Math
3 Units of Social Studies
4 Units of Science
2 Consecutive Units of the same Foreign Language
1 Unit of PE/Health
4 Units of Bible
1 Unit of Fine Art
2 Academic Elective Units
1 Unit of Community Service
(20 hours per year, grades 9-12)
Total: 25 Units + 1 Unit Community Service