Graduation Requirements

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Poly’s Upper School robust and challenging curriculum provides students the knowledge, study tools, and organizational skills they need to be successful in their college careers and throughout their lives. In completing the required 22 academic credits, students take a wide range of courses deliberately designed to promote meaningful life-long learning.

Upper School students are required to enroll in a minimum of SIX courses each semester. Students in Grades 9 and 10 are strongly encouraged to enroll in SEVEN courses each semester. A total of 22 academic credits are required for graduation. Full-year courses earn 1.0 credit; semester-long courses earn 0.5 credit.

Each student must fulfill the following graduation requirements:

  • 8 semesters of English
  • 8 semesters of Mathematics
  • 6 semesters of History, including two semesters of United States history and one semester of a world history seminar
  • 6 semesters of Science
  • 6 consecutive semesters of the same Classical or World Language (with Level III completion)
  • 5 semesters of Arts
  • 4 years of Physical Education
  • 2 semesters of Computer & Information Science, including Introduction to Computer Science Principles
  • 1 semester of Health & Wellness
  • 1 semester of Philosophy Seminar (Grade 12)
  • 1 semester of Senior Capstone (Grade 12; spring)
  • Fulfillment of the Upper School Service Learning requirement