Upper School

In grades 9-12 we emphasize a love of learning, a strong educational foundation for college and preparation for adulthood.

The curriculum focuses on core courses in English, Math, Science, Languages and History, with a heavy concentration on reading, writing and vocabulary development. The academic curriculum is enhanced by a robust arts program, global study opportunities and numerous clubs.


  • English 9: World Literature
  • English 10: Composition
  • English 11: American Literature
  • English 11: American Literature (Honors)
  • English 11: American Studies (Honors)
  • English 12: Literature & Composition (AP)

Classic British Literature
  • Ascendance of the English Novel in the 18th and 19th Centuries
  • The British Romantic Tradition (Honors)
  • Shakespeare and the Human Condition
Modern and Contemporary British Literature
  • British Novels and Visions of the Future
  • Decadence, Duality and Change in Early 20th Century British Literature (Honors)
  • Irish Literature and Composition
  • Postcolonial Literature:British Influence and Emerging Independence


  • Algebra I
  • Algebra IB
  • Geometry
  • Geometry (Honors)
  • Algebra II/Trigonometry
  • Algebra II/Trigonometry (Honors)
  • Advanced Functions and Trigonometry
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Pre-Calculus (Honors)
  • Calculus
  • Discrete Math (Honors)
  • Statistics (AP)
  • Calculus AB (AP)
  • Calculus BC (AP)


  • Conceptual Physics
  • Advanced Conceptual Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry (Honors)
  • Chemistry II (AP)
  • Biology
  • Biology (Honors)
  • Biology (AP)
  • Environmental Science (AP)
  • Physics (Honors)
  • Physics C Mechanics (AP)
  • Comparative Anatomy
  • Field Ecology
  • Natural History of North Carolina
  • Neurobiology
  • Field Geology I
  • Field Geology II

Engineering & Technology

Engineering Electives
  • Intro to the Engineering Design Method I
  • Intro to the Engineering Design Method II
  • Intro to Electrical Engineering
  • Intro to Bioengineering
  • Engineering Practices

Technology Electives
  • Computer Science Principles (AP)
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Computer Science A / Programming and Engineering (AP)
  • Web Application Development
  • Microsoft Operations (MCP)
  • Macintosh Systems Integration
  • Advanced Studies in Computer Science

History & Social Sciences

  • World History I
  • World History II
  • United States History
  • American Studies (Honors)
  • United States History (AP)
  • European History (AP)
  • United States Government and Politics (AP)
  • Comparative Government and Politics (AP)

History Seminars
  • History Through Art (Honors)
  • World Religions (Honors)
  • Topics in American Freedom
  • The World Since 1945

Social Sciences
  • Economics (AP)
  • Psychology
  • Psychology (AP)

Classical & Modern Languages

  • French I, II, III, III (Honors), IV, IV (Honors), V (Honors), French Language & Culture (AP)
  • Greek I (Honors), IV (Honors)
  • Latin I, II, III, III (Honors), IV (Honors), V (AP)
  • Spanish I, II, III, III (Honors), IV, IV (Honors), V: Culture & Conversation - Latin America (Honors), V: Culture & Conversation - Spain (Honors), Spanish Language & Culture (AP), Spanish Literature and Culture (AP)
  • Mandarin I, II (Online Courses)

Communications, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

  • Entrepreneurship and Global Marketplace Leadership
  • Introduction to Forensics
  • Advanced Debate
  • Advanced Speech
  • Global Diplomacy in the Age of the United Nations
  • Leadership for the 21st Century
  • Newspaper, Broadcast and 21st Century Journalism
  • Yearbook
  • Student Teaching Internship in Lower School

Performing Arts

  • Theater Lab
  • Technical Theater I
  • Technical Theater II

  • Concert Choir
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Orchestra
  • Music Theory (AP)

Visual Arts
  • Art Studio I
  • Art Studio II
  • Art Studio III
  • Art Studio IV

Physical Education & Health

  • Physical Education/Health
  • Intro to Sports Medicine