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Upper School Program Overview

Course Requirements

A diploma from Rowland Hall indicates successful completion of four years of a planned high school experience. This includes completion of the minimum core requirements established by the individual departments. All juniors are required to complete 25 hours of community service with a local non-profit of their choice through Project Action of the Beyond the Classroom program. In addition, students may choose elective courses of special interest. Each student, in consultation with the assistant principal and college counselor, is encouraged to plan as broad and rigorous a program as possible.

The following are minimum requirements for a Rowland Hall diploma:

Graduation Requirements
English4 Credits
Social Science3 Credits
Lab Sciences3 Credits
Mathematics3 Credits
World Language2 Credits (same language, 3 years recommended)
Fine Art
1 and 1/3 Credits
World Religions/Ethics
2/3 Credit (two trimesters)
Project Action
1 Credit (25 hours of community engagement)
Health2/3 Credit (2 trimesters, 10th-12th grades)
Fitness25 hours/year for 1 credit (2 credits required) or participation in interscholastic athletics

*The average four-year high school student graduates with 30 credits. Exceeding the minimum credit total is strongly encouraged.

ROWMARK STUDENTS in grades nine through twelve earn a full-year physical education credit for their participation on the ski team.

During the winter season (Thanksgiving break to spring break), students take four academic core classes each morning, which enables them to train on the slopes in the afternoons. During the fall trimester Rowmark students participate in afternoon dry land training, and during the spring trimester they may carry a heavier academic load.

Program Model

The program model below outlines all requirements for Upper School. Each student’s program takes into account previous work and accommodates individual interests in areas in which the school offers options.

Ninth Grade
  • English 9 or Honors English 9
  • Eastern Civilizations or Honors Eastern Civilization
  • Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or Honors Algebra II
  • Biology or Honors Biology 9
  • World Language: French I or II, Spanish I or II, or Mandarin Chinese I or II
  • Fine Art (3 trimester course or by trimester)
  • World Religions (1 trimester required in ninth or tenth grade)
  • First Year Experience (full year)
  • Personal Fitness (25 hours = 1 credit) or participation in interscholastic athletics

Tenth Grade
  • English 10 or Honors English 10
  • Western Civilization or AP European History
  • Geometry, Algebra II, Honors Algebra II/Pre-Calc, or Pre-Calc
  • Chemistry or Honors Chemistry, Physics I
  • World Language: French I, II or III or Spanish I, II or III, or Mandarin Chinese I, II, III
  • Fine Art (3 trimester course or by trimester)
  • Health I: Healthy Lifestyles (1 trimester required)
  • Personal Fitness (25 hours = 1 credit) or participation in interscholastic athletics

Eleventh Grade
  • English 11 or AP Language and Composition
  • United States History or Advanced Topics (AT) United States History, Political Science
  • Algebra II, Pre-calculus, AP Calculus (AB)
  • Physics I, AP Biology, Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics II, AP Mobile Computer Science Principles
  • World Language: French II, III, IV or AP French, Spanish II, III, Honors IV, or Honors V, or Mandarin Chinese II, III, IV
  • Fine Art: (3 trimester course or by trimester)
  • Ethics (1 trimester required junior or senior year)
  • Health II: several options (1 trimester required junior or senior year)
  • Personal Fitness (25 hours = 1 credit) or participation in interscholastic athletics
  • Project Action: 25 hours of service

Twelfth Grade
  • English 12 or AP Literature and Composition
  • Political Science, AP Psychology
  • Pre-Calculus, AT Statistics, AP Calculus (AB) or AP Calculus (BC), Personal Finance
  • AP Physics I, AP Physics II, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, or Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A
  • World Language: French III, Honors IV, or Honors V, Spanish III, IV or AP Spanish, Mandarin Chinese III, IV, or AT Mandarin Chinese
  • Fine Art (3 trimester course or by trimester)
  • Ethics (1 trimester required junior or senior year)
  • Health II: several options (1 trimester required junior or senior year)
  • Personal Fitness (25 hours = 1 credit) or participation in interscholastic athletics

Daily Schedule

The Upper School runs on a seven-day rotating block schedule. Each day consists of five blocks.

8:00 - 8:15Arrival
8:15 - 9:15 First Block
9:15 - 10:05Morning Meeting, Club Meeting, Seminar, and/or Morning Break
10:05 - 11:05Second Block
11:05 - 12:05Third Block
12:05 - 12:50Lunch
12:50 - 1:50Fourth Block
1:50 - 2:00Break / Consultations
2:00 - 3:00Fifth Block


Homework is an extension of learning experiences that take place in the classroom. Homework should establish independent work habits, provide practice in skills already learned, promote intellectual curiosity, and prepare the student for full classroom participation. Students in the Upper School will average two to two and a half hours of homework per week per class. Students in Advanced Placement classes average four hours of homework per week for those classes. No homework will be given over Fall Break, Thanksgiving weekend, Winter Break, Spring Break, or Interim.


Grade point averages are calculated according to the following scales:


Academic Support

The academic support counselor assists students with learning differences, working closely with parents, teachers, and faculty to make the Rowland Hall curriculum accessible to all students. The counselor will recommend outside tutors whenever necessary. Additionally, classroom teachers are available before and after school to work with the students.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled in October and February, during which ten minutes are allotted for discussion with each requested teacher and/or administrator. Nearly all parents attend these conferences, and teachers and principals are very responsive to questions and concerns communicated by email or telephone at any time.

Advanced Courses

Rowland Hall offers a full range of Advanced Placement (AP) and Advanced Topics (AT) courses, and every graduate of the school in recent years has taken at least one AP course (average of two APs for four-year graduates). Juniors may take no more than two AP courses and seniors may take no more than three AP courses without making a written request to the academic department chairs committees, and receiving that group's approval.

Students enrolled in AP courses must take the corresponding AP exams in May. They may also opt to take AP tests in a subject even when the corresponding course is not offered.

Rowland Hall's AP and AT courses are detailed under their respective subject areas on the curriculum page, and listed in an overview at the very bottom of that page.

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