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Upper School Course of Study

The curriculum of the Birch Wathen Lenox Upper School is designed to produce positive learning outcomes in the following areas: knowledge and understanding, critical thinking and investigation, creativity and appreciation of aesthetics, personal and social growth, and development of values.

To meet the goals of the academic curriculum the following minimum graduation requirements have been established:

  • English: 4 years including one Senior Elective
  • History: 3 years including the study of World History (2 year sequence) and American History
  • Mathematics: 3 years at high school level including Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2
  • Science: 3 years of Laboratory Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
  • Languages: 3 years of one language through level 3
  • Fine Arts: 2 years Art Grades 9 and 10, which includes Digital Photography, Visual Storytelling and Studio Art
  • Music & Performing Arts: 1 year Music course in Grade 9. Students can choose from any of the Music course offerings to fulfill this requirement.
  • Physical Education: 4 years including health education in Grade 10.
  • Elective Credits: Additional courses from academic and non-academic disciplines for a minimum of 6 courses each semester each year is strongly recommended. Seniors with 3 or more AP courses may elect to only take 5 courses, but they must all be from academic disciplines.

Explore BWL's Upper School Course of Study by grade level, subject, and program below.

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