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Curriculum in detail

Upper School
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Students in Grades 9–12 complete a rigorous and balanced program of studies in English, History, World Languages, Mathematics, Science, Creative Arts, and Physical Education/Health.

Academic Program in Grades 9 and 10

In Grades 9 and 10, courses have been created by Upper School teachers to ensure that students are well prepared to enroll in the International Baccalaureate Program, and access Advanced Placement (AP) courses or ZIS courses in Grades 11 and 12.

Academic Pathways in Grades 11 and 12

In Grades 11 and 12 there are two pathways toward graduation: the ZIS and IB Diploma pathway, and the ZIS Diploma with AP and ZIS courses. Both of these option allow students to pursue their interests and challenge themselves and to meet the requirements for diverse university programs prepared for success in post-secondary education.

  • The ZIS and IB Diploma Pathway: Students earn a ZIS Diploma by enrolling in seven classes and working toward the IB Diploma.
  • The ZIS Diploma with ZIS and AP Courses: Students earn a ZIS Diploma by enrolling in a combination of AP courses and ZIS courses created by ZIS faculty. In some instances it is possible for students to enroll in individual two-year IB courses as well.

Curriculum by Subject Area