Courses & Requirements
The academic program at the Williston Northampton School is designed to create a rigorous academic environment that inspires students to develop a wide range of intellectual interests and pursuits. Our core diploma requirements are enhanced by a rich and diverse elective program, enabling students with varied interests and strengths to find challenge and inspiration in their academic and artistic work.
2014-15 Course of Studies
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Upper School Academic Requirements
In order to receive a Williston diploma, a student must complete 57 academic credits in courses offered at the 9th through 12th grade level. A full year course receives three credits and a trimester course one credit. The 57 credits must include:
English: 12 credits
Each student must be enrolled in an English course during every trimester of attendance. ELL courses are considered to be part of the English department.
Mathematics: 9 credits
This must include Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II; most students go beyond these requirements.
Science: 6 credits
Chemistry or Biology is required; three credits must be taken at the 11th or 12th grade level; most students go beyond these requirements.
Language: 6 sequential credits
Each student must complete at least six credits in the same language during grades 9–12; most students take at least a third year. Students for whom English is not a first language need not fulfill credits in this department.
History and Global Studies: 8 credits
Three credits must be taken in U. S. History; many colleges require a third year. Three- and four-year students must take World Civilizations in the 9th or 10th grade. At least one credit must be selected from among the religion and philosophy courses (6700 level).
Fine and Performing Arts: 3 credits
Two-, three-, and four-year students must complete three credits. Students are urged to select from offerings both in the studio/performance courses and in the humanities courses.
Students, parents, and faculty advisors should check the distribution requirements of particular colleges in which students may be interested as requirements and recommended course programs vary.