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 3 credits and a trimester course 1 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; 3 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 6 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.