Semester-Based Schedule

The daily class schedule at the Academy differs from most public and boarding schools in that classes meet in five 70-minute periods. Due to the extended time available in each class, students complete a one-year course in one semester. This opens up opportunities to students in many ways:
  • Students are allowed more time to increase their understanding of class material.
  • Four yearlong courses may be completed in a semester. This allows for the completion of core courses with plenty of time left over to develop new interests through our many electives.
  • Course work in certain subject areas can be accelerated, allowing students to achieve high levels of study in areas of academics of special interest to them. For example, a math class can be taken during a semester rather than a full year, allowing many students move on to take AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science classes, or even Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra.
  • Special programs like our culinary program running the Hilltopper Restaurant are made possible by our semester-based schedule.

Sample Programs of Study

Competitive College Prep | Advanced Math

Grade 9

Fall Spring
A block Humanities (accelerated) Humanities (accelerated)
B block Computer Literacy/Physical Education Health
C block Biology (accelerated) Japanese I (accelerated)
D block Algebra I (accelerated) Algebra II (accelerated)
E block Study Hall Study Hall



Grade 10

Fall Spring
A block English (accelerated) Study Hall
B block Geometry (accelerated) Japanese III (accelerated)
C block Japanese II (accelerated) Chemistry (accelerated)
D block World Civilization (accelerated) Trigonometry (accelerated)
E block Study Hall Intro to Culinary

(SJA Summer precalculus)



Grade 11

Fall Spring
A block English (accelerated) Game Design (accelerated)
B block Clay Physics (accelerated)
C block AP Calculus AB Japanese IV (accelerated)
D block US History (accelerated) AP Calculus BC (accelerated)
E block Free Block Free Block



Grade 12

Fall Spring
A block Photography I English (accelerated)
B block AP Statistics Multivariable Calculus
C block Linear Algebra AP Microeconomics
D block AP Microeconomics Prep/Free Block Free Block
E block Capstone (accelerated) AP Statistics Prep/Free Block

Competitive College Prep | AP Capstone

Grade 9

Fall Spring
A block Humanities (accelerated) Geometry(accelerated)
B block Algebra II (accelerated) French I (accelerated)
C block Health Computer Literacy/Physical Education
D block Biology (accelerated) Study Hall
E block Study Hall Humanities (accelerated)



Grade 10

Fall Spring
A block World Civilization (accelerated) AP Seminar
B block Study Hall Chemistry (accelerated)
C block French II (accelerated) Precalculus
D block English (accelerated) French III (accelerated)
E block Trigonometry (accelerated) Study Hall



Grade 11

Fall Spring
A block AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC
B block French IV AP (accelerated) Introduction to Design,
Innovation, and
Development (accelerated)
C block Free Block Free Block
D block AP Physics 1 AP Physics 2
E block AP English Language and Composition US History (accelerated)



Grade 12

Fall Spring
A block Programming JAVA (accelerated) AP Physics C: Mechanics
B block AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism AP Computer Science
C block AP Research Free Block
D block AP Microeconomics Prep/Free Block AP Microeconomics
E block Multivariable Calculus AP English Literature and Composition

College Prep

Grade 9
Fall Spring
Humanities Humanities
Study Hall Health
Biology Spanish I
Algebra I Study Hall
Computer Literacy/Physical Education String Ensemble


Grade 10
Fall Spring
Algebra II World Civilization
Spanish II Introduction to Robotics
Chemistry Sports Medecine I
English Spanish III
Study Hall Study Hall


Grade 11
Fall Spring
Physics US History
Clay I English
Free Block Sports Medecine II
Anatomy and Physiology Trigonometry
Geometry Free Block


Grade 12
Fall Spring
English Precalculus
Capstone Clay II
Environmental Science College Writing
Introduction to Woodworking Free Block
Free Block US Government and Economics

Fine Arts Focus

Grade 9

Fall Spring
A block Humanities Study Hall
B block Algebra I Health
C block Biology Intro to Acting
D block Study Hall Computer Literacy/Physical Education
E block Drawing and Painting Humanities



Grade 10

Fall Spring
A block English Algebra II
B block Chemistry Sculpture I
C block Fashion Design I Anatomy and Figure Drawing I
D block Printmaking I World Civilization
E block Study Hall Study Hall



Grade 11

Fall Spring
A block Physics (accelerated) US History
B block Free Block Trigonometry
C block Oil Painting I Photography I
D block Geometry Sculpture II
E block English Free Block



Grade 12

Fall Spring
A block English AP Art Prep/Free Block
B block Art Capstone (accelerated) Precalculus
C block AP Art Anatomy and Figure Drawing II
D block Free Block Psychology
E block Oil Painting II Free Block

Technical Education Focus | Culinary Arts

Grade 9

Fall Spring
A block Study Hall Study Hall
B block Biology French I
C block Algebra I Health
D block Humanities Humanities
E block Chorus Computer Literacy/Physical Education



Grade 10

Fall Spring
A block World Civilization English
B block Nutrition Algebra II
C block French II Chemistry
D block Intro to Culinary French III
E block Chorus/Study Hall Chorus/Study Hall



Grade 11

Fall Spring
A block Culinary I Culinary I
B block Culinary I Culinary I
C block US History Free Block
D block Free Block Geometry
E block Physics English



Grade 12

Fall Spring
A block US Government and Economics English
B block Capstone Free Block
C block Culinary II Culinary II
D block Culinary II Culinary II
E block Free Block Philosophy
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