Upper School Curriculum

Worcester Academy offers a rigorous and comprehensive college preparatory curriculum, including 19 Honors Courses, 21 Advanced Placement and 3 College Level Courses beyond the AP Level courses, for which there is a strict set of prerequisites, across all disciplines. Students generally take 4 to 6 major academic classes during any given semester, and they may enroll in as many Honors or Advanced Placement courses as they are qualified to take. Ninth and tenth graders take a non-credit Health and Wellness course that meets throughout the year. For International students who are still developing their English language skills, there are EFL options in the English and History and Social Sciences departments.  A departmental course listing appears below. Worcester Academy operates on a semester academic calendar.

Upper School Curriculum - Courses by Grade

List of 4 items.

  • Grade 09

    English
    World Literature I, English 1F (Intl), EFL Literature (Intl), EFL Language (Intl), English 2F (Intl), Topics in World Literature (Intl)

    World Language
    Latin I, Latin II, Spanish I, Spanish II, French I, French II, Mandarin I, Mandarin II

    Mathematics
    Algebra I, Algebra I Accelerated, Honors Algebra I, Geometry Accelerated, Honors Geometry, Analytic Geometry, Applied Geometry, Algebra II Accelerated, Honors Algebra II

    Science
    Biology, Biology Accelerated, Honors Biology

    History and Social Science
    World Civilizations I, Topics in World History (Intl)

    Visual and Performing Arts
    Introduction to the Visual Arts, Architecture, Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, New Art Media, Explorations in Craft, Wind Ensemble, Ensemble Singing, Concert Chorale, Orchestra, Music Studies, Music Theory I, Music Theory II, Elements of Theatre Arts, Scene Study

    Innovation in Design and Technology
    Broadcasting I, Broadcasting II, Computer Science Exploration, 3D Printing and Design, Computational Thinking, Data Structures

    Health and Wellness
    Health and Wellness 9
  • Grade 10

    English
    World Literature II, Honors World Literature II, English 1F (Intl), EFL Literature (Intl), EFL Language (Intl), English 2F (Intl), Topics in World Literature (Intl)

    World Language
    Latin I, Latin II, Latin III, Honors Latin III, Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Honors Spanish III, French I, French II, French III, Honors French III, Mandarin I, Mandarin II, Mandarin III, Honors Mandarin III

    Mathematics
    Geometry, Geometry Accelerated, Honors Geometry, Analytic Geometry, Applied Geometry, Algebra II, Algebra II Accelerated, Honors Algebra II, AP Computer Science

    Science
    Biology Accelerated, Honors Biology, Chemistry, Chemistry Accelerated, Honors Chemistry, Robotics, Introduction to Engineering, Projects in S.T.E.A.M., Honors Environmental Science

    History and Social Science
    World Civilizations II, AP World History, Topics in World History (Intl)

    Visual and Performing Arts
    Introduction to the Visual Arts, Architecture, Ceramics, Advanced Ceramics, Drawing, Advanced Drawing, Painting, Advanced Painting, New Art Media, Explorations in Craft, Wind Ensemble, Ensemble Singing, Concert Chorale, Orchestra, Music Studies, Music Theory I, Music Theory II, Elements of Theatre Arts, Scene Study, Advanced Acting, Costume Design and Construction, Style by Decade, Producing A Play

    Innovation in Design and Technology
    AP Computer Science, Broadcasting I, Broadcasting II, Computer Science Exploration, 3D Printing and Design, Computational Thinking, Data Structures, Robotics, Introduction to Engineering, Projects in S.T.E.A.M.

    Health and Wellness
    Health and Wellness 10
  • Grade 11

    English
    American Studies in Literature, AP English Language, English 2F (Intl)

    World Language
    Latin I, Latin II, Latin III, Honors Latin III, Latin IV, Honors Latin IV, Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Honors Spanish III, Spanish IV, Honors Spanish IV, Spanish V, French I, French II, French III, Honors French III, French IV, Honors French IV, Mandarin I, Mandarin II, Mandarin III, Honors Mandarin III, Mandarin IV, Honors Mandarin IV

    Mathematics
    Geometry, Geometry Accelerated, Honors Geometry, Applied Geometry, Algebra II, Algebra II Accelerated, Honors Algebra II, Unified Algebra and Physics, College Algebra, Topics in Applied Mathematics, Precalculus, Precalculus Accelerated, Honors Precalculus, Honors Precalculus BC, Statistics, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Multivariable Calculus, Topics in Advanced Mathematics, Accounting and Entrepreneurship, Mathematical Biology, AP Computer Science

    Science
    AP Biology II, Chemistry, Chemistry Accelerated, Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry II, Physics, Physics Accelerated, Honors Physics, Robotics, Introduction to Engineering, Projects in S.T.E.A.M., Advanced Projects in S.T.E.A.M., Honors Environmental Science, Experimental Design, Astronomy – Night Skies over Worcester

    History and Social Science
    American Studies in History, AP US History, Topics in American History (Intl), Economics, Intro to Ethics, Intro to Psychology, Life in the City: Exploring Urban Issues, History of Difference in America

    Visual and Performing Arts
    Introduction to the Visual Arts, Honors Studio Art, Architecture, Ceramics, Advanced Ceramics, Drawing, Advanced Drawing, Painting, Advanced Painting, New Art Media, Explorations in Craft, Wind Ensemble, Ensemble Singing, Concert Chorale, Orchestra, Music Studies, Music Theory I, Music Theory II, AP Music Theory III, History of American Popular Music, Music and Culture, Elements of Theatre Arts, Scene Study, Advanced Acting, Directing, Producing A Play, Costume Design and Construction, Style by Decade

    Innovation in Design and Technology
    AP Computer Science, Broadcasting I, Broadcasting II, Computer Science Exploration, 3D Printing and Design, Computational Thinking, Data Structures, Robotics, Introduction to Engineering, Projects in S.T.E.A.M., Advanced Projects in S.T.E.A.M.
  • Grades 12 and 13

    English
    AP English Literature, Writing Across the Curriculum, British Literature: Survey, Code of the Warrior, Into the Wild, Modernism and the 20th Century, Postmodernism and the American Myth, Comparative Mythology, Women in Literature, Death and the City: Detective Fiction, (Dis)Enchantment: Fantasy Literature, Creative Writing

    World Language
    Latin II, Latin III, Honors Latin III, Latin IV, Honors Latin IV, AP Latin: Caesar and  Vergil, Spanish II, Spanish III, Honors Spanish III, Spanish IV, Honors Spanish IV, Spanish V, Spanish VI, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, French II, French III, Honors French III, French IV, Honors French IV, French V, AP French Language and Culture, Mandarin II, Mandarin III, Honors Mandarin III, Mandarin IV, Honors Mandarin IV, Mandarin V, AP Chinese Language and Culture

    Mathematics
    College Algebra, Topics in Applied Mathematics, Precalculus, Precalculus Accelerated, Honors Precalculus, Honors Precalculus BC, Statistics, AP Statistics, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Multivariable Calculus, Topics in Advanced Mathematics, Accounting and Entrepreneurship, Mathematical Biology, AP Computer Science

    Science
    AP Biology II, Genetics, Bioethics, and Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemistry Accelerated, Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Physics Accelerated, Honors Physics, AP Physics II, AP Physics C, Robotics, Introduction to Engineering, Projects in S.T.E.A.M., Advanced Projects in S.T.E.A.M., Human Anatomy, Honors Anatomy and Physiology, Honors Environmental Science, Experimental Design, Astronomy – Night Skies over Worcester

    History and Social Science
    Topics in American History (Intl), AP Economics (Micro and Macro), AP European History, AP American Government, American Government, Economics, History of WWII in Europe, History of WWII in the Pacific, The Holocaust, Intro to Ethics, Intro to Psychology, The Sixties Experience, Roots of Genocide, Life in the City: Exploring Urban Issues, Understanding Social Justice, History of Difference in America

    Visual and Performing Arts
    Introduction to the Visual Arts, Honors Studio Art, Architecture, Ceramics, Advanced Ceramics, Drawing, Advanced Drawing, Painting, Advanced Painting, New Art Media, Explorations in Craft, Wind Ensemble, Ensemble Singing, Concert Chorale, Orchestra, Music Studies, Music Theory I, Music Theory II, AP Music Theory III, History of American Popular Music, Music and Culture, Elements of Theatre Arts, Scene Study, Advanced Acting, Directing, Producing A Play, Costume Design and Construction, Style by Decade

    Innovation in Design and Technology
    AP Computer Science, Broadcasting I, Broadcasting II, Computer Science Exploration, 3D Printing and Design, Computational Thinking, Data Structures, Robotics, Introduction to Engineering, Projects in S.T.E.A.M., Advanced Projects in S.T.E.A.M.

Honors, AP and Beyond!

List of 3 items.

  • Honors Courses

    Honors Algebra I
    Honors Algebra II
    Honors Anatomy and Physiology
    Honors Biology
    Honors Chemistry
    Honors Environmental Science
    Honors French III
    Honors French IV
    Honors Geometry
    Honors Latin III
    Honors Latin IV
    Honors Mandarin III
    Honors Mandarin IV
    Honors Physics
    Honors Precalculus
    Honors Precalculus BC
    Honors Spanish III
    Honors Spanish IV
    Honors Studio Art
    Honors World Literature II

  • Advanced Placement Courses (AP)

    AP American Government
    AP Biology II
    AP Calculus AB
    AP Calculus BC
    AP Chemistry II
    AP Chinese Language and Culture
    AP Computer Science
    AP Economics
    AP English Language
    AP English Literature
    AP European History
    AP French Language and Culture
    AP Latin: Caesar and Vergil
    AP Music Theory III
    AP Physics C
    AP Physics II
    AP Spanish Language and Culture
    AP Spanish Literature and Culture
    AP Statistics
    AP US History
    AP World History
  • College Level Courses

    Multivariable Calculus (beyond AP)
    Topics in Advanced Mathematics (beyond AP)
    Organic Chemistry (beyond AP)

Upper School Curriculum - Courses by Department

List of 8 items.

  • English

    Grade 09
    World Literature I, English 1F (Intl), EFL Literature (Intl), EFL Language (Intl), English 2F (Intl), Topics in World Literature (Intl)

    Grade 10
    World Literature II, Honors World Literature II, English 1F (Intl), EFL Literature (Intl), EFL Language (Intl), English 2F (Intl), Topics in World Literature (Intl)
     
    Grade 11
    American Studies in Literature, AP English Language, English 2F (Intl)
     
    Grades 12 and 13
    AP English Literature, Writing Across the Curriculum, British Literature: Survey, Code of the Warrior, Into the Wild, Modernism and the 20th Century, Postmodernism and the American Myth, Comparative Mythology, Women in Literature, Death and the City: Detective Fiction, (Dis)Enchantment: Fantasy Literature, Creative Writing
  • World Language

    Grade 09
    Latin I, Latin II, Spanish I, Spanish II, French I, French II, Mandarin I, Mandarin II

    Grade 10
    Latin I, Latin II, Latin III, Honors Latin III, Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Honors Spanish III, French I, French II, French III, Honors French III, Mandarin I, Mandarin II, Mandarin III, Honors Mandarin III

    Grade 11
    Latin I, Latin II, Latin III, Honors Latin III, Latin IV, Honors Latin IV, Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Honors Spanish III, Spanish IV, Honors Spanish IV, Spanish V, French I, French II, French III, Honors French III, French IV, Honors French IV, Mandarin I, Mandarin II, Mandarin III, Honors Mandarin III, Mandarin IV, Honors Mandarin IV

    Grades 12 and 13
    Latin II, Latin III, Honors Latin III, Latin IV, Honors Latin IV, AP Latin: Caesar and Vergil, Spanish II, Spanish III, Honors Spanish III, Spanish IV, Honors Spanish IV, Spanish V, Spanish VI, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, French II, French III, Honors French III, French IV, Honors French IV, French V, AP French Language and Culture, Mandarin II, Mandarin III, Honors Mandarin III, Mandarin IV, Honors Mandarin IV, Mandarin V, AP Chinese Language and Culture
  • Mathematics

    Grade 09
    Algebra I, Algebra I Accelerated, Honors Algebra I, Geometry Accelerated, Honors Geometry, Analytic Geometry, Applied Geometry, Algebra II Accelerated, Honors Algebra II

    Grade 10
    Geometry, Geometry Accelerated, Honors Geometry, Analytic Geometry, Applied Geometry, Algebra II, Algebra II Accelerated, Honors Algebra II, AP Computer Science

    Grade 11
    Geometry, Geometry Accelerated, Honors Geometry, Applied Geometry, Algebra II, Algebra II Accelerated, Honors Algebra II, Unified Algebra and Physics, College Algebra, Topics in Applied Mathematics, Precalculus, Precalculus Accelerated, Honors Precalculus, Honors Precalculus BC, Statistics, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Multivariable Calculus, Topics in Advanced Mathematics, Accounting and Entrepreneurship, Mathematical Biology, AP Computer Science

    Grades 12 and 13
    College Algebra, Topics in Applied Mathematics, Precalculus, Precalculus Accelerated, Honors Precalculus, Honors Precalculus BC, Statistics, AP Statistics, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Multivariable Calculus, Topics in Advanced Mathematics, Accounting and Entrepreneurship, Mathematical Biology, AP Computer Science
  • Science

    Grade 09
    Biology, Biology Accelerated, Honors Biology

    Grade 10
    Biology Accelerated, Honors Biology, Chemistry, Chemistry Accelerated, Honors Chemistry, Robotics, Introduction to Engineering, Projects in S.T.E.A.M., Honors Environmental Science

    Grade 11
    AP Biology II, Chemistry, Chemistry Accelerated, Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry II, Physics, Physics Accelerated, Honors Physics, Robotics, Introduction to Engineering, Projects in S.T.E.A.M., Advanced Projects in S.T.E.A.M., Honors Environmental Science, Experimental Design, Astronomy – Night Skies over Worcester

    Grade 12 and 13
    AP Biology II, Genetics, Bioethics, and Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemistry Accelerated, Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Physics Accelerated, Honors Physics, AP Physics II, AP Physics C, Robotics, Introduction to Engineering, Projects in S.T.E.A.M., Advanced Projects in S.T.E.A.M., Human Anatomy, Honors Anatomy and Physiology, Honors Environmental Science, Experimental Design, Astronomy – Night Skies over Worcester
  • History and Social Science

    Grade 09
    World Civilizations I, Topics in World History (Intl)
        
    Grade 10
    World Civilizations II, AP World History, Topics in World History (Intl)
        
    Grade 11
    American Studies in History, AP US History, Topics in American History (Intl), Economics, Intro to Ethics, Intro to Psychology, Life in the City: Exploring Urban Issues, History of Difference in America
        
    Grades 12 and 13
    Topics in American History (Intl), AP Economics (Micro and Macro), AP European History, AP American Government, American Government, Economics, History of WWII in Europe, History of WWII in the Pacific, The Holocaust, Intro to Ethics, Intro to Psychology, The Sixties Experience, Roots of Genocide, Life in the City: Exploring Urban Issues, Understanding Social Justice, History of Difference in America
  • Visual and Performing Arts

    Grade 09
    Introduction to the Visual Arts, Architecture, Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, New Art Media, Explorations in Craft, Wind Ensemble, Ensemble Singing, Concert Chorale, Orchestra, Music Studies, Music Theory I, Music Theory II, Elements of Theatre Arts, Scene Study
        
    Grade 10
    Introduction to the Visual Arts, Architecture, Ceramics, Advanced Ceramics, Drawing, Advanced Drawing, Painting, Advanced Painting, New Art Media, Explorations in Craft, Wind Ensemble, Ensemble Singing, Concert Chorale, Orchestra, Music Studies, Music Theory I, Music Theory II, Elements of Theatre Arts, Scene Study, Advanced Acting, Costume Design and Construction, Style by Decade, Producing A Play
        
    Grade 11
    Introduction to the Visual Arts, Honors Studio Art, Architecture, Ceramics, Advanced Ceramics, Drawing, Advanced Drawing, Painting, Advanced Painting, New Art Media, Explorations in Craft, Wind Ensemble, Ensemble Singing, Concert Chorale, Orchestra, Music Studies, Music Theory I, Music Theory II, AP Music Theory III, History of American Popular Music, Music and Culture, Elements of Theatre Arts, Scene Study, Advanced Acting, Directing, Producing A Play, Costume Design and Construction, Style by Decade
        
    Grades 12 and 13
    Introduction to the Visual Arts, Honors Studio Art, Architecture, Ceramics, Advanced Ceramics, Drawing, Advanced Drawing, Painting, Advanced Painting, New Art Media, Explorations in Craft, Wind Ensemble, Ensemble Singing, Concert Chorale, Orchestra, Music Studies, Music Theory I, Music Theory II, AP Music Theory III, History of American Popular Music, Music and Culture, Elements of Theatre Arts, Scene Study, Advanced Acting, Directing, Producing A Play, Costume Design and Construction, Style by Decade
  • Innovation in Design and Technology

    Grade 09
    Broadcasting I, Broadcasting II, Computer Science Exploration, 3D Printing and Design, Computational Thinking, Data Structures

    Grade 10
    AP Computer Science, Broadcasting I, Broadcasting II, Computer Science Exploration, 3D Printing and Design, Computational Thinking, Data Structures, Robotics, Introduction to Engineering, Projects in S.T.E.A.M.

    Grade 11
    AP Computer Science, Broadcasting I, Broadcasting II, Computer Science Exploration, 3D Printing and Design, Computational Thinking, Data Structures, Robotics, Introduction to Engineering, Projects in S.T.E.A.M., Advanced Projects in S.T.E.A.M.

    Grade 12
    AP Computer Science, Broadcasting I, Broadcasting II, Computer Science Exploration, 3D Printing and Design, Computational Thinking, Data Structures, Robotics, Introduction to Engineering, Projects in S.T.E.A.M., Advanced Projects in S.T.E.A.M.
  • Health and Wellness

    Grade 09
    Health and Wellness 9

    Grade 10
    Health and Wellness 10
WORCESTER ACADEMY® is a co-ed day and boarding school for grades 6 to 12 and postgraduates. Our urban setting, diverse community, and innovative curriculum provide each student with unique opportunities for self-discovery, academic achievement, and personal empowerment.

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