"We prepare students to engage in the world that is and to help bring about a world that ought to be."
Academics
Upper School
Course Catalogue

Academic Overview

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The minimum number of course credits required for graduation from Friends Seminary is 89. Distribution requirements by department are:
English 4 years 16 credits
History  3 years 12 credits
*World Languages 3 years 12 credits
**Mathematics 3 years 12 credits
***Science 3 years 12 credits
Computer Science 1 semester 2 credits
Visual Arts 1 semester 2 credits
Performing Arts 1 semester 2 credits
Health & Wellness 1 semester 1 credit
Physical Education 4 years 8 credits
Service Learning 108 hours (at least 27 hours/year)
Outdoor Education 1 trip 2 credits go towards PE requirement
Additional Electives 16 credits
All students must register for a minimum of 5 full credit courses per semester or a total of 20 credits per year, and a physical education class or team sport. Any student wishing to take 6 or more academic courses must obtain written permission from the Head of the Upper School. Any qualified student wishing to take more than two AP courses must also obtain approval from the Advisor and the Head of the Upper School.

*Students must complete 3 consecutive years of the same World Language, beginning in Grade 9, to fulfill the graduation requirement.
**Students must complete Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. Students must complete three years of math courses during Grades 9–12.
***This requirement includes two years of a laboratory science; see departmental course descriptions for further information and appropriate placement. However, most students take a minimum of three years of science.

SUGGESTED PROGRAMS BY GRADE

Grade 9 Year:
English English 9
History  World History I
World Languages Continue language from Middle School; or begin another language; second language by permission only
Mathematics Geometry, or Algebra II
Science Physics
Visual and Performing Arts            Department electives
Physical Education Choice between P.E. elective or interscholastic team
Study Skills Placement if deemed appropriate
Service Learning Service Day and 15 hours of out-of-school service by the students’ design; an additional 7 hours of in-school service
Computer Science Programming and Computing
Grade 10 Year:
English English 10: British Literature
History  World History II
World Languages Continue one or more languages
Mathematics Geometry, Algebra II, or Precalculus
Science Chemistry
Visual and Performing Arts Department electives
Physical Education Choice between P.E. elective or interscholastic team; required Experiential Education
Outdoor Education One semester placement
Health & Wellness One semester placement
Study Skills Placement if deemed appropriate
Service Learning Service Day and 15 hours of out-of-school service by the students’ design; an additional 7 hours of in-school service
Computer Science Department electives
Grade 11 Year:
English English 11: American Literature
History  U.S. History or AP U.S. History
World Languages Elective if requirement completed
Mathematics Choice of suitable course to fulfill matriculation requirement
Science Biology recommended or appropriate elective
Visual and Performing Arts Department electives
Physical Education Choice of P.E. elective or interscholastic team
Junior Seminar Spring semester placement
Study Skills Placement if deemed appropriate
Service Learning Service Day and 15 hours of out-of-school service by the students’ design; an additional 7 hours of in-school service
Computer Science Department electives
Grade 12 Year:
English Required selection from any of the department’s electives
History Department electives
World Languages Elective if requirement completed one or more languages
Mathematics Department electives
Science Department electives
Visual and Performing Arts Department electives
Senior Seminar Fall semester placement
Physical Education Choice of P.E. elective or interscholastic team
Service Learning Service Day and 15 hours of out-of-school service by the students’ design; an additional 7 hours of in-school service
Computer Science Department electives
Friends Seminary — the oldest continuously operated, coeducational school in NYC — serves college-bound day students in Kindergarten-Grade 12.
 
FRIENDS SEMINARY
222 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
P: 212-979-5030
F: 212.979.5034