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Brentwood School requires students successfully complete the following courses prior to graduation from the Upper School. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the completion of all graduation requirements:

  • English: eight semesters
  • Math: six semesters
    (including Algebra I, II and Geometry)
  • History: six semesters
    (including Ancient World, Modern World, and U.S. History)
  • Language: (four semesters in the same language, including at least through the 3rd level of the language)
  • Science: six semesters
    (including Physics, Chemistry, and Biology)
  • Arts: three semesters
    (including courses in two different Arts disciplines)*
  • Physical Education: four semesters
    (each team sport equals one semester; the P.E. requirement must be completed before graduation)
  • Human Development: one semester in 9th Grade
  • Community Service: (please see “Senior Service Project” in the Family Handbook)

A student must complete satisfactorily at least five academic courses each semester - excluding P.E. and Independent Study courses. The Upper School Director may approve an exception to this requirement.

*Arts disciplines include dance, drama, technical theater, choral music, ceramics, drawing, stained glass, orchestra, photography, digital photography, jazz band, and music ensemble. The 3 semester graduation requirement for Fine Arts must be completed by taking two semesters in one discipline and a third semester in a different discipline.

Brentwood offers challenging honors-level courses for students who have demonstrated interest and a history of achievement in certain disciplines. Honors courses progress at an accelerated pace and are designed to be are more rigorous and time-consuming than regular courses.

The following honors courses are typically offered in the Upper School. The course offerings are subject to change based on personnel, student achievement, and interest.

  • Honors American Literature
  • Honors British Literature
  • Honors Modern World History
  • Honors Geometry
  • Honors Algebra II
  • Honors Precalculus /Calculus A
  • Honors Multi-Variable Calculus
  • Honors Physics
  • Honors Chemistry
  • Honors Biology
  • Honors Mandarin Chinese III, IV, V
  • Honors Latin III, IV
  • Honors Spanish III, IV
  • Honors French III, IV
  • Honors Acting: BTC
  • Honors Dance: BDC
  • Honors Orchestra
  • Honors Jazz Band
  • Honors Concert Singers
  • Honors Women’s Choir
  • Honors Technical Theater
  • Honors Madrigals
  • Honors Photography V

Advanced Placement courses are accelerated courses designed to parallel college-level work. Brentwood students must apply for admission and receive departmental approval in order to enroll in an Advanced Placement course. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement examination in May as a part of student enrollment in an Advanced Placement course. Brentwood School faculty members teach 24 formal A.P. courses, some with multiple class sections.

The following Advanced Placement courses are typically offered in the Upper School. The course offerings are subject to change based on personnel, student achievement, and interest.

  • A.P. U.S. History
  • A.P. Macroeconomics
  • A.P. Microeconomics
  • A.P. Human Geography
  • A.P. Studio Art
  • A.P. Art History
  • A.P. Music Theory
  • A.P. Computer Science A
  • A.P. Computer Science Principles
  • A.P. Comparative Government & Politics
  • A.P. U.S. Government & Politics
  • A.P. English Literature
  • A.P. English Language
  • A.P. French Language
  • A.P. Spanish Language
  • A.P. Spanish Literature
  • A.P. Latin
  • A.P. Calculus AB
  • A.P. Calculus BC
  • A.P. Statistics
  • A.P. Biology
  • A.P. Chemistry
  • A.P. Environmental Science
  • A.P. Physics 1
  • A.P. Physics C: Mechanics
  • A.P. Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism