Requirements for Graduation

A "Diploma" signifies completion of the course and other requirements below (21 minimum total) and is awarded to qualifying students. Unless special permission is given, students need to be enrolled in five or six classes each semester.

MINIMUM COURSE REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE:

English:

4 credits (includes 9th grade Humanities)

Language:

2 credits in one language (through 2nd-year course)

Mathematics:

3 credits (at least through Advanced Algebra)

Science:

2 credits (Physics, Biology)
3 credits (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)

History:

2 credits (Humanities, U.S. History)

Philosophy & Religion:

1 credit (two semester courses)

Arts:

2 credits

Physical Education:

1/2 credit (2 1/2 credits if no sport included)

Health:

1/2 credit

Electives:

3.5 credits (to be chosen from departmental offerings)

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Activity Program:

The Activity co-curricular program exists in order to enrich the Upper School whole student experience. Activity accomplishes this goal by providing opportunities for student and faculty experimentation, innovation, and leadership. Activities enable the sharing of expertise outside of a faculty member's or a student's normal academic arena, and they frequently benefit the school community at large. Broader student-faculty-community bonds often result. Departments may also use Activities as a way of expanding their offerings in ways that enhance the overall curricular program.

Unlike the academic calendar, Activity is scheduled into three, 10 or 11 week trimesters:

  • Fall: September 21 through December 18
  • Winter: January 4 through March 16
  • Spring: April 5 through June 9

Freshmen are required to participate in an activity all three trimesters; Sophomores are required to participate in an activity two trimesters; Juniors are required to participate in an activity one trimester. Seniors are encouraged, but not required, to participate.

Students enrolled in an academic course during the activity period will have the activity requirement waived for the semester of enrollment upon the successful completion (passing grade) of the academic course.

Service Learning:

Satisfactory participation in the service learning program. (See full program description in the "Community Life" section.)

Winterim:

Satisfactory involvement in full- or half-day Winterim courses. (See full program description in the Experiential Education section.)

College Decisions:

Successful completion of the College Decisions program in Eleventh Grade. (See full program description in the "Programs" section.)

A "Graduation Certificate" is awarded in unusual cases to a student who has not met the full distribution requirements of OES but has passed at least five courses during each semester of attendance, has attended for at least two full semesters, and has earned at least 21 high school credits from OES and/or another accredited secondary institution.

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