Diploma Requirements

The requirements for a St. George’s diploma ensure broad exposure for students across the curriculum and, at the same time, enable students to pursue depth in particular areas of interest and academic passion.The requirements for a St. George’s diploma ensure broad exposure for students across the curriculum and, at the same time, enable students to pursue depth in particular areas of interest and academic passion. These represent a minimum; entrance requirements for certain colleges and universities may exceed this minimum in certain disciplines. Students may receive credit toward the St. George’s diploma for courses taken previously at the high school level when it is clear that they meet the equivalent of our own curricular requirements. Students must complete their sixth-form year at St. George’s and pass all courses during their senior year regardless of the total credits accumulated prior to the senior year. Please see The Shield for additional information about non-academic graduation requirements.

Visual & Performing Arts

One year or two semesters of visual art, music or theater, for academic credit, in any combination, during the high school years. New fifth-formers must complete one semester of visual art, music, or theater for academic credit. Successful completion of a one-year performing ensemble or private instrumental or vocal instruction taken for credit satisfies one semester of this requirement. Enrollment in ensembles constitutes a sixth course.

Humanities

English - Four full years
Humanities 1 begins a sequence of lower-form interdisciplinary classes that fulfill the four-year English requirement while also laying a foundation for study in the humanities.

History & Social Science — Two years, one of which must be Humanities 3: American Studies English and History.

Theology & Religious Studies — Two semester courses for those entering in the third form, one semester for those entering in the fourth form, and one semester for those entering in the fifth form. Entering third- and fourth-form students should enroll in Hebrew Scripture, New Testament, or World Religions as a prerequisite for theology courses in the upper forms. Completion of Asian Civilizations or Race Relations satisfies one semester of this requirement.

Language & Culture Studies

Study at least through the third year (Level III) in one language. The language requirement can be met with either a classical (Latin) or modern language (French, Spanish, or Chinese). Students who enter St. George’s with prior second-language experience in Chinese, French, Latin, or Spanish must demonstrate proficiency by taking a placement exam and consulting with the department chair and a St. George’s language teacher in order to satisfy the St. George’s graduation requirement for language. While students for whom English is not the native language are not required to take French, Spanish, Chinese, or Latin, as English qualifies as their language of study, we strongly recommend that those students who are already proficient in English do so.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

  • Math—Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Pre-calculus. The majority of students enroll in mathematics through the senior year.
  • Science—two year-long laboratory science courses during the high school years. The majority of St. George’s students graduate with at least three years of high school science. The Science Department also recommends that seniors enroll in science electives only to complement a program that includes biology, chemistry and physics.