The curriculum at the upper school level is designed to prepare students to attend either a 4-year or 2-year college. Courses are selected and classes taught with the intent of providing the content, skills, and experiences that will develop habits that will mean success for our students when they leave us. To help with this, we encourage our students to pursue college credits through our cooperative program with USC Salkehatchie or CATE courses through Dorchester County Career and Technology Center.
Some 8th graders will take primarily middle school course (not for Carnegie credit) while others will start taking courses that will satisfy graduation requirements. It depends upon the students' abilities, previous progress, needs, and wishes. Final placement will be determined after a parent conference with the Head of School. All 8th graders will take SC History, Earth Science, and Introduction to Spanish. Some will take 8th grade Pre-Algebra and 8th English, while others will opt for Algebra 1 Honors and English 1 Honors. All 8th graders will have Carnegie-credit elective choices to include such courses as Theatre Arts 1, Chorus 1, and Dance 1 as well as the non-Carnegie-credit 8th Religion.
9th Grade through 12th Grade
High School students will have required offerings in English, math, science, and social studies, world languages (Spanish), physical education, computer programming as well as many elective options to include Chorus 1, Guitar 1, Dance 1, Theatre Arts 1, Introduction to Horticulture, Teacher Cadets, Psychology, Survey of Old and New Testaments, several dual credit offerings through USC Salkehatchie, and several career courses through the Dorchester County Career and Technology Center.